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How to work with Creatives

How to work with Creatives

How to work with Creatives

Collaborating with creatives is like a band coming together, each playing their part to create a tune that gets everyone’s foot tapping. It’s a journey that should buzz with excitement and mesh your vision with the team’s execution like a well-rehearsed duet. But let’s face it, in the quick-paced world of today, this can feel more like a maze than a yellow brick road.

Imagine it’s Monday morning, the week ahead is jam-packed, and you’ve got meetings back-to-back. In the hustle, you find yourself wishing for a first draft that reads your mind, making words unnecessary.

We don’t have a magic wand for a flawless creative process, but we’ve got some practical tips that can help. These come from rolling up our sleeves and diving into many creative adventures.

 

Start with your brand playbook

Take the time to map out what your brand stands for. It’s not just about the logo or colors; it’s about the heart and soul of your brand. This deep dive will guide your team like a lighthouse, making sure that every creative choice is in tune with your brand’s core.

 

Give clear instructions

Start off with clear, detailed directions. Nail down the specifics – from margins to the type of visuals that inspire you. Creatives love to have a solid starting point, and the clearer your briefing, the smoother the ride from brainstorm to final product.

 

Encourage detailed feedback

Be as specific as you can. Instead of saying “make the logo bigger,” say “let’s increase the logo size by 25%.” Being precise can cut down on back-and-forth and sharpen the end result.

 

Use tech tools wisely

Make the most of tools like AI for briefs or direct file notes. They don’t just make talking easier; they also open doors to new creative possibilities, making sure your thoughts are reflected in the work without a hitch.

 

Keep your creativity alive

Keep that creative muscle flexing, be it through redecorating your space, gardening, or painting. Your own creative energy not only broadens your view but also strengthens your bond with the team, turning the work into something more than just a task.

When you step into a creative partnership, you’re painting a picture together, sharing a vision, and chasing excellence. These strategies are your toolkit for not just any project, but for creating a work that tells your brand’s unique tale. And if you ever want a co-creator for this adventure, we’re just a conversation away from bringing your vision to life.

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From Name Change to Repositioning

Bookkeeper brand repositioning

Bookkeeper brand repositioning

From name change to repositioning 

Meet Jo Querelle, a local bookkeeper with a burning desire: not just to change her business name, but to ignite a whole new identity.

And that’s the magic of starting with a name change. It is an open door, inviting you to explore and redefine your entire business positioning. Because your name isn’t just a label, it is a condensed expression of your brand personality. It needs to connect with your ideal audience and tell them who you are in a heartbeat.

Jo and I  took a deep-dived into her business foundations, her ambitions, and the competitive landscape. Logo? Not yet. We needed a spark, a “why” that fueled everything else. Jo identified what she loved about her work and who she loved helping the most. She came alive when we narrowed her focus to a specific target market: women entrepreneurs.

The deep-dive yielded an unexpected outcome which would make a significant change to the business. It was a bold move, but Jo embraced it.

That’s the beauty of brand-defining conversations – they push you to refine your core values, vision, and mission. With every question, every “dig deeper,” Jo uncovered something new about her ideal client, her offerings, and the direction she craved.

Ready to embark on your own brand transformation journey? Let’s talk!  

What our client said


“Mario took time to understand me and my business, and I worked through various questionnaires. This process forced me to rethink my core values, vision & mission, ideal client, and the direction of my business.

During conversations, Mario would press me for specifics, and he kept pushing until it felt like we had reached something that was authentic. It felt like he knew what I wanted better than I did, and his role was to guide me through the discovery process. I now have a much clearer view of what my business stands for, and I have a brand identity that feels right.”

