Build a brand that means more, connects better & prevails in a changing market.

Providing hands-on independent strategic support to solve and implement brand, product and communication challenges within your business. Efficient and effective. None of the bullshit.




Your team is scattered across countless projects and they've lost focus. Many don’t know what difference any of it makes. You need more than just a manifesto on the wall: you need a decision-making filter that clarifies, aligns and catalyses your team into sustainable, creative, purposeful action. 



Maybe you’re pitching to VCs, heading into an IPO, or trying to meet ambitious sales projections. Either way, you need the communications and tactics to drive sales, and you needed them yesterday. Plug me into your creative team and push beyond preaching to the choir: you’ve got a big leap to make between your niche early adopters and actually reaching mainstream customers.



You’ve gotten stuck running promotions, dropping your prices, trying to out-manoeuvre Amazon’s SEO and nothing you do seems to move the dial. You need a whole new approach to your category. I can help you totally redefine where the actual opportunities for impact are to invent, own, and grow your fledgling market.



Maybe you have a product but don't know what it's for, who will love it, why they'll want it, or what they'll say about it. Maybe you’re going into a new market and need help adapting your established brand into this new context. Maybe you’ve only made products for men but now you’re focusing on women or you’re trying to move into a foreign territory. In any case, having real insight and a strategy to connect your product to its market is pretty much the most important thing you can do as a business right now.



You’re an investor in a new company and you can see the potential, but it needs help and fast. Startups should be entirely focused on getting their product right, but together we can make a crucial difference helping them understand why it’s right, and how to capitalise on that where it matters most: getting customers.



You know they're important, but you’ve lost touch with your core customers and what they really need from you. You might have all the data in the world, but you’re getting lost trying to connect with these people in a meaningful way, and as a result, you’re starting to lose them to the competition. It's time to dial up the insight work and reconnect.



You’ve got some decent sales, but no real fan 'community' around your brand. Make it easier for people to talk about your products and connect with each other through your brand! Embedded into your product and marketing teams, I'll help make sure your products are worth talking about, and easy to share.



You’re a founder and you’re just stuck. You’re in too deep and can’t see the wood from the trees. What's working, what’s not, and why? And what's the best route forward? I've been there and know how difficult running a start-up can be, so above all, I believe in pragmatism.



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Collyn’s ability to combine deep customer insight with a strategic mind steered our early efforts as we started to address marketing to women. Some five years later, her work’s still very much in evidence and I can think of no better endorsement.
— James Fairbank, Head of Brand, Rapha
She delivered actionable insights and plans in hand and we could immediately apply her work at all levels of the organization. Collyn did more than help us re-imagine and better define our brand, she helped us become a better team of people and a better company. We have found even more energy, excitement and creativity since having worked with her. You will be hard pressed to find a smarter, more capable and more reliable brand strategist.
— Justin Renard, CMO, Kaufmann Mercantile



Collyn Ahart

14+ years experience working with some of the world's most influential brands and creative agencies (Rosas Barcelona, Wieden + Kennedy London, Poke, Fray Network, Lewis Moberly) to turn the dial, as well as founding the outdoor clothing company Bowndling, in 2013. Collyn lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area with clients in the U.K., Europe, Africa, and the U.S.A.

Collyn is an independent strategy director, speaker, occasional writer, and founder.