GSN-Patrick-Bernardi-CMO-HuFriedyGroup-InterviewIn the labyrinthine world of modern marketing, how can brands carve a clear path to success amidst shifting trends and evolving consumer behaviors? In the latest episode of Growing Social Now, Barbara Rozgonyi interviews Patrick Bernardi, Chief Marketing Officer at HuFriedyGroup about Rewriting the Modern Brand Marketing Playbook for CX, Trade Shows, and Customer Loyalty. Patrick offers a beacon of guidance for marketers seeking to navigate the complexities of the digital landscape. With over two decades of experience in the ever-changing field, Bernardi shares a wealth of insights into customer engagement, brand storytelling, and the strategic utilization of marketing technology.  Get the long-game perspective from a brilliant CMO who leads an iconic Chicago company founded in 1908. Of note: Working with Patrick and his team, Barbara developed LinkedIn sales training for HuFriedyGroup’s global sales teams.

Focusing on Industry Trade Shows for Brand Marketing Customer Experience

Trade shows, once the cornerstone of brand visibility, have witnessed a resurgence in the post-pandemic era. Bernardi sheds light on the enduring value of these events, particularly highlighting the significance of the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter event in Chicago. As the Chief Marketing Officer of a global leader in dental instruments and products, Bernardi offers strategic perspectives on successful participation in trade shows, emphasizing the pivotal role of brand engagement and influencer marketing. His insights transcend industry boundaries, resonating with marketers across various sectors who seek to amplify their brand’s visibility and forge meaningful connections with their audience.

Demystifying The Brand Marketing Technology Maze

Navigating the vast array of marketing tools and platforms can feel akin to traversing a grocery aisle filled with endless yogurt options. Bernardi draws a compelling parallel, underscoring the need for marketers to maintain a focused content strategy aligned with their overarching business objectives. From leveraging platforms like Salesforce and Pardot to enhance customer targeting to harnessing the power of Tableau for streamlined pipeline activities, Bernardi offers practical advice for maximizing the efficiency of a marketing technology stack. Moreover, he explores the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging platforms such as TikTok and YouTube, urging marketers to meet their target audience in their preferred digital spaces.

Adapting to New Social Media Influencer Marketing Platforms

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, marketers must adapt their strategies to stay ahead of the curve. Bernardi emphasizes the importance of agility and innovation in navigating emerging platforms, recognizing the dynamic nature of audience preferences and behaviors. Whether through engaging content on TikTok or immersive experiences on YouTube, Bernardi advocates for a proactive approach to audience engagement, ensuring brands remain relevant and resonant in an ever-changing digital ecosystem.

Crafting Compelling Brand Marketing and CX Content

In an age of information overload, capturing and retaining audience attention requires finesse and precision. Bernardi lauds Howard Stern’s approach to content chunking, wherein brief, topic-focused segments cater to the audience’s preferences for bite-sized information. However, he acknowledges the inherent challenges in creating compelling yet concise content, emphasizing the importance of beta testing to gauge audience reception. By iteratively refining content strategies based on real-time feedback, marketers can enhance engagement and foster lasting connections with their audience.

Integrating AI into Brand Marketing

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds immense potential to revolutionize the marketing landscape, yet its capabilities remain tempered by certain limitations. Bernardi and Barbara engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the role of AI in marketing, acknowledging its capacity to streamline processes and enhance efficiency. However, they also highlight the irreplaceable human nuances inherent in brand storytelling, underscoring the importance of striking a balance between AI-driven automation and authentic human engagement. While AI continues to augment various aspects of marketing, Bernardi emphasizes the need for marketers to retain agency over their brand narratives, ensuring they resonate with audiences on a deeply emotional level.

Activating Internal Agency Dynamics

As brands expand their product portfolios and evolve their strategic visions, internal agency models must adapt to accommodate growth and change. Bernardi shares his insights into navigating the complexities of internal agency dynamics, emphasizing the importance of aligning vision and mission with organizational goals. By fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, brands can leverage their internal resources to drive meaningful impact and achieve sustained growth. Bernardi’s experiences across executive leadership roles underscore the importance of agile, forward-thinking strategies in navigating the competitive landscape of modern marketing.

Rewriting the Brand Modern Marketing Playbook Summary

In essence, this episode serves as a comprehensive playbook for marketers seeking to thrive in today’s dynamic marketing landscape. From trade show strategies to the strategic utilization of marketing technology, Bernardi offers actionable insights that resonate across industries. By embracing agility, innovation, and a customer-centric approach, brands can navigate the complexities of modern marketing with confidence and clarity. As Bernardi aptly summarizes, success in marketing hinges upon the ability to adapt, innovate, and resonate with audiences in meaningful ways.

People and Companies Mentioned

Howard Stern @SternShow


Gary Vaynerchuk

Seth Mattison

Lake Park High School INCubator 


HuFriedyGroup Instagram influencers

Dr. Enrique Cruz @Dr.EnriqueCruz

Irene Iancu @Toothlife_Irene

Katrina Sanders @TheDentalWinegenist


About Patrick Bernardi

Patrick Bernardi brings over two decades of experience in guiding transformative marketing strategies across B2B and B2C industries. As Chief Marketing Officer at HuFriedyGroup, he spearheads global brand marketing initiatives, driving business objectives through innovative marketing approaches. With a keen understanding of consumer behaviors and market dynamics, Bernardi is a catalyst for organizational growth and strategic innovation.

About HuFriedyGroup

HuFriedyGroup, a global leader in dental instrument manufacturing and infection prevention, is committed to excellence in clinical practice and patient care. With a legacy spanning over 200 years, HuFriedyGroup provides comprehensive solutions for dental professionals worldwide, fostering superior clinical outcomes and patient safety. Headquartered in Chicago, HuFriedyGroup maintains a global presence, distributing products in over 100 countries. Friends of HuFriedy, the world’s most established online dental hygiene community.

About Chicago Dental Society

The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) is a venerable institution dedicated to promoting dental excellence and oral health in the metropolitan Chicago area. Organizers of the annual Midwinter Meeting, CDS has been at the forefront of dental education and innovation for over 150 years. With a membership of over 6,100 dentists, CDS continues to serve as a beacon of excellence in the dental community, advancing the art and science of dentistry for the betterment of public health.

About Barbara Rozgonyi and Growing Social Now

Barbara Rozgonyi, a leading authority in social media and digital marketing, hosts the dynamic Growing Social Now Network and publishes the top PR blog, wiredPRworks. Through insightful interviews and thought-provoking discussions, Barbara empowers brands, marketers, and entrepreneurs to harness the full potential of digital media for business growth and community engagement. With a finger on the pulse of emerging trends and technologies, Barbara’s platform serves as a valuable resource for navigating the ever-evolving digital marketing landscape with high-level marketing intelligence.


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