The Best and Worst Business Rebrands (Infographic)

Small business owners sometimes overlook the importance of branding. And over time, rebranding may be a smart move. This infographic includes examples of both positive and negative rebanding experiences. While these branding examples are of major companies, there's plenty for small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn by example. Infographic … [Read more...]

What is a Brand, and What Does Branding Mean?

A brand is the name, symbol or design that differentiates a product or service from others like it. Your brand should convey to your customers who you are, what you stand for and what you hope to achieve. Most importantly, your brand conveys that unique three-fold message in a way that differentiates your company from your competitors. Branding is the tactical execution of that … [Read more...]

3 Things Never to Say in Starbucks

Starbucks is the de facto office for many entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners. It is an ideal place to meet with clients and prospects and to talk shop with partners. As much as Starbucks is a comfortable place to get work done, and as common as it is to see someone set up a workstation for hours at a time, it essential to remember that Starbucks is public … [Read more...]

Boutique Architecture Firm Positions Itself to Become a Brand Name

Mark Grisafe has been running a small, but successful architecture business for the last several years, but knew he needed to change his business strategy if he wanted to compete with the better-known, brand name firms in his area. His firm, M. Grisafe Architects, is a full service commercial and residential architecture firm based in Long Beach, California that can handle … [Read more...]

Out with the Old, In with the New!

In December 2014 the NBA franchise Toronto Raptors announced a new team identity to begin use in the 2015-16 season. I’ve never been a big fan of the raptor character on the old logo, so I thought it was a good idea to make an update for the Raptors. Since the Raptors team has been around since 1995 there’s a lot of familiarity with the typography and character icon. … [Read more...]

Unified Branding

Don’t Divide and Conquer When business owners think about marketing they often say things like, “We need a brochure, or a vehicle wrap, or a sign, or an ad, or a website.” They then proceed find a brochure designer, a vehicle wrap shop, a sign shop, an ad company, and a website company. Now their business is being given a visual presence by up to five completely different … [Read more...]