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Lars Bredahl on The Brand Journalism Advantage PodcastLars Bredahl is a digital marketer for First Bank. He shares how to use resources within your own company to build your brand. How Lars is building a new community for bank customers via a brand journalism and data-driven content strategy.

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Lars Bredahl has been a storyteller since before he could spell. At age 4, he put together a picture book about teaming up with cartoon characters to fight off a burglar and these days, he helps brands develop compelling narratives across social media, email, and other digital channels. Lars graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a Master’s in Interactive Media. While in school, he collaborated with a team to develop a multimedia-rich website for a Costa Rican nonprofit and coordinated the creation of the nation’s first QR code-powered nature trail at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Since grad school, Lars worked on the marketing team at Google-funded startup SCVNGR (now LevelUp) and coordinated social media and digital marketing projects at agencies in Boston and Raleigh. He currently works as the Digital Marketing Coordinator at First Bank where he manages data-driven inbound marketing strategies to help the up-and-coming regional bank take on the “big guys” while maintaining a strong focus on personalized customer service and the local community. Lars was recently named one of the” Top 25 Community Bank Influencers on Twitter” and is a regular speaker at regional marketing conferences. Outside of First Bank, he has worked with a variety of clients including USO of North Carolina, Esurance, Coca-Cola, the American Petroleum Institute, Cree, Visit Milwaukee, Dow Jones, Duke Realty, ATM USA, and The New England Patriots.

Think Like A Journalist Quote

“Brand journalism is ultimately about control. It’s about building and owning an audience versus renting someone else’s audience. Modern consumers aren’t looking to be ‘sold.’ Rather, they are looking for answers to their questions and solutions to their problem.” ~Scott Severson, president of Hopkins, MN-based Brandpoint, a provider of content marketing services. Source.

Success Tip

Use your own brand’s resources to help contribute to your content and social media strategy. Look within.

Career Highlight

Building out the team and media content for First Bank. Find out how the brand journalism strategy is making a big impact on consumers.

When It Didn’t Work

Lars and the marketing team spent a great deal of time building out a platform that made First Bank a thought leader but the content was being overlooked. Find out what Lars did to get the attention of customers and employees and turn them into brand advocates.

Brand Journalism & Marketing Advice
  1. Become a media organization.
  2. Use your own employees to help support the content.
  3. Focus on your specific audiences and provide content that is strategically written for those target audiences.
  4. Social media is important but consider other distribution sources that are important to those audiences such as email for more rural areas or older audiences.
  5. Every article/marketing piece must provide value
  6. Build internal brand advocates: Start internal communication to help employees see content and then use that content to share with customers.
Multimedia Resource


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Resource Links

First Bank (Brand Journalism Website)

Self-Storage by First Bank (Brand Journalism Website)

TBJA 002: Nick Paranjape Says Goodbye To Media And Brings Brand Journalism To Healthcare


Lars Bredahl LinkedIn Profile

Twitter @LarsBredahl

Twitter @LocalFirstBank

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Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to "Be the Media". Phoebe is the host of "The Brand Journalism Advantage" podcast and a "Top 50 Podcaster To Follow". Listen in iTunes or at

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