CRS Rebrands to Promote a Fresh, Bold and Community-oriented Approach to Insurance Brokering

Brand Iron teamed up with the local insurance brokerage to craft a new brand, website, and bold exterior signage that sell their relationship-driven services.

For the past six months, Brand Iron has been working with CRS Insurance on a total re-brand. As our team started learning all about the local insurance brokerage, what stuck out most was how much they care about celebrating their community. Through dedicating time and resources to charities and other philanthropic endeavours involving children, shelter and second chances, they say many of their favorite corporate memories revolve around time spent inside their community and outside their office.

This was a sizeable factor to consider when the re-brand began. A lot of businesses dictate the importance of being active in their communities, but it was immediately apparent that CRS walks the walk.

Of course, from time to time, you gotta get down to business, too. We started by matching the symbol of CRS, their new logo, with the company’s emerging bold and “active” business identity in an attempt to make it more recognizable within their field.

We followed suit with their new website, sticking with strong colors and impactful typefaces, and making sure potential customers are drawn to a visual and intellectual message.

Finally, we developed signage that is currently on display at CRS’ Denver office and proudly displays a new era for the company and its identity.

“Everyone here at CRS is really excited about our new brand.  The infusion of color and simplicity really stands out compared to our old logo and the majority of our peers.  Brand Iron was thorough in their research of our company, our processes, our industry, and our competitors when creating our color scheme, logo, and website.  Their input was instrumental in helping us clarify the message that we put out into the world; how we are different and why that is important.”
– Eric Johnson, CRS Insurance

CRS earns its livelihood by working to alleviate the pain that keeps businesses from reaching peak profitability and efficiency. This level of care toward their clients, partners and colleagues was apparent throughout the re-brand process.  We are eager to watch CRS move forward anew in an exciting and invigorating market.

Brand Iron Introduces Capraisedeck.com

With a new website highlighting powerful presentation tools for raising capital, getting acquired or going public, Brand Iron exposes a lesser known sector of its business-backed brand strategy and services.

Over the years, Brand Iron has developed over 100 presentation decks that have helped companies raise over 2 billion dollars, allowed 20 companies get acquired and 6 to go public.

If anyone truly understands the impact and value of these results, it’s our clients. Stemming from their success, Brand Iron is proud to announce the introduction of Capraisedeck.com to its service platform. The new site highlights some lesser known but extremely valuable services that we provide our clients: Investor Raise Decks and Management & Analyst Presentations.

These powerful tools are perfect for startups, emerging companies who want to raise growth capital, alternative investment companies like Real Estate, Private Equity, Venture Capital, etc., or companies looking to get acquired or go public.

Our expertise with capital raise presentations all started when Brand Iron CEO Michael Doyle sold his first company:

“It was during the ‘dot com’ days, and I subsequently became the [company’s] National Brand Director. One of my main roles while running the dot com’s brand was to develop presentations for both Wall Street executives and analysts in support of the company’s IPO. I learned a lot about how to package your story, communicate both your key differentiators and value points, and highlight your organization’s key features and benefits.”

  
Telling your story in the right way is the key to success. Find out how we can help you Achieve your Anything with Brand Iron by visiting Capraisedeck.com and Brandiron.net or calling us @ 303-534-1901.

Brand Iron Partners with ZUUS Dynamic Scheduling to Help Empower Service Managers and Enhance Customer Experience

When ZUUS Dynamic Scheduling developed their proprietary and innovative employee scheduling software, their grand intent was to empower restaurant and retail managers to make sure their customers never have to wait too long for the best possible service. The foodie, shopper and overall line-lamenting side of the Brand Iron staff quite liked that idea, but more importantly, so did the brand development side. So, when we partnered with ZUUS to develop a new look and website, we thought it important to tag that concept right on the homepage.

And it’s true – At ZUUS, service industry customers do come first, and this is possible via an expansive and user-friendly scheduling platform that boasts five differentiating features to help managers capitalize on efficient and real-time staff scheduling and make sure the appropriate staff  are at the appropriate places at the right times.

We also helped ZUUS devise headlines, copy and overall messaging for their new site that relates to industry professionals and clearly communicate what ZUUS Dynamic Scheduling is really all about.

A native of Australia who opened for business in the United States in 2014, ZUUS is one of our truly national clients. Their main vertical markets are restaurants and quick service, and we in Denver know how robust and competitive the current food scene is. With their new look, we think this is the perfect place for them to call (2nd) home and a great home base for deployment of their game-changing business tool.

Along with the new site, we also embarked on a video production project that combines unique animations and screen capture to illustrate ZUUS’ extensive functional suite. Stay on the lookout for the official releases soon.

 

2017 is the Year for Renewed Business Optimism

With a new Administration in the White House, small businesses are brimming with confidence for the future.

For small businesses around the country, confidence and optimism for the future are soaring, as indicated this past December by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s leading small business association.

