The Busy Creator Podcast, episode 29 with Brand Strategy Consultant, Copywriter & Author Susan Gunelius

The Busy Creator 29 w/guest Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius (@susangunelius) is a 20-year marketing veteran who has worked in corporate environments for some of the largest companies in the world. Today, she’s on the agency side as President & CEO of Keysplash Creative, which offers brand strategy consulting along with writing and all marketing communication services.

In addition, Susan has written 10 books not only on marketing, branding social media, and technology, but also on subjects like the marketing of Harry Potter. She now contributes her marketing expertise to sites like Forbes and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women On Business, an award-winning blog. Our conversation moves from working with clients to managing an agency of one and the habits required to author a book.

Show Notes & Links



  • To get clients to be honest about their brand/company 1.) play Devil’s Advocate; or 2.) circumvent the main question and ask unrelated questions.
  • Use questionnaires and forms for clients with tough communication skills
  • Use psychology to get at the heart of a brand
  • Use case studies and real world examples to hammer home your strategy
  • Write content to build credibility (via blogs or books)
  • Narrow your focus to one or two topics
  • “Chunking”, the process of planning your topics, especially chapters in books


  • Write a section a day, don’t worry about a whole book
  • Build uninterrupted chunks of time
  • Work all day on Saturday
  • Write stuff down to remember them

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About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.