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Truly Deeply rebrands Arca, Australia’s leading credit association

New brand strategy and identity for leading credit association

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Truly Deeply rebrands Midland trailers

Stunning new brand for iconic Australian trailer manufacturer.

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Truly Deeply rebrands Zapco to Submürge

The new brand name, strategy, and identity for the oyster farming equipment. Rebrand from Zapco to Submurge.

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Vinyl Group; the new heartbeat of an equitable music world

Brand architecture, strategy and design for a multinational music group Three separate music businesses, Vampr, Jaxsta, and Vinyl.com, were merged. Truly Deeply worked with the brand owners to create the new brand architecture, strategic proposition, and visual identity for the new entity. As with any…

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Digital billboard activates the 357 Collins St place brand

Truly Deeply brings to life the 357 Collin St brand and encourages a journey of discovery through the destination.

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Truly Deeply rebrands Foresters Financial

A discerning new brand helps transform a heritage financial service for new generations.

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Truly Deeply creates graduate-specific employer brand for Gadens

While many firms leverage their global network, Gadens is proudly focused on Australia and needs to communicate a very different proposition to attract employees. Truly Deeply worked with Gadens to bring to life their unique spirit and culture to articulate their Employer Brand. This was…

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Sex Brand seeks to grow the category with cheeky Valentine’s ads

Sex Brand is attempting to shock and encourage young Brits to start bonking again.

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Zuum launches in Australia

New energy gum brand now available at Chemist Warehouse. Keen followers of Truly Deeply may have noticed us talking about a new energy gum brand we created for three Melbourne mates, during the lockdown years. Truly Deeply worked closely with the founders of Zuum to…

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Unlocking the private label brand architecture strategies of big retailers

From supermarkets to department stores, private labels or store brands are becoming more important to both profitability and customer retention. According to a recent research report from Oracle, private label dollar growth in Australia outpaces branded products by nearly 2x. Private labels currently account for…

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Pronounce your favourite alcohol brands like a boss

  How many of the world’s leading Champagne, wine, beer or spirit brands are your pronouncing correctly? For the third in our series of how to pronounce brands, we’re looking at famous alcohol brands. Once again European names dominate the list, but there’s many other…

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Is BrewDog’s anti-sponsor campaign brilliant or a shameless stunt?

BrewDog’s anti-sponsor campaign for the World Cup is getting lots of attention but not everyone is a fan. Multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog has just declared itself the “proud anti-sponsor” of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to promote its Lost beer. A blaze of…

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Ethical brands still prioritised by Australians, despite cost of living pressures

Research study shows as consumers tighten their spending, brand values and shopping ethically are still a top priority. Toluna’s Global Consumer Barometer Study shows that the rising cost of living continues to impact Australian consumers and is taking a toll on their health and well-being.…

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Truly Deeply rebrands 357 Collins St to create a uniquely Melbourne precinct

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, 357 Collins St is a prestigious office address that has been transformed into a vibrant new precinct. Working closely with Frasers Property, their architects, and the property management team, we set out to redefine the experience of 357…

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Brand reputation – you’re only as good as your weakest link

One of the real tests of a brand’s reputation comes post purchase. With cars, the service experience is a critical influencer of brand perception, customer loyalty and retention. For many auto brands this can be extremely hard to manage. Local dealers are often franchised and…

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Beyond colour; demonstrating real sustainability and social impact

Sustainability branding is no longer about ‘eco’ colours or colour washing. Brands used to highly depend on their packaging and look to communicate their ‘eco-friendly’ mission. They overly used shades of Greens and Browns to show their roles in fighting climate change. Now, brands are…

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CSL demonstrates how to shift to a monolithic brand architecture

Brand architecture can be a tricky beast to get right but CSL’s new group brand is a good example of how to move to a master brand approach. With any merger and acquisition, careful consideration needs to be given to the brand architecture strategy. While…

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Nestlé retains title of the most valuable food brand