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Why Your Brand Needs a Human Persona

Ditch the Monologue, Embrace the Conversation: Why Your Brand Needs a Human Persona

Ditch the Monologue, Embrace the Conversation: Why Your Brand Needs a Human Persona

Ditch the Monologue, Embrace the Conversation: Why Your Brand Needs a Human Persona

In today’s digital landscape, saturated with logos and taglines, brands face a unique challenge: how to stand out and forge real connections with their audience. The answer lies not in shouting louder, but in whispering closer. It’s time to ditch the corporate monologue and embrace the human conversation – and that’s where a brand’s human persona comes in.

Think of your brand’s persona as the friendly face behind the logo, the relatable voice in the advertising. It’s not just a mascot or spokesperson; it’s the sum of your brand’s values, emotions, and even quirks, personified in a way that resonates with your target audience.

Here’s why crafting a captivating human persona is a powerful strategy:

  • Breaking down barriers
    A human personality removes the cold, corporate facade, inviting consumers to connect on a personal level. Imagine engaging with a brand that shares your sense of humor, your values, or even your everyday struggles. Suddenly, the brand becomes less of a faceless entity and more like a trusted friend.
  • Telling a compelling story
    Your brand story becomes a rich and relatable story of thuman interaction between your brand and your audience. This story includes history, triumphs, and even vulnerabilities, creating a narrative arc that draws your audience in and fosters empathy.
  • Guiding communication
    A brand persona provides a clear voice and tone for your brand’s messaging. Instead of dry, technical jargon, the persona can translate complicated concepts into everyday language, making your brand more approachable and understandable.
  • Sparking meaningful engagement
    Your brand can be the life of the party on social media, cracking jokes, engaging in conversations, and building a community around your brand. This fosters loyalty, encourages feedback, and turns passive consumers into active brand advocates.

How LG is Embracing the Power of Humanisation to Connect with its Audience

Lats year, LG’s “Life’s Good” campaign was one of the big brand stories. It was’t just about catchy slogans and vibrant visuals; it’s a strategic overhaul driven by a profound understanding of brand humanisation. Let’s delve into how LG is leveraging this powerful approach to forge deeper connections with its audience:

  1. Injecting personality and emotions
    LG embraced a playful, youthful spirit. The “Joy” and “Ryder” characters, the dynamic logo animations, and the energetic red colour palette all breathe life into the brand, making it relatable and engaging.
  2. Focusing on shared values
    The campaign revolves around the core value of “Life’s Good,” aligning with the human desire for optimism and positivity, especially in turbulent times. This shared emotional connection resonates with audiences on a deeper level than mere product features.
  3. Embracing storytelling
    The campaign tells the story of LG’s transformation, showcasing its commitment to innovation and dedication to improving people’s lives. This narrative approach resonates with our inherent desire for meaning and connection.
  4. Going beyond product
    LG shifted its focus from products to experiences, positioning itself as a “smart life solutions company.” This holistic approach acknowledges the human desire for fulfillment and meaningful connections within the tech space.
  5. Engaging across touchpoints
    The campaign extends beyond traditional advertising, incorporating social media, interactive elements, and even London’s iconic buses. This omnichannel approach ensures consistent brand messaging and fosters ongoing engagement with audiences.

The humanisation effect: By implementing these strategies, LG is reaping the benefits of brand humanisation:

  • Enhanced brand loyalty: Customers feel a deeper connection to a brand they perceive as relatable and understanding.
  • Improved brand perception: Audiences view LG as more than just a tech company; they see it as a partner in creating a better life.
  • Stronger emotional connection: LG evokes positive emotions like optimism and joy, fostering genuine brand affinity.
  • Distinctive positioning: By embracing human qualities, LG stands out in the saturated tech market, differentiating itself from the competition.



 
 

LG’s “Life’s Good” campaign serves as a compelling case study in brand humanisation. By focusing on shared values, emotions, and experiences, LG is forging deeper connections with its audience, paving the way for a brighter future in the tech landscape. This approach offers valuable lessons for any brand seeking to build genuine and lasting relationships with its customers.

