The narrative surrounding brand identity in the cannabis industry continues to evolve as the market grows and matures, with operators racing to set the tone for their stories. In episode 5 of Focus on the Future, Green Flower Social Media Manager Allie Everdeen chats about the future of branding with Jennifer Whetzel, Founder of Ladyjane Branding and the creator of the Women in Cannabis Study. Allie and Jennifer discuss why defining your brand’s archetype is critical to messaging, what the industry is doing right, and how it can improve.
“Jennifer Whetzel is the Founder of Ladyjane Branding. She grew up working in her family’s regionally-famous Polish Sausage business learning early-on the power of a brand that forms emotional connections with its customers.
Her career journey included retail operations and merchandising at 7-Eleven, a focus on PR on a military base in Japan, and a number of years branding businesses at advertising agencies. To round out her career she crafted strategies based on data at a consumer research firm, launched a dozen new animal-health supplements, and dabbled a bit in experiential marketing strategy.
She got her medical marijuana card the day she moved to Maine in 2017 to help manage symptoms from multiple immune disorders. She credits cannabis and the friends she met in her local cannabis community as playing a key role in managing and healing from PTSD.
As she spent more time in the community, she realized she could lend her expertise to busy cannabis entrepreneurs who were much too busy to focus on learning how to create a strong, memorable brand. She put her hard-earned and well-practiced branding skills to use and created a Brand Discovery Process that helps clients design their own Brand Character, Identity, Style and Strategy.”
Make sure to follow the Green Flower Instagram account and tune in Wednesdays at 12 p.m. PST for more episodes of Focus on the Future!