Brand Finance releases Food 100 Ranking for 2022 Once again Nestlé is at the top of the Food 100 ranking by a significant margin. According to Brand Finance, Nestlé’s brand value is worth $20.8 Bn, that’s almost twice as much as Yili which is second…

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Michael Hughes provides tips on rebranding for CPA’s ‘INTHEBLACK’

This month’s INTHEBLACK features an article focused on rebranding. “Brand refresh? What you need to know” provides insights for companies when considering a brand refresh. Truly Deeply’s Managing Partner and Strategy Director, Michael Hughes was featured in the August edition of the magazine. Read the…

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Rebranding for the right reasons

What you need to know before rebranding Before you consider rebranding, understand why you are doing it. It may seem obvious, but it’s important to get clarity and alignment with key stakeholders on the reason for the change. This is not just about marketing –…

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Truly Deeply creates the brand for innovative school software, Zunia.

Research, stakeholder engagement, brand strategy, naming and brand identity for a novel school experience and management solution. An innovative new solution from Education Horizon’s Group (EHG). Zunia brings together the best and most powerful functions of the group’s existing products into one intuitive platform. Paul…

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Apple’s ‘Hometown’ reminds us that powerful brands are built on strong values.

The temptation to create a brand that stands for everything, or at least a brand that doesn’t alienate anyone can be overpowering, especially in a world that feels like its becoming more polarised by the day. However, a brand that fails to stand for something,…

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Track your rebrand to drive long-term business growth

If you’re considering a brand review or rebrand you’ll probably need to measure and justify this investment. But seeing real results from any brand investment takes time. That’s why we recommend setting up a regular brand tracking study from the outset and then running it…

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Swedish Bedding Brand Trumps US Election Ad Stakes.

Clever Brand Campaign Creative Cuts-through. Swedish mattress and bedding brand SOVA released a timely ad to leverage the currency of the US election. The very clever ad features a montage made from items of their bedding range that create a portrait of President Trump. Combining…

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Samsung ad mimics iconic Apple campaign.

Clever Campaign Leverage or Brand Positioning Balls-up? If as they say; “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, Apple should be feeling pretty chuffed about this new campaign by Samsung for their Galaxy Z Fold 2. In this short clip a street artist is seen…

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Burger King’s stand for Love & Equality

Love Conquers All – And Builds Brand Affinity. The relationships we have with brands are alot like the relationships we have with people. Our friends and loved ones reflect who we are, the values we hold dear and behaviors we want to associate with. Social…

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Leading CMOs prioritise Brand Strategy in the pandemic

Recent survey finds that more than a third of marketers see brand strategy as most important amid uncertain times. The Annual CMO Spend Survey 2020-2021 research provides detailed insight into how top marketers are adjusting their budget and marketing investment plans due to Covid-19. Amongst…

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Blockbuster Leverage their Brand Nostalgia

Why Blockbuster’s Last Summer Sleepover is a Showstopping Brand Strategy. The Blockbuster brand is synonomous with others such as Kodak and Melways that were once an iconic part of life, but by missing a critical opportunity to shift with consumers and technology have become dinosaurs.…

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Netflix shows how to build a brand with genuine compassion.

In branding, compassion is often seen as taboo. Compassion for customers and commercial optimization are typically considered to be diametrically opposed concepts, but Netflix has demonstrated how this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. This month Netflix announced they would begin contacting inactive customers…

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Why Traditional Brand Positioning Works in Disruptive Times.

I saw a post this morning on social that said; “What a year this last week has been”. As the world seemingly accelerates into economic turmoil I’ve been reflecting on the learnings for brands from the GFC. The one thread that stands-out for me above…

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The 6 steps to managing your brand through coronavirus-19.

