Dr. Darren Coleman


Dr. Darren Coleman has over20 years brand marketing experience spanning Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Japan. He specialises in helping services brands retain relevance through the experiences they build.

Johnson & Johnson, BUPA, Dubai Properties, Maybank, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Ooredoo and PepsiCo are amongst the brands he has helped. Darren has also advised the British, Chinese and Lithuanian governments on brand marketing related issues. Darren helped launch the world’s first location based services retail offer (similar to Facebook Places) in the UK. He was also responsible for Orange Group’s multimedia messaging services across continental Europe to a user base of approximately 55m users. Darren is frequently invited to deliver keynote talks at international conferences, moderate panel discussions and roundtables, sit on expert panel boards and comment on brand-related issues in national and international media. Due to Dr. Darren Coleman engaging and highly facilitated approach, Darren is regularly called upon to speak at in-house conferences and run in-house management sessions at executive away days or retreats.  He runs executive-level workshops around the globe and is frequently asked to guide and mentor senior executive team on brand-related issues. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Corporate Brand Management at the University of Warwick.

In his spare time Dr. Darren Coleman enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing tennis, motor boating, socialising, scuba diving, snoozing in his Mexican hammock, yoga and watching Birmingham City Football Club. Granted, some are more enjoyable than others.

Dr. Darren Coleman


  • Retaining relevance through brand experiences: Vibe Marketers Fest – Dubai. View talk here 
  • B2B services brand experiences: Four common mistakes you’ve just got to avoid: B2B Customer Experience – London
  • Connecting Segmentation, Products & Benefits: Bancassurance MENA Summit – Dubai, UAE
  • Delivering emotionally-charged brand experiences: Nottingham University Business School Alumni Event
  • Adopting a data-driven approach to internal communications (Berlin, October 2019)
  • Building brand experiences: Retaining brand relevance and driving long term brand performance (September 2019)


  • Building brands that drive financial performance: Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Programme – UK
  • Understanding the value of brands. The good, the bad and the ugly:  UKTI – UK
  • Brand personas and service design: Cranfield University Centre for Design – UK
  • Leveraging brands to drive competitive advantage in the financial services sector: Maybank – Malaysia
  • Building brand assets: Miral Asset Management – Abu Dhabi
  • Developing a customer experience mindset: HouseMark – UK

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Keynotes: Title, overview and audience takeaways

Title: Retaining relevance through brand experiences. How to do it in three simple steps.

How will this talk help attendees?

C-suite executives and, in particular CMOs, know brand experiences provide a route to retaining relevance. But many struggle to structure then lead BX building initiatives with confidence and conviction. This talk solves that problem by sharing a simple yet intuitive three step brand experience building blueprint which is based on my recently published book, Building Brand Experiences: Practical Guide to Retaining Brand Relevance (Kogan Page).

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Attendees of this keynote will know how to use a simple three step Brand Experience Blueprint that will help them build brand experiences for themselves. Attendees will be directed to a URL where they can download the Blueprint and its associated Toolkit for free.  The Toolkit comprises a suite of tools / templates that will help keynote attendees put the ideas introduced into action.

Title: Addressing the challenges of building a services brand

How will this talk help attendees?

Services predominate in developed markets, frequently accounting for over 80% of GDP. But the characteristics of a services brand present executives with unique challenges. For instance, services are intangible, never owned by the person who uses them and tend to be delivered by people – who can have good and bad days.  A paradox also plagues a services brand. Senior executives have a large say in how things are done but play a small part in actual delivery. For instance, it’s the receptionist at a hotel and not the CEO that determines how you felt about your check in experience. Knowing how to address these and other specific service brand issues are critical executive-level skills this keynote will address.

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Attendees of this keynote will know how to overcome the unique challenges a services brand presents. This entails dovetailing strategic thinking and operational processes whilst being mindful of the unique challenges a services brand presents. Attendees’ will also acquire actionable insights that will enable them to deliver more consistent brand experiences through employee behaviour – the perennial challenge most, if not all, services brands face.

Title: Delivering brand experiences in a post-digital world

How will this talk help attendees?

World-class brands have already moved beyond digital marketing. They are marketing in a digital world where data, connected devices and people combine to facilitate delivery of personalised brand experiences. Understanding how to deliver brand experiences in a post-digital world is a challenge some brands are starting to embrace. To succeed, focus, clarity and consistency are required across the entire brand experience. This scale of this challenge is amplified by consumer demands for increased transparency driven by diminishing trust. This talk will provide attendees ’ with practical tools and insights that help them not just to survive but thrive in the post-digital world.

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Attendees will understand what they need to do to keep their brand relevant and drive brand performance in a post-digital world. This entails embracing a mindset that focuses on the end, not just the means, when building brand experiences. The importance of humans’ core need for connection will also be embedded in attendees’ minds as an important, indeed integral part of their post digital brand experience building efforts.

Title: Why emotion wins when building B2B service brand experiences

How will this talk help attendees?

Senior executives who work in corporate finance, professional services, consulting etc., tend to overlook the importance of emotion when building brand experiences. Price, capability, reputation and track record of delivery are seen as key drivers of client choice. True, these are important but this talk will help attendees understand why emotion is the trump card when it comes to building experiences at B2B services brands. More importantly, attendees will learn how they can go about building brand experiences that resonate emotionally with clients and drive brand performance.

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Attendees of this keynote will obtain a deep and scientific understanding of why emotion drives choice and know how to use this knowledge to their advantage when building brand experiences at B2B services brands.

Title: Hang on! Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. How to align your people, brand and digital transformation

How will this talk help attendees?

A lot of CMOs dive head first into building brand experiences with a focus being on digital. Engaging then involving their employees with the brand experience building process is often overlooked. Informed CMO’s develop close working relationships with their HR counterparts to align strategic thinking and operational processes to ensure people, brand and technology are aligned. This talk will show attendees how to do this.

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Use a take away tool that will help attenees align brand and human resources when building experiences that have a digital focus. This will help them to deliver more consistent digital brand experiences.

Title: Command more respect in the boardroom by measuring brand experiences scientifically

How will this talk help attendees?

Demonstrating how brand experiences drive financial performance is a challenge even the most seasoned executives face. This keynote outlines how senior marketing executives can command more respect in the boardroom by measuring brand experiences in a more rigorous, rounded and scientifically robust way.

What will attendees be able to do differently after this talk?

Understand the importance of obtaining employee, brand and financial measures over sustained periods. Members of the audience will also receive practical measurement advice so they will leave the keynote with actionable insights they can start working on straight away.

Other topics?

Other topics include brand strategy, brand communications, employee engagement, place branding and employer branding. However, brand experiences, B2B branding and services branding (or a combination of all three!) are Dr. Darren Coleman specialist areas.

Client testimonials

 “Darren was invited to deliver a keynote on brand experiences and Chair the first day of Vibe Marketers’ Fest in Dubai, November 2018. His talk was well structured, engaging and above all informative. He managed to hold a large audience via a nice mix of objective insight and personal anecdote. Darren also chaired the first day with aplomb. He was able to find a balance between being formal and friendly. This set the event off nicely and dovetailed perfectly with the atmosphere we wanted to create. I look forward to working with Darren again.” Sanjay Swamy, Co-founder & Director of Strategic Partnerships, Vibe Marketers Fest, Dubai

“Darren’s session at our CXcellence event was well informed, thought-provoking and practical, and dovetailed beautifully with our core message about the importance of CX in B2B organisations – as well as the steps required to do it well. He seems like he knows his stuff.” Joel Harrison, Editor-in-chief, B2B Marketing

“Darren’s talk was both fun and challenging. He brings together cutting-edge practice with supporting theory focussing on current customer issues. His highly interactive approach offered practical tools and advice on techniques to profile customers and on how to make emotional brand connections with customers. Finally, Dr. Darren Coleman worked with the course members on how to build brand experiences which enable customers to get ‘jobs done’.” Professor Caroline Tynan, Professor of Marketing, Nottingham University Business School

“Darren’s is a pleasure to work with. His passion for doing business abroad and professionalism in his field, was an inspiration to a group of new to export businesses who attended our export seminar organised by UK Trade & Investment this year. Darren shared his personal experience of doing business in South East Asia in an interesting and motivational way, giving delegates practical tips and advice on do’s and don’ts and how to win business abroad and get the most out of the help and support available from UKTI” Mark, Sankey, Head of UKTI, Birmingham & Solihull Team

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