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5 tips on branding your business

branding graphic design canberra act

Here’s an opportunity to evaluate how you are looking after your business brand.

  1. If design is not your profession, hire a professional.
  2. Review your brand and it’s purpose regularly (every 6 months).
  3. Apply brand rules across ALL aspects of your business.
  4. Apply brand rules ALL the time.
  5. Be consistent and stick to a single solution.

Call us NOW to apply these tips, and more to your business.

Or email us, or see our website for more info and tools to help you.

Brian
Creative Director
Luxgraphicus Design Agency

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7 Tips on Why Branding?

Branding and deisgn in canberraFirst of a series of tips for business on branding and design issues.

If you relate to these, and want to know more, call us now to make an appointment.

Comments and opinions also most welcome, don’t be shy.

7 tips on why branding?

  1. Your client’s perception of your business is based on how they see you.
  2. They “see” you at every contact point with your business.
  3. This impression is created in a second.
  4. Their perception is often unconscious.
  5. This perception is often not a considered decision.
  6. To your client, their perception IS reality.
  7. When this perception is positive, potential sales become clients, and clients become advocates.

Why are the best businesses watching their branding?

Again, call us now for an opportunity to discover how your brand is working for your business.

Brian Miller
Creative Director
Luxgraphcius Design Agency

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Trees and Unity – now on subscription!

It was a year ago on this blog that I wrote about trees and business branding.

Unity brand management

iconic to the identity of the city

The topic came up from an article in the local press about preserving the valuable iconic street trees around Canberra. The need to audit, manage, understand and maintain the resource, as the critical identity of the city, struck a cord with me.

In business, the identity of the business is a critical resource which is often neglected. Not through a deliberate act, but as the result of a lack of process. How can the identity be looked after?

Like the trees of the city!

Through a process of audit, manage, understand and maintain. A process driven by an expert in the field.

Does the expert need to water and prune the trees? Not really.

They may be needed in cases of emergency or particularly tricky or unusual circumstance. But generally they should be the ones auditing and recommending approaches.

Some expert work will need to be done at certain stages, but much of the process is maintenance. Routine stuff, which will make sure the resource is looked after.

But which is routine and which requires the critical input of the expert?

The process should prescribe this. The audits, recommendations and understanding of the expert will set up a system which can be followed.

Luxgraphicus has such a system for business. It allows for the management of the critical resource, the identity of the business.

Through audits, understanding and management, the identity is looked after. Sometimes by the expert designers at Luxgraphicus, but always by the business itself.

Unity brand management

how are you looking after your iconic resource?

And this is not a one off action. It is a process. Continuously and regularly applied.

This ongoing nature of the process means that the best way to offer this service is by an ongoing subscription. And now, Luxgraphicus clients can subscribe to “Unity”, our brand management service, on a quarterly subscription basis.

The best businesses are watching their branding.

Make it an easy process by subscribing to “Unity” with Luxgraphicus.

Brian.

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Your own design consultant with Luxgraphicus managed services
Brand Management

Green light on a great brand

Most small and medium businesses don’t have in-house design departments. Why would they need one?

They need one because a casual relationship with a designer or design studio, or swapping from one designer to another will result in mis-managed and inconsistent application of vital visual branding.

Confused messages mean confused clients and customers.

But how to afford your own designer or in-house design department?

Luxgraphicus managed design services!

You might be looking to re-brand or create a new brand.

You might want to keep your current brand fresh and working for you.

You might need your website and email marketing looked after.

You’ll probably like to have all your printing managed by experts.

And, you’d expect to be be looked after as a valued client, by getting the best value for your money for ongoing design requirements.

Luxgraphicus managed services will manage your corporate identity, including provision of licensing and copyright assurance. We’ll keep your business looking fabulous and your messages consistent. No more confused clients!

We will look after your website to make sure it is upto date and working as a valuable tool for your business. You don’t need to be a technical expert and you can get on with the business of running your business.

Your email marketing will be managed and maintained, and be visual consistent with all your other marketing material.

Printing of your marketing material will happen seamlessly. With the finished product delivered to your office, or offices.

And, now that you have decided that using Luxgraphicus as your own in-house design consultant is a great idea, as our valued client, you’ll receive bundle discounts on any ongoing design projects.

No more confused messages or confused clients. No more inconsistent branding. Confidence around licensing and copyright issues. Logos and artwork looked after and managed for you. Fixed pricing and regular invoicing. Access to your own, consultant designer. Regular audits and ongoing service.

