What was the scope of their involvement?
BatesMeron worked on everything from logos to materials redesign to a brand-new website as well as a social media campaign. We coupled the effort with a public relations solution for which we used a third party. I asked BatesMeron to work together with that agency, and they did. In fact, I'm still doing business with both parties for my current company.
BatesMeron helped us initially with the copywriting for a press release. We launched the main work from there, and BatesMeron had a campaign around notifying our current clients of the name change, the reasoning behind it, and the brand that we'd be adopting. The timing of the change needed to be immediate, but the branding wasn't ready. Because the name needed to hit the streets and start the year for taxation purposes, we went with a mini brand launch. Ultimately, it wasn't the brand that we landed on, but we had a name and temporary logo in place.
As we approached the final deliverables, I mainly cared about what the front-end process would look like. At the end of the day, I'm a sales executive, and I follow a sales process for every one of my clients, gathering data and making full analyses. Then, I can show clients that we have better consulting ideas than other companies. This is essentially what BatesMeron did for me through the sales process. Right out of the gate, they went through a thorough personality brief and brand assessment. Many groups would shy away from putting in that much work within the first 60 to 90 days, but this paid all the dividends in the world. The finished result truly represented me, the other executives, and all other associates of the firm.
How did you come to work with BatesMeron Sweet Design?
I reached out to my network, asking for help regarding a firm that could lead us into a true strategic direction for developing and relaunching our brand during a 12- to 18-month period. When it was all said and done, I chose BatesMeron because they had the most comprehensive analysis of understanding what we were all about.
How much have you invested with BatesMeron Sweet Design?
Our project with BatesMeron had a cost of between $80,000 and $120,000 in the first year. Ongoing, we cut that cost down to about a half to maintain a continuation of the brand, rather than launching it and stopping the effort. If we did that, we'd need a rebrush 5 years down the line. We wanted a proactive approach to keeping branding up-to-date. For perspective, we were a $10 million firm at the time.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with BatesMeron in January 2015. I am no longer with the company, but the work is still ongoing. As a testament to the work that BatesMeron accomplished for the firm on a tight schedule and budget, we've engaged them for a proposal for my current company.
In the first quarter of 2015, we tackled our personality and brand profile. From April until October, all our materials were developed, printed, and reached the hands of people. In the 4th quarter, we started working on social media. By the 4th quarter of 2015, our project was essentially complete.