Branding

Love What You Do, Your Brand Shines Through 

When you love what you do, your brand shines through. It might seem a little touchy-feely, because for me in this case, it is.  My daughter started her freshman year in college this past August. During this hectic, bittersweet transition I’ve had quite a few internal freakout moments. Did I prepare her well enough? Did…

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Evidence-Based Branding

I hear a lot about evidence-based treatment as I travel. Over the past ten months I have been fortunate to attend behavioral health and addiction treatment trade shows and conferences across the country. These shows are pivotal for my personal growth. I am able to engage with experts in the field, current and potential clients,…

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5 Brand Features That Give Me Goosebumps

Every time I walk through the doors of a well-positioned and branded behavioral health organization I get goosebumps. And as I visit with more of them, and speak with the incredible people that do the good work, the source of my goosebumps is clear. They all share some key traits. I’ve identified five brand features…

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A Fall Isn’t a Fail

When I was a kid I knew how to fall. At least, it seems that way now. Probably I didn’t think about falling or much of anything else that seemed like the consequence of an action. So when I fell it was a surprise. And I bounced back up.  Kids are rubbery, as we know,…

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Be Brand Mindful, Too

Think about the word, Mindful. What does it mean to you? Chances are, particularly if you work in the behavioral or mental health field, you are mindful, and you practice therapeutic mindfulness. As Oxford secondarily defines mindfulness: “A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts,…

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Have you heard? People are talking about healthy branding!

Trade show season is in full swing. And I love it. I just got back from my first two shows of the season – The Admissions & Marketing Symposium and NATCON18 – and am continually humbled and honored by my experiences. The people, the energy, the conversations. They get me going and keep me going. Upon…

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Not a Brand Guru

  I am not a brand guru. I don’t claim to stand at branding’s burnished edge. Our offices don’t overlook Madison Avenue, or the Thames. I don’t sit in an Eames chair, or play ping-pong in the office. (That would be cool, though…) From where I sit in our gritty brick building, this Healthy Branding…

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Healthy Branding in a Time of Change

Change is an inevitable part of life and business, especially a small business. Change is constant yet, in the moment, it can feel quite unexpected. Recently, designRoom experienced an unexpected change. A key member of our team moved on to a new opportunity. I’m very happy for her and she is going to do great…

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From the Heart, to the Heart

Brands that market from the heart will create strong, enduring bonds. I have seen it work. It has been over a week, but I am still feeding off the energy from the Admissions & Marketing Symposium in Los Angeles. My first-ever west coast presentation went well. It won’t be my last! I was challenged by…

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Make a Promise. Then Keep It!

Make a promise you can keep. Then keep it. This is something we recommend to clients, and is a quintessential part of healthy branding. The first part of the process is to assess the brand. What sets the brand apart from similar organizations? How is it special? What does it offer? This is positioning, and…

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Take a Position and Own It.

Yeah, we know how to take a position. That willingness to take a risk and act differently, as long as we’ve done our homework, manifests in many ways. Yesterday we pitched something to a client (we won’t say who) that we wouldn’t have pitched even a few years ago. It was an idea, a concept,…

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Reflections from NCAD 2017: Branding First

My reflections from NCAD? Branding first. Web next. While at NCAD, I noticed there is more chatter around branding today than there was two years ago, which is great! Though branding is part of the conversation today, many still aren’t sure where branding fits within the process of marketing a new or evolving organization. CEO’s…

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Take a Position

It’s my theme for this year – Take a Position. It’s not like I didn’t have a position. I did. My business does. We build healthy brands, and we help organizations that help people. But during the course of a year, or five or ten, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stuff…

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Build Brand Belief Amid Alternative Facts

Brand belief is important. Belief leads to brand loyalty, which leads to sustained brand success. I believe it’s being threatened. A while back I wrote a blog about how a healthy relationship equals a healthy brand. I stated that the number one tenet of a healthy client/agency relationship was “belief”: “Simply put, you have to…

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Showing Brand Gratitude

I can honestly show my brand gratitude. Partly because I am grateful that I’ve been able to share about branding at key behavioral health industry trade shows. And partly because of the behavioral health brands we’ve worked with this year. This past year, being able to get in front of our audience at several shows…

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The Ins and Outs of Falling Up

Here are some of the ins and outs of falling up in our studio. It’s been been almost two hours and I’m getting hangry. The room feels stuffy, like a closet. The black dry-erase marker died, we had to switch to blue, and my OCD is on alert. The white board was full an hour ago and…

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Doctor C at State of Recovery

Kelly and Celeste and Doctor C at the State of Recovery Conference My summer fun has included a trip to Florida with Doctor C for the State of Recovery Conference. My special guest? Celeste, my daughter, acting as Doctor C’s special assistant and director of social media. And my awesome traveling companion! We make a formidable…

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If you were a color…

If you were a color, what would your name be? No, this isn’t that game in which you combine the names of your first pet and the street you grew up on to make your porn name. This is real world color naming. And there are literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of silly, cool, bizarre,…

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Motivation is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.

Motivation is a marathon, not a sprint. A fact I’ve always known but was (painfully) reminded of at our latest trade show, NATCON. While it was truly an impressive show and we had a great experience, both as exhibitors and attendees, it takes a lot of motivation to complete. Prep The preparation before all shows are intense,…

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The Leap to a New Brand

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How do you know if you are ready to make the leap to a new brand? There’s a reason the biggest brands are always working on their own brands, and that every brand of any substance has a brand manager, or a whole team, to care for it. It’s because a brand is a super…

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“I trust them with my brand. I trust them with my marketing business. They will not steer you wrong. They will ensure everything is on point moving forward.”

Lauren Byers, Vice President, MarshBerry

"Our client base increased. Our staff base increased. Our reputation and notoriety in the industry increased. The branding has lifted us up to be very confident.”

Denise Corbisiero, COO, Integrity Billing

“We trust them as true professionals who really understand the process that’s required to do things right.”

Carole Boye, CEO, Community Alliance

“They really bring in the heart behind the message. They tell the story in ways that are compelling. They’re really creative and that matters.”

Anthony Guido, VP of Communications & Marketing, Cohen Veterans Network

“…we really felt that they understood what we wanted to accomplish. They listened to us instead of puking their process on us.”

Laura Bren, President, Deeley Insurance Group

“Loved the process – we got so much more than a new logo; helped us unite around a common mission and language.”

Travis Pearson, CEO, Endeavors

“This input helped us work better together as a team. The whole brand refresh process was a wonderful team building opportunity.”

Matthew Wolf, Vice President, Seabrook

“We never had the production value in terms of the presentation/signage – the quality was new and impressive and people really embraced it.”

Marvin Ventrell, Executive Director, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

“Take the time to let designRoom get to know you. It is amazing that they get to the core of who you are…”

Jonathan Lee, President & CEO, Signature Health, Inc.

“They became much more like partners deeply embedded inside our business.”

Travis Mlakar, President, Millcraft Paper

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