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Best Brand Strategy Courses Online

This is the ultimate list of online brand strategy courses for creatives who want to become strategists or CEO’s who want to build a brand the strategic way.

If you’re a designer, go beyond making it look pretty — learn how to build brands from the ground up.

If you're onboarding a new client and don’t take the time to understand the business behind it, the target audience, the appropriate tone of voice and messaging, then you're just doing disservice to your client.

The goal of strategy is to focus all your visual, verbal and conceptual thinking on design solutions that will help your client achieve their business and marketing objectives.

So you need to get clarity on key aspects of branding in order to be able to make decisions that are “on brand”.

Top Brand Strategy Courses

  1. WHY Discovery by Simon Sinek
  2. StoryBrand by Donald Miller
  3. Designing Strategy by IDEO U
  4. Strategy Sprint by Scott Galloway
  5. Brand Strategy Class by Mark Pollard
  6. Business Branding by Stephen Houraghan
  7. Brand Strategy Guide by Arek Dvornechuck

What is brand strategy?

Brand strategy is basically bridging the gap between the business and design.

Your goal as a brand strategist is to go above and beyond just making your brand look pretty — you need to make it work.

What is brand strategy? — Strategy bridges the gap between business and design.

Developing brand strategy will help you learn as much about the business as possible, so that you can propose the best possible creative solutions.

But if you don't go into your project with some sort of a strategy, you will most likely get a lot of push back from your client.

And you and your clients will be very subjective, saying something like: "I don't like blue" — then it becomes a very difficult conversation.

So when you don't do the strategy it becomes very subjective and more of an art critique.

That's why business solutions that have both rationale and creative parts at their core are essential to differentiating you and your work from the pack.

So without further ado — let's look at some of the best brand strategy courses available online.

1. WHY Discovery Course by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is the author of the bestselling book Start With Why and the more practical version Find Your Why — a written version of his online course.

A practical guide for discovering purpose for you and your team.

This course is designed to help you find words to express what truly inspires you.

WHY Discovery Course by Simon Sinek
WHY Discovery Course by Simon Sinek

Cost: $150 | Length: 17 Videos, 20 hours | By Simon Sinek

Simon’s course is based on the concept of Golden Circle which he explains is grounded in the biology of human decision making. 

This easy-to-follow guide starts with discovering your personal WHY, and then expands to articulating your organization's WHY. 

So whether you're a CEO or a team, these simple steps will lead you on a path to a more fulfilling life and long-term success for you and your brand.

Over 16,000 people have become students of this course.

This online course costs only $150 and contains 17 short and actionable videos together with worksheets to help you implement what you learn right away.

I strongly recommend this course for all CEO’s and teams who either start a new business/brand or go through a rebrand process.

PS. I based the Brand Purpose exercise of my Strategy Guide on the Simon’s concept of Golden Circle.

2. StoryBrand by Donald Miller

Donald Miller is a New York Times bestselling author and CEO of StoryBrand and he has helped over 10,000 businesses clarify their message.

An online course to help you create a clear message that works.

In this course, he’ll help you clarify your company’s message so customers pay attention and respond.

StoryBrand by Donald Miller
StoryBrand by Donald Miller

Cost: $275 or $995 | Length: 28 Videos, 20 hours | By Donald Miller

Donald's course is based on his proprietary storytelling framework described in more detail in his books StoryBrand and the most recent Marketing Made Simple.

His 7-step messaging framework goes like this:

“A character who wants something encounters a problem before they can get it. At the peak of their despair, a guide steps into their lives gives them a plan, and calls them to action. That action helps them avoid failure and ends in a success.”

Although this is not a typical brand strategy course but a messaging framework, it’s worth mentioning because messaging is a big part of developing a sound brand strategy.

You will learn how to use words to tell a compelling brand story and position your brand as a guide and solution to your customers problems and pain points.

In this course, you’ll get access to a free online tool (worksheets) that guides you through the implementation process step-by-step.

You have two options: 

  1. Buy a yearly subscription for $275 and get access to this online course, 
  2. Or pay $995 to book a livestream workshop and get instant feedback.

I highly recommend this course for anyone working on website copy, email sequences and sales letters.

PS. I based my Storytelling Guide on the Donald’s StoryBrand framework.

3. Designing Strategy by IDEO U

IDEO is an award-winning global design company that created IDEO U (University) to teach the methods and mindsets they have been practicing for decades.

A human-centered, design thinking approach to help organizations innovate and grow.

In this course, you’ll learn a process that will help you create and take action on a strategy for your business, team, or organization.

Designing Strategy by IDEO U
Designing Strategy by IDEO U

Cost: $799 | Length: 4 hours / week, 5 weeks | By IDEOU

The lessons in the IDEO’s brand strategy course are designed to challenge assumptions and provoke new ways of working. 

You’ll learn from esteemed practitioners who apply these methods every day in their own work.

By combining rigor and creativity, you can both analyze the world as it is and imagine how it could be better.

You’ll follow repeatable steps that are both human-centered and business-focused.

The course is mainly addressed to business owners to help them with choosing what to do and what not to do.