The NFIB released an index derived from 619 small-business owners’ responses to a survey about plans, expectations, and trends for future business growth and opportunity. The index rose 7.4 points in December, representing the highest monthly gain since July of 1980.

This monumental increase indicates business owners’ overall expectations for better business conditions and their harboring of more upbeat views about the outlook for sales and the economy.

The share of business owners who say now is a good time to expand is three times the average of the current expansion, according to survey results. More companies also said they plan to increase investment and keep hiring, which reflects hopefulness surrounding the new Administration’s plans of spurring the economy.

The NFIB index and how small businesses are feeling about their economic futures are found in this chart:

Politics aside, businesses are excited about how the Donald Trump presidency will boost economy and the future of business in 2017. They are preparing for a breakout, ready to take risks and make investments. Here’s to a strong year for your business: creating jobs, supporting your favorite charity and generally putting more money in everyone’s pockets.

McStain Neighborhoods Emerges Fresh and Strong from the Housing Crisis with a Brand Update and Capital Raise Deck

With Brand Iron’s expertise, the savvy Colorado real estate developers and home builders have a strategic plan to drive business success, raise capital and invigorate their communities.

For McStain Neighborhoods, 2017 is looking bright. They have a shiny new brand and logo, their business pipeline is strong, and they are emerging resurgent in a housing market in full recovery mode. In fact, only four years after hitting historic lows, 2016 saw the biggest increase in national home prices in nine years.

The national rise in real estate prices is encouraging the creation of more housing communities, and developers in affected markets are again beginning steady construction. McStain Neighborhoods is one such developer. Since 1966, the Colorado Front Range builders have maintained that homebuilding is more than just a business – it is a passion fueled by the belief that a better world can be built by rethinking the very nature of community.

Mcstain creates places where people feel more connected to each other, and that’s why it felt natural for us at Brand Iron to help them rebrand and position themselves for capital growth and resurgence in a recovering market.

“This was not your typical rebrand experience. It was engaging, robust and invigorating. Other branding agencies only focus on the pretty picture and one message. With Brand Iron’s process, important questions are answered and you complete the entire business cycle: internal, investors, trade and industry relations.”
-David Ware, CEO of McStain Neighborhoods

The McStain team had been working closely with Barb Anderson, president of Anderson Marketing Solutions, and they came to us in order to redefine and reinvigorate their brand positioning and stance in a sophisticated and challenging market. In order to do so, we determined that, in an industry defined by community, human capital is paramount and would contribute to McStain’s new strategy above all else. So, we crafted strategic messaging that was consistently “people-centric” in order to create business and drive revenue.

It was also crucial to create a brand that would “measure out,” i.e. not only position the company for growth, but also create a meaningful platform that every member of the McStain team could stand behind. We did this by integrating the entire company into our shared process, from internal HR to the builders themselves. We also designed a new logo and developed an in-depth, market-specific plan to raise money and position the company for growth with a Capital Raise Deck.

“When looking at your business across all avenues, working with [Brand Iron CEO] Michael Doyle is important because he is not from the creative side of the marketing industry. Brand Iron embraces the reality that there is a business to run and the priority of impacting ROI for us and our investors. The capital Raise deck created by Brand Iron was an important component of that.”
-David Ware, CEO of McStain Neighborhoods

With a holistic, collaborative process, Brand Iron and McStain Neighborhoods worked together to develop a collective strategic business strategy, capital raise presentation and an overall company brand that will continue to be an integral part to their success. We wish them the very best, and we hope that, in the future, your organization is proactive in taking that first step toward achieving your full potential.

Mistress Brewing on Display for First Time on Liquor Store Shelves

Brand Iron helped a craft brewing startup create a scandalous new beer brand, and now their bottles are on full, ample display.

All the way back in 2016, The Brand Iron team had the chance to work with Mistress Brewing, a mischievous craft brewing outfit from Ankeny, Iowa who gives whole new meaning to “adult beverage.” As a startup, we helped forge their brand from scratch, including label design and messaging that gives each of their signature brews a unique beersonality (did we just coin a term? I think we did).


Up until December of last year, these beersonalities were on display on tap in growler filling stations and at restaurants/bars. Now, Mistress Brewing has officially rolled out their 22 oz. bottles, which means you can find, purchase, and relish all of their tempting brews via liquor store shelves for the first time.

Glasses up to Mistress Brewing for keeping true to its new, one-of-a-kind brand and message, staying dangerous, and following through to commercial success.

 

 

 

Keep an eye out for more Brand Iron/Mistress Brewing collaborations in the near future – at Brand Iron, there’s always a provocative new project right around the corner…

Brand Iron Partners with US Transport to Deliver New Brand and Website

As lovers of transportation, solid business, and cool trucks, Brand Iron was pleased to help US Transport deliver a new brand, messaging, positioning and website.

