Branding & Brand Coaching

Discover how to Transform your Brand;

Maximize Value while Minimizing Stress.

Strategically align brand value  with customer perception and business goals.

 

Let's build a bridge between your business and customers

As your business grows, the constant shift of consumer tastes—and technology—make it challenging for marketing to keep up.

How do you maintain marketing, brand, and business goals atop shifting technology and trends?

As specialists in brand strategy, branding and marketing our process saves you time and money.

Pain Point #1: Are your Priorities scrambled like eggs?

As a business owner, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Meetings, decisions, and countless “fires” take time.

We can get stuck IN the business, and never make time to work ON the business.

When was the last time you took a good look at your business from an outside view?

Are you actions making money or just keeping you busy?

Solution: Set New Goals, Priorities, and Focus

It’s time to get some distance from the business and re-evaluate what we know with fresh eyes.

Think Tank’s branding process helps clarify your goals and priorities. 

You are the expert. We simply help you find alignment to move the needle of marketing and customer relationship efforts.

Brand coaching keeps you focused on big picture business needs, while executing your brand and marketing plans, AND identifying obstacles for continued growth.

 

Think Tank is more than Branding

In 2017, Think Tank Creative opened to help small corporations with branding and creative projects.

For a few years things were pretty good. Then the pandemic closed the world, and business crashed.

Bucking traditional business advice (and gurus who told us we were crazy) we followed passion and became certified in hypnotherapy and coaching.

Today, not every business owner or CEO needs our full list of services, but the value we offer FAR exceeds every brand and design specialist, therapist, or business coach helping you reach important goals.

Brand Strategy and Branding are just the tip of the iceberg. Our expertise includes unique insight into the fields of complimentary medicine, psychology and mental health, human behavior and neuroscience—to name a few.

We call the synthesis of these fields Behavioral Branding: Branding designed to build an emotional resonance and foster a relationship; not simply a single sale. Behavioral Branding affects more than profits—this process changes the world.

—Jeremy Tank, owner and creative director of Think Tank Creative.

 

We help business owners

Dustin Comey
The Veteran Team

 

Vallie Timm
The Kraken’s Cup 

 

Stand out from the crowd

The average consumer perceives more than 10,000 brand influences every day. 

Our society is drowning in marketing, making it more difficult than ever to stand out from competition and grow your business.

Creating a unique brand around your history, services, and ideas engages and attracts those who resonate with you.

Our studio provides a repeatable process leading to brand-aligned strategies, stories, and solutions specific to your business that help you stand out to the right audience. 

Pain Point #2: Is Your Communication Broken?

The majority of business communication is broken.

If you’re like most people, communication must feel personal for you to pay attention.

Lack of meaningful connection closes the doors of awareness in the brain.

Without grabbing attention, communicating value, and generating awareness there will be no customer relationship.

 

Solution: Integrate Avatars, Values, and Story

The fundamentals of good communication are: learn about who you’re talking with, understand what’s important to them, and connect with them in a meaningful way that they understand.

Avatars combine insights about your customers to establish a bridge of understanding between the business solutions and customer needs.

Values focus on the emotional needs of both the brand and customer, and connect them emotionally.

Brand stories explore the customer’s journey to overcome hardships and find success, thanks to your brand.

 

Who this is for

If you currently own a business (or lead a company) with clients, customers, or patients—and you want to create BIGGER growth for the business—this is for you.

 

Who this is NOT for

This is not a good fit for Multi-level Marketers (MLM), Mid-level Managers, or Start-ups. 

If you don’t oversee your brand and manage high-level goals and priorities, or if you need to focus your energy IN the business to be successful; this process will work for your personal brand and mindset but require longer to see ROI.

 

How We Work

1. Workshops

Choose the words and pictures that tell others your story and where you're going.

2. Strategy

Align and connect the words and pictures you use so they are meaningful to your customers.

3. Build & Launch

Take your brand's success from hope to growth with purposeful branding and marketing.

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What makes us unique?

Think Tank stands out in the field of branding because of our expertise in Behavioral Branding, deep experience with multimedia design and execution, and brand coaching with incredible motivation techniques.

