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Yikes….!!! I got caught without an elevator pitch.

Me….the maven of all things marcom. Yes, it’s true. I didn’t have an elevator pitch prepared. (Notice the past tense here.) Imagine my shame when, of all things, an old family friend asked me what I did for a living. I mumbled something about working for myself and doing advertising and public relations, those kinds of things…..

LAME-O!!!

So. Today. I set about crafting my elevator speech. I’m currently practicing and editing it. I think it’s pretty good. But, suggestions are always welcome:

I’m a marketing communications professional with more than 20 years experience discovering key market advantages and translating those into successful marketing communications campaigns – including advertising, public relations, lead generation, trade show and digital media. Additionally, I have a penchant for automation, which allows me to keenly understand and deploy messaging for electronic (or digital) media — including social media.

With just a little effort, great things can happen.

badgerlogoWhen Badger Press, a small regional printer, asked GS Design to redesign their brand, I went one step further and developed a marketing plan around introducing the new look and feel as well as promote the printer’s offerings to a wider target audience. What followed was a teaser direct mail campaign with the pay-off delivered via visit from a Badger Press sales representative and an open house touting the company’s sizable storage and distribution capabilities and its new Müller Martini 1/2 web press.

The Result

The traditional sheet fed printer went from one shift five days per week to running three shifts 24/7 and keeping that Müller Martini 1/2 web up and running.

With a sleek new image, the company was re-invigorated from the top down. The printer and its customers no longer viewed Badger Press as just a small, local printer. They were now a top-notch printer with state-of-the art equipment sophisticated enough to handle almost any print job.

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Corporate Stationary

 

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Website Template
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Direct Mail

 

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Event – Invitation Cover & Poster Graphic

 

Badger Meter | Corporate Branding

Corporate-Style GuideBegin at the beginning.

When I arrived at Badger Meter in August 2009, the only corporate standard pertained to the “flowing B” logo mark. Compiling and standardizing all aspects of branding began immediately.

With a lot of hard work and dedication from marketing communications, technical documentation and graphic design (not to mention a healthy dose of benchmarking from several branding sources), Badger Meter has a comprehensive set of living branding documents. These guides provide the road maps to consistency and brand strength across the enterprise and to vendors.

Four initial style guides were produced:

Corporate-Standard-Thumb Corporate and Marketing Standards Style Guide – Corporate brand standards, logo usage, company name use, corporate stationary and styles
Click for larger image. Controlled Vocabulary and Style Guide – Industry terms and definitions, standardized measurement annotations, and common grammatical guidelines
Click for larger image. Technical Documentation Style Guide – Technical documentation templates, uniform industry terminology, and standardized measurement annotations
Click for larger image. Trademark Usage Guidelines – Current company-owned trademarks, industry trademarks and owners, and trademark usage guidelines

Johnson Controls | Experience Milwaukee MiniWebsite

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www.jci.com/hr/milx.htm     (archive: note not all images and web functions are correctly displayed)

Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company, attracts talent from all over the world to work in the Milwaukee, WI headquarters. The company needed a reference site that would connect job seekers and candidates with local resources.

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