Now is not the time for your brand to batten down the hatches. For any brand born since the Great Depression, the current global pandemic is creating an environment of challenges and chaos never seen before. The extent, speed and impact of these changes have…

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Truly Deeply recognized as one the top 30 brand strategy companies in the world.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) February 20, 2020 Recognition for our brand strategy expertise. One of our favorite topics to write on is brand effectiveness, and specifically the positive commercial impact of brand strategy and brand identity. A growing body of research continues to demonstrate that consistent,…

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The online review tide is turning for business owners and their brands

Online reviews aren’t always what they appear to be. If  I had a dollar for every conversation I’ve had with a business owner wringing their hands in despair of the impact of online reviews I’d be writing this from an island in the Bahamas. Even…

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The Price / Differentiation Matrix and why your brand needs to master it.

Are you missing this important dimension of your brand strategy? Price has always been a key dimension of brand building. Ever since E. Jerome McCarthy identified the Four P’s of marketing (Price, Product, Place and Promotion) brands have understood the relationship between price and brand…

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The power of customer-centric brand thinking.

Now that seems like a valuable brand proposition. All to often we find brands working in a market driven paradigm. That-is, their mindset of how they go to market is based upon the collective history of how the category has always operated. What was will…

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A brand model for SMEs to build long term business value.

The case for increasing the focus on branding in your business. Watching a video by US brand educator Chris Do recently I came across this simple illustration that captures the concept of the brand circle of behavior. Many brands, especially for start-up, early stage and…

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The psychology that drives resistance to branding change.

A Critical Step in Rebranding Strategy. Over recent months (and maybe years) we’ve tracked a growing consumer activism speaking out against changes to brand identity. Whether it’s global fashion retailer Zara, U.S. grocery chain Giant Eagle,  The City of Frederick in Maryland or most recently,…

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Why heuristic bias is bad for your brand

A highbrow challenge for brands of every description. As defined by Wikipedia; A heuristic technique is any approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method, not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect, or rational, but instead sufficient for reaching an immediate goal. When…

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Truly Deeply rebrands Central Steel Build

The new brand strategy, architecture and identity helps Australian steel builder reflect their true industry leadership and provides a framework for future business growth. A highly successful business, the rebrand now reflects the true image of the company, one that is continually evolving with its…

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A Lesson in Retail from Hanoi’s Shoe Street

Is this the toughest retail environment on the planet? On a trip to Vietnam this month I spent a couple of days sweltering through the streets of Hanoi Old Town. The mercury hit 37 degrees and the humidity was thick enough to cut with a…

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Reinventing the wheel – A brilliant brand strategy

The new product innovation set to disrupt the passenger tire category. We much more often hear from clients; “We’re not reinventing the wheel here”. We hear it so often it’s almost become a default starting point for approaching branding projects; ‘How do we get growth…

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Morrison and Shorten fail to build brand differentiation

Spot the difference: Neither of the leaders has an engaging or distinctive personal brand. While the polls have consistently pointed towards a narrow win for Labor, they also highlighted very small differences in whom Australians prefer as their PM. The last Newspoll before the election…

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The urgent need for more responsible brands

‘Unpacked’ photos remind us that brands need to take more responsibility for their impact. Recently I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with several purpose-led and social enterprises. Helping create and shape brands that are not just great products but will truly make a positive…

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Our Brand Strategy for Fonda Mexican sets the path for future growth.

Brand Strategy provides clear direction for business growth Fonda Mexican is a group of eight restaurants located in Melbourne and Sydney. Fonda have redefined Mexican in Australia, shifting market awareness from unhealthy Tex Mex to a healthier, more contemporary Fresh Mexican. Fonda are seen as…

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Volvo Brand Walks the Talk on Sustainability.

In branding, doing is more important than saying. How do you build a unique and valued dimension to your brand proposition, one that connects your values with those of your core audience? You walk the talk, demonstrating your beliefs through remarkable brand gestures. It’s not…

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Tiffany Co shows the value of brand – and then take it too far.

