Client: Wyer & Co Services: Branding, Graphic Design, Identity, Copy Writing, Print, Digital, Web Design
Wyer & Co is one of Sydney’s most sought-after landscaping firms. They’ve earned an impeccable reputation for quality through designing and delivering verdant prestige gardens in eastern Sydney over many years. Made was tasked with elevating their brand to match the premium nature of their work. We amplified the luxury that embodies a Wyer & Co designed space with a clean, elegant brand, stationery and website.
Target Hunter is a premium performance coach and consulting firm based in Sydney. They help executives and high-performance teams build their focus, streamline their processes and chart a course to be generally more effective in both work and life. We created a bold and impactful brand that embodied the integrity of their services.
Inspired Intl. is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading destination events managers. They have a reputation for hosting innovative and inspiring events and conferences on behalf of the world’s largest organisations. Made was tasked with bringing that innovation and inspiration to their brand. We created an elegant and versatile corporate identity and an extended brand and website to allow this fine events company to put their best foot forward in front of their prestige clientele.
VCA Partners is an independent corporate advisory firm based in Sydney. They provide domestic and cross-border advisory services to public and private companies on strategy, valuation, mergers, takeovers, acquisitions, divestments, capital market activities, and restructuring. Made was engaged to create an elegant brand that illustrated the premium nature of their service and endeared them to their high net worth clientele.
Just Booked is an innovative booking platform that allows drivers to reserve parking spaces at selected locations. Parking provider Divvy approached Made to give its new booking system a bright, bold personality. We developed a holistic brand dripping in primary colours to give the new service a sunny disposition.
Client: Vanuatu Government Services: Branding, Art Direction, Web Design, Strategy, Campaign, Digital
Made was engaged by the Vanuatu Government to build a brand that celebrated the nation’s commitment to craftsmanship and the strength of their organic agriculture.
We created a bold marque that allowed producers and makers to show the world that their products were proudly ‘Vanuatu Made’. The project involved the creation of a not-for-profit entity that supports Vanuatu businesses by giving them a wider domestic and international audience via the brand’s website and an extensive advertising campaign.
Many companies rebrand to evolve with their target audience and keep the brand current and distinguishable. It has been found that rebranding is effective in setting companies apart from competitors and consequently improving their overall performance. Rebranding also allows brands to change their focus to better reflect the company and connect with audiences more. To make the best rebranding decisions, you need a significant amount of thought and planning involved. We go through our top tips for finding inspiration when rebranding.
1. Talk to staff and customers
Companies can better understand how the brand is currently viewed if they talk with both staff members and customers. After that, you can determine goals or if the views of the company are currently aligned with that of customers. The process can give the brand an idea of where to start with their rebranding and ensure that decisions reflect customer and staff views.
2. Create mood boards
Looking at other brands for inspiration can also be a great way to find inspiration for where to take the rebrand. It can also help to give the creative team an idea of what you envision for the brand to guide them in designing the rebrand.
3. Find a graphic design team to rebranding
Graphic designers have extensive experience in rebranding and can not only help in generating content for your rebranding, but providing inspiration for where to go with it. At Made Agency, we specialise in rebranding, from creating new websites, to corporate documents and stationary.
As a branding agency, one of our recent projects was for Seacapital, a property management and marketing company exclusively for developers. This rebrand involved the creation of stationary, corporate documents, website and environmental signage. The vision was to make it professional and eye-catching, with inspiration for the design associated with sea in the name of Seacapital, which we used to create the idea of a wave in the logo.
Do you need help with your rebranding? Call us today on 1300 877 503, or email email@example.com to find out more.
Today we’re talking about things that can make a massive difference in the way we portray our brands online, through your online shop – your business website.
Here at Made Agency, we design and develop quite a few websites every year. As much as we love designing custom websites, we also do get requests to review and re-design websites that have been around for 3, 5 or even 10 years. After more than a decade of working on different kinds of projects, we have seen all kinds of business websites, and we know a thing or do about the ones that work best.
As soon as someone lands on the main landing page or the home page, it is essential that they understand and know immediately who you are and what you’re on about. Visitors usually spend 5-10 seconds or even less than that before the internet drives them to another link, so you don’t have a lot of time to make this happen!
We have a few key points that we run through to make sure that all those key points are hit, so if your website is not converting the way you would like it to, or not even attracting your ideal client – here’s a couple of tips to help you with that.
