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We are a team of experienced designers, developers and marketers who've recently celebrated our 10th year in business together. Our longtime clients—most of which have been with us from the beginning—tell us they especially love our expertise, team chemistry, and our wide-ranged skill-set.

 

From graphic design / illustration to web design, wordpress development, SEO and copywriting—our team will produce effective marketing and great-looking design for your business or clients. 

 

  • Web Design & UX
  • Wordpress Development
  • SEO Consulting
  • Copywriting / Social Media
  • Print Design / Graphic Design
  • Brand Identity / Logo Design

 

Let's chat about your next project!

 
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$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2009
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 1 North State Street, Suite 1500
    Chicago, IL 60602
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

J.G. Wentworth | Peachtree Financial | Chicago Bears | Hard Rock Cafe | Nascar | Special Olympics | Recovery Centers of America

J.G. Wentworth Mortgage Company

MarksGroup Live Zoho Training

Assured Settlement Services

Gene Marks. Columnist & Keynote Speaker

J.G. Wentworth: Cheaper Than a Rocket

Lead Performance Marketing

Florida Sunset Association Management

Charlie's Diamond Jewelers Chicago

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Web Development for Radio Station

"They had a great can-do attitude and were able to help us launch on time in spite of our tight timeline and budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - July 2019
Project summary: 

1Brand Design developed a WordPress website for a radio station. They included necessary functions such as an events calendar that allowed local artists to upload their gigs.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jose Antonio Licon
Digital Director, WYEP
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site was launched on time and under budget. 1Brand Design communicated effectively and manages cross-functional collaboration easily. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are a non-profit radio station and I am the Digital Director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

We hired them to develop the lovepghmusic.com website.

What were your goals for this project?

One of the central needs for this site was an Events calendar that allowed local musicians to list their gigs. In addition we needed Fans, Musicians, and Venues to submit information and to request promotional materials.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They came as a recommendation by another station that had a good experience with them. We were working with a tight budget and also tight timelines, and 1Brand was able to make it work.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Site design was created by another company, and 1Brand developed the WordPress site to match the design and features described. This included customization of the Events submission and calendar display, and multiple forms.

What was the team composition?

This project was a collaboration made up of mostly volunteers supporting the local music industry in Pittsburgh. The council has 10-12 members on it. Our radio station was also involved with 4-5 employees working on various aspects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The ability to launch this site on time and on budget, and to the specifications of the design meant that we were able to create a real presence for the Love PGH Music Month.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Communication was fast and clear, and the team handled cross-functional collaboration easily.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They had a great can-do attitude and were able to help us launch on time in spite of our tight timeline and budget. They were a joy to collaborate with!

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can't think of anything I would have had them change.

5.0
Overall Score The overall experience was very positive.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They helped us launch on time!
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was very reasonable, which was important with our tight budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what we asked for.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them, and would use them again

Training Platform Dev with Shopping Cart for CRM Consultant

"We run lean and mean and so can they."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1Brand Design managed and set up a shopping cart backend and a frontend marketing site for a training platform. They also created video streaming pages with a chat area and a rating area.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Corey Babka
VP of Operations, The Marks Group, P.C.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They delivered a site that’s been effective at lead generation, which has improved internal efficiency. Expect a flexible development process with 1Brand Design, a team that can iterate and scale its commitment according to changing requirements.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

The Marks Group’s CRM consultants are small business experts who align business needs with the best platforms available. I serve as VP of operations, making sure all projects are moving smoothly as well as scoping out projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

They developed our training platform for users of Zoho CRM and other apps.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a great platform with a simple interface and a shopping cart backend to charge subscriptions for the service.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We've known them for a long time and they’ve always provided quality work for our other websites.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They managed and set up our shopping cart backend and our frontend marketing site. They also managed and developed our video streaming pages, which are connected to another product for hosting. The streaming pages include a chat area and a ratings area. They built the shopping cart in WooCommerce.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a small group of developers. The web designer served as a task manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

It’s been a great lead gathering site, which has really helped our consulting wing. While it has not brought in the subscribers that we wanted, we’ve found the development process satisfactory.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We used Trello to manage tasks, get updates, and track issues.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their flexible style made a difference. We changed our minds a lot and there were never any arguments about it. We really appreciated that because we're a small business. We run lean and mean and so can they.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're always available.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think the costs were always reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered great work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Multiple Landing Page Designs for Financial Services Co.

“I work with several partners, but 1Brand is the one I never have to worry about.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1Brand Design helps with various small WordPress sites for a financial services company. They execute concepts for campaigns and ads, manage design and development, and oversee SEO improvements.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1000 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dan Levelle
Senior Marketing Manager, J.G. Wentworth
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Every page 1Brand Design created shows a marked improvement in clicks and conversion rates. They are accommodating and flexible, and their attention to detail is noteworthy. They accept additional feedback and are willing to make last minute changes.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a senior marketing manager at a financial services institution. We purchase deferred payment streams from structured settlements and annuities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 1Brand Design?

They've helped with a lot of different projects. We wanted to improve our conversion rates for paid search campaigns to generate more call volume and web form volume. They also did website management for us in WordPress. We use a different platform for our main site, but several of our smaller sites needed management.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built new landing pages, and they helped with campaigns and display ad design. They also helped us build a microsite from scratch. We had a concept, which they executed for us. They were involved in both the design and development of these sites. They designed concepts and created all the code. Then, he handed off the products to our developers.

We provided some sketches in one instance; otherwise, all the design came from them. They did all the backend enhancements and any SEO improvements that would help the pages rank better. They also developed the content for these pages.

For a time, we didn't have brand guidelines, so, early in our relationship, they had more creative freedom. After about five years of collaboration, we put more standards in place, but they had no trouble adapting to those guidelines.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with the owner and founder, but I know he has a team that works under him.

How did you come to work with 1Brand Design?

The relationship was in place when I joined the team. I believe a colleague referred them. We've maintained the relationship with them because the owner is so easy to connect with. He's always available, and the team goes out of their way to answer our calls. They're also the most affordable option we've ever had.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent around $250,000-$500,000 in the past four years. We've worked on a lot of projects together.

What is the status of this engagement?

I started working with them in March 2015, but the relationship goes back further. Our work together is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Clicks and conversion rates for every page they designed outperformed anything we had before. Across the board, we saw an increase in web forms, calls, and leads for our business.

How did 1Brand Design perform from a project management standpoint?

They check all the boxes, and their project management is solid. We share screens through Webex, and most of our communication is though phone and email. They occasionally fly out to meet us in person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their design is solid, their attention to detail and flexibility are excellent, and they accept a lot of extra feedback from us. They're exceptionally accommodating, and they bend over backward for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

My experience with them is great, and they make my life so much easier. I work with several partners, but 1Brand is the one I never have to worry about.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a detailed creative brief. Frame the project, and be available to discuss your vision.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're always on time and never miss a deadline. Any delays in projects come from our side.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They always deliver within our budgets, and they work within any limitations we have.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They meet all our specifications.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred them already.

Landing Page Dev for Insurance Company

"Their ease of communication, top-quality, and flexibility to meet quick deadlines stood out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2019
Project summary: 

1Brand Design built landing pages with HTML and CSS.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Robert B Young
Sr. Direct Marketing Specialist, Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internally, expectations are high for the new initiative that the landing pages support. 1Brand Design provided quick and efficient management and smooth communication. Their flexibility also stood out. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

For over 60 years, Colonial Penn has specialized in offering life insurance directly to consumers at affordable prices. I am the Sr. Direct Marketing Specialist.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

HTML/CSS development for two lead generation landing pages.

What were your goals for this project?

Develop two new landing pages in a very short timeline.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I had worked with 1Brand in my previous role, and they were my top recommendation for this project given my past experience working with them.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

1Brand quickly developed the HTML and CSS for two new landing pages needed, working under a condensed deadline.

