Category Archives: Brand Management

10th Anniversary Part I: Clients want design that builds business!

You hire a creative firm for one main reason – to improve your business. Whether it’s a design firm, a full service marketing company, ad agency or web development firm, you are looking to increase business, your market share. That being said, the prettiest, coolest, wittiest most clever creative work does you no good if it’s not aligned with business objectives and lead prospects to take action. Continue reading

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Building a Strong Brand

Brand is reflected in every interaction the outside world has with your company. It’s the emotional connection your audience has with your company. Building a really strong brand takes a lot of work. Any designer worth their salt can create a nice looking logo, but that won’t get far on its own. Continue reading

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When to Outsource Marketing

In the growth cycle of a firm it’s normal to start outsourcing various needs, from bookkeeping to marketing firms, when you cross a certain threshold. The decision as to when to do it usually comes down to capacity and skill. Even in larger companies, the responsibility may fall on an office manager or controller, someone without a marketing head and other important work to do. Continue reading

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Great Design & Communication Is All About the People

The 80/20 Factor: in a nutshell, it states that at any given time in our industry, 80% of design and communications will not be as strategically correct or well executed as the smaller 20% of work that is truly relevant and appealing to its target audience. The communications people who are able to achieve and help clients benefit from high calibre communications are a rare breed. Continue reading

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Getting Your Team Onboard With Your Brand

We hear many people express frustration that their employees, particularly their salespeople don’t utilize the brand properly. This often happens because they haven’t bought into it, it’s too difficult or they simply don’t know enough about it. Continue reading

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Panel Discussion Recap: Driving Corporate Growth Through Your Brand

We had a great seminar last Tuesday morning (June 21, 2011) with panelists Bruce Croxon, the founder of Lavalife, Joseph Pileggi, Director of Client Services at Thomson, Rogers Barristers and Solicitors, Terri Carson, Brand & Marketing Strategist, Rapport, Sandra McEwan, Vice President, Valuations Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and moderator Faith Seekings. See the Top Brand Tips for Growth. Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid to Focus

We find that often once the ideal is defined, clients are reluctant to gear marketing to them. The reason is that occasionally a great client/customer comes along that does not fit into the definition, and they’re afraid of pushing them away by focussing marketing efforts on the definition. Focus on attracting what you want and the rest is gravy. Continue reading

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Common Challenges of B2B Marketers – Part II

Common wisdom in the sophisticated world of B2C marketing is “If you build something without fully understanding what the customer wants, you are probably not going to sell as much of it as you like”. Continue reading

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Marketing: How Many Vendors Do You Really Need?

It’s not uncommon to go to different partners for different marketing needs. What’s the harm in that? Well… depending on the circumstances the harm can be wasted time, wasted money, wasted impact and lost opportunities. All the things a successful business does NOT want.
Clearly, large organizations with entire departments that take care of websites, advertising, social media, etc., often need different vendors for each of these services. The key is they have professional Marketing Coordinators to manage it all. But for most organizations, that role doesn’t exist and one vendor is the right approach. The advantage is strategic focus, less time required from you, deep commitment and value and oftentimes, a firm that is as committed to your success as you are. Continue reading

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Brand for Success: Using Personal Brand To Land That Great Job

The power of a brand to make the right connection with customers—lead to sales—is well documented. In fact, many successful job seekers have adopted brand principles when looking for the right job, then built on their brand to launch a successful career. Continue reading

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