US Transport, a top-of-class strategic bulk transportation services provider who takes your company and products where you want to go, is one of the best of its kind west of the Mississippi. With the unleashing of their new brand, messaging and website, they are poised to expand that designation to the other side of the river. READ MORE

“Brand Iron was instrumental in sculpting our new brand, including creating an attention grabbing website, state of the art logo, and providing long-term market expansion to differentiate ourselves from the competition.”
– Steven T. Nelligan, President and CEO of US Transport

The newly re-branded company hauls cement, fly ash, coal, aggregates, lime, glass, asphalt, urea and sand through their 12 terminal locations in the Southwest, all with a steadfast commitment to driver and public safety as well environmental sustainability.

2017 seems poised for goods and services and a narrowing-in on domestic success. We applaud US Transport for being poised and ready to grow their business. It was a real pleasure to work with this team.”
– Michael Doyle, CEO of Brand Iron

 

 

 

We’d like to thank US Transport for choosing us, and we look forward to working with you as you expand and grow your business alike – contact us

 

 

 

Great Brand Champions Know the True Meaning of Good Old Fashioned Holiday Spirit

Best Buy etches its spot on Santa’s “Nice” list with a generous dose of holiday giving.

The season of giving is back. For proof, look no further than a Best Buy store in Long Island, NY. Employees of the big box retailer noticed that a local teen had come into the store every day for a month to play the new Nintendo Wii U display. Warm with holiday cheer, they all decided to pitch in and purchase the $300 console for the teen and present it to him next time he came in to play.

The teen, confused and speechless, humbly accepted the gift and shook the hand of a Santa mysteriously dressed in Best Buy blue.

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If this was just an example of community giving and selflessness during the holiday season, or even customer service well beyond the norm, that would be more than enough to warm our hearts. But the actions of these Best Buy employees highlighted something else, something people like us here at Brand Iron know as being great Brand Champions. The unsolicited actions of a few people at this one location speaks volumes for Best Buy as a whole and a corporate culture that truly puts their customer first.

A jolly shout out to goodness from us here at Brand Iron. Look around for your chance to pass along the holiday spirit, and we’ll be here as always to help you Achieve your Anything.

Have a great holiday season and a happy New Year from all of us here at Brand Iron!

 

Brand Iron Helps SafeRx Launch a New Weapon in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

A new brand, corporate identity, and website puts SafeRx in the trenches in the battle against drug addiction.

Every so often, a client’s project gets the Brand Iron team inspired. SafeRx is one of those clients. They are taking the fight against opioid drug addiction directly into the medicine cabinet with their patented Locking Prescription Vials, or LPVs. LPVs keep your high-risk medicines safe by allowing access only to those to whom the prescription belongs.

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Considering 90% of drug abusers start in their teens and the number one source for teen drug abuse is pilfering from family medicine cabinets, helping market this product was a no-brainer for Band Iron. We were honored to assist SafeRx in developing a new brand, corporate identity, website and sales materials to help take LPVs to market. These small devices have the potential to save $33 billion in excess healthcare costs, return $23 billion to the economy in recaptured productivity and reduced criminal justice expense, and prevent 5 million 12-17 year olds from initiating drug abuse. The moral of the story is that what SafeRx is doing matters. The launch of their new brand not only helps in the fight against an epidemic, but it also supports industry professionals in prevention and education.

At Brand Iron, we always aim to do work that makes both us and our clients proud. But sometimes, it goes deeper than the work itself. Whenever we can help a business help society in the way SafeRx does, it adds an extra level of pride, and that comes out in our work.

Check out the recently launched SafeRx brand and follow the progress of LPVs as they do their part in protecting our society from a sweeping epidemic.

 

 

 

The Resignation of a Brand Champion Affects Company Performance – Even in the Stock Market

Starbucks shares fall on announced CEO departure

We know that every brand needs a Champion. Someone who stands behind their company’s distinct identity, who wholly engages it, pushes its message, and makes sure it is at the forefront of everything the company does. For Starbucks, that person is none other than Howard Schultz. For more than 20 years and through two separate stints as CEO, Schultz has provided invaluable vision, guidance and leadership for the Starbucks brand. In turn, we think it’s fair to say Starbucks has done pretty well selling a fair amount of coffee.

But a Brand Champion’s actions don’t just define company performance in terms of products sold or customers served. When the news came out that Howard Schultz is stepping down, a different Starbucks metric took a hit – their stock. The departure of Schultz, a clear Brand Champion in the eyes of company shareholders, caused an initial stock plunge of 10%. Shares have since recovered, but not fully, and only because Starbucks coffee is so darn good. However, it’s clear that investor confidence took a hit after its Brand Champion announced his resignation, and that is telling of his instrument to how the company is perceived.

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Starbucks shares fall on day of Schultz resignation announcement 

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Stepping in as CEO is soon-to-be-former President and COO Kevin Johnson. At Brand Iron, we’ll be watching to see if he can take the brand reigns and keep an already prosperous company on the path of prominence. We know one way he can do that, and it has something to do with becoming Starbucks’ next biggest Brand Champion…