Recommended Consultants

You are looking for someone who can help you with strengthening the identity of your community, bringing stakeholders together around a common vision, or sharpening your place profile for potential investors, visitors, talent?

We recommend the following consultants specialized in topics such as place branding, economic development, talent attraction, storytelling, placemaking, communication and design.

Please contact us for a personal introduction to any of the recommended consultancies listed below.


2thinknow company profile2thinknow

2thinknow (Melbourne, Berlin, San Francisco) offers specialized skills and insights in innovation derived from data science, data algorithms and data analysis which can be applied to achieve awesome city branding and placemaking results based on logical, rational data.

#citydata #dataanalysis #innovationcities #cityrankings #smartcities

Bloom Consulting business profileBloom Consulting

Bloom Consulting (Madrid, London) is a place brand strategy consultancy, pioneering the concept of the Digital Place and Digital Identity: places known for their commitment to digital technologies as a way of organizing their economies, their governance, their place-making, place branding and promotion.

#nationbranding #countrybranding #placebranding #citybranding #digitalidentity

Development Counsellors International

(USA / Canada) Since 1960, DCI’s expertise in place branding and marketing — through the dual engines of tourism and economic development — has worked to bring visitors and business investment, create jobs, and elevate the lives of the people living and working in destinations around the globe.

#destinationmarketing #economicdevelopmentmarketing #placebranding #passionforplaces #creativeplacemakers

CivicBrand destination marketing and place branding consultantsCivicBrand

CivicBrand (USA) provides branding, engagement and destination marketing that builds civic pride and attracts talent, tourism & investment.

#loveyourcity #publicengagement #citybranding #destinationmarketing #economicdevelopment

Florian Kaefer

As the founder and editor of The Place Brand Observer, Florian has been fortunate to get to know many locations and destinations and to hear (and share) their stories, approaches and keys to success. Contact him if you are looking for insights or inspiration, especially:

  • Place branding trends, pitfalls to avoid and keys to success
  • Best practices in sustainable tourism (destination management and development)
  • Storytelling: how to share your place branding achievements with key audiences

He also offers place/brand strategy advice and place/brand perception research.

#industrytrends #placereputation #sustainabletourism #strategyadvice #storytelling

Martin Boisen panelFor the Love of Place

For the Love of Place (Netherlands) is a solid, knowledgeable and well-connected partner for politicians, civil servants and those professionals tasked with building resilient, sustainable and effective organizations capable of executing strategies that genuinely help the people and the places they seek to serve.

#placesarebrands #ofbyforthepeople #clientempowering #governancethatworks #resultsthatmatter

Hoyne property marketing AustraliaHoyne

Hoyne (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) is a strategically led creative agency, and the Australian authority and a global voice in Place VisioningTM, property branding and marketing.

Landor logoLANDOR & FITCH

LANDOR & FITCH (offices worldwide) has been using insights and imagination to help its clients grow for 80 years, across 28 offices in 20 countries, working with a broad range of world-famous brands across many industries.

LANDOR & FITCH has deep expertise in creating iconic destination and travel brands, including Azerbaijan, NEOM, City of Melbourne, Etihad Airlines, NOMA, Oman, World Trade Centre, Jordan, Dubai Airport, JOALI, Sri Lanka and Singapore Airlines.

#Landor #brandconsulting #brandexperience #brandstrategy #placebranding

Robert GoversRobert Govers

Robert Govers (Antwerp, Belgium) is chairman of the International Place Branding Association, managing research partner of, and an advisor, scholar, speaker and author on the reputation of cities, regions and countries. He has worked in over ten countries and as advisor focuses on helping communities become more admired.

#imaginativecommunities #communityreputation #internationalengagement #identity

Gunter Soydanbay panelSoydanbay Consulting

Soydanbay Consulting (Montreal, Canada) uncovers the narrative of a place by drawing parallels between branding and depth psychology; management and systems thinking; places and mythology. Thinking about places as stories.

#placebranding #depthpsychology #archetypes #geniusloci #systemsthinking

Ed Burghard panelThe Burghard Group

The Burghard Group (Ohio, USA) is dedicated to changing the current paradigm of economic development from a focus on job growth to a focus on helping residents more easily achieve their dreams.

#datafocused #practical #resultsdriven #trustowrthy #candid

Trajectory brand consultantsTrajectory

Trajectory (Toronto, Canada) are brand builders working at the intersection of commerce, culture and community, providing place-based strategies, stakeholder engagement, design and communications.

#brandresilience #designthatmatters #authenticity #ambitiousplaces #communityco-creation

Yellow Railroad consultingYellow Railroad

Yellow Railroad (Edinburgh, Scotland) is Tom Buncle’s destination consultancy. Tom helps destinations unearth their competitive mojo, so they can stand out on the world stage. “In business jargon, they call it place branding and destination management planning; we call it positioning places for people and profit. We bring worldwide expertise to local places.”

#placebranding #destinationmanagementplanning #visitoreconomy #crisisrecovery

You need assistance with place branding and would like us to help you find a suitable consultant – or introduce you to any of the specialists featured here? Please contact us.