Darrell Keezer

Darrell Keezer

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CEO and Founder, Candybox Marketing | Digital Marketing Expert

Darrell Keezer builds businesses with digital marketing.

He owns a handful and lends his talents to hundreds more—all over the globe.

His story has a tinge of irony. See, the lowest grade he ever earned in college was in the Online Advertising course. But in the real world, he’s mastered the field like few others and earned straight A’s. A few years later, Darrell was inducted into Sheridan College’s Business Hall of Fame for his work in building an award-winning agency. His agency is listed on Globe & Mail’s Top Growing Companies four years in a row and the Top 10 Great Places To Work in Canada; he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by two organizations and won an Award of Excellence in Business from the Governor-General of Canada.

He’s humorous but doesn’t fancy himself a comic. He’s a tech expert but won’t stand before you speak in code. Darrell’s a digital marketer, but he won’t geek out with his talk or freak out the execs in the audience that simply want to sell more stuff.

Darrell’s mission is to give you a healthy dose of disruption—to challenge the audience he stands before with today’s most provocative digital marketing ideas. He’ll make it real. He’ll dig into how Tesla generated over $14 billion in car sales in a week. He’ll explain why his fellow Canadians now boycott Heinz ketchup and hoard bottles of French’s.

Digital marketing has levelled the playing field in every conceivable way. It’s vital to understand the new rules of engagement. Darrell will do you the honour. He’ll delve into the mechanics of successful marketing campaigns and strategies and unravel how innovations in digital empower businesses to generate leads and build relationships online. He’ll share examples of how today’s most progressive companies move the needle with digital marketing.

  • Candybox Marketing—Darrell is the CEO & founder of one of the fastest-growing marketing agencies in Canada.
  • Keynote speaker—Darrell speaks at 50 events per year on digital marketing and leading fast-growing hybrid companies.
  • Author—Darrell wrote Pick Up Your Freakin’ Phone – a must-read.

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Speaking topics

Flipping the Script on AI

AI is equal parts opportunity & loss, excitement & fear, success & failure. What side are you on?

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, AI is no longer a buzzword; changing how we run our businesses has become the most significant technology disruption since the birth of the internet. So, what’s your plan?

You don’t need to be a tech wizard to benefit from AI; Darrell will provide tangible, real-life examples of how AI can boost your business today. Learn how to change the trajectory of your business with a few strategic ideas and embrace the future with confidence. Join us for an insightful, fun, and interactive perspective on AI that focuses on growing any business.

Darrell Keezer, the CEO of Candybox Marketing, will share how he reshaped the conversation in his own company around AI, moving from the risk of becoming obsolete to driving record-breaking revenues in three months. This keynote is not about pontificating a distant AI future; it’s about harnessing AI’s potential today.

Seriously Disruptive Digital Marketing Methods

You live in one of the most connected countries in the world. Digital media has drastically changed your life and the lives of everyone around you. Has your company embraced it?

You want to be there when digital marketing expert Darrell Keezer shares his insights about digital marketing and how it’s revolutionized how businesses communicate and connect with consumers.

Wonder how Tesla generated over $25 billion in car sales in a week? Or why Canadians suddenly boycotted Heinz and began hoarding bottles of French’s Ketchup?

Darrell plans to reveal the answers. He’ll delve into the mechanics of game-changing digital marketing and explain how businesses are disrupting the status quo to generate leads and build relationships. His keynote includes real examples and insights on how your company can build a digital plan to move the needle.

Managing Remote Teams (Without Tears)

Am I on Mute?

2020 thrust most Canadian businesses into hybrid/remote working to avoid bankruptcy or irrelevancy. This crisis work-from-home plan was quickly adapted as our new normal, but many companies continue to operate through hybrid teams with a limp. Calling people back to the office has not been met with fanfare, and for good reason. Quiet quitting, employee burnout and rampant resignations are all clear signs most companies are doing it all wrong.

We are trying to embrace this new way of working, but do we know how to use it to our advantage? Darrell Keezer, CEO of Candybox Marketing, leads one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada (Globe & Mail), while also landing on the Top 10 Great Places to Work in the country. He will show you how to practically build a hybrid-workplace culture that can promote rapid growth alongside a healthy culture. Whether you are 5% or 100% work-from-home, your company needs to build a hybrid strategy that actually works.

During this vulnerable, tell-all presentation, Darrell will show you why and how your company can be successful at managing hybrid teams (without tears).

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Speaker testimonials

Darrell’s presentation was fantastic and very inciteful! Thanks so much for getting everything organized and please thank Darrell for being amazing! Everything else went off without a hitch and the day went smoothly.

Chambers Plan Ontario Region

Darrell Keezer is the Tony Robbins of social media marketing! I have heard several people speak about digital marketing strategies for 2016, but Darrell is ahead of the pack by far. Make sure you drink a Red Bull before listening to this guy! You won’t want to miss a moment of it.

Dr. Reid Hemsing | President, Two Wheel Gear

With our conference theme “Being Relevant in this Transformational Age” focused on engaging and developing young talent, Darrell hit the mark with his lively presentation and informative content. Darrell is an outstanding speaker.”

John Jefkins | Vice President, Marketing & Communications – Electro-Federation

I recently shared the stage with Darrell Keezer and was blown away. In under an hour, Darrell delivered valuable insights and relevant content and did so in a manner that was engaging, thought provoking and entertaining. His advice is practical and 
actionable. This guy is awesome.

Dr. Sean Wise | Dragons Den / Naked Entrepreneur

Darrell’s presentation is engaging, informative and geared towards audiences with varying levels of experience in the digital world. He provides insight into current social trends and digital platforms, helping others to better understand what customers really want and the challenges they may face. Darrell’s delivery is both humourous and interactive, leaving his audience with many relevant topics to discuss — well after Darrell has left the stage

Kerry Cosgrove | Basics Office Products Ltd.

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