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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Aug 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

How to Become a Marketing Mind Reader

My mother taught me how to write. My father taught me how to defend myself (verbally). Art Center College of Design taught me how to present my ideas. But none of these venerable resources taught me how to read minds. What does mind reading have to do with marketing or design: practically everything.

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Tags: marketing / web design / B2B / branding / rebranding / brand / design and business / Web Design Strategy / Marketing for Consultants / branding for websites
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jul 22, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Do We Work On Your Business or Your Website?

The other day, I saw a website for an agency that uses the tagline, "We Work on Your Business, Not Just Your Website." I related to the line's strategic positioning and have to admit to being disappointed that I hadn't come up with it myself.

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Tags: marketing / web design / B2B / branding / brand messaging / design / rebranding / website / brand / taglines
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Jun 23, 2015 8:24:24 AM

Rebranding Leads to Sales

Our staff has marveled at just how frequently the companies for whom we have provided brand strategy, visual branding and website redesign, have been purchased by larger companies not long afterward.

Soon after we provided branding and web design for our client, Predilytics, a predictive analytics company, they successfully sold their company to Welltok, Inc.

Again, shortly after creating a comprehensive rebrand and launching a new identity for Unica Corporation, they successfully sold to IBM. At about the same time, our client, Netezza, was also sold to IBM. There was also Coley Pharmaceuticals and Targanta Therapeutics; these are but a few client transactions that have happened not long after our collaborations were completed.

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Tags: client relationships / branding / Adobe / brand / mergers & acquisitions
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Mar 3, 2015 9:25:00 AM

How to Manage Brand Design During A Merger or Acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions create a lot of questions on how to handle different brands and brand standards. In order to create continuity throughout your marketing strategy and corporate communications, it’s important to rebrand. Although the process will yield a plethora of considerations, the decisions you make will bring clarity and purpose to your combined organization.

To avoid getting waylaid by the personal dynamics involved when two organizations join forces, it's best to start thinking about the brand design implications, from a high level, sooner than later. Here is a checklist of considerations to help you prioritize.

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Tags: branding / design
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Posted by Paul Regensburg on Feb 16, 2015 8:56:00 AM

Do I Need a Brand or a Visual Identity?

Sometimes when people come to us for "branding," I quickly ascertain that what they really mean is an updated "visual identity."

"So, you're looking for help integrating your vision, competitive positioning, audience messaging, market perception and corporate culture," I might ask. Just as often they respond, "I just need an update to our logo, collateral templates, PowerPoint, web design, etc." For many, the visual manifestations of a brand are "The Brand."

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Tags: web design / branding / design / design thinking / rebranding / brand / differentiation / design and business / Web Design Strategy / branding for websites
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