Adapt. Evolve.

The myth of the “full-service agency” is absurd in an age when the number of services has exploded, media choices are more complex, and virtual teams are the norm. We say, as you should: Do in-house what you do best, and turn to pros for all the rest.

Stuff we do pretty damn well:

  • Branding, to make our clients visible, differentiated, and urgent.
  • Company naming and product naming. Re-naming, too.  
  • Logos, taglines, corporate identity
  • Marketing Automation to measure the ROI of every tactic
  • Graphic design 
  • Web design, programming, SEO
  • Video and animation content

Stuff we don't do well so we partner with excellent affiliates:

  • PR
  • Events
  • Qual and quant research execution
  • Programmatic
 
$10,000+
 
$200 - $300 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
1987
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Chicago, IL
Headquarters
  • Killian Branding
    1113 West Armitage Avenue
    Chicago , IL 60614
    United States
    312.836.0050

Portfolio

Key clients: 

For 29 (!) years we have served clients in every category and on three continents. We once said we did everything except automotive and fragrance, but then we did those, too. We have served clients of every size, from startups to Fortune 100 big hitters.

Currently, we are working with B2B products and services, B2C products and services, a retailer or two, high-tech, NFP and education. Despite years of beverage experience, no current clients, so we're thirsty for one.

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Branding Materials for Event Catering Company

"Killian Branding has put original thought and ideas into our product's execution."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2005 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Since the start of their company, the client has used Killian Branding to design print ads, brochures, and other marketing materials. Their most recent project is an updated website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Molly Schemper
Owner, FIG Catering
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The design work that Killian Branding produces has made the client’s brand more cohesive and client-focused.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a small catering company for weddings and corporate events. We have been in business for 10 years. I am the owner of the company and the pastry-chef manager. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Killian Branding?

Our website was old and needed an update.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Killian Branding has been working with us since the start of the company, designing print brochures and ads. Killian Branding created a multipage brochure in a modular fashion, allowing us to take out and add pages as needed. It worked well from a printing-cost perspective. It also allowed us to target different audiences using the same piece, rather than having a different brochure for every section of our business. When we first started out, we were new and offered everything, from events to drop-off catering, cooked meals, and classes. There was a separate page for each of those, so, if we decided to no longer offer a particular service, we were able to do it without remaking the whole printed piece. Killian Branding helped us develop that strategy and designed the material.

Most recently, we've used them to redesign our website from the ground up. Killian Branding updated it according to how our business has changed over the last 12 years—what services we've taken out, which ones we're trying to grow. They’ve made the site more client-focused.

How did you come to work with Killian Branding?

I had mostly worked with individuals before finding Killian Branding. They were the first agency we've used which had everything under one roof in terms of copywriting, design and strategy. I found Killian Branding through the friend of a friend. We met with Killian Branding's team and principal and decided that they were a good fit.

How much have you invested with Killian Branding?

Our projects with Killian Branding have ranged from individual ads to larger scopes, like the website redesign. An average project costs around $5,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Killian Branding at the beginning of 2005, even before our business was started. We have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We have kept our own metrics using Google Analytics. We're getting many more form submissions on the website, which is great. It's up to us to convert them into actual events, but getting more traffic is great.

How did Killian Branding perform from a project management standpoint?

Killian Branding's owner has been my main point of contact. For small updates, I can also reach another manager and get responses right away.

What did you find most impressive about Killian Branding?

The overall focus on our brand involved cohesive thought around what we were trying to offer, rather than on making it look pretty. Killian Branding stuck to the same branding for all our material, helping make it more cohesive.

Are there any areas Killian Branding could improve?

Not that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score I've been happy overall and I wouldn't have done anything differently.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    All our deadlines were met, even though I'm notoriously bad at giving people the information they need. Killian Branding kept me on track so that they could complete their work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We did look at a couple of other options for the website project, given that we didn't have an unlimited budget. Killian Branding was much more cost-competitive than I'd have thought, based on the amount of experience they have.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Killian Branding has put original thought and ideas into our product's execution.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Killian Branding and will continue to do so.

Rebranding for Non-Union Theater Company

"Killian Branding has been fantastic. They're very organized and have held us accountable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Killian Branding spearheaded the complete overhaul of the client’s brand through a new website, logo, messaging, and mission statement.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Board Member, Theater Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Killian Branding is committed to the organization’s goals and does well with accommodating to any changing needs or challenges.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a board member of a Chicago-based non-union theater company. We have been around for 10 years, producing theater shows for events and children.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Killian Branding?