Think about this –
1. Would someone know what your business is about as soon as they land on the website? What elements convey that information?
2. Is there a call to action, an opt-in offer or a service offering so they know what to do next?
3. Is your design created to attract the client or is it distracting?
4. Do the images and graphic elements reflect your brand? Are you creating the content to reflect and enhance your brand or does it look like it belongs elsewhere?
Keeping in mind the points listed above, we have 3 points here that will consolidate the areas that are most important when trying to create a distinct and well-crafted website.
The Top 3 things that you’re possibly doing wrong on your website
The content on your website is too much
If you’re tempted to look at this heading and think that this is not really you, it most probably rings true for you. Most websites have a copy that is spilling out of every corner, and in most cases, it’s just- not- necessary.
With too much text, as important as it is, you run the risk of confusing the viewer, and this will, in most cases lead them to leave the website and not engage with you! All because they did not know where to look, what to do or where to go next.
This is a key point because your website is a strategic pointer towards your services and a key factor that will influence your marketing over the long (and short) term. It shouldn’t be all about your company and most importantly should not come across as a library of information.
Your website design only reflects your own personal style & design aesthetic, not your brand
The main purpose of a website is all about attracting and serving others. A website might look great to you but to someone visiting your brand, it might not create the same impression. We see this often especially with new business owners, and it’s completely understandable how you want to like and enjoy your own design and brand, but ultimately, you’re not working to attract yourself! You’re simply in business because you are looking to attract and serve others.
The best thing to do in this regard is to think about your ideal client and keep them front of mind when you are creating anything – whether that is the homepage or the services page – and even your portfolio. Show, don’t tell.
The solution? Learn about and focus in on your ideal client. Hone in on what makes them tick. Consider the style and design that your ideal client would be attracted to and marry that with your personal design preferences.
Creating a clear and crisp message about what your business does
Never assume that people will automatically understand what they’re meant to do when they land on your homepage. This is something that often happens and even though it’s something so simple and manageable, it still happens!
Like we mentioned before, it takes less than 10 seconds for a visitor to arrive, check your website, make an impression and then makes a (maybe permanent) decision of leaving your site (or staying if they love it!). This applies to businesses of every kind, products, and services, blogs and e-commerce sites. The header of the website, whether it’s an image or has the text laid in with it, should communicate what your business does and give the person an idea about the value you offer.
The solution to this would be crafting a one-sentence description near the top of your website that clearly articulates what you do, what makes you unique and difference, and how your product or service will change your customer’s life.
Take action! Check your homepage today, and go through the elements we’ve covered today. It would be even better to ask someone who is your target market, or a potential customer who has an interest and real need in your product or service and let them give you some honest feedback
Taking these 3 quick actions can really make a difference for your business.
If you’re ready to build a new presence and create a brand that you and your customers love, take a step today! Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our portfolio and if you think it’s a good fit, we would love to hear from you!
You may already know this. What you may not know though is that design plays such an important role in the success of your marketing efforts. No matter how well you handle customer relations, or how high the quality of your product or service is, basic design elements can be the difference maker to your success.
When you think about your business, the first thing that might come to mind is your business name or logo. And this makes sense, it’s also going to be the first thing customers hear and see when researching your business.
Both give your brand identity. Your logo is like the face of your business. In saying this, it is important to make sure this face is as attractive as possible because you will likely be advertising it wherever you can. If you’re integrating your brand properly, you’ve probably added your logo to places like letterheads, document templates and email signatures.
Whilst this is a good sign of brand management, a poor logo design could be detrimental to all this hard work. Good design builds trust. It gives your business a more professional look. If your logo looks basic and outdated, potential clients will make assumptions about your business; that you can’t keep up with the times or perhaps that the quality of your product/service is subpar. People will make first impressions as soon as they see your logo, so make sure it’s a good one.
Marketing in the online realm has quickly become one of the best ways to sell a brand or idea. The success of this online marketing can all boil down your website’s performance and overall design. Web design encompasses both the aesthetic feel and general usability of a website. Despite what you might think, web design plays a crucial part in the representation of your brand and assists in shaping the opinions of your website visitors. On top of this, there are many factors that contribute to the efficacy of your web design.
