If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves mile-long queues and even permanent tattoos—then Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle is for you. The founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny’s known for helping people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.
Walk into Johnny’s bakery themed, frosting scented T-shirt shop on Boston’s historic Newbury Street where clothing is displayed in refrigerators and lunchbox orders are pulled out of a secret smoking oven! A true Willy Wonka-esque experience. While some people leave with T-shirts and others leave hangry and empty handed, 100% of his customers leave with a memory and a story to share.
With global pop-ups, thousands of customers with his logo tattooed on themselves, people who camp out for his products, and high-profile collaborations with giants such as The Simpsons, Power Rangers, and Nickelodeon, Johnny was named “America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur” by Business Week, “Top Innovator in Retail” by The Boston Globe, and featured in INC magazine as the CEO of one of the world’s fastest growing independent businesses. Since then, through his talks and creative consulting, Johnny has shared his strategies with clients that include Apple, L’Oreal, Disney, IBM, Audi, Harvard University, Wieden+Kennedy, Marriott, UKG, and P&G.
Also a TEDx speaker, Johnny has been featured in media such as MTV, NPR, NBC, Forbes, WIRED, and as a case study in several branding and business books.
Johnny touches on why one handwritten note, personalized gift, or a community event could be more powerful than a cold email campaign to strangers. Johnny shares examples of how adding a dash of imagination and extra detail can drive a chunkier return on investment when it comes to marketing and sales, like when he rented a real coffin and hearse from a creepy guy on Craigslist to get delivered in for the nighttime release of his limited edition, VHS-packaged, Halloween movie themed T-shirts. This $220 vehicle rental attracted lifetime memories, created brand ambassadors, and garnered millions in free marketing as channel 4 news dedicated an entire segment to this release.
With each new launch the hysteria around the ‘Johnny Cupcakes’ brand continues to conquer the globe. The reaction goes from 10 block queues as anxious fans await for the shop to open to Cupcake tattoos, yes, permanent ones. In this awe-inducing presentation Johnny will educate you on how you too can create a wave of loyalty and obsession around your products, your business and within your teams through the power of social media & experiential branding.
So many ideas, so little resources! Some of the biggest business success stories were the product of dollar coffees and a loving parent’s garage – including Johnny Cupcakes. So if you have the drive then this presentation will show you and your audience how to get behind the wheel and steer your organization into new territories and gently away from old ways! With utter conviction and complete passion Johnny will talk leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, and sales teams through the lessons he has learned on his journey to global domination – and arm them with easy to apply strategies for making their dreams a reality. Johnny shares dozens of ingredients to success, including the power of details, collaboration, and the art of rolling with the punches while learning to adapt.
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“Johnny has ‘creativity-as-a-business strategy’ nailed and he’s able to turn it into a talk which is so coherent and thoughtful that even a bean counter would understand why creativity is the most powerful, yet untapped force in business today.”
“Run - don't walk - to hire Johnny to speak at your event! The recipe is simple: mix equal parts incredible story and unbridled energy; add dashes of humor, creativity and passion; sprinkle with joyful nuttiness...and what you and your attendees are left with is an hour they will never forget. Pump up your own team; wow an external audience - there are so many settings where this man will ABSOLUTELY CRUSH IT.”
SALES MANAGER STREAMLINE EVENTS, INC
“We have worked with over 1,000 speakers over the last 12 years, and can safely say that Johnny Cupcakes is one of our favorites! Sincere, down-to-earth, motivational––a true pleasure to watch and a crowd favorite!”
DIRECTOR FITC & NXNE INTERACTIVE
“Johnny delivered his keynote with personality, authenticity and inspiring energy. He engaged the audience with his story and made it relevant to the themes and ambitions of our conference. Most importantly he inspired us to think differently––and even more––he had a lasting effect, as since the conference colleagues have taken a ‘Johnny Cupcakes approach’ to some of our business challenges!”
SENIOR BRAND EQUITY MANAGER MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
“It was a pleasure to work with Johnny! We hired Johnny to provide the keynote address at our annual global supplier network conference of 400 attendees with participants from 30 countries. Johnny was directly involved in our planning for his role in the event. His message was informative, engaging, inspirational, and funny! Our client and audience loved him! We received 100% positive feedback! I would highly recommend Johnny as a keynote speaker for any event!”
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