Wow. Where has 2018 gone?! It’s hard to believe that a year has nearly passed since I officially launched this company. It’s been one whirlwind of a year, but I couldn’t be more thankful for the incredible ride it’s been. In keeping with a common new year’s even tradition, I’m reflecting on the year that’s passed and the many things the company has to look forward to in 2019.
Building a brand is an extensive process that doesn’t happen over night, and should involve a thorough, self-reflective deep-dive with an objective third-party. To get you started, we’ve curated a list of eight key questions to ask yourself (or have someone ask you) to kick-off your brand building process.
Have you ever looked at a company and thought to yourself, "they seem cohesive, put together, well-branded, and professional"? That’s probably because they employ a clear brand strategy — a tactic used in all sorts of different industries to differentiate businesses and build a loyal customer base.
Back in the spring we were fortunate to begin a Brand Build and Visual Identity refresh with a wonderful client in Calgary, AB. Lindsay, the founder and owner of Therapeutic Massage Kneads came to us looking to create something fresh for her successful 13-year-old brand.
Customers, like companies, aren’t static. Every so often they undergo huge changes. Gone are the days of erratic buying and mindless spending. Customers have evolved; they think carefully not only about their purchases, but who they’re purchasing from.
We now live in a digital age where we are able to get minute-to-minute updates on everything from current events, to crises and disasters, to celebrity mishaps and public blunders. This is one very important reason for needed a strong, cohesive, and consistent brand.
What makes a brand truly great? The truth is, a great brand isn’t defined by its profits or popularity. It’s defined by its values, what it communicates to the public, how it makes a customer feel, the community it creates, and so much more.
If you live in Alberta, this one’s for you. We all know there are a myriad of amazing local brands in our great province, but here are 11 that really stood out to us:
This week we’re excited to bring you a guest blog post by Rebecca Smillie, a Community Investment Strategist from Edmonton, Alberta. We’ve been fortunate to work with Rebecca in a number of capacities over the past few years, and each time we’ve been impressed by her knowledge, professionalism, and drive to help companies excel at investing in their communities.
It’s no secret that people are becoming more selective about the products and services they invest in. Instead of being motivated exclusively by price or product, consumers are choosing to invest in their social, environmental, and ethical values and are spending their money where their hearts are.
When most people think of a company’s “brand” their minds immediately shift to the visual identity of a company — logos, colours, fonts — all the visual elements one might associate with a company. Branding is actually so much more than a well-crafted logo, color scheme, or typeface.
Where brands and culture meet depends on who's presenting the topic, but unquestioningly I think we can all agree that consumers are demanding more from brands; consumers expect brands to take a stand. In 2017, the common theme at The Gathering, and among brand strategists in general, focused on brands with purpose, and yet the idea of brands and culture seems to take last year’s idea of a purpose-driven brand even deeper.
As a branding professional, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with industry trends. A great way to do this is to attend conferences and summits that enhance your skills, help build your network, and provide quality learning opportunities. With so many branding and marketing conferences out there, it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to spend your money on.
To help you out, we’ve curated a list of 7 can’t-miss brand and marketing conferences happening in North America 2018.