Behavioral Branding relies on expert insights to draft strategies and support business goals, while building your community.

Think Tank’s commanding experience in design includes specialty experience in print, web, television, and tradeshows. Which means our work creates consistent impact for your brand everywhere you show up, online and off.

Sometimes, we all feel stuck and unable to move into the future we plan. Think Tank’s experience in subconscious motivation techniques unlock resistance to change, and create opportunities for easy forward flow.

 

More great testimonials

Jeremy Tank is a creative powerhouse. More than just an amazing art director and graphic designer, Jeremy is an incredible illustrator, actor, improv comedian, and impressionist. He also writes witty songs, powerful poetry and compelling copy.
Mark Lange
BrainSells Advertising
I highly recommend Jeremy Tank and Think Tank Creative for branding, promotion, and advertising expertise! The process they took me through was amazing in distilling what I want my brand to be and the direction I want for my business.
Chuck Chapdelaine
Chuck Chapdelaine
Woodshop Co-Op
The logo Jeremy created is spot on and has been mentioned favorably by numerous Instagram followers. We look forward to making it more visible in the future! Also, the approach that Jeremy developed for our brand has turned uncertainty into clarity, and we now have well-defined goals and a path forward. Simply put, we are blown away by Jeremy's insight and creative approach!
Margaret Holt
Sailing La Isla
Working with Jeremy is an inspiring experience. His ability to view projects from a 30,000 ft level and then have the expertise to develop a minute to minute strategy for completion is amazing. He has a great depth of knowledge of all forms of media and has the creative approach appropriate for each. His keen assessment of target audiences makes the creative process a joy when working with him.
Susan Sammarco
Desert Dawg Beagles
Besides having seriously mad technical skills, Jeremy has the heart of a true artist and the artistic sensibilities to know how to use it. He can design absolutely anything, from logos to brochures to billboards. His chops are interdisciplinary. He is just as skilled with a pencil or a paintbrush as he is with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator — or even a camera!
David Shough
Director of Creative Services at
Simplicity Financial Marketing
Jeremy, at Think Tank Creative, stands out in the crowd. As a business professional, this is exactly what you want for your business — the ability to stand out — and Jeremy is the guy to help you do it. He has a creative, out-of-the-box, method for developing attractive brands and he practices what he preaches. When I had the opportunity to experience the process in which he takes his clients through, I was impressed and I have never seen anything like it. His strategy is very thorough and thought-provoking.
Catherine M. White
Accelerated Results 365

FAQ

Branding is the process of creating a unique and valuable idea known as a brand.

A brand is not a logo, but a brand can be represented by an identifiable symbol. 

A brand is not a reputation, but can rely on word-of-mouth support for relevance and growth.

A brand is not static. A brand represents customers’ feelings toward an idea, tied to the values of that identity, and shifts with audience perception and time. 

A brand communicates the story of this idea and what makes it unique and worthwhile. An effective brand elicits recognition and understanding in those who see it—two key components of a business’s overall success.

Recognition is when someone sees a brand and immediately knows what the business is or does. Recognition turns brands into household names. Recognition allows the company’s product or service to self-circulate and therefore increase sales.

Understanding is how the person who sees the brand makes a deeper, emotional sense of the company or product.

Branding is, therefore, a crucial process, and can be the key that unlocks business success.

 

To make sure results meet the initial requirements set forth by clients, all serious branding agencies have a process. There are many ways to handle the process, and every company approaches this process as it fits their team, skill set, specialty, and other factors.

The branding process consists of two major parts: Discovery and Creative. Let’s take a detailed look at both of them:

Discovery

Get to know the client
Before working with clients, many agencies are hired to conduct brand audits. They investigate the client’s businesses, products, social media accounts, projects, and other avenues that are easily accessible. Based on the information collected through this research, agencies write down observations, questions, and probable challenges they identify during this stage. This reveals ideas of what a client might be looking for and need.

Workshops
Some agencies send forms and worksheets to clients to gather background information. Insights gleaned from these answers drive strategy and future research. Other agencies hold workshops, sometimes known as sprints, to gather the same information in fun and interactive meetings. These workshops are highly effective because they gather all relevant stakeholders in a single location to reveal insights rather than relying on passing questionnaires around the office.

