Understand Your Brand.

Brand communication requires research, analysis and creativity. Effective brand communication is the foundation of any marketing investment.

Kazolu (Kah-zOH-Loo) Brand Communications offers processes that develop effective brand audits, brand strategy, marketing plans, copywriting and content. These processes will clarify complexity, revealing your strengths, value and purpose. Together we will peel away layers to reveal the foundational simplicity that is your brand's identity.

Understanding your brand means fully understanding the value that you offer. Many people find it difficult to clearly share their value and turn it into beneficial action. They get caught up in day-to-day complexities. Their purpose, story and brand become challenging to define, and even harder to articulate.

Before you invest in marketing, you need to understand your brand. Kazolu Brand Communications will help you develop, understand, and communicate the value of your business, your organization, or yourself. 



Our Story

Kazolu (Kah-zOH-Loo) Brand Communications is a consultancy based in Guelph, Ontario. We provide brand audits, brand plans, business plans, copywriting, and content. Kazolu works alongside our clients to develop coherent brand stories and compelling brand identities. 

Kazolu is managed by Rob McLean, who draws on a team of associates that provide flexibility with tactical implementation and creative styles if required. 

Kazolu works regionally and nationally with various businesses, individuals, brands, companies, and organizations to provide strategic brand communications that are consistent, authentic, truthful and actionable.


Kazolu's core services are brand consultingstrategic planning, copywriting and content production. You receive strategic brand plans, marketing counsel, and tactical recommendations. We have worked in the past with large corporations, independent entrepreneurs and SMEs, universities and colleges, not-for-profit organizations, individual products, and individuals.

Kazolu will be a part of your team, providing results that you should expect from a member of your organization.


Ideas are delicate and complicated. We all have good ideas. They are the core of a good conversation and the foundation of a good business. Ideas need to be empowered to make a difference — they must be acted upon to have value, and that is when an idea becomes an innovation. Ideas reach their full potential when expressed creatively and convincingly and acted upon with focus and intention. Ideas drive everything forward. They should be actionable, and they should be shared. That's when they can make a difference.

Ideas are the core of your identity. Every breakthrough you achieved began with a good idea. The best ideas can appear sporadically and infrequently, but with time, patience and research, you can set the conditions for successful ideation. The best creative ideas for growth appear when you understand your brand. They'll emerge quickly and effortlessly, and you will be ready to catch them.



People process information by putting ideas into language. Ideas must be shared before they can move into action — words matter.

Writing is our core in-house competency. We have years of experience with technical and business writing, and members of our extended team are published writers of fiction, literary non-fiction, and recorded music. Rob even teaches Business Communication at the University of Guelph.

Excellent written content supports internal communications, human resources, sales collateral, customer service, advertising scripts, and investor/stakeholder relations. We write concise, compelling content that is congruent with your brand assets. We help you to ensure authenticity with the messaging you share. 


Beautiful visuals paired with strategically chosen words are compelling and engaging communication tools. We provide a selection of freelance design professionals to capture your brand's visual identity.

Video is considered the most effective communication medium in the digital world. Ideas and words come alive through the eyes and ears, bringing great ideas and concepts to life.

We call videos "shareable clarity" because if you get it right, you can state your truthful case clearly and accurately in only a few minutes - and you can share your story as broadly as you wish.


Rob McLean is the founder of Kazolu Brand Communications. He is also a brand development professional, a University professor, a writer, parent, teacher, speaker, business coach, producer, and a retired folk-punk songwriter.

Rob combines business experience and creative intuition to tell better stories for companies, organizations, and individuals. He is one of the few survivors of the 90s independent music scene to earn an MBA, and he survived a decade in the Canadian beer business where he defined unique, authentic brand identities for products that are (let's face it) fundamentally identical. He balances performance experience and learned business acumen to deliver presentations that are straightforward, crisp, frank and truthful. 

Rob is the author of ‘Understand Your Brand,’ a guide to clear, concise, consistent communications. He has also released seven albums of original music. Speaking gigs are customized for each audience, presenting relevant, workable ideas for corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and personal-brand entrepreneurs. He clarifies how every person, product, or public organization is a collection of assets, attributes and equity that must be understood to be best-represented. The ‘Understand Your Brand’ platform provides truth, resonance and authenticity to support marketing and communications efforts, and it works equally well for business growth, community-benefit member engagement, and personal development.

A few potential topics:

Understand Your Brand (Business communications) - Companies can leverage existing assets, people and resources to expand their brand and grow their business. Everything that has contributed to your business adds to your brand. This discussion will reveal how you can highlight your company's best attributes to shape existing and future brand impressions positively.

Understand Your Identity (Personal Branding) - Personal branding can dramatically and beneficially influence personal and professional growth. Presenting your "best self" is your best competitive advantage, and authenticity is essential if you want to grow and develop in your career or business.

Understand Your Mission (Not-for-profit Outreach) - How community-benefit organizations map resources and goals to engage and expand their community, fundraising efforts, and impact.

Understand Your Strategy (Strategic Branding) - Learn how “understanding” builds an effective, efficient marketing strategy. A deep understanding of strengths and weakness will guide tactics when entering a business battlefield. Industry and competitive trends - the “terrain” on which you will do battle - must be mapped before boots hit the ground. Placing tactics ahead of strategy- actions without plans - is the greatest mistake that marketers make, but it’s easy to avoid. Knowledge is power, but only if it is understood. Sun Tzu said, “Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be in peril.” That’s the truth.


Kazolu is intentionally based in Guelph, Ontario. 

E: rob (at) kazolu.com