We have a soft spot for social good projects. So when we were approached to tender a Rebranding RFP for Management Advisory Services (MAS), we jumped at the chance. It was an exciting opportunity to effectively multiply our reach in support of non-profit community organizations. Communicreations ultimately won out over a diverse field of candidates.
MAS are known as a multi-faceted team of dedicated professionals that work pro bono in order to help local non-profits achieve their goals. They provide extensive knowledge, expertise and resources that come together to provide direction and resources for organizations that give back to our community.
- Clarity. Communicate a clear understanding of the organization and its services. Eliminate “for profit” perceptions.
- Awareness. Achieve greater visibility and reach within the GTA non-profit community in order to continue organizational growth.
- Modernize. Overcome stale perceptions while maintaining brand traits of professional and experienced.
- Approachable. Make audience engagement easier.
A focus on discovery
Rebranding is a shared journey. And you wouldn’t just travel with anyone, would you?
After working through business and design objectives with MAS’s Board of Directors, we set off to conduct our research. This included:
- Analysis of five competing organizations and their positioning
- A focus group with MAS Volunteer Consultants (VC’s)
- A focus group comprised of past and present clients
- Multiple questionnaires
This led to the emergence of a clear understanding of perceptions and organizational pain points. It also triggered lively discussions on Basecamp (our online project management communications portal) within the rebranding committee. Basecamp afforded the management team and the Board to participate given the platform is oversight and engagement-friendly. All of which helped to bring about a change in perception of how the organization viewed itself.
What we learned is that the full name caused intent confusion in some circles – including from within.
And so MAS was born.
Strategy & Planning
The next phase of the project started with a welcomed change in scope. MAS was comfortable enough with how the rebranding was coming along that they asked Communicreations to lead the work on their new website. Music to our ears!
In order to counter the perception that MAS was a for-profit, we managed to convince the Management Team to adopt masadvise.org.
With agreed upon naming conventions and the final logo awaiting confirmation, our attention turned to website planning. With a board comprised of retired senior executives, you can well imagine process is something they take to heart. So we introduced personas as a way to help shape the pitch as well as a measuring stick for keeping web pages on target. Together, we developed five unique fictitious personas that represented our target audience. One of those personas led to the conclusion that a recruiting section was needed. Pretty cool!
As this is a Case Study about rebranding, we won’t go into detail about the website. But you can see from the result below that MAS had good reason to be very happy with the final result of the rebranding and website working together.
Launch Event: Dare to be Great!
In the spirit of volunteering, Communicreations contributed event planning and marketing for the launch event. It was a well attended event featuring an afternoon of speeches from community non-profit leaders mixed with performance art. The new MAS was centre stage and garnered plenty of attention and accolades.
Conclusion: Hire this!
Hopefully, this case study gives you some insight into who we are and what we can accomplish together. And when it comes to rebranding, you want to be able to turn to the experience of someone to lead you along the journey of discovery that is You Inc.
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