Research
When the goals are set and your company’s path seems clear, branding experts will get going on research. This step is essential for all kinds of design tasks, whether a logo or a website. Research helps one immerse in the environment of the future brand and understand the peculiarities that will play a role in its potential success or failure.

Creative

Strategy development
A brand strategy is crucial to show which path will enable the growth of a brand. Brand strategy requires a mix of rational thinking and creative imagination. The reason is that creating a strategy must work for the company internally and for its clients externally. A brand strategy should clarify:

  • Vision;
  • Target markets;
  • Competitive advantage;
  • Brand values;
  • Brand personality;
  • Brand promise;
  • Brand proposition.

Identity design
After examining the strategy, the branding team uses research, experience, creativity, and intuition to implement the strategy into representing the brand visually. Designing a brand identity always involves time and patience, and usually starts with creating several ideas that are eventually condensed down into one core concept over time.

Client approval
The agency will provide you with the final options for your identity design, and you will choose one of them. This may require some back-and-forth because you may not be able to choose one final design, and might even have heated discussions with your team before making a final decision. The final design will be used for your brand’s image and all the collateral branding.

Collateral
This stage involves taking the identity created in the previous step and applying it to many mediums that serve as points of contact between a business and its clients. These touchpoints may include:

  • Advertising;
  • Business cards;
  • Brochures;
  • Leaflets;
  • Letterheads;
  • Product or packaging design;
  • Signage;
  • Uniforms;
  • Vehicles;
  • Website.

Hand-off
Your agency will prepare all the brand identity deliverables necessary (the ones you’ve agreed on during client onboarding), and any guideline manuals, and send them to you (or your marketing agency) for use in marketing materials, campaigns, and everything else.

This can be done via email, shareable Google Drive links, physical mediums (flash drive or even disks), or another way you might prefer.

Asset management
Brand identity asset management requires a long-term commitment from company owners to building and maintaining the brand. For a brand to succeed, it must be monitored and given consistent attention over a long time. This type of maintenance is crucial for the success of a brand, and brand coaching helps maintain long-term focus.

The Bottom Line
The process described above is in no way a strict paradigm. However, it certainly helps you understand the crucial key points of working with a branding design company, creative agency, or digital marketing agency. You must know what you need and be disciplined about it to keep the entire procedure going and not halt it with inadequate information or slow responses. Although a reliable and professional branding agency will always guide you through the process, it’s in your best interest to maintain professionalism yourself.

 

It’s essential to understand what exactly is included in deliverables provided by a brand agency. Below is a list of the things you could expect to be included in a branding package:

Naming
Creative agencies typically have workshop sessions to develop suitable and exciting names for clients’ businesses. You might be involved, or simply provided a list of names to review. At this stage, consider the list of proposed names and choose the best ones, or if none of the suggestions complement your vision, ask the agency to conduct another workshop.

Corporate Identity
After you choose a name, the agency team will do research and present several identity concepts. Your input at this stage is critical. Verify how many revisions are included in your package, and how much each new change (above this allotted amount) will cost.

Production
Once the concept is approved, the agency will provide you with the final logo artwork (either in color or black and white, depending on your agreement) and various file formats that you will use, including .jpg and .png files.

Extras
After the basics are dealt with, you may get additional branding elements, such as:

  • Branding guidelines. This is a detailed brand bible with specific details about your company’s branding. It will at the very least include your logos and how they will be used; details, colors, and their codes; as well as fonts and other typographic details;
  • Email templates. Ideally, your company should customize its email marketing templates. But, it could also be a good idea, to begin with, a standard template that will help you leverage your fresh new branding;
  • Signage. In the event you have a physical storefront, you are going to require some kind of signage;
  • Business cards. Perhaps, one of the most crucial things you will need in the long run is business cards. Although you can print them out almost anywhere today, it’s in your best interest to let professionals design and print them out so they accurately reflect your overall branding concept and strategy.
 

Brand design can cost anywhere from $2,500 up to $50,000, depending on what you need. And that’s not even the highest price. Some of the largest top agencies charge over $30,000 for brand strategy development alone!

