369 Brand - Case Study

Posted 7 Nov


369° Collective Re-Brand



369 had an idea, a name and a logo.

369 had an idea, a name and a logo.

The idea is great - The name is fantastic and has a deep meaning to the founder.

But 369 did not have a brand (yet).


The original logo.

When the logo was originally designed, it was done without any research into the company, the market or what message we as a brand wanted to communicate.

We ended up getting a logo with an overwhelming amount of colour (to stand out) but no real meaning.

Without the proper research and understanding of our business, the logo had no soul.

If all it took to stand out was a bright, multi-colour, bold logo, our job would be easy.  But there's  so much more involved than that.  - Bonita. this!brand

We quickly found that the logo and the colours didn't align with our vision.

We felt that the logo was created in haste by someone who was not committed or invested in our success or didn't understand our core values of honesty, integrity and best practice.

We also struggled to build a consistent visual identity as the logo was not designed to be used in different applications, most tasks like social media posts or printed adverts started becoming serious issues.

The brand identity, beyond the logo.

We started working with this!brand. Before developing a new logo, we looked deeper into the 369 Collective, not just the business, but the entity, we looked into the brand soul.

Venessa followed this!brand's re-brand workbook and uncovered some valuable information, that they would later use to develop 369’s new identity.

Here are some of the findings:

Perception:
369˚ wanted to be perceived as Honest, having integrity, following best practices, a genuine interest in their audiences success, support and empowerment.

Every brand holds a basic set of beliefs that influence everything they do. We call these beliefs your Brand Soul.
Knowing what these core principles are and why they matter is crucial, as they are a potent force that can actively support or sabotage your business.

The Brand Soul is comprised of four elements:


Purpose: Why do we exist?

The primary reason 369˚ Collective was founded and exists is to provide quality products and services through a collective of trusted service provider’s I trust with my own brand. These Entrepreneurs understand small businesses, provide an agency quality standard of work without the agency price tag. Over the years I have unfortunately heard too many stories from small business owners where what was promised was not delivered, wasting not only their limited budget but also their time and stalling or negatively impacting the growth and potential of their business, often leading to losing faith in the business due to no fault of their own. I am on a mission to put a stop to this and help small business owners spend money in only the right places for their particular business, with the best possible outcome and ROI. Leading by example, following best practices, I project manage the entire process for my clients, ensuring promises are fulfilled and the outcome is better than they could have imagined with ongoing support and the best possible return on investment.


Vision: What future do we want to help create? What does the future look like?

369˚ Collective is the go-to trusted service provider for small New Zealand owned businesses and then expanding worldwide to build a 369˚ model in each Country and or major centre's that provides employment to small businesses and entrepreneurs sustainably for the long term while not treating the small business and owner as just a number like big corporate agencies and businesses do, with the peace of mind that everything delivered will meet or exceed expectations and that customer service and ongoing local support is of paramount importance to all the members of the collective.  Ongoing support will always be New Zealand based.


Mission:
What are we here to do? How do we create that future?

To teach, inspire, motivate and empower Entrepreneur-small business owners to launch, grow or scale their businesses in a sustainable way.


Values:
What principles guide our behaviour?

  1. Honesty & best practice
  2. Integrity
  3. A genuine desire and passion for the success of your business
  4. Teach, inspire, motivate and empower with the right knowledge for their business
  5. To constantly and consistently seek more support and tools to support and make it easier for small businesses to grow (RBP Funding & Q Mastercard interest-free finance that is available)
  6. Leading by example


Audience

Our audience is small businesses in most cases women in business who are motivated to grow their business - This can be just a desire to be self-employed, to an idea that needs nurturing, a recently launched business that is struggling, an established business that needs to grow or scale.


Differentiate

By not trying to sell services and products businesses don't need and being honest with them about what they currently have in place and how to improve it with a genuine interest in providing a solid ROI.

