We have been developing a new portal where internet users can buy merchandize and gadgets from the world’s most famous football teams: Manchester UTD, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester city, Real Madrid, Barcellona, Bayern, River Plate, Flamenco, all football teams of the Premier League, and the most representative National teams.
WHAT IS IT ?
In this step you will find information about the Brand Builder, who is asking you to propose a Solution for the challenge. He introduces himself (as a Brand of course :) The more you understand about the Brand, the more chances you have to create what is wanted.
IMPORTANT: There is a possibility that the Brand Builder prefers not to disclose who he is, usually for confidentiality reasons. Such Briefs will be published in an anonymous way. In this case the Brand Builder will say as much as he feels comfortable saying.
Here are two EXAMPLES
In case there is no problem with disclosing the identity (VISIBLE):
“NMN -No More Nicotine- is a Brand that promises to counteract the damages to the skin that can be caused by smoking. NMN is distributed in pharmacies and drugstores and its price positioning is middle-high; it is mainly promoted through professional endorsement and is not massively advertised.”
In case the Brand doesn’t want to disclose his identity (ANONYMOUS):
“Brand counteracting the damages to skin caused by smoking. Its products are distributed in pharmacies and drugstores with a middle-high price positioning; they are mainly promoted through professional endorsement and are not massively advertised.”
In summary: Who is your client (in a visible or “anonymous” way :)
We have a twofold creative need:
1) company logo
2) banner for our main advertising campaign
Create a logo to represent our company who operates through an e-commerce portal where visitors can buy gadgets of the most important football teams in the world. Keep in mind as well that we want the Logo to have an international look and feel so that it can enhance our international presence.
Therefore we want a Logo easy to recognize an impossible to confuse – one that expresses the dynamism of an innovative and professional website.
Our company will be mainly represented through our website and our intention is to select one of the following brand names/internet domains:
We went for an English brand name as our website will operate at an international level. Feel free to chose any of the previously mentioned brand names and keep in mind that the one you pick will name both the company and our first shop planned to be open in the next months.
The choice of the trademark and implicitly the logo design based on it it’s very important to us as it will completely revamp our company’s image.
Create a banner for the opening marketing campaign.
The banner will be used during the initial phase of the campaign in order to support the brand and increase its awareness. In order to better exploit the potential of the Logo we believe that the banner should be designed by the same Creator.
WHAT IS IT ?
This is the task the Brand Builder asