When you create messaging or content for your potential customers, it’s easy to assume that your audience understands the context or has some background knowledge of your industry. Every industry has their own terminology and jargon that outsiders might not understand — especially when it comes to healthcare, banking or any other service-related business. Reading articles, brochures or websites can become overwhelming and intimidating. When consumers struggle to understand what your company is telling them or if the messaging seems pretentious, it may be off-putting and they might lose interest. [SEE FULL POST]
What makes up the actual anatomy of a logo? It’s not just a pretty mark you see on restaurant menus, storefronts or letterhead. It’s a shortcut to your brand that evokes a certain feeling or memory from your customers. Your logo should convey your brand’s values and messaging, so when customers see your mark, they have an emotional reaction (hopefully positive!) or can recall an experience that relates to your brand. Needless to say, your logo is one of the most important elements of your brand and business! [SEE FULL POST]
When branding your company or product, understanding your point of differentiation is key to creating the most successful experience for your customers. Before you begin designing your logo, website or interior space, you must understand who your brand is and to whom it speaks. Who are your customers? Why would they choose your product or service over your competitors? What makes you unique or better? Once you do some soul searching and find your key differentiators, you can begin to tell your brand story through unique messaging and visual elements that will resonate with your target audience. [SEE FULL POST]
For two weeks, Americans become the most patriotic we’ve been since the last Olympic games. We cheer on the red, white and blue from the comfort of our couches, or root for the underdog as we shovel handfuls of potato chips into our mouths. Athleticism is awesome!
At the Peppermill office, our morning coffee talk has revolved around Olympic moments from the previous night. Not only do we talk about the reincarnated fish that is Michael Phelps, but the commercials that interrupt each sporting event. From a couch potato’s perspective, the commercials can be annoying, but perfect opportunities for a chip bowl refill or bathroom break. From a branding mindset, however, Olympic commercials offer insight to the way in which brands communicate with their potential customers. They pull at our heartstrings, make us laugh, cry, and just might make us feel inclined to run out and purchase specific products. [SEE FULL POST]
If you think budgeting for branding is just for big corporations, than you are missing out on an enormous chance to increase the profitability of your business. If you want to hire a branding agency, the ticket to play starts anywhere between $25k to $150K. We can’t speak for everyone, but we feel pretty comfortable assuming that’s not in the budget for most independently-owned, small-to-medium-sized companies. But, that doesn’t mean “branding” is not for you. [SEE FULL POST]
Here’s a little secret. Logos are one of our favorite kinds projects at Peppermill Projects. We simply love everything about the logo process from start to finish. However, before we even start sketching, we begin with our Brand Discovery phase which enables us to learn as much as possible about your business, values, goals and target audience. Any decent designer can make a pretty logo, but it’s the foundation strategy work that makes all the difference. [SEE FULL POST]