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 [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Branding, Content, Inspiration, Marketing|

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 [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Branding|

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 [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Branding|

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 [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Branding, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Branding|

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, [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Branding|

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, [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Behavioral Health, Branding|

The Leap to a New Brand

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 [...]

By | February 25th, 2016|Branding|

Changing My Name

I'm changing my name. No, I'm not running from the law or trying to become famous. I'm getting married. And clients, now I get it! I can empathize with the bit of anxiety that comes with changing a name. Am I changing who I am? Will it be ok? How's it going to look on my monogrammed [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|Branding, Positioning|

A Healthy Brand Story

We love clients like Jeanne Coughlin. We love all of our clients, of course, but we have a rather long history with Jeanne, having helped develop her brand, the Coughlin Group, through the years. Her brand has grown and evolved, as all brands must. So last year, we partnered with her again to make her [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Branding, Design, Logos, Positioning|

Healthy Relationship = Healthy Brand

Whether creating a new brand or refreshing an old brand the ultimate success does not begin with research, interviews or focus groups. The foundation isn’t built in a brainstorming session or when pencil hits paper. The magic to building a healthy brand starts with the health of the relationship between the client and the branding [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Branding, Design, Positioning|

Branding for Behavioral Health. Why?

We are often referred to prospective clients this way, “if you want to do it right, call designRoom Creative.” I am very proud of that. Because getting your branding right, even if it takes time and a bit more of an investment at the front end, will help you create consistent revenue for years to [...]

NCAD WAS INTERESTED

The National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), along with Behavioral Healthcare Executive Summit, has rapidly established itself as a premier, respected, and trusted national conference that provides a diverse educational curriculum on the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery management of addictions that affect various genders, generations, and cultures. Rachel and I recently showed at the [...]

By | August 18th, 2015|Branding, designRoom Creative, Mental Health & Addiction|

Need to Know Production: Color Matters

Understanding your corporate colors is one of the more confusing and overlooked aspects of brand management. Here are some steps to help you along the way: 1. Yes, color is a big deal. “Color increases brand recognition by 80%.” (Source: University of Loyola, Maryland study). Choose your colors wisely. Color is critical to identifying your [...]

By | July 28th, 2015|Branding, Design|

Imagery & The Brand Promise

My first true awareness of imagery was when we read Ethan Frome in school. Seems appropriate that I should be discussing it now, given the snow piled high along the streets, sparkling in frozen temptation. It is a million diamonds dusting bare tree branches and providing a smooth glittering surface, white marble alleyways lining streets, ruined [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|Branding, Inspiration, Photography|

Images Versus Words

In the battle of words versus images, who wins? Here's my recurring scenario: Images are everything. Nobody reads anymore. Media is all about the image. That's what I'm told, even by clients (though they very much care about the copy I write for them). Being the contrarian that I am, I know beyond doubt that [...]

By | February 12th, 2015|Branding, Content|

Brand Gratitude

If gratitude were my brand, I'd be all over the place. But I'd be well-positioned for the coming year. I think that's ok when you're grateful. Because gratitude touches everything. I'm grateful that we have had the opportunity this year to add so much to an already great team. Not just our key people inside, but [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|Branding, designRoom Creative|

Tag Lines: How to Make a Good One

"Experience the Difference." "Tomorrow’s Solutions, Today." "The Strength to Be There." "Excellence Through Total Quality." "We Make It Better." "Ask Why." These are actual tag lines. Not much about these lines is appealing to an actual person. They could be connected to medical equipment or banks or lawn mowers. Not one illuminates a unique market [...]

By | July 31st, 2014|Branding, Content, Positioning|