This means that when messaging, research, visual design, and other aspects of branding come into play, you may very well end up paying over $100,000.

But, if your budget is tight and you can’t afford to spend this much money, you can always hire a smaller agency that provides thorough and sophisticated branding services at a much lower cost.

First of all, you must define precisely what you need.

Let’s say you need comprehensive and all-encompassing branding services. This process begins with strategy development, brand positioning, and consumer insights and then moves on to brand identity.

A project like this can take up to a year to complete if it’s a new product or service. If reworking an existing brand, the process might take anywhere from 3 to 9 months.

 

Unlike an illustrator or graphic designer, a branding expert is a person who understands the ins and outs of the entire branding process.

Branding is a delicate, time-consuming, and expensive undertaking. If a brand comes out poorly, inordinate amounts of time and money will be wasted.

A branding expert is a person who ensures that every step taken to create a brand is both professionally planned and executed.

Founders of a new company might have a clear vision of their brand, but more often than not, they lack the experience needed to make their vision a reality—for example, brand strategy, development, and positioning are the foundation of the branding process. Within each, there are many more particular and detailed steps that must be taken.

Branding experts are familiar with so many different types of brands and why they succeed or fail, they can effectively actualize the conceptual visions of others within the real-world conditions of how brands function.

Branding is not merely about creating an image or designing a logo (though that is important!)—it’s about situating a brand in an effective, resonating way within a particular market and for a specific audience.

Last but not least, a branding expert is a master of communication. Throughout the branding process, the branding expert communicates ideas and visions with the client and can also clearly and directly explain what works and what doesn’t. This communication is essential for creating brands that maintain fidelity to the original vision of a client.

 

Branding agencies tend to look at brands as the big picture. This includes a company’s philosophy, vision, mission, values, reputation, and image. Customers consider their perception of a business as they experience service, and decide if the business adds anything meaningful to their lives. The goal of a good brand is to build a connection between the two.

Simply put: branding is the ‘why,’ advertising is the ‘what,’ and marketing is the ‘how’ of your business. Advertising is about developing a concept that draws attention to your business. Marketing converts your goals into sales. These two disciplines are rooms in your house that you can add later. Branding builds a foundation that supports the entire structure, so you can focus on building your business one room at a time.

Hiring a branding company is an essential investment. But, you shouldn’t expect immediate returns on that investment. Regardless, it’s still a step worth taking even in the early stages of your business. Some of the reasons why hiring a branding agency might be your best option include:

  • Expertise and efficiency;
  • More speed and professionalism than your in-house team due to the digital agency’s branding focus and therefore perfected processes, strategies and practices;
  • Opportunity to reserve your in-house resources for more fruitful uses;
  • Market knowledge and understanding;
  • A fresh and objective perspective on your business.
 

People generally understand that even in a large company, their branding project will usually be handled by only two or three people—the agency’s project manager and the designer. Although it may feel soothing to know that a creative agency has many employees, you will most likely be working with no more than two people. And yet, you’ll still pay a project fee that supports the entire staff.

At the same time, smaller agencies are in a unique position. The two people that take care of projects in these firms are often the company founders. Therefore, while you won’t get access to a large staff, you will work with a small creative team that provides the same purposeful design and strategic thinking that people usually expect to get from larger companies.

 

Many branding agencies offer a wide range of services. Usually, they’ll have core capabilities alongside new and developing ones.

To get a taste of where a brand company’s strengths lie, consider looking at its employees. Check out the agency’s About Us page on their site or take a look at their professional profiles on LinkedIn and see what kind of skills they have and how many employees are working within each specialty.

For instance, how many senior-level brand designers and strategists are there? Why is there only one copywriter or visual identity designer? This could mean that the agency’s strength is building and developing things rather than providing creative services.

 

The landscape is different today from what it was even five years ago. More companies turn to the web to engage specialists and extend departments.

With online connectivity, some agencies exist only as digital experts and never meet face-to-face. In other words, a particular location for a branding agency is not as important as it once was. Now, entire projects can be done through the web.

Nevertheless, many top agencies are located in major tech hubs and large cities in North America, such as Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

 

It's time to build your future

What do you want your brand to be?

What are you doing to build that future?

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