In the midst of the burgeoning cannabis industry and as Canada approached legalization last year, we had the opportunity to collaborate on building a brand for a craft cannabis company based in Edmonton, Alberta.
Last year we put out this list and received such positive feedback we just had to do it again! Without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are 8 Alberta-based brands we think are killing it right now:
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.
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.