The Branding Blues — A Lesson from Pantone’s Color of the Year

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As a company that recently rebranded, the process of branding feels fresh and familiar. Currently, some of our clients are also launching rebranded messaging and missions for 2020.

Although the results look straightforward and simple, the decisions required along the way can be overwhelming.  

One area of branding that our clients have struggled with is color. For that reason, we’re taking a look at the recent announcement regarding Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year to explore what it might offer your brand. 

Does Classic Blue capture the essence of your business? Does color really matter to your brand? 

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A Rebrand to Reroute My Business: Welcome to Waypoint Writing!

Cast Iron Content is now Waypoint Writing

Shakespeare famously wondered, “What’s in a name?” and suggested that a rose would smell just as fragrant if we called it a milkweed. Well, maybe. Of course, you don’t realize how much really is in a name until you feel disconnected from it and decide you need to rebrand. 

Cast Iron Content, as intended and at its best, represented iron-clad messaging, rock solid content, strong and clear communication on which to build your brand. At its less-than-best, it invited contact form inquiries like the following: “Yeah, I’m trying to find cast iron brake calipers for my Lincoln Town Car…” 

For a company built “to structure your story,” we realized we needed to strengthen our own. 

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Behind-the-Scenes of Our First Brand Photography Session: Lights, Camera, Collaborate!

Monday marked Waypoint Writing’s first brand photography session. Although it would have been ideal to have the entire team on hand, the reality of time and distance meant that only three of us could physically attend to create some brand-specific content. We had two primary motivations for doing so. The first — our brand, just like all brands, needed an infusion of fresh, original content. The second — a quick brand photography session gave our team the chance to demonstrate one or two services that we can easily deliver to our clients. The bonus? It was fun!

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots and impressions of our experience, which should provide you with some ideas for how our company might help better brand yours…

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Top 3 Considerations Before a Brand Photography Session

In this latest installment of what I consider “Business Strategies I’m Learning on the Fly,” I focus on branding, specifically my upcoming brand photography session with Branding Photographer and PR Strategist Kristin Hardwick.

Here’s the plan: next Monday, Kristin will arrive at my home office and snap brand worthy photos, reflective and supportive of Waypoint Writing. To prepare for the session, Kristin and I briefly discussed what will no doubt become a much larger conversation about why branding photography is so important for a business.

As I get organized for the shoot, I am keeping three key considerations in mind. Dubbing them AAA, my primary concerns are attention, aesthetics, and ambition.

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Why You Should Try a Giveaway as Part of Your Brand Marketing Strategy

Less than one year into business ownership, each day presents a learning curve that sometimes looks like a gentle slope, but often feels as though I’m standing at the base of a flagpole. Outside of my own expertise, the only way I manage to avoid total babe-in-the-woods status is to surround myself with strategists who know what they’re doing. Soliciting advice, experience, and ideas from those who have done this longer and are willing to share proven strategies designed to enhance my brand marketing strategy is invaluable.

The latest suggestion came from Branding Photographer and PR Strategist, Kristin Hardwick. She suggested that Waypoint Writing should try a giveaway and, inspired by some recent conversations I had with fellow business owners, I thought — why not?

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