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, [...]

By | 2018-05-23T10:21:11+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Branding|

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-22T16:14:32+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Branding, Uncategorized|

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 thing [...]

By | 2018-03-29T12:04:02+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Branding|

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 [...]

By | 2018-02-28T10:20:56+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Branding|

Health, Branding, and Helping Organizations that Help People

Health. Far too often we take it for granted. It’s never a problem, until it’s a problem. And when it becomes a problem it can be all consuming, hoping we can be healthy again. Nothing else matters when dealing with mortality. There comes a point when it is out of our hands. We need help. [...]

By | 2018-01-31T10:29:07+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Branding|

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-03T12:36:39+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Branding|

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-26T08:42:45+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Branding|

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, [...]

By | 2017-12-21T15:10:57+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Branding|

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-29T16:38:19+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Branding|

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 | 2017-12-21T15:53:20+00:00 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 | 2017-03-27T15:27:54+00:00 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 | 2017-03-27T15:27:55+00:00 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 | 2017-12-21T16:03:18+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Branding|

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 | 2017-12-21T16:11:48+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Branding, designRoom|

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 | 2016-08-31T22:49:21+00:00 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 | 2016-03-31T16:46:01+00:00 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 | 2017-03-27T15:27:56+00:00 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 | 2017-12-21T16:14:37+00:00 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 | 2017-12-21T16:16:20+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Branding, Design, Logos, Positioning|