All small and medium businesses will benefit from Luxgraphicus managed design services.

Brian. (Creative Director, Luxgraphicus Design Agency)

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Managed Design Services

unity for small business

Good morning all…
Brian Miller, Luxgraphicus, Design Agency

This week I’d like to talk about managed services.

We might be more used to hearing about managed services in the IT, or logistics industries.

But now, small business can take advantage of Luxgraphicus systems to have their own managed design services. Effectively, their own personal design consultancy.

Managed identity creation and licensing.

Ongoing brand management.

Email marketing and website management.

And, when these services are bundled together, great value discounts on all ongoing design services and products.

So a good referral for us this week is a business which wants to have their own expert design consultant, working with their business to keep them looking fabulous.

“Luxgraphicus”, it’s Latin for… managed design services.

Brian

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Shiny Things!
January 17, 2011, 8:04 am
Filed under: general, Philosophy | Tags: , , , ,

I realised today, probably belatedly, that I like making shiny things.

If something isn’t shiny, then I like to make it shiny. It doesn’t need to be shiny, it just can be shiny.

Recently I polished the floorboards in our lounge room after ripping up the awful old carpet. I really enjoyed the process. The filling of holes and cracks, the sanding, the numerous coats of varnish with more sanding between each.

Shiny floor

It’s now shiny! It looks great. People like to come into the room and walk on the floor. It adds amenity to the space and value too. The floor isn’t a better floor now. I haven’t made it stronger, or more useful as a floor. But people perceive it’s value as greater.

Why? Because it’s shiny!

I’ve also just made some wooden boxes to hold camping gear. (holiday activities you might notice) I’m very keen to add some more unnecessary coats of varnish to these too. It is sure to give them added value, plus I like sanding and varnishing, and looking at shiny things.

Making things look and feel shiny, or more polished, or professional, or targeted, or appropriate, or even just easier to read, gives the underlying material more value. Our old lounge room floor was just as good a floor before its makeover. It stopped us falling through to the dirt underneath. We could walk on it, put our chairs and TV on it, but it wasn’t as valuable. We didn’t enjoy walking on it. We didn’t want to show it to our friends. Others didn’t comment on how good it looked, wished they had one just like it, or contemplate doing the same themselves.

Designers like to make things shiny. The basic content, the marketing messages, the delivery method, they may all be created by others and be just as strong, but when a designer polishes them into a beautiful shiny thing, people want to look at it, they want to have one too and they want to show it to others.

Make your stuff shiny too and others will want one just like it.

I’m off to put the next coat of varnish on my wooden camping boxes.

Brian.

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Tis the season to be branding.

This time each year I normally talk about re-branding, and use a familiar icon of the time to illustrate how brand can influence perception and help your audience to identify with your business.

So lets look at how we might re-brand that icon of the Christmas season which seems to have been taken over by the corporate and commercial world that is modern Christmas, Santa Clause.

Lots of opportunity here to fiddle with looks, colours, and audience perception.

Lets try for a different audience, hipper, young adults. They buy lots of expensive, hi tech stuff at Christmas. They want a cooler, tougher, Santa. One who doesn’t pander to little kids pathetic whims. A rebel the audience can connect and identify with…

Enter, hard rocking, hard drinking, Santa!

 

Hard rocking, hard drinking Santa

What about looking from a different angle? Teenage and early twenties males, older men in mid-life crisis mode, aspiring females (this is a perverse angle, true). What would attract this audience?

Enter, sexy Santa!

Sexy Santa

Or, then there is always the safe option. Family friendly, good for the young kids, traditional, big audience acceptance here…

Yes, it’s fat and friendly Santa Clause!

Friendly and fat Santa

And, for this year especially! How about we take up the most influential brand currently on the planet. Huge audience appeal, trend setter to the biggest market in the world …

Of course it’s, Oprah Clause!

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Santa

Which Santa would you choose to take the brand into the next century?

Clearly there are pitfalls in several options. But is staying put therefore the best option?

Branding, and even more so, re-branding, are critical business decisions which need to be carefully thought through, planned and implemented.

To stand still could well mean irrelevancy and ultimately, failure. But make sure the change is done well and make use of professionals to guide you through the potential pitfalls.

I think Santa is safe for the time being, although Oprah does seem quite friendly and, if I’m not mistaken, seems to be getting fatter too!

Brian.

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