Remember, effective branding is about more than just logos and taglines; it’s about tapping into the human emotions and aspirations that drive our behaviour. By embracing humanisation, brands like LG unlock a powerful new level of connection and achieve unparalleled success.

Ready to ditch the monologue and embrace meaningful conversations? Unmask your brand’s human persona.

Download our free guide on crafting a relatable brand voice and get ready to connect with your audience on a deeper level. Click here to get started!

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Unleash Your Brand’s Purpose Power

New Year, New Spark: Unleash Your Brand’s Purpose Power

New Year, New Spark: Unleash Your Brand’s Purpose Power

New Year, New Spark: Unleash Your Brand’s Purpose Power

The confetti’s settled, the resolutions scribbled, and a fresh sheet of possibilities crackles in the air. But before you charge into “hustle harder” mode, let’s pause and ask: what fuels your fire?

It’s not just about setting goals, it’s about rediscovering your “why” – the heart that beats behind your brand. Why do you do what you do? What fuels your passion, beyond the bottom line?

In this age of fleeting trends, a crystal-clear “why” is your North Star, guiding your decisions, your message, and even your hires. It’s not just navel-gazing, it’s rocket fuel for success. Here’s why:

  • Direction: No more “spray and pray” marketing! Your “why” is your compass, steering every choice with purpose.
  • Connection: People crave authenticity. Show them the soul behind your brand, and watch loyalty soar.
  • Inspiration: A powerful “why” ignites your team, uniting them in a shared mission and boosting morale. Happy team, happy customers, right?
  • Differentiation: In a crowded marketplace, your “why” is your superpower. It sets you apart, defines your “what-we-do-better.”

Lush cosmetics grew by going green

Lush is a great example of how purpose can transform a business. Remember the vibrant cosmetics brand with its hand-rolled bath bombs and funky smells?

For years, Lush focused on quirky products and unique experiences. But in 2007, they underwent a “Green Revolution,” putting their environmental and ethical values at the core of their brand identity.

Their “why” transformed from selling soap to saving the planet.

This wasn’t just greenwashing. Lush became vocal about fighting animal testing, reducing plastic waste, and supporting sustainable farming. They embraced transparency, showing every ingredient’s origin and impact.

The results improved their ROI

  • Customer loyalty skyrocketed. People connected with their values and felt good about supporting a mission-driven brand.
  • Employee engagement soared. Working for a company with a purpose attracted and motivated top talent.
  • Sales boomed. Sustainability became trendy, and Lush was at the forefront, attracting new customers who valued ethical products.

Lush’s story is a powerful reminder that communicating your “why” can be a potent marketing tool. It’s not just about profit, it’s about making a difference. When customers and employees believe in your mission, they become passionate advocates, boosting your brand and your bottom line.

Reignite your Brand Spark in 2024

Here’s how to unearth your buried treasure:

  • Gather your tribe: Brainstorm with your team, customers, even your barista! Fresh perspectives are gold.
  • Mine your past: What were your founding principles? Have they held true? Revisiting your roots offers valuable insights.
  • Seek inspiration: Look at brands you admire. How do they communicate their “why”? What can you learn?
  • Keep it real: Don’t force it. Your purpose should be authentic and true to your core values.

If you are feeling stuck, we are offering brand “why” clarity workshops all January! Email us to reserve your spot and fuel your brand’s purpose fire.

Wishing you a purposeful 2024!

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Ignite branding success with visual design

Ignite branding success with visual design

Ignite branding success with visual design

The impact of visual design

Branding specialists will likely begin a conversation about branding with ‘branding is not just a logo’. Ahem, having said that, visual design can have a great impact on your brand.

Lets take a look into the realm of visual design and its transformative impact on branding. Our spotlight shines on two exceptional UK companies—Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn and Innocent Drinks—unveiling the secret sauce behind their branding triumphs. Get ready for a thrilling exploration of the profound value of visual design!

Why is the visual element of a brand so important?

We often hear the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But let’s be real, we’re all guilty of being swayed by aesthetics. In the competitive business landscape, visual design acts as the gateway to capturing attention, communicating brand values, and forging a deep connection with consumers. Here’s how it works:

    1. First Impressions Matter: In the blink of an eye, consumers form opinions about a brand based on visual cues. A well-crafted visual identity grabs attention, piques curiosity, and entices further exploration. It’s the hook that reels people in and invites them to take a closer look.
    1. Building Brand Recognition: Consistency is key. A visually cohesive brand identity, featuring elements like colours, typography, and imagery, reinforces recognition across various touchpoints. When consumers spot your brand’s visual signature, they instantly associate it with the quality and experiences you deliver.
    1. Emotional Engagement: Visual design has the incredible power to evoke emotions and create meaningful connections. By tapping into the psychology of colours, shapes, and imagery, brands can influence perceptions, build trust, and trigger positive emotions. It’s the secret sauce that leaves a lasting impact on consumers’ hearts and minds.

How visual psychology works

Visual psychology, also known as visual perception or visual cognition, explores how the human mind processes and interprets visual information. It encompasses various principles and phenomena that influence how we perceive and make sense of the visual world. Here are some key concepts and mechanisms in visual psychology:

    1. Gestalt Principles: The Gestalt principles describe how humans naturally perceive and organize visual elements. These principles include:
    • Proximity: Objects that are close to each other are perceived as a group.
    • Similarity: Objects that share similar attributes (e.g., shape, color, size) are perceived as belonging together.
    • Continuity: People tend to perceive smooth, continuous lines or patterns, even if they are interrupted.
    • Closure: When presented with incomplete or ambiguous information, we tend to mentally complete the missing parts.
    • Figure-Ground: We automatically distinguish objects from their background, perceiving one as the main focus (figure) and the other as the surrounding area (ground).
    1. Visual Hierarchy: Visual hierarchy refers to the arrangement of visual elements in a way that guides the viewer’s attention and understanding. By using techniques such as size, colour, contrast, and positioning, designers can create a hierarchy of importance and direct the viewer’s gaze to key elements or messages.
    1. Colour Psychology: Colors can evoke emotions, associations, and perceptions. Different colours have been shown to have psychological effects on individuals. For example, red can convey excitement or danger, while blue is often associated with calmness or trust. Colour choices in branding and design can influence how people perceive and respond to a brand or message.
    1. Visual Illusions: Visual illusions occur when our perception of an image or object differs from its physical reality. These illusions demonstrate how our brain interprets visual information and can be influenced by factors such as context, contrast, and depth cues. Visual illusions provide insights into the mechanisms of visual perception and the role of the brain in constructing our visual experiences.
    1. Visual Attention: Visual attention refers to the selective focus of our attention on specific visual stimuli. Our attention is drawn to elements that stand out due to factors like colour, contrast, motion, or novelty. Understanding visual attention can help designers and advertisers capture and maintain the viewer’s attention effectively.
    1. Memory and Recall: Visual stimuli are often better remembered and recalled compared to other forms of information. The brain’s ability to form mental images and associations aids in memory encoding and retrieval. Visual cues, such as images or icons, can enhance memory and facilitate information processing and recall.

Visual psychology is a multidisciplinary field that combines cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and design principles to understand how visual information is perceived, processed, and interpreted by individuals. By applying these principles in branding, design, marketing, and user experience, professionals can create visually appealing and effective communications that resonate with the target audience.

It’s important to note that visual psychology works in conjunction with other branding elements, such as messaging, brand values, and customer experience. A comprehensive branding strategy considers how visual elements align with the overall brand identity and how they can evoke the desired emotions, perceptions, and associations in the target audience.

Let’s take a look at an example where visual identity played a significant role in improving brand perception and driving sales.

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn 

is a UK-based gourmet popcorn company known for its innovative flavours and visually appealing packaging.

    1. Unique Flavor Combinations: Joe & Seph’s offers a wide range of unique and inventive popcorn flavours, such as Gin & Tonic, Caramel Macchiato, and Goat Cheese & Black Pepper. The company’s visually distinctive flavour combinations set them apart from traditional popcorn brands and cater to adventurous consumers seeking new taste experiences.
    1. Premium Packaging: Joe & Seph’s pays great attention to its packaging design, opting for a premium look and feel. The popcorn comes in vibrant and eye-catching bags with elegant typography and high-quality graphics. The packaging conveys a sense of indulgence and worthiness, appealing to both personal and gifting markets.
    1. Transparent Production Process: The company emphasizes transparency in its production process, showcasing the quality of their ingredients and the craftsmanship involved. Visual cues, such as images of the popcorn being handmade and descriptions of the natural ingredients used, create trust and authenticity among consumers.
    1. Seasonal and Limited Edition Offerings: Joe & Seph’s regularly introduces seasonal and limited edition flavours, leveraging visual storytelling through packaging design. These special editions feature unique illustrations, patterns, or colour schemes that reflect the theme or occasion, creating excitement and driving impulse purchases.
    1. Online Presence and Branding: Joe & Seph’s maintains a strong online presence, including an engaging website and active social media accounts. They use visually appealing product photography, behind-the-scenes content, and user-generated images to showcase their popcorn and connect with their audience. The visual consistency across their digital platforms reinforces their brand image and encourages online sales.

Through their emphasis on visual identity, Joe & Seph’s has achieved several positive outcomes:

    • Differentiation: The company’s unique flavour combinations and visually appealing packaging distinguish them from traditional popcorn brands, capturing the attention of consumers seeking gourmet and artisanal options.
    • Elevated Brand Perception: The premium packaging design and transparent production process contribute to a perception of quality, craftsmanship, and authenticity, enhancing the brand’s image among consumers.
    • Increased Sales and Brand Loyalty: The visually distinctive packaging, seasonal offerings, and engaging online presence drive customer engagement, repeat purchases, and positive word-of-mouth recommendations, resulting in increased sales and brand loyalty.


The Transformative Magic

Visual design is the unsung hero of branding. It captivates, communicates, and connects. Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn showcases how harnessing the power of visual design can elevate a brand’s appeal, foster customer loyalty, and drive success. So, embrace the visual magic and unleash your brand’s full potential!

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Oryx Properties

Oryx Properties

Oryx Properties

Visual Identity design

Oryx Properties Ltd is a property development company with big plans for the local Warwickshire area. Working in both development and letting, they are developing both arms of the business.

We provided a visual identity and considerations for the future growth of the brand.

Branding is a living process. It requires constant adjustment dependent on audience perception and an overall business plan. As the company interacts with its audience, over time there will be opportunities to gather feedback, fine-tune interactions and develop plans.

 

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The visual identity demonstrates key values; quality, creativity and reliability. We used a simple, modern typeface to support the key values while also providing maximum legibility (vital for unfamiliar words). A colour palette of grey and yellow suggests stability and energy, as does the customised logomark.

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International Artists Management

International Artists Management

International Artists Managemenr

A leading talent agency

IAM are a Global Talent Agency with a high profile talent portfolio.They have a great reputation with prestigious casting agents and production houses. 

We were tasked with an updated visual identity and website to reflect their rising position as one of London’s top agencies.

Our outcome is a modern, minimalist visual identity that reflects authority and style.

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MLI Talent

Michelle Liebetrau International

Michelle Liebetrau International

Case Study

Michelle Liebetrau International talent were looking to upgrade their online presence. They needed a refresh to stand toe-to-toe with the many London agencies.

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We adjusted the company name to help create a memorable hook in the fast-moving talent market. We also created a typographic logo to support the new name and a CMS website that allows easy frequent updates.

Positioning

Identifying a desired market position helps inform the visual style

Adjusting the name

A memorable name is a useful tool in gaining recognition in the minds of the busy London talent market. The value of a good brand name is it’s ability to be recalled quickly and easily. 

ML International Talent becomes MLI

The abbreviation is easier to pronounce and easier to remember. It becomes simpler to use and therefore has more potential to remain in the mind of the viewer.

 

Logo design

A customised typographic solution supports the name provides the necessary familiarity and a modern feel.

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An adaptable Website

An editable website that presents quality talent and regularly updated information

What the client said...

Company director Michelle Liebetrau of MLI: 

Mario’s professionalism, attention to detail and design selections were of exceptional quality. He helped resolve many issues in question and we have been very happy with the end result.

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Shortsteps Coaching

Shortsteps

Shortsteps:

Case Study

Shortsteps are specialists in performance improvement training and coaching.

The intention of the rebrand was to target  corporate professionals more effectively. A new visual identity was required aswell as clarifying internal substance (purpose, mission, vision and values) and establishing a clear brand persona.

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The Outlaw persona

The Shortsteps brand justifiably includes elements of the Outlaw archetype, in that they challenge and disrupt the norm by questioning beliefs and conventions.

However, due to the corporate environment we decided to create an appearance that would not look out of place while allowing the disruptive element to express itself through the verbal aspect of the brand.

Positioning

Identifying the desired market position helps inform the visual style.

Logo design

With the brand name ‘Shortsteps’, our intention, was to avoid the obvious and appeal to the appropriate audience.

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Visual System

A visual system maintains  consistency for all branding and marketing materials.

This includes use of colour, fonts and style imagery/photography.

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Coaching

Personality

Mind control

Dream interpretation

Opportunities

Taking action

What the client said...

Managing director Chris Cortopassi of Short Steps Ltd: 

Working with Mario was hard work but in a good way!
 
He really helps you to dig down and get to the root of what your business is about, what your core values and messaging is and what your ideal customers need to see and hear from you.
 
I needed to rebrand as I was growing my business from 121 model to serving businesses. Mario was referred to me by others in the industry I respected and trust. He worked tirelessly, even when I would get frustrated, to get the best outcome for me, based on my desired goals and constraints.

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The benefit was a much clearer understanding of who I was, how I could best represent myself and how to make myself attractive to potential clients.
 
New branding is slick, powerful and lines up really nicely now with other businesses operating in my space…..on many cases, IMHO, much better!
 
He is easy going, spiritually motivated and supportive, definitely recommend working with him.

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Coastal Holidays

Coastal Holidays:
humanising holiday lettings

Coastal Holidays:
humanising holiday lettings

Case Study

Coastal Holidays are specialists in providing Coastal cottages in Anglesey, North Wales & Snowdonia for all tastes and budgets.

Having just taken over the company the directors wanted to update their presentation. Their objective was to offer a bespoke service in comparison to the generic holiday rental services online. Having a thorough knowledge of the local area, they were keen to provide a more personal experience.

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We used organic shapes and typography to emphasise a friendly look and feel. The visual identity reflects the ethos that carries through all aspects of the service Coastal Holidays provide.

Positioning

Identifying the desired market position helps inform the visual style

Competitors

Competitors were mostly more generic online services. Identifying the value of a personal experience was an important part of establishing a position.

Logo design

Creating a memorable logomark is the first a step towards an identity that will reflect the brand values.

Logo design

Focusing on the key values and separating out all the visual ideas before finding an interesting way to combine them.

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Visual System

A visual system follows to create a uniform the style for all marketing and advertising materials.

What the client said...

Managing director David Lilley of Coastal Holidays: 

I needed help re-branded my business’s identity and through conversations, we had thought that he could assist me. Mario came across as very personable and professional, so he managed to build trust with me quite quickly. 
 

Mario created a strong brand identity, which I believe jumps off the page far more than it ever could on the old platform. 

The process also taught me a lot on how to sell to my customers and Mario gave me much more of an insight from the customer’s standpoint when looking at my brand.

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