We needed to have an organization rebranding. The website was severely outdated, our branding was unclear, and we needed some help with a complete overhaul.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we initially reached out to Killian Branding, we discussed the rebranding of our organization, with an understanding that the project would be presented to our board of directors for approval. Killian Branding attended one of our board meetings and presented what they thought we needed, which was a huge help in getting the project greenlit. The work included a new logo, new messaging, a new website, and a new mission statement.

How did you come to work with Killian Branding?

We approached a total of 4 candidates in order to obtain proposals from each business and give our board of directors an idea of the variety of quotes and offerings. We inevitably chose Killian Branding.

How much have you invested with Killian Branding?

The cost of Killian Branding's work will end up being between $30,000 and $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Killian Branding around February 2016. The first proposal meeting took place in January of that year. We are still working with Killian Branding on designing our new website. During my time as a board member, we haven't worked with any branding companies other than Killian Branding.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

It's a bit hard to measure results this early in the game, given that we've just launched our new look in terms of a logo. Also, the new site isn't live yet. We also haven't incorporated our social media threads into the branding effort.

In terms of board response, we have found the logo to be much more professional. We’re excited with our new direction. We're optimistic about Killian Branding's work and its impact on our current and new members. 

How did Killian Branding perform from a project management standpoint?

Killian Branding has been fantastic. They're very organized and have held us accountable. One of our struggles came from being a board trying to run a company. Everyone has a second job and other time commitments. Because of this, there have been times when we passed certain feedback deadlines set by Killian Branding. They have been great at working with us and understanding our challenges. Because we're a theater company, we also didn't have a huge budget, so we needed to organize the entire project in phases. Killian Branding was helpful in prioritizing tasks in a way which we could afford.

What did you find most impressive about Killian Branding?

Killian Branding is committed and invested in our organization, its work, and its goals. The very fact that Killian Branding's owner came to one of our meetings in order to present the proposal in person has shown real motivation and investment in what we're doing. For the last year, I feel that their investment in our success has remained strong.

Are there any areas Killian Branding could improve?

Not off the top of my head.

4.5
Overall Score It's been a great learning experience for all of us and the relationship is ongoing.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Due to the nature of our business, there have been challenges on our end. Killian Branding has been accommodating with this.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to some of the other companies we've approached, Killian Branding's cost reflected what a small theater company could afford.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The service has been fantastic and we've developed a great relationship with Killian Branding.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Our experience working with Killian Branding has been great. I would definitely refer a person looking for similar services to them.

Branding Strategy for Retail Furniture Business

"With their logo and branding, Killian Branding brought us into the new millennium."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2010 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The client relied on Killian Branding to create a singular identity for their business through the creation of a tagline, logo, website, and other advertising tools.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Chris Racana
General Manager, EuroFurniture
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Killian Branding creates an open and relaxed working environment that makes it easy for ideas to generate. They care about understanding the client’s business goals.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

‎ I am the general manager of EuroFurniture. We are primarily a retail furniture business but we also service architects and interior designers. We have a brick-and-mortar facility in Chicago with a 40,000 square-foot showroom, as well as a website through which we service accounts throughout the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Killian Branding?

We were rebranding our main website, eurofurniture.com; our retail store European Furniture Warehouse; as well as the catalog business, European Furniture Importers. After the 2008 crash, we had pulled back on all of our advertising. After being in survival mode for a couple of years, we decided to bring in a branding agency for help. This is where Killian Branding came in.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Killian Branding came up with a new logo, a new tagline, and a new direction for our company. Their involvement allowed us to ramp up and restart our advertising. Killian Branding brought all of our companies under 1 umbrella, namely EuroFurniture, giving us a common voice and theme across all platforms.

We mainly engage in Google pay-per-click ads, Facebook ads, and direct mail advertising. We also have a catalog which is distributed to trade clients. Killian Branding is in charge of putting that catalog together and organizing it. Anytime we need some creative work done, whether it's an online or printed banner, we go to Killian Branding.

How did you come to work with Killian Branding?

We interviewed several different firms for the rebranding process. We preferred dealing with a local agency in Chicago in order to have face-to-face meetings. We also wanted to work with a smaller agency instead of a large one that would assign us an intern or some sort of underling. We felt that our concerns wouldn't have been heard as clearly in that situation. With Killian Branding, our personalities matched. We sat down with their principal and some other people in the organization and were most comfortable.

How much have you invested with Killian Branding?

The cost can vary from 1 month to another, depending on what we're working on, so it's a hard question to answer. In 2016, we spent over $30,000 on Killian Branding's services. We have an hourly contract with Killian Branding. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Killian Branding around 2010 for our rebranding effort. Killian Branding continues to handle many of the creative aspects of our advertising.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Our brand has become more cohesive with what we do. Our retail store used to be named European Furniture Warehouse, which gave it a connotation of being a discount place. In fact, we offer high-end, mostly Italian contemporary furniture. With their logo and branding, Killian Branding brought us into the new millennium. We went upmarket quite a bit as a result. Overall, I would say that we've had a successful partnership with Killian Branding.

How did Killian Branding perform from a project management standpoint?

Killian Branding performed excellently in this regard, offering good communication. Anytime we needed a project from them, Killian Branding delivered on time and on budget.

What did you find most impressive about Killian Branding?

We appreciated being able to reach Killian Branding's principal, as well as the open and relaxed atmosphere for brainstorming and bouncing ideas off of each other. Killian Branding made an effort to understand our business and goals instead of offering set solutions which are made to fit into whatever the customer wants to do.

Are there any areas Killian Branding could improve?

No agency can be everything to everyone, so Killian Branding should stick to what they know best. They've come to us with some other services like client management. We appreciated having new ideas brought to us, though.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Killian Branding?

Clients should be open and honest regarding their expectations and needs, which will help everyone.

5.0
Overall Score I enjoy working with Killian Branding's team. I've had a good experience over the last 6 to 7 years.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    To my knowledge, Killian Branding has never missed a deadline.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Killian Branding would have to be giving their services away for me to offer a perfect rating. It's not an inexpensive service, but the value is there.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Killian Branding listened to what we wanted. They understood our customer base and goals.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Killian Branding in the past and I will continue to do so.

Branding Plan for Manufacturing Company

"I can say honestly that everything that Killian has done for us has been unbelievably above and beyond what we thought they would do."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Killian Branding has helped the client to elevate their brand through updating their name, social media, email campaigns, and overall company vision.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
La Porte, Indiana
HR Director, sevenOKs Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team at Killian Branding has an expert at every level of the branding process. They know what to do and how to move their clients forward.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a manufacturer of soft-sided insulated cooler bags, primarily used in the food service industry.

My role is human resources [HR] but I take on other special projects such as licensing and I've been working pretty closely with Killian.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Killian Branding?

We acquired the business in 2010 and our name was TCB Manufacturing. Nobody knew what TCB meant or how that related to our products. It was outdated and irrelevant, our website was awful and we didn't have a brand message. We needed help to become more visible, more differentiated from our competitors, and more urgent to our prospects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We also work with a lot of schools and startup companies and TCB Manufacturing meant nothing to anybody. We wanted to be updated, but we also wanted to show that we were still an American manufacturer who made quality products. Killian helped us come up with our whole branding scope of our name, our mission, and our vision. They still help us all the way across the board with social media, email campaigns, and just getting us up to date and relevant in 2016. We've become visible, differentiated, and urgent.

How did you come to work with Killian Branding?

Our continuous improvement director was the one who found Killian and made initial contact. We were looking at two companies initially. We were working with a local company that was doing website design for us. We found out that we needed to get to the root of the problem, which was that we needed to rebrand our entire company.

We talked to a couple of different companies, and we found that Killian was small but very efficient and able to answer any question that we had. They were very quick with turnaround on anything that we asked. We just felt very comfortable with them, and we met their whole team. They came out to visit us here in La Porte, Indiana, and we just hit it off. They give us options and allow us to make decisions but steer us in the right direction and tell us what to lean towards. Ultimately, they are the experts and we look to them for their expertise.

How much have you invested with Killian Branding?

Over $50,000 and under $100,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started with Killian in September/October 2015 and the work is ongoing. We rebranded and launched January 1st, 2016 and we became sevenOKs. We were on a tight deadline because we wanted to relaunch in January 2016 and we did. It was an unbelievably, almost impossible deadline that they hit.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We had a poor social media presence before. No one was maintaining it. We had no real connection with any of our customers. We now have a social media presence. We have email campaigns and a measurable way to see what works and what doesn't work.

