New Directions
new directions
Welcome

Welcome to the entrepreneurial revolution.

The world is changing faster and faster every day. The future belongs to the people who’ve seen the new possibilities and made the new connections. It belongs to the people who’ve had the guts and determination to head off in new directions. It belongs to the entrepreneurs.

It belongs to you.

Passion for Change
passion for change

It takes a special someone.

You’ve got a fire in your belly. A drive. Hell, if we were being fancy, we’d say you’ve got a passion for change. You see the world as it could be. New products, new businesses, even whole new ways of doing business — it doesn’t matter. What matters is that when you do see a better way of doing things, you have to bring it to life. And you have to do it your way.

Determination
determination

We get it.

Everything it takes. The special insight to see new possibilities. The determination to tough it out in the face of all the naysayers. That…bizarre instinct you have to see challenges as opportunities. And that sense of commitment that keeps you in the driver’s seat the whole way through. Everything that brought you to where you are today.

Because we’ve been there ourselves.

And we're the marketing partner who can take you higher.

We don't just get what it takes to be entrepreneurs We have skin in the game
Anyone can read a Wikipedia page about entrepreneurs. What you need is a marketing company who lives in the same trenches you do.
Well, here we are.
Downward Bracket
Arlene Dickinson

First off: this is Arlene Dickinson. You might know her as one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs. Or maybe you‘ve seen her as one of the stars of CBC’s Dragons‘ Den. Or maybe you’ve checked out one of her two national bestselling books, Persuasion and All In. Or maybe you caught one of her many speaking engagements as the voice of the entrepreneurial movement in Canada.

(We like to call her “boss”.)

You Inc.

Second thing: this is YouInc. It’s a digital lifestyle platform that encourages, celebrates, and embraces everything that makes entrepreneurs unique, while also providing them with the resources, support, and tools necessary for success. We launched YouInc in 2012 with the aim of helping entrepreneurs share, connect, and grow by entertaining them, educating them, and helping them connect with one another.

Our experience, our mindset, and our resources should convince you we are the agency partner to take your business further.

How can we help?

On the one hand, we speak your language. We know what drives you and what keeps you up at night. No other agency will understand you like we do.

On the other hand, we know marketing. (We should, since we've been doing it for over 30 years.)

Venture is one of Canada’s largest independent full-service marketing agencies. We come at things strategy first, specializing in truly understanding the entrepreneurial approach to business - your approach - and how marketing can help take you to the next level.

  • strategic brand & marketing planning
  • creative development
  • digital and traditional execution
  • media buying
  • PR

There are three ways we can make a difference.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?
Are you trying to reach entrepreneurs?
Are you trying to be more entrepreneurial?
Not ready for Venture?
If you’re just starting out and establishing your business, it’s too early for us to help. Check out our list of resources to help you get going in the right direction:
Open Positions

 

Overview:

We are currently looking to add a Sr. Account Director to our Calgary team, to manage a number of top tier clients. This role is a senior client management position, responsible for managing strategy, campaign management, leading a team of senior/junior account managers, and driving current/new business.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Lead Venture key customer accounts with a focus on building customer loyalty, maintaining customer relationships and generating additional service opportunities.
  • Drive excellence across the agency in our client deliverables, from strategy through to creative product and execution.
  • Actively follow the Venture process for delivering marketing programs.  Deliver Client Contact Reports, Budget Control Reports; develop accurate estimates in a timely and appropriate manner. Manage the relationship in a professional, ethical and disciplined manner.
  • Work with other teams to integrate Venture’s offerings into a holistic approach based on the customers’ needs.
  • Support business development efforts through contributions to RFP responses as well as new business meetings with prospective clients; always thinking about how we can better serve clients and grow their business.
  • Responsible for client satisfaction metrics, client acquisition goals, and profit goals.
  • Help mentor and lead the Client Marketing team

Desired skills and experience:

  • 8-15 years of related agency experience with proven ability as a self-starter and client relationship leader.
  • Demonstrate bigger picture understanding of client's marketing strategy and ability to communicate how current insights/tactics associate with longer-term strategy objectives.
  • Ability to take complex ideas and explain to clients.
  • 5+ years of online marketing, direct marketing and/or related strategy work including campaign development and performance analyses.
  • Proven experience in managing teams of people, and in working cross-functionally across an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to careers@venturecommunications.ca

 

Overview:

We are looking for a contract-based developer to work out of the Calgary office. This role is a senior position, responsible for delivering interactive banner ads, HTML email campaigns, and web/phone apps for multiple clients across various marketing initiatives. The ideal candidate will also be able to assist in QA analysis on the variety of projects we are working on.

Core duties and responsibilities include:

  • Performs front-end development tasks with Flash, HTML, CSS, jQuery and AngularJS.
  • Performs back-end development tasks with PHP and MySQL.
  • Develops Flash/HTML5 ad units, engaging interactive media and mobile based software.
  • Understands and implements banner ads using IAB Ad unit guidelines.
  • Constructs rich, multi-part marketing emails.
  • Slices and manipulates Photoshop documents and other art assets for development use as needed.
  • Assist in QA as needed/able, across all of Venture’s projects.
  • Is aware of and designs/codes to minimize cross-browser/platform rendering issues.
  • Employs SEO best practices with all development efforts.
  • Writes w3 validated code and adheres to defined web standards.
  • Cognizant of accessibility issues and actively designs content with standards in mind.
  • Passionately follows the latest technology with a keen eye for social media trends and emerging platforms.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and assignments.
  • Is willing to take an HTML5 banner and webpage creation test as part of the interview process.

Desired skills and experience:

  • At least 5 years prior development or QA experience a must.
  • Experience in HTML5, CSS, Flash, and Javascript a must.
  • Experience in PHP and MySQL a must.
  • Experience coding with source control a must.
  • Excellent working knowledge of cross-platform browser support a must.
  • Experience with frameworks/CMSs such as Ionic/Silex/Wordpress/Drupal/Shopify a major plus.
  • Familiarity with bash and LAMP stacks a plus.
  • Prior agency or production house experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Illustrator with the ability to convert designs into interactive media a plus.
  • Experience building dynamic ads a plus.
  • Experience converting Adobe Flash into HTML5 a plus.

To apply, please send your resume to careers@venturecommunications.ca

Contact Info
Speaking Engagements:
speaking@venturecommunications.ca
Marketing and Growth Strategy:
marketing@venturecommunications.ca
Technology Strategy and Build:
technology@venturecommunications.ca
Investments:
investments@venturecommunications.ca
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