Sell Your Brand Story, Not Your Products

October 19, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

We know we’re a few years late to the game, but the Peppermill Projects team has been binge watching Man Men for the past several weeks. Each morning, we come into work and breakdown the episodes and discuss the relevancy to our own world of branding and design. Don Draper, the show’s protagonist, is a Creative Director for various Manhattan advertising agencies throughout the show’s run, which takes place in the 1960s. Don does a lot of things well — womanizing, chain-smoking, day-drinking and best of all: pitching advertising concepts to clients. [SEE FULL POST]

How Niche Marketing Can Lead to Success

September 13, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

“Everyone!”

It’s the most common response we get when we ask a client who their target audience is. Unfortunately, it’s not the best answer. You know the saying, “when you try to be everything to everyone, you end up being nothing to anyone?” It’s the same for marketing and branding. While it may seem that narrowing in on a niche market would limit your reach or sales, businesses and brands that are communicating their message to a clearly defined market are actually more successful. [SEE FULL POST]

Finding Your Differentiator: Chipotle vs. Taco Bell

September 8, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

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]

The Gold Medals of Olympic Advertising

August 18, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

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]

Honesty & Authenticity in Branding

April 21, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

Nowadays, buying local, organic foods is becoming the norm. People actively search for meat and produce in their local grocery store that might have come from a farm down the road or at the very least, in their home state. So, it’s no surprise that brands are highlighting this information on their package design. If you’re local, organic, and the best quality meat, it only makes sense to advertise yourself as such.  [SEE FULL POST]

What Is Brand Discovery & Why Do You Need It?

March 11, 2016, By Jennifer Culpepper

If we had a dollar for every time we received a phone call asking for a quick logo for a brand new business, we’d have pockets full of dollars. Too often, businesses think that in order to become a successful brand, the first step is purchasing a logo design and slapping it on a Facebook page. But that’s where you’re wrong, my friend! [SEE FULL POST]