We use marketing automation now. We reach out via email campaigns, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; we didn't have any of that before. Now that we have that, we can see what works, what doesn't work, and what customers' feedback is. We're getting forms filled out. We're starting to do e-commerce. There are lots of things that have been working and we're moving in the right direction.

How did Killian Branding perform from a project management standpoint?

They're experts. Bob Killian has the right people with him. Every different area that we work with, there's an expert in that area and they let you know what to do and how to move forward. It's been really great.

What did you find most impressive about Killian Branding?

I can say honestly that everything that Killian has done for us has been unbelievably above and beyond what we thought they would do. They're wonderful to work with.

Are there any areas Killian Branding could improve?

Not that I know of right now.

5.0
Overall Score We are in a much better situation now than we were a year ago.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're very thorough and spell everything out in the beginning so you're aware of what the deadlines are. We gave them an almost impossible deadline for our relaunch and they hit it. I was amazed.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Worth every cent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Like I said, they've gone over and above on everything. They give us options.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They're fantastic. Anything we could do to help them, we would.

Website Redesign Health Care Services Company

"They are proficient on both sides of the marketing conversation. They’re not just technology experts, they are also branding strategy experts. It’s difficult to find both of those qualities in one firm."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is MPA Healthcare Solutions, a health care services company specializing in data analytics. The client was primarily looking for someone to redesign its website, with the purpose of making it more user-friendly and attractive. However, the client was also struggling to tell its brand story to its customers, and required assistance with brand messaging as well. Killian Branding was selected to provide support in these areas, based on a referral from a trusted colleague as well as their past work.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Dan Seals
Vice President of Business Development at MPA Healthcare Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is extremely satisfied with the work produced by Killian Branding. The client reports very positive feedback based on the metrics available from the site's limited release. In addition to the Web design work, the client was also appreciative of Killian Branding's brand strategy expertise. The client was impressed with the both the quality and breadth of Killian Branding's experience, and was appreciative of not having to work with separate firms for the various stages of the project. Killian Branding is highly recommended to others.

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company. 

My company is MPA Healthcare Solutions. We are a health care analytics firm, using data and analytics to improve the quality of health care across the country.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m the vice president of business development, so my job is to look at different ways we can take our set of skills and apply them to the various sectors of the health care sector.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Killian Branding?

The work we do is very analytical, very data driven, and that’s not very inviting necessarily for the average client. So, the challenge we faced was how do you take something that can be very dry, and make it more accessible to our potential customer base?

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

Killian Branding did a complete overhaul of our website. They completely changed the look, the dynamic, even the feel of it, so that it would be more welcoming, easier to navigate and, frankly, easier to understand.

Beyond that, more than just doing the technical piece, they also helped us with our brand’s messaging strategy. They took our outreach efforts from a dry business proposition to a discussion of values. Not necessarily economic values, but human values that would go along with our brand. So, they brought in a more human element while emphasizing the values that would drive people toward us.

What was your process for selecting Killian Branding with which to work?

We used our network. I found Bob [Killian, CEO of Killian Branding] through a referral from a colleague who works at a hospital here in Illinois. We requested RFPs [request for proposals] from three companies, one company was a very technically proficient young company that could put together a website that would be very functionally appropriate. Another company had a seasoned team, and had developed a nice efficient process.

However, Killian Branding offered expertise not only with the website, but also with branding and marketing strategy, and that made a huge difference in our project. Their combination of skills is really what distinguishes them from a lot of companies out there.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

It was in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.

What was the timeline of the project?

We engaged them initially in December [of 2014], shortly before the holiday. We agreed on a concept for the website and system requirements right before Christmas, and then they went to work through the month of January on actually building the site out. We had the beta site up in February [2015].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you talk about the results of the project and how you feel they performed in terms of the quality of their work? Are there any statistics or metrics you can share?

Our old site had a bounce rate of about 92 percent, which is about as bad as you can get. That dropped immediately. I have not checked it recently, but the last time I did check, it had dropped by half, and was continuing to trend down.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes Killian Branding stand out, compared to other companies?

I’d go back to the fact that they are proficient on both sides of the marketing conversation. They’re not just technology experts, they are also branding strategy experts. It’s difficult to find both of those qualities in one firm, particularly for the size of project we were looking at.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

They exceeded my expectations because they were great at the branding and marketing side. I didn’t think we could get as much as we did, and all they did was make me want more. So, if anything my only wish is that the project was bigger so they could do even more for us.