What was the team composition?

Mike Kotler, the Owner/Creative Director, coordinated the project with our Marketing Team and the 1Brand development team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

This is a brand new initiative for Colonial Penn and we are very optimistic about the potential business impact.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Mike Kotler, the Owner/Creative Director managed the project, making it extremely quick and efficient while providing top quality results.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their ease of communication, top-quality, and flexibility to meet quick deadlines stood out. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

None. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Website Development for Alternative Media Company

“1Brand Creative is easy to work with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1Brand Design developed a media website. They continue to provide professional advice on usability and other digital solutions.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bethany Ruhe
Associate Publisher, Pittsburgh Current
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1Brand Design delivered an attractive and high-functioning website. They are a preferred technical vendor, thanks to their clear communication and collaborative approach.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the associate publisher of Pittsburgh Current, a print and online alternative media company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

I hired 1Brand Design to create and maintain our website as well as assist with special projects.

What were your goals for this project?

My goal was to connect with our readers via a clean, easy-to-use website.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

1Brand Design was referred by a marketing professional who had worked with them in the past.

Describe the project in detail.

1Brand Design created our website and provided professional counsel on usability and other solutions.

What was the team composition?

Mike (Owner & Creative Director, 1Brand Design) is our point person for the entire project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We now have a gorgeous, high-functioning website.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It has been amazing. Mike is an incredibly good communicator. 1Brand Creative is easy to work with.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their work has been above and beyond our expectations.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Logo Design & Web Consulting for Updated Site

“…they regularly checked in to see if anything else was needed and seemed truly invested in the outcome of the project.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

1Brand Design created a custom logo for a third-party client. Their branding services also included consultation on the final page layouts and overall aesthetic.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Gainesville, Florida
JC Kirwan
Freelance Web Developer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They delivered high-quality work as expected and were amenable to any change requests. Even after the project was completed, the team reached out to ensure client satisfaction.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a web developer and worked with 1Brand Design on a custom website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

I hired 1Brand Design to do a custom logo for a local business that could work for multiple purposes—primarily it would be for a newly developed website. I also consulted with them on final layouts and designs on all site pages before the final launch.

What were your goals for this project?

My goal was to rebrand an existing local business with a modern, responsive website.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

1Brand Design was highly recommended to me by one of their previous clients.

Describe the project in detail.

In building a custom website for a local business, I consulted with 1Brand Design on creating a custom logo and an aesthetic look and feel for the site.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The quality of the final project was excellent.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

1Brand Design was incredibly easy to work with, and they were available to discuss the project and make edits whenever I needed them. They had excellent customer service. Additionally, they regularly checked in to see if anything else was needed and seemed truly invested in the outcome of the project.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Again, the quality of the final project was excellent.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, I had an excellent experience.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design for Recovery Center

"The team's work made our landing page stand out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Sept. 2018
Project summary: 

1Brand Design created a website landing page with a focus on its response time.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Joe Butch
Director of Digital Marketing, Recovery Centers of America
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The webpage generates qualified leads. Stakeholders are pleased with both its accessibility and its aesthetic design. The team excelled at understanding internal goals and delivering on that vision.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the director of digital marketing at Recovery Centers of America. Recovery Centers of America offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1Brand Design?

We hired them to enhance our website landing page.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed our landing page to be responsive, load quickly, and convert clicks to contacts at a high rate.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

1Brand Design was highly recommended for their ability to create responsive landing pages that are designed to convert leads.

Describe the project in detail.

They created a landing page with a focus on the loading time and accessibility. Along the way, the followed best practices for generating leads on websites.

What was the team composition?

I worked directly with Mike (Owner, 1Brand Design) on the project. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The landing page met all my expectations. It was responsive, including a fast loading time. It also looked great and efficiently converted leads.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was very effective. It was a turnkey project, as they provided the assets ready to load onto our server.  Mike was very responsive and completed tasks quickly.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They understood exactly what my goals were. The team's work made our landing page stand out.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There are no areas for improvement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer