Interview with José Pablo Arango Calle on Country Branding and the Reputation of Colombia

Colombia, as country is currently undergoing significant changes. 2017 marks the Renaissance of a nation which, after 50 years of armed conflict, is now eager to restore its image and reputation as a peaceful destination and a nation eager to contribute to the economic development of Latin America.

Learn about Brand Colombia's challenges and opportunities in this interview with José Pablo Arango Calle of ProColombia, the organisation charged with overseeing the development of Marca País Colombia.

Learn about:

  • The meaning of 'brands' and 'branding' in a country context, and how they differ from marketing;
  • How ProColombia uses country branding to counter wide-held, outdated perceptions of an insecure, conflict-ridden country;
  • How the organisation ProColombia works, and its main challenges;
  • How place branding links with sustainable development;
  • Why New Zealand and Peru are good practice examples in country branding;
  • Five tips for country brand managers eager to 'do it right'.

José Pablo, what do you understand as the "brand" of places, and what is place branding all about?

The first thing one has to understand is that all places have a brand, because a brand is a set of perceptions. Place branding occurs when you decide to manage that brand and lead those perceptions to a result that positively impacts the location’s development.

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