Big ideas, think pieces, and current happenings, composed by various members of the Sangfroid! team.
The path to a perfect design is rarely a straight line. Read about how we came to realize the design for our new website through the eyes of our resident graphic designer, Caitlin.
At the beginning of 2020, Sangfroid! was an ambitious agency with a dedicated team of four. As the year unfolded, and the challenges rolled in, the company began to grow. So much so that that very same team of four, is now a skilled band of 11. With each addition, the dynamic of our team evolved. By the time we grew to our current size, we felt the need for some internal soul searching. We ask ourselves, “Does our current brand continue to represent our maturing agency? Or have we outgrown it?”
At some point every brand reconsiders itself. That can happen for any number of reasons, from the launching of new products or a change of ownership, to outdated logos or sagging sales. Perhaps a brand needs to distinguish itself from the competition, focus its offering or simply get some much needed publicity. Regardless, if your brand is looking in the mirror pleading for a makeover, keep reading, this will help.
For us in an agile studio, points are as concrete a unit of measurement as inches, minutes, or dollars — but for those new to Agile or agency billing, points can rightly feel like a lot of handwavy hot air. Using points and agile in a growth marketing agency is one of our core theses as a firm, so I’m here to once and for all demystify this mighty means of measurement.
When you think about building a successful brand, it’s highly unlikely that your first thought is of little trees in ceramic pots. Why would it? On the surface, bonsai and branding have virtually nothing in common: one is a centuries-old tradition passed down between generations and the other is a consumer-focused product developed on a considerably shorter timeline. But dig a little deeper and the similarities reveal themselves.
Two of the most common questions I get from founders are, first, when is the optimal time in business growth to hire an agency? And second, is retaining an agency akin to creating a new position that will exist indefinitely, or a time-boxed service that they should plan ahead to offboard?
Mission statements are immensely valuable tools for any organization. These short, sweet, and to-the-point phrases not only have the potential to serve as a sales and marketing tool, but more importantly, provide a philosophical compass to be used when making just about any decision.
Here’s my take on branding — there’s no silver bullet one-way to do it right. Instead, we’re all benefitted by drawing on all the best thinking available. Knowledge is power. And systems of knowledge become systems of power and value.
A quick Google for marketing advice, and you’ll receive a flurry of marketing buzzwords, influencers, and opinions from everyone and their mother coming at you from all directions, making it hard to cut through the noise and determine what your small business really needs.
Every day I have the privilege of working with founders and entrepreneurs — tremendously brave folks who put everything on the line to create something new. But when it comes to organizing the stack of tools that power their growth marketing initiatives, many are making the same avoidable mistakes.
A question our agency has received often during these trying times is “should I even be marketing right now?” As hard as it is to change a strategy that has been in the works for months or rewrite all of the copy for a campaign, it is vital right now.
It’s been about a week since I made the trip from Austin to San Francisco for Segment’s user conference, Synapse 2019 — just long enough for the presentations by speakers from Y Combinator, IDEO, Udacity, IBM, Forrester, Instacart, and more to marinate and begin bursting out of me.