Hewlko - News 30.04.19

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When is it time for a brand refresh?

I met Caleb Clark in early 2016 when his business OnlinePresentz ran a campaign for a client of mine. I’d designed some ads and a landing page for a contest that his team had helped develop strategy and metrics for. We even worked out of the same office for a period of time. So, when he was looking for a brand refresh to reflect how his company had evolved over the past couple of years we partnered to execute the strategic frame work required to help guide decisions when working through this type of process. 

Check out the video below to see how we kicked off the project!

Brand Workshop + Logo Development:
The original name, OnlinePresentz felt dated and its literal meaning didn’t take into consideration the in-depth strategic process they use to understand their client’s business. They wanted a brand that felt fresh and reflected their current service offering while positioning themselves as leaders in their industry. To get a full view of the current state of their business we conducted a brand workshop that included service offering, target audience and core value exercises. The workshop provided us with the strategic framework to develop the conceptual name Hook + Ladder (H+L). H+L is a football play, and this concept reflects the strategic service the company provides. H+L promises to ‘hook’ your audience, and provide them with a ‘ladder,’ representing the reason the audience will want to engage with your brand. The font is bold, reflecting confidence while the logo overall appears playful in its use of iconography. The eye is drawn immediately to the plus sign, creating the “hook” element, while horizontal lines create the “ladder upwards”.

Website Workshop + Design:
The second portion of this project was a website, with its number one goal being conversions. We conducted a website workshop to map out the customer journey for each target audience identified in phase one and create a plan with roles and responsibilities for each party to develop content. We also took Digital Marketer courses that helped us dive further into understanding the target audience motivations so we can create content that truly resonated. Rebecca Smith, of WordPlenty was with us throughout the process. Her specialty is conversion copy, so she was an ideal match for this project.

The result is a website that funnels our two audiences onto pages that speak to them in language they actually use, this helps them easily see that they have found what they are looking for. This strategy also allows us to funnel our audiences to sign up for specific email lists, allowing us to provide them with content that is specifically suited to their needs.

The Project

  • Brand workshop

  • Logo development

  • Website workshop and design

  • Implementation of Digital Marketer course work

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Q&A with Rebecca of WordPlenty

What is conversion copy? Let's hear what it means from a specialist! In this month's Q&A, Rebecca takes us through her process of uncovering language your audience actually uses to describe your service, allowing your brand to speak to your audience effectively.


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Welcome Jeremy Fokkens!

A warm welcome to photographer Jeremy Fokkens who joined us at Studio 1130 this April. Jeremy is a seasoned photographer, having shot campaigns for most agencies in town along with exciting clients, such as Fairmont Hotels, Visa and MacLeans Magazine.