Scott Bedbury

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Scott Bedbury
SCOTT BEDBURY headshot.jpg
Born Scott A. Bedbury
(1957-10-03) October 3, 1957 (age 60)
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oregon
Occupation Global Branding Consultant
Website Brandstream

Scott A. Bedbury (born October 3, 1957) is an American branding consultant. He is CEO of Brandstream, a global branding firm with offices in the Seattle, Washington area and Co-Founder and Chairman of Upstream Research, a disruptive analytics startup.[1] He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work as Nike Advertising Director (1987–94) including the launch of the “Just Do It” campaign and for serving as Starbucks' Chief Marketing Officer (1995–98) during its formative years.

Early career and education[edit]

In 1980, Bedbury graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. The University of Oregon Alumni Association named him Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1997.[2]


Bedbury began his nearly seven-year career with Nike in 1987 as Worldwide Advertising Director. He worked closely with CEO Phil Knight to transform the company from exclusive sports products for elite athletes to an inclusive company catering to everyone’s inner athlete.[3]

In 1988, Bedbury and Nike agency Wieden & Kennedy launched "Just Do It", a global campaign that helped move the company from distant third to number one.[4] The “Just Do It” campaign opened up the access point to the brand and made it more ageless, more relevant and more multi-cultural."[5] In 1989, Bedbury’s work with the Nike-Women’s Fitness Campaign diversified the audience further, "repositioning Nike as a meaningful brand to women."[6] Nike won the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) Kelly Award for best print ad in 1989, 1991 and 1992.[7] Nike also won the USA Today Ad Meter award for best commercial with its first ever Super Bowl spot, "Announcers", in 1990.[8]


When Bedbury joined Starbucks as its Chief Marketing Officer in 1995, it was a regional coffee company based in Seattle, WA.[3] Bedbury and CEO Howard Schultz worked to transform the company into a global brand where coffee would mean something more than a daily routine.[3] In his first year, Bedbury helped launch Frappuccino and open Starbucks' first international stores in Japan.[4] Bedbury worked with former Nike and Starbucks insights director, Jerome Conlon, to create the "Third Place" positioning, which is described as, "not home (1st place) or work (2nd place) it’s somewhere in between, a public hang out."[9]


Bedbury left Starbucks in 1998 and started his own branding consulting firm, Brandstream.[10] In his position as CEO, he began work with national and international clients such as P&G, Coca-Cola, Google, Corona, NASA, Facebook, Visa, Starwood Hotels, T-mobile, Volkswagen AG, Mars, the Obama Administration and Airbnb.[11] As of 2014, Bedbury had helped more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and was working on three startups "one that could be huge."[12]

Between 2011 and 2013, Bedbury served as advisor to Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky. Bedbury and his team helped Airbnb define its vision, values, and positioning. In 2011, Airbnb was valued at $1.2 billion. Today, Airbnb is valued at more than $26 billion US with more than one million listings across 191 countries.


In addition to his branding clients, Bedbury speaks at conferences, events, and universities and has been represented by speakers bureaus around the world such as Speak Inc,[13] Keynote Speakers,[14] Robinson Speakers,[15] PSFK.[16] He has been a keynote speaker in more than 20 countries.

In 2012, Advertising Age ranked Bedbury among Steve Jobs, Larry Light, and Andrea Alstrup in the top ten clients bringing “guts and innovation to the business” .[17]

A New Brand World[edit]

Bedbury published his first book, A New Brand World, in 2002. It serves as a guideline for those just beginning branding or those whom have been in the industry for decades.[18]

The synopsis for A New Brand World is as follows, according to its Google Books page: "No company can succeed without a great product or service, but in today's competitive market it also needs a brand. Transcending the tangible aspects of a commodity and nurturing a brand to build a deeper and more enduring emotional connection with customers has become one of the most critical and complex challenges facing businesses today, whether they are multinational corporations or small, local enterprises. How did a company like Nike use "Just Do It" to launch its way to success and become part of global culture? How did Starbucks reinvent a familiar 900-year-old product and change the way people drink coffee around the world? In A New Brand World Scott Bedbury, who was at the heart of both companies as they became two of the greatest branding success stories of our time, explains how to apply the principles that grew these companies more than fivefold and established their trademarks as leaders in their categories. With fascinating anecdotes from his own in-the-trenches experience and dozens of case studies (including companies like Harley-Davidson, Guinness, the Gap, and Disney), Bedbury offers practical, battle-tested advice and an analysis of why some brands succeed where others fail. A New Brand World will show any business-whether a Fortune 500 corporation or a neighborhood store-how it can begin to realize its full brand potential and build lasting value. Inspiring, visionary, and witty, A New Brand World will become the key book for building brands in the twenty-first-century economy."

Bedbury's book has also made the CEO Read's Top 100 Business Books of All Time List three times.


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  2. ^ Tim Gleason (2003). "Scott Bedbury '80". University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication Hall of Achievement. Archived from the original on 2006-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Verðmætin felast í uppbyggingu innan frá". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Scott Bedbury | LAUNCH". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Mixing Art And Science To Achieve Brand Leadership In The 21st Century [PSFK CONFERENCE SAN FRANCISCO] - PSFK". PSFK. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Nike, Wieden + Kennedy women's ad campaign broke new ground 20 years ago". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  7. ^ "MPA KELLY AWARD PREVIOUS WINNERS". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  8. ^ "All 26 Super Bowl Ad Meter-winning commercials from 1989 to 2014". Super Bowl XLIX Ad Meter. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  9. ^ "5 Things I Learned Building The Starbucks Brand". Branding Strategy Insider. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  10. ^ "About Brandstream". Company website. 2002. 
  11. ^ "Scott Bedbury | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  12. ^ Reinhart, Anthony (May 15, 2014). "View from the 'Loo: Global brand builder Scott Bedbury on why EQ trumps IQ". Communitech News. Retrieved December 21, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Scott Bedbury - Book Keynote Speaker Scott Bedbury from Speak Inc for your next event! - SpeakInc - You Ask We Listen". Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  14. ^ "Scott Bedbury - Speaker Profile". Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  15. ^ "Scott Bedbury Speaker — Robinson Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  16. ^ "Scott Bedbury, Brandstream: Mixing Art And Science To Achieve Brand Leadership - PSFK". PSFK. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  17. ^ "Hats Off to These 10 Forward-Thinking Clients". Retrieved 2015-12-21. 
  18. ^ "A New Brand World by Scott Bedbury, Stephen Fenichell |". Retrieved 2015-12-21.