Web building services like WordPress offer templates that can kickstart your design structure and organisation and help you adopt a more professional look for your brand. In this digital age, web design can be pivotal to the success of your marketing efforts and bad design can sometimes be as bad as not having a website at all. If your website is poorly designed, you run the risk of losing potential clientele. For instance, you might be thinking that the best way to attract business is by being unique and having an out of the box web design. This might be effective in some cases, however, confusion may arise for customers used to conventional layouts or those that are less tech-savvy.
One aspect of your marketing efforts where effective visual communication is essential is that of calls-to-action (CTA’s). This continues to play on that point about good web design. It is one thing to have a good web layout, but good web design includes things like CTA’s. Additionally, well-designed calls-to-action can do wonders for your marketing efforts. If they are well designed, they grab the attention of visitors and help convert readers into leads. These conversions are the ultimate goal of your marketing efforts and it is inevitable that good design boosts conversions. Another thing you can do is look at the analytics for these CTA’s, which allows you to measure the performance of such efforts.
Another area where design is very impactful is social media content. When creating daily, weekly or monthly content for the people who follow you, it is crucial that the design is not only eye-catching but also that the message is communicated loud and clear and has the right impression.
This also applies to how your emails are designed and laid out. The right design can carry all your content and encourage multi-level click-ins, whereas bad design might deter your audience, even if the content within is the best you’ve created. This is how important design; used in the right way, it will make or break how your audience connects with your brand, and eventually how they choose to spend their money on your products and services.
We’ve given you a few examples of how design plays a big part in your marketing efforts. If you are struggling to successfully market your business, it might mean that it’s time for a logo revamp, or possibly you need to restructure your website for easier accessibility. Whatever the case, use this article as a guide to direct you to better success in the marketing sphere.
We’re experts in website design and would love to help you create an exceptional brand. Check out our portfolio and if you like what you see, contact us – email@example.com
Firstly, let’s establish what we mean by ‘brand’. The brand of a company or business may hold different meanings to different people. For the sake of this article, a brand is not limited to merely a company name and logo. A brand encapsulates everything that a business is, it should be inextricably linked within all of a business’s processes and offerings.
Simply put, your brand is like the personality of your business. This is why it is important to build and maintain an image from the ground up.
As we have mentioned, your brand does not solely rely on your logo.
Although this is true, it should not take away from the significance of good logo design and implementation. Your logo ultimately embodies the brand of your business.
When someone sees your logo they should recall what they have heard about your business and what principals they associate your business with. Assuming you have a well-established brand and strong logo design, your first step towards integration should be putting your logo wherever you can.
Now, don’t go overdoing this, because that will actually hurt your brand. You should choose places like letterheads, document templates and email signatures as places where your brand can be integrated effectively.
Choosing places like these for your logo highlights communication as an important aspect of your company’s brand. In saying this, the way you communicate should be equally as reflective of your company’s ideals. When you mix good communication with effective logo implementation, you encourage positive connotations to be made between your logo and overall brand.
In this age of instantaneity, people are quick to make first impressions. This is especially significant in terms of online branding. In many cases, the first thing consumers will do before directly engaging with your business is to take a look at your website. It is important not only to have a website (if you don’t you should probably start there) but to also consolidate your brand within all aspects of your website. For example, say your company prides itself on its ability to be punctual and easy to work with. Now, imagine that a potential customer has been recommended to your business for exactly these reasons and decides to take a look at your website.
They are then met with long wait times on pages and a layout that is hard to follow. Not only will this risk client loss, but it also contradicts the values of your company and damages your brand. In this case, integrating your brand into your website is much more than simply pasting a logo over every page. It is making sure that your website is designed with the customer in mind and allows consumers to pinpoint what it is that your company values.
Next. Verbal communication. This is a simple one but is ultimately essential to the integrity of your brand. Whilst technology is swiftly eliminating much of the need for verbal customer interaction, it is still something that should be flawless. This means phone calls, sales calls, presentations, general meetings etc, should be conducted at a high standard. Nailing this aspect of your customer relations not only instils feelings of trust and confidence within your clientele but also reinforces your brand values.
There are countless ways in which a brand can make an impact. This is not only when you create a logo, or even your website. It includes landing pages, the way you put out written, audio or video content. At the end of the day, a brand is all about how you made your customers feel – it is a positive experience, one that has impacted their life in a good way.
For branding inquiries including creating visual identities, collateral and website creation, contact us here – firstname.lastname@example.org