This!brand then identified the brand’s personality (Archetypes) as:

The caregiver

GOALS - To help and take care of others.
STRATEGY
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Doing things for others, service, focus attention on other people.
BRAND VOICE
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Considerate, thoughtful, kind and generous.
CUSTOMERS FEEL
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Loved, taken care of, safe, “I am not alone in this”, secure.
MINDSET
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Volunteer. Help others. Share the causes that you are passionate about.


The Caregiver brand archetype can be summed up in two words: compassionate and self-sacrificing. The Caregiver archetype is a personality fit for brands that aim to nurture or serve others.

The Caregiver derives meaning from helping others. This brand archetype is moved by compassion and generosity and strives to make people feel nurtured and secure.

The everyman

GOALS - To relate, belong, to be accepted and to accept others.
STRATEGY -
Develop solid values, be down to earth, accessible, hard-working and nice.
BRAND VOICE -
Friendly, humble, honest, practical.
CUSTOMERS FEEL -
Understood, included, warm, part of the group.
MINDSET -
Create real connections and friendships with your audience. Share normal parts of your life with them.


It seems one of the highest compliments bestowed upon a celebrity is that the superstar “is so down to earth!” The comfort and appeal of knowing that something or someone larger than life is actually “just one of us” is the pull of the Everyman archetype, and brands who are relatable in this way will go a long way in capturing the hearts of their consumers.

As modelled by the Regular Joe or the Girl Next Door, the Everyman archetype is wholesome and genuine. The Everyman tends to demonstrate the underlying ideals of hard work and honesty and embraces common-sense values and authenticity. The Everyman feels no need for pretence.

The Everyman brand archetype is easily seen in mom-and-pop stores, local diners, and community events that have a down-home culture, genuine and caring.

This information gave this!brand a solid foundation to start building the visual identity on.

The new logo.

This logo is guided by “The Everyman” archetype and uses vibrant and uplifting colour tones. The colour palette is bright, hopeful, energetic, friendly and bold.

  • Its non-corporate appearance instantly puts the audience (small businesses) at ease.
  • The logo is a wordmark-combo - that is great for brand recognition.
  • From the start I have been drawn to a circular logo for you, the circle communicates your position perfectly. This logo uses a circle to communicate you (369) encompassing all services. The fluid circle on the outside serves as a visual representation of the degree sign as well as representing a brand partner being a part of the whole with 369 in the middle - the driving force at the core.
  • The fonts used are clean and easy to read from a distance and at small sizes.
  • The logo is clean and honest.
  • This logo option comes with 3 variations, circular, square and expanded to ensure a perfect fit on every application.

The colour palette

Colours are more than just a visual aid because colours convey emotions, feelings and experiences. Colour Psychology showed that colour can affect human behaviour, influence human perception and enhance effectiveness.

Maximum Blue Green

Turquoise means open communication and clarity of thought.

The colour turquoise helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word. It presents as a friendly and happy colour enjoying life.

Turquoise and cyan promote and encourage peaceful behaviours and calmness. They also encourage clear/rational thinking, thoughtfulness, cleanliness, hygiene, emotional control or repression of emotions.

A combination of blue and a small amount of yellow, it fits in on the colour scale between green and blue. It radiates the peace, calm and tranquillity of blue and the balance and growth of green with the uplifting energy of yellow.

The colour blue represents both the sky and the sea and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, and intelligence.

Blue is calming and also represents honesty and loyalty (hence its popularity in so many corporate branding colour schemes).

Brink Pink

Pink is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity.

In colour psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive colour inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay.

It is calming and non-threatening.

Physiologically, it calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect.

This is a colour usually used in businesses relating to the female market such as cosmetics, fashion, beauty and romance. Combining it with darker colours gives it more sophistication and strength.

The colour magenta is one of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.

It promotes compassion, support and kindness and encourages a sense of self-respect and contentment in those who use it. It can assist ambitions and desires to become reality.

Conclusion

369 Collective now has a strong starting point.
We have identified who the 369 Collective is as an identity. We can now communicate with consistent messaging and be guided by the values of the 369 brand.
Our entire visual identity (Logo, Website, Social Media) is now a cohesive part of the whole with consistent appearance and messaging. No more guessing.

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