The web is ablaze with ‘social commentary’ on Tiffany’s ‘Everyday Object Collection’. At first sight the US$1500 Tiffany 18k gold paperclip is a brilliant example of the power of brand. After-all, anyone can head down to the local stationery store and pick-up a regular gold…

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Busting the Millennial Smashed Avocado Myth

New study shows smashed avocados are not to blame for millennials struggling with housing affordability Our friends at the Millennial Report have once again highlighted the importance of not over-generalising this generation. The study highlights how millennials (or Gen Ys) are just as careful with…

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Truly Deeply rebrands ATSE

Leading think-tank rebrand brings to life a new purpose and improves engagement with the broader community. The new brand is designed to strengthen, humanise and highlight the organisation’s practical approach.   Working with key stakeholders and the organisation’s board, we created a new strategic proposition…

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Truly Deeply rebrands Homyped shoes

Redefining one of Australia’s favourite shoe brands to appeal to new generations. Truly Deeply builds on Homyped’s comfort heritage to reposition the brand as smart solutions for healthy feet. The new brand identity leverages the product’s technological and medical credibility to create a more aspirational…

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For the love of colour : 8 cool colour inspiration sites

Creating the best mix of colours has never been so daunting. From print to digital, books to apps, the decision to finalise a particular colour palette for your project can be overwhelming at times. Colour combinations are a tricky business so why not gather the…

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B2B Brands tap into the Experience Economy with Pop-Up Offices

Long the domain of retail and eComm brands, this new pop-up office from design is giving B2B businesses a entree into the experience economy. Consider a professional services firm (like say… a branding agency) popping-up an office at the beach, opposite the markets, at a…

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Truly Deeply creates brand identity for shared value consultancy, Hugh Foley

Consulting brand creates value for company, customers, and the community. Building on Hugh’s personal reputation in shared value strategy, we created a strong and distinctive consulting brand to engage corporate, philanthropic and public sector leaders. “Getting some good thinking into the brand identity process right…

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – A brilliant brand collaboration

A Delicious Brand Partnership. A branding strategy that is underutilized yet regularly pays dividends is brand collaborations (especially when it comes to food). When co-branding is envisaged strategically and executed with brand sensitivity, the result can be an extraordinary brand experience – introducing new customers…

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Truly Deeply creates unique skin and hair care brand for the next generation

Brand strategy, naming, design and packaging for Gen Z skin and hair care range. Innovative, all natural and eco-friendly, Umii is a new range of body and skin care products specifically designed for girls and guys aged 8-18. Real, assertive and bold, Umii doesn’t tell…

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Study finds branding drives increase in business value (Spoiler)

Branding‘s big pay-off. We often hear the sentiment that branding is a ‘soft’ business investment. It’s considered a ‘nice to have’ and ‘hard to measure its value’. Having spent the last 28 years working with clients to build their brands, our experience over hundreds of…

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Why engaging your harshest critics makes good brand sense.

Brands that see criticism as all bad are missing the message. For brand owners and managers it can be tough to receive critical feedback. However, behind the criticism is often an opportunity to transform a critic into a powerful advocate. As tempting as it is…

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People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

Today’s post is a thought piece written by Zander Nethercutt, a really interesting brand thinker from Chicago Il. with a brilliant grasp on how brands work and the role they’ve come to play in our lives. What Apple, Samsung and Starbucks learned from Pepsi The…

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Mailchimp goes bananas with its rebrand

The iconic Mailchimp brand was already lovely with its scripted font evolved from the original design by the talented lettering artist Jessica Hische. You can see the logo revision process here, jessicahische.is/monkeyingaround. The new rebrand created by Collins, evolves Mailchimp yet again to be a…

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The 3 golden brand rules to standing out in a crowded market

The strategic brand thinking at the heart of every successful brand. Over the weekend I was having a conversation for the thousandth time with the owner of a relatively new, fast growth business who I realized was hearing it for the first time. The conversation…

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Your most powerful brand influencers might be right under your nose

Brand ambassadors hidden in plain sight. Influencers have become the newest weapon in the super competitive battle for brands to stand-out. Finding the right celeb or online tribal leader to espouse the benefits of your product has become the new holy grail for brand marketers…

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