All posts tagged: Brand Strategy

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The Creative Pitch Process: Revisited

Hiring a creative agency is one of the most critical and challenging tasks for companies.The problem is that the pitch process hasn’t changed for what seems like forever. Most stakeholders, executives and business owners don’t come to the table with the information needed for agencies to prepare, leaving the agency to provide a muddy view of what a project with entail, and a client who doesn’t have a clear understanding of deliverables. Anatomy of A Pitch Process In the most simple of terms, there are two kinds of pitch processes. Those that are thoughtful, well-planned and considered; and those that are down and dirty, get the job done types. These usually vary depending on the scope of work – whether a focused activity like a logo redesign or a sweeping project like a website or product launch. Because the pitch process is a vastly different experience for many people it…

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1 month, 5 days ago
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The Books You Need to Do Your Job Better Now

Let’s face it, most of us don’t show up for work feeling one hundred percent energized every single day. Whether it’s a mid-morning coffee break, a yoga class or a brainstorming session – we all need outlets to get the juices flowing. So, over the course of the year, we tasked clients with the big question: how do you inspire and excite your teams? Not surprisingly, many of them said they have go-to reads that they tap into for innovative ideas and strategies. We couldn’t help but share their recommendations for the keys to making the magic happen day in and day out. The Accidental Creative Todd Henry The Accidental Creative is well suited to creatives working in the in the commercial environment. There’s a learning curve to staying active in your own creative practice while giving it your all professionally. This book, loosely adapted from podcast content, provides valuable tools…

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3 months, 25 days ago
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Reflecting Brand Culture in Web Design Strategy

Brand culture embodies the core value of what a company offers and what they stand behind – so it’s critical that their online persona reflect this accurately. One of the most powerful branding tools to express this point of view is through a website. It’s these channels that drive us to connect with a brand – if we choose to engage, and ultimately make a conversion. Trust reigns supreme in the digital environment – and at the end of the day, it all depends on the users view of the brand. For web designers, content strategists and marketers, this presents a true challenge: How can we ensure an authentic user experience unless we are completely immersed in the brand being represented. What truly makes an organization stand out is when their brand is relatable. Once that style permeates into a company’s design process, it connects the brand to a unique…

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5 months, 3 days ago
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Creating Stronger Project Outcomes Through an Agile Process

Beyond the confines of creative briefs, project management platforms and collaborative regroups – creative teams are now looking to expand and experiment with new processes, moving far away from the traditional design project management style, hoping to crack the code in design process reinvention. With most creative teams working on projects ranging from campaign strategy, UI/UX to content development, an agile process lends itself to an elastic, fluid journey to the end product. What is Agile? Though derived from software development, the agile method has proven effective in multiple sectors of business and product development, particularly in creative environments. Agile is a functional strategy aimed at producing solutions in a short amount of time by using incremental repetition. In other words, constant collaboration, or sprints – in this case. Close contact and transparency is key with the client to keep the stream moving rapidly. Nearly 100% of teams who have…

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6 months, 9 days ago
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Creating a Brand Style Guide: The Essentials

Ideally, a brand should be evolving on a continual basis, however it must retain it’s  vision throughout it’s changes. The key to the successful and sustainable evolution of a brand is remaining consistent. From logo design, color, typography and content – there must be a ‘gold standard’ with which to derive the core messaging, look and feel from. Brand style guides set tonality and provide targeted guidelines and instructions to both internal and external teams on how the brand should be communicated and seen to the public across all media and touch points. What is a brand style guide? A brand style guide, referred to in a myriad of ways – brand standards guideline, a style manual, brand bible or style guide –  is a set of design standards for the creation of creative assets. This guide is essential in presenting both digital and print media with a clearly defined view of the brand…

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10 months, 8 days ago
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Game Changer: Finding A Brand’s Differentiator

As popular as it may be the old saying ‘ if you can’t beat them, join them’ is the exact opposite of what a brand should do to compete in the market place. Many companies can simply exist for a time employing this mantra, but eventually, the model will fail with too many players offering the same service. If there is one constant, its that the competition will never let up – there will always be an upcoming launch, a new product or a lower price. In this constant and yet, even increasing competitive marketplace, a brand’s point of view must be distilled to its clearest message possible. The stand out aspect – the differentiator – is what will attract notice, garner attention and lead to conversion opportunities. Though it may seem obvious enough for some, finding a company’s differentiating factor can be a difficult task. Here are a few ways to ensure that a…

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1 year, 10 months ago
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How to Choose the Right Marketing Channel for Your Budget

One of the biggest challenges as a marketer is to use a limited budget to create a profitable marketing campaign. If there is no clear focus, it can be even harder due to the fact you have many different channels to choose from. To help you make a decision, here are a set of different scenarios of what channel best suits the situation. Best Channel to Focus On If You Have a Small Budget But Have an Established List of Customers: Email Marketing is still one of the best ways to convert prospects into customers. If you already have a list of customers that you haven’t been utilizing, you can quickly build with an email campaign with a great offer and expect some sales. However, email marketing isn’t that straightforward most of the time. You’ll need to focus on building a relationship with your subscribers and customers which can be…

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2 years, 1 month ago
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The Power of the White Paper for Brand Influence

Content is king, as they say – and nowhere does this resonate than with the discerning users of todays digital landscape. Now an integral part of any brand strategy, content marketing is an essential part of what an organization needs to survive. Customers are inundated with clever headlines, 140-character limits that tend to be leading (many times to nowhere), and graphics that may not be relevant to the message. No longer is lackluster search material going to bring conversions – and with that, a brand must deliver high-quality, useful and valuable content. This is where the often overlooked tool of the white paper comes into the picture. Designed to educate the market about a product or service, the white paper is a short document that complements the selling process with facts crafted to inform the user and heighten their knowledge about the organization. To be successful, the content must be useful…

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2 years, 3 months ago
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Spring Clean Your Image with a Brand Refresh

If you feel that you are out of touch with your audience, it might be time to spring clean your image with a brand refresh. Rebranding is done for different reasons. Sometimes it’s to target a bigger audience that can be lead to growth. Other times it’s to adapt to the changing environment and stay competitive. Regardless of the reason, this is a big change that requires big adjustments to not only your brand presentation but to also how your company functions on an internal level. So where do you start with your Rebranding? The first order of business is to figure out exactly what you want to change and how you want to change it. Is your current strategy limiting you from growth or hurting your company in some way? How can you refocus and reposition the brand goals so that you can get on course to where you…

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2 years, 3 months ago
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Design as a Key Element in Successful Branding

There are many parts of branding from the strategy, positioning, culture, to the brand statement. However, design is obviously the most recognizable aspect of branding. Design and branding are inseparable but business owners often confuse the relationship between the two. For instance, many business owners associate the logo as the brand when it is more of an avatar for the company. With that said, how exactly does design impact a brand? Since the topic of the logo was brought up, you can say that the logo design is meant to support or conceptualize your brand statement and identity rather than represent the brand together. Take the financial company ING for example. Their logo has the symbol of a lion next to their company name. The purpose here is to represent a pedigree that commands respect, is authoritative, and is a leader. These are all qualities that people want to associate…

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2 years, 6 months ago