We use our proprietary Brand Compass tool for all of our work on the development of place and destination brand strategies and their implementation.

We work in a collegiate and very open way with our clients and their teams, becoming an extension of them for the duration of projects, building their competence to develop and implement their brand strategies in the future.

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A variety of workshops and seminars to introduce beginners to the art of branding and place management, alongside events for the professional market.



Aerial view of Cork

Before commencing work on the development of a place brand strategy you need to know and understand the assets that you have available to you to build your brand upon and the opportunities that are available for new development. Using our Placematters Destination Development Audit we can assess the potential of your place, site or building location as a destination.


Celebration Square, Mississauga

Experience Masterplans are plans that detail how places will implement their brand strategies to offer target audiences their promised experiences and offer of services and facilities. They set out in detail all of the actions the client needs to take to create and manage the destination they plan to become. These plans cover key actions, identification of investors and sources of investment, phasing of the action and desired outcomes and expected contribution to strategic objectives.

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Wild Atlantic Way

This is the core of our offer and driven by our Brand Compass. At its simplest a place brand strategy is what you plan to do to make your development, building, town or city a successful destination; it identifies and plans the detailed actions you will take to make a reality of your vision for your place - the story of how your offer will develop over time for the target markets you wish to attract. Building on a destination audit we use our Brand Compass to enable clients to decide on the kind of place they want to create, what their offer will be, how they will phase it and deliver it, and who they wish to attract to take up the offer. This then forms the basis for an action plan to implement the strategy as a brand offer of value propositions - a range of affordable actions and investments.

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Lord Street, Southport

In recent years we have seen the emergence of what can be termed “branded development” – developments designed for very specific purposes and marketed to very specific occupiers or targeted groups of consumers. We help developers and their investors and property owners to truly understand what they might do with their site or building in the context of its location, local planning policies, market conditions, and consumer market trends, to define what the offer of their place will be, be it a single building or a mix of buildings and spaces, who their market will be - occupiers and the market for those occupiers’ services, and enable them to define what the experience of occupation or visitation will be like before any spatial master-planning or architectural design work is undertaken.

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Once brand strategies and experience masterplans have been completed the next challenge is to devise a strategy to market and communicate the agreed offer to target audience through clear, inspiring and memorable messaging that describe the offer and, more importantly, the experience of being there. Place marketers call this “experiential marketing”.

As part of a comprehensive brand implementation plan we can devise a detailed experiential marketing strategy to promote and communicate the planned experience of the place. Core to this process is our Marketing Masterplan.

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Workshops & Seminars


Cork Docklands, Ireland

A one day workshop for developers, investors, property companies and their professional advisors on what’s involved in and the benefits of creating a brand strategy for the development of sites and buildings. The workshop covers the application of place branding to property, defining the offer, identifying the market, communicating and marketing that offer to target audiences.

Please contact us at info@placematters for dates of future workshops.

We can also run this workshop for the senior management teams of developers and property companies.

Click here to download a leaflet on Development Brand Strategy and Marketing.

Please contact us at info@placematters for a proposal and a quote.


Bermondsey Street Festival

A one day workshop in London.

Over the last ten years there has been a significant growth in interest in the concept of branding places. Quite a number of towns and cities world-wide have attempted to brand themselves for particular purposes. Successful place branding campaign require expertise. How can you acquire it? The Workshop covers the evolution of place brand strategy, tools for effective place brand strategy and its effective implementation, examples of effective place branding and marketing, application of the tools – group work exercises and the role of targeted marketing in communicating brand strategy.

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Workshop Meeting

A one day workshop in London.

Places are complex and are populated and influenced by many different kinds of people and organisations. So, putting together a place brand strategy that is truly reflective of the aspirations of local key stakeholders can be challenging. Without the active engagement of the right mix of stakeholders place brand strategies are unlikely to work and be badly managed. What’s required is a partnership of the key stakeholders to lead on creating, implementing and managing the strategy.
Please contact us at info@placematters for dates of future workshops.

We can also run this workshop for groups of stakeholders in a place who wish to come together to form a partnership to create a place brand strategy. This can take between one and two days depending on the scale of the project and the number of stakeholders. It covers what’s involved in preparing a place brand strategy, how to implement the strategy and the role and responsibilities of a brand partnership as a leadfership group.

Please contact us at info@placematters for a proposal and a quote.