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 full time Social Media and Content Specialist to our Calgary team. This is an intermediate role, responsible for developing and executing innovative social media marketing campaigns for a variety of clients under the direction of the Social Media & Content Director.  The successful candidate will have proven creative, strategic and communications skills with a high attention to detail and ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Creation of social media strategy and calendar, for a variety of clients, based on research and marketing objectives
  • Develop and generate meaningful, shareable content that incites action and engagement
  • Weekly and monthly editorial calendars
  • Research and social auditing for various industries and segments
  • Implementation, scheduling and posting of all content for all clients
  • Daily monitoring and engaging within social channels, with continuous optimization and recommendations
  • Ongoing analysis of social data and metrics; issuing weekly, monthly and yearly reports and executing appropriate strategies and recommendations for improvement
  • Keeping abreast of industry trends, insights, topics and best practices
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of brand playbooks and guides as required on a per-client basis.
  • Collaborate with other departments to create integrated marketing campaigns
  • Set up, optimize and manage clients’ social profiles and Google Places pages
  • Perform research for new business and campaign opportunities
  • Paid social media campaign execution (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram paid / boosted content)

Desired skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years in a related capacity (digital, social media, public relations).
  • Knowledge of online marketing and understanding of major marketing channels and marketing fundamentals all considered assets
  • Demonstrated experience in developing comprehensive social media strategies with proven marketing-driven results (please submit any valid case studies).
  • Superior social media analytics knowledge and experience.
  • Excellent grammar skills and high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience with social media content creation (including blog writing, promotional campaign creation, and infographics) across various channels and media types
  • In-depth understanding of growth and sustaining tactics for social followership
  • Photography and editing software experience an asset, including expertise with smartphone-based tools
  • Demonstrated competency on all social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, G+ and YouTube
  • Proficiency in WordPress and Adobe Design Suite considered assets
  • Experience utilizing social media management software, such as Hootsuite or TweetReach, as well as social listening tools.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Pro-active, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Agency experience and French language proficiency considered assets.   

To apply please send your resume and cover letter, attn Lindsay Smith, to careers@venturecommunications.ca.

 

Overview

Our Advertising Agency is currently looking to add a full-time Bilingual (French & English) Media Planner / Buyer to our Media team. This is an intermediate role, responsible for executing, managing, and reporting on advertising campaigns for a variety of clients under the direction of a Media Lead. The successful candidate will be fluent in both French and English, have advertising agency experience and/or advertising campaign management experience, high attention to detail, and the ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Planning, buying, and management of media campaigns (including print, broadcast, out-of-home, online, mobile, search, video)
  • Campaign monitoring and optimization
  • Post-campaign reporting and recommendations
  • Affidavit and tearsheet checking
  • Invoice and billing reconciliation

Desired skills and experience

  • Media planning and buying experience is mandatory
  • Fluent in French, with a deep understanding of Quebec market is mandatory
  • Experience planning and buying media in Quebec and across Canada
  • Experience managing SEM
  • 2-5 years advertising agency experience in a related capacity
  • Advanced-level excel skills
  • Ability to self-manage and work as part of team in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

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

 

Overview

We are looking for a passionate Information Architect / User Experience Specialist, focused on digital product development, to join our team based in Calgary.


As part of our technology group, this person will be focused on championing great user experiences for our clients and digital products.

Responsibilities

  • Perform analysis (heuristic and similar) to generate documentation that directs information architecture, the user experience, and wireframes.
  • Create information architecture documentation for digital products across web, smartphones, and tablets in both browser and mobile app mediums.
  • Design cutting edge user experience documentation for digital products across web, smartphones, and tablets in both browser and mobile app mediums.
  • Quickly and clearly concept ideas through sketching or other rapid prototyping methods.
  • Produce user interaction diagrams, use case diagrams, screen flows, wireframes, and creative mock-ups.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders including project management, client management, strategic planning, design, and development.
  • Understands audience groupings and personas.
  • Assist in getting feedback from target audiences through usability testing, surveys, or focus groups.

Requirements

  • A strong portfolio demonstrating your mobile and web application work.
  • Passionate about the end user experience and best practices in the digital space.
  • High degree of interest in usability and understanding user needs.
  • Experience working in an iterative and highly collaborative design shop.
  • Fluency in wire-framing mockup tools such as Keynote, Omnigraffle or Balsamiq.
  • Proficiency in visual prototyping tools, such as Axure, and HTML/CSS.
  • Familiarity with graphic design tools, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities, with experience in presenting to and influencing stakeholders.
  • Experience in the entire product lifecycle.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently on multiple projects in a fast paced environment.

Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary education preferably in interaction design, multimedia design, ergonomics, human factors or a related field.
  • 5+ years of UX design experience for digital consumer products and services.
  • 2+ years of experience in mobile platform UX design.

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

 

 

Overview:

Do you have what it takes to not only deliver world-class creative solutions, but inspire others to do so as well? Are you hungry to help lead a passionate creative team into uncharted creative territory. Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and can help others find theirs? Do you love the process of creating great communication as much as you love the final product? Do you love to write?

If so, then we want you.

Venture Communications is looking for a seasoned Co-Creative Director to share in a lead role at our Calgary Office. In partnership with our current Creative Director, you will help lead Venture into the future. We want someone with passion, experience, and a will to help deliver the creative vision of one of Canada’s largest independent marketing shops.

 

This is what you’d get to do:

  • Take a lead co-role in the quality and caliber of the creative products Venture delivers
  • Build the creative reputation and profile of Venture in the marketing and advertising community
  • Oversee the members of the creative team in our Calgary & Toronto office
  • Establish best practices, benchmarking current performance, and lead the hunt for new and innovative means of improving future performance
  • Partner with a Co-Creative Director/Art Director, members of the creative team in Toronto, and other members of the agency as required
  • Meet and work with Venture clients at a senior level regarding creative and creative strategies
  • Brainstorm and develop creative and effective concepts and directions for traditional and new media
  • Guide the entire creative process — from the development of initial concepts through to finished deliverables
  • Apply critical thinking to ensure our creative executions are delivering the greatest results for our clients and greatest response from our consumers
  • Stay fresh on current marketing trends and new opportunities to bring our marketing messages to life
  • And any other duties, responsibilities, goals, and objectives as mutually agreed upon with the General Manager and CEO

 

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • You have 5+ years experience in a creative leadership role
  • You have an excellent writing skillset, with at least 10 years of professional experience in advertising & communications
  • You have proven expertise in creating and delivering award-winning concepts and finished deliverables
  • You have the ability to fire people up and cool them down, and you know when to do which
  • You have deep understanding of traditional, digital, and social marketing
  • You’re detail-oriented, organized, and understand the need for effective time-management, and you can impress the importance of these attributes to others
  • You are very comfortable in presenting your ideas and collaborating with client
  • You have excellent communications skills and are a good listener

 

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

 

Communications Specialist 

Venture is currently looking to add a communications specialist to our team. In this role, you will primarily be responsible for developing digital content and executing social media and public relations campaigns for entrepreneurial companies.

Desired skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Communications, English, Political Science, Public Relations or other related disciplines from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • 1-2 years of experience related to the communications field, including marketing, social media, public relations, or political communications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in developing and executing social media campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience in managing social media accounts
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing public relations strategies and products, including crafting traditional press releases and digital content.

Your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Understanding brand positioning and broad strategic goals and incorporating them into communications strategies
  • Developing and executing content marketing campaigns
  • Developing and executing social media campaigns, including writing twitter, Facebook, and Instagram copy.
  • Developing and executing public relations campaigns and tactics, including developing engagement strategies, writing traditional and digital news copy
  • Copywriting, headlines, Facebook ads, display ads, newspaper, radio scripts and video scripts.
  • Ensure that content contains sufficient keywords for search engine optimization (maintaining up-to-date knowledge on SEO and social algorithms).
  • Copywriting and proofreading in a wide variety of styles, tones and formats.
  • Quality control to ensure final work conforms to brand guidelines or client requirements in the correct formats and to expected standards
  • Work with digital analytics to identify effective tactics and refine execution of products
  • Brainstorms with team members to develop creative and effective concepts and directions
  • Applies critical thinking to ensure our executions are delivering the greatest results for our clients and greatest response from our consumers
  • Stays on top of current trends and new opportunities to bring our messages to life
  • Responsible for working within timelines and within budget

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
Calgary
2540 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3S3
Canada

Phone: +1 403 237 2388
Toronto
504 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1E3
Canada

Phone: +1 416 849 1874
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04/11/2017 Arlene Dickinson returns to CBC’s Dragons’ Den