However, also as a creative you can benefit from this course — it will teach you the process IDEO goes through with their clients, so you can use it in your creative practice.

4. Strategy Sprint by Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway is an entrepreneur, author, and renowned NYU Professor of Marketing.

An intensive learning experience to help you understand the strategies that drive a brand’s value.

In this course you will learn everything from how to improve a firm’s value proposition to how to outmaneuver the competition.

Strategy Sprint by Scott Galloway
Strategy Sprint by Scott Galloway

Cost: $750 | Length: 2 weeks / 16 videos | By Scott Galloway.

The Prof G Strategy Sprint is a two week intensive workshop done completely online.

You learn frameworks and step-by-step techniques to put this knowledge into practice.

The course focuses around 8 winning strategies of the most innovative and valuable firms in the world (case studies).

Most importantly you will learn by doing, with discussion groups, active Slack discussions, prompts, and opportunities to collaborate with peers. 

What makes it different from other courses listed above is that this one (similarly to Donald’s $995 option) is an interactive learning experience.

The classes are designed for mid-to-senior level professionals working full-time, whether it be CEO’s and leaders, or creative professionals.

What’s unique — you’ll also get access to private Slack community with 200+ fellow professionals and community of 1000+ from companies like Walmart, Allstate, Bain, Everlane, Macy’s, Google, Vanguard, and more.

5. Brand Strategy Class by Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard is the CEO at Mighty Jungle and an author of this beginner level course on Skillshare.

A beginners course to building brands the strategic way.

In this short (and cheap) course you will learn the absolute basics of how to create a brand that can stand the test of time. 

Brand Strategy Class by Mark Pollard
Brand Strategy Class by Mark Pollard

Cost: $10/m | Length: 1.5hours | By: Mark Pollard

This brand strategy course is probably the most basic and definitely the cheapest option from my list.

Mark breaks down every brand into three categories:

  • Product-centric
  • Customer-centric
  • Vision-centric

Next he presents you with frameworks to understand how brands can develop and thrive within each category.

You’ll be able to download a worksheet to follow along and learn how to develop a single page brand strategy.

Whether you’re a creative who wants to level up, or a business owner / entrepreneur this class will help you understand the fundamentals of brand building.

6. Business Branding by Stephen Houraghan

Steve Houraghan is a Sydney-based strategist, CEO at IconicFox and author of courses on Udemy.

A beginners course to building brands the strategic way (theoretical).

This course is very different from others on my list in the regards that it is less practical focused more on theory and showing you examples of successful strategies behind some of the famous brands.

Business Branding by Stephen Houraghan
Business Branding by Stephen Houraghan

Cost: $150 | Length: 17 Videos, 20 hours | By Stephen Houraghan

In this course you’ll learn how to get your audience to feel something for your brand through personality development.

Stephen focuses a lot of brand archetypes and developing a personality based on the archetypal framework.

He also shows you plenty of examples so that you can understand key concepts of brand strategy to be able to talk 

7. Brand Strategy Guide by Arek Dvornechuck

And finally, as the last but not least on my list is my own Strategy Guide.

A practical guide to running brand strategy workshops.

I’ve developed my course based on some of the best books and courses that exist out there, some of which I mentioned in this list.

Brand Strategy Guide by Arek Dvornechuck
Brand Strategy Guide by Arek Dvornechuck

Cost: $497 | Length: 12 Videos | By Arek Dvornechuck

In my course I divide brand strategy into 3 sections:

  • Brand Core (Purpose, Vision, Values)
  • Brand Positioning (Audience, Market, Goals)
  • Brand Persona (Personality, Voice, Tagline)

In total, you’ll find 9 step-by-step branding exercises that you can use a whiteboard or fill in the worksheets provided.

In my brand strategy course you won’t find hours of boring videos with overwhelming amounts of content that you don’t really know how to apply.

Throughout my career I’ve gone through many courses on brand strategy, both in-person workshops and online.

This experience allowed me to try and test different approaches with my clients and pick what works best.

I strongly believe that whatever you want to learn, you should focus on applying it right away, because otherwise you’ll forget what you’ve just learned.

This type of self-education is the most valuable type of education I know of and that’s why I made my course extremely practical.

Check out this video tutorial on youtube, which is a preview of me running one of the branding exercises.

Conclusions

A few voices who speak from experience and firsthand knowledge are infinitely more valuable than a multitude of voices that speak from theory and opinion. 

This list features the most reputable and comprehensive brand strategy courses available online.

While neither theory nor opinion are bad in themselves, rarely do I find voices of value from sources that haven’t been where I want to be.

That’s why on my list you will only find courses of authors that speak from true experience.

Please enjoy this collection of brand strategy courses and, more importantly — no matter which one you chose, implement it right away.

Remember, knowing and not doing is the same as not knowing.

You need to make the mistakes, risk looking foolish and invest in yourself and your business.

So whether you’re a designer looking to level up and add strategy to your offering, or a business owner interested in building a strong brand — these courses are definitely worth checking out.

This list includes everything you need to go out there and learn brand strategy.

Or actually without going out there — because you can enjoy these online classes from the comfort of your own home.

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