Strategic Marketing Workshops
Japan / APAC || B2C / B2B

Align your team to deliver business programs maximizing results of sales & promotional campaigns.

Book an online call to discuss the best fit for you or your organization [ZOOM].


Our foundational workshops start with concepts for building promotional frameworks and specific examples relevant to cross-border agencies and multinationals.

We will look at the impact of Creativity, Innovation, and the insights behind Value Creation, Sales Promotion, Market Positioning, and Demand Generation.

In addition, we will explore how these elements work together in contributing to overall brand positioning and the impact of Competitive Advantage and Customer Lifetime Value.


Any account executives, planners, creatives, marketing and brand specialists from entry to executive level that are involved in cross-cultural localization or transcreation for B2C / B2B.
  • WHERE: In-Person (Tokyo / Japan); Online (APAC / Worldwide)
  • PARTICIPANTS: 2 – 8 People
  • FREQUENCY: 2 hrs x 3 Sessions (6 Hrs Total)
  • PRICE: $3,750 USD (In-Person); $1,875 USD (On-line)
  • EXPERIENCE: All experience levels welcome (Entry, Junior, Senior Executives)
  • COHORT: Single client or agency, single client plus agency or multiple agencies together
Sessions cover approaches to create innovative campaigns complimenting the efforts of sales and business development for better Strategic Marketing.
This also includes basic tenets such as Storytelling, Narratives, Customer Journey, Audience Personas and other Marketing Principles that build towards Brand Messaging.

Storytelling, Narratives & Value Creation

An introduction covering core concepts behind product positioning and brand marketing

Sales Channels  & Demand Generation

Creation of awareness and interest for a service, product or company for actionable market planning

Audience Personas & Customer Journeys

Building personas, customer journeys and digital content in sync with overall promotional objectives

Customer Acquisition & Lifetime Value

Planning the fundamental mechanics for strategic growth while balancing costs and profits

Professional Excellence Series

We have created professional development programs for executives at numerous global organizations covering management essentials, the crafting of individual leadership styles and improvement of employee performance.  

Coaching & Workshop Testimonials

Ken Saito
President & Representative Director
Wunderman International
I recruited Ed for a series of workshops to bring our account, creative and data teams together, ahead of plans for aggressive new business activation in Japan / APAC.
Benjamin Knopp
Board President
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Tokyo
It was great having you Ed. Feedback was excellent, with the main gripe being we didn’t have more time for all the material, but that one’s on me ;)
Ron Sternberg
Managing Director / Owner
RCS Global Marketing Inc.
Ed has coached numerous staff at my agency for more than a decade. He still provides valuable guidance to improve their coordination, scheduling & budget management.
Vince Ota
Global Executive Creative Director
Pico Art International Pte Ltd
Our agency had Ed lead multiple strategy sessions aligning the thinking of our global creative team of 100+. We plan to have him back in the near future.

Strategy & Planning Toolkits

All workshop participants gain access to with slides, worksheets and courses on our proprietary online learning platform available for download.

Your Instructor: Ed Thompson

Marketing  Consultant / Founder
As founder of Concept Design, I work with start-ups, ventures and multinationals to improve their strategic planning, brand marketing campaigns and team performance across Japan / APAC. 

I help global executives improve the performance of their staff and build stronger marketing teams. I focus on the alignment of your mission-critical campaigns and organizational initiatives, whether conducted internally or in partnership with agencies.

With more than 20 years in Japan, I manage the varied challenges leading multicultural, cross-functional teams at all levels of global organizations, consistently delivering positive outcomes for corporate initiatives, handling communication in native English and fluent Japanese.

I am active as an advisor and mentor to innovative firms through the Founder Institute and Venture HUB (FHH). Currently lead lecturer for graduate seminars at UIBS, and continuing education programs targeting working professionals at both Nikkei Business School & Temple University Japan.