What advice would you give a future client of theirs?

Sit down with them and talk about what you’re trying to do. Spend the time in explaining your business, your value proposition, and who your target is. They can take those ingredients and come up with something that you couldn’t have thought of on your own. It’s important to spend that time up front, to work on the concept, don’t rush to the design. Get them engaged in an understanding of what it is you’re trying to do, where you’re trying to go, and they can take it from there.

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

Branding and Web Design, 55 Questions

"There was nothing that I wasn’t happy and satisfied with in terms of what Killian Branding did. They came in on time and on budget. How often do you hear that anymore?"

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

The client is 55 Questions, a management consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The client was in the early stages of founding the company when he engaged with Killian Branding to direct the marketing strategy. The scope of Killian Branding's work, included providing naming, brand strategy, and web design services for the client.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Chicago, IL
Dave Baney
Founder, 55 Questions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is extremely satisfied with the work provided by Killian Branding. Killian Branding provided all of the strategy behind the client's initial marketing efforts, freeing him up to focus on his company's core competencies. The client is expressed particular appreciation for Killian Branding's professionalism, and their ability to complete the project successfully despite strict time constraints. The client is completely satisfied with the quality of Killian Branding's work, and reports that he has received numerous compliments on his web site, as well as on a series of videos that Killian Branding produced for his company. The client highly recommends Killian Branding to others.

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company. 

My company’s name is 55 Questions, we're a management consulting firm.

What are your role and responsibilities?

I founded 55 Questions to work with mid-market, privately held CEOs and their management teams to help them do things that they don’t like doing on their own, like holding good meetings, being effective, being honest, being accountable and growing their business in a way that’s repeatable.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal in working with Killian Branding?

I wasn’t really facing a business challenge in the classic sense. As a sole proprietorship, you need a certain amount of credibility for people even to think about talking to you. The things they look for are a website, a blog, LinkedIn, and all the basics. So, my challenge was establishing that kind of credibility so that people would see that I really have a company – that I really do what I say I do and maybe I would be worth talking with.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

Killian Branding did the branding, named the company, and did the Web design. While I may have provided material that ended up being content, they took what I gave them and made it real.

What was your process for selecting Killian Branding with which to work?

When I started 55 Questions, I ran a peer group, and as part of running this peer group, I had speakers every month. One of my speakers was a good friend of the owner of Killian Branding. He had spoken to my group and suggested that Killian Branding might speak to my group about marketing communications.

In my past life, I was head of marketing for McDonalds in the United States, so I knew a little bit about marketing and a little bit about the value of marketing tools. In time, I developed a relationship with Killian Branding, so when the time came that I decided to start my own business, there was no selection process. I went directly to Killian Branding. 

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

I’ve probably spent around $30,000 working with Killian Branding.

Can you talk about the timeline of the project, such as when it started, and when it was complete?

It was about a four-month process, maybe five at most. Literally, we sat down and did a brain dump. I brought my materials, and we talked about what I do and how I do it. Killian Branding came back with a concept of work and an outline of costs, which we ultimately agreed on.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you talk about how they performed in terms of the quality of the work?

The most surprising thing to me in the whole process was the development of the 14 or 15 videos on the website where their media team interviewed me about my work. The quality of those videos was fantastic.

I think the work was very well done, and I’m very pleased with the website. I’ve never had anybody say anything negative about the site, and when I have sent people to it they have been very complimentary. When people are thinking about using Killian Branding, I send them to my website, and they come back and tell me how impressed they are with it. So, everything I’ve ever gotten was positive.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

There was nothing that I wasn’t happy and satisfied with in terms of what Killian Branding did. They came in on budget, and they came in on time. How often do you hear that anymore? They did what they said they were going to do, and they did it in a way they said they were going to do it.

What advice would you give a future client of theirs?

Don’t be shocked when you hear the number. Relax, take a deep breath, and realize you get what you pay for. Yes, you can get a website built somewhere for $1,500, and you’ll get a $1,500 website. Once you get past the sticker shock, look at what you’re trying to do, look at what you’re trying to communicate. Do you want a $1,500 brand or do you want a brand that looks really good? So, you get to decide: what do you want your brand to look like? Once you decide that you want your brand to look professional, then you have made the right decision. If you’re looking to build a website cheaply, go online. You’ll find plenty of amateurs out there who will do that for you. 

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
    It’s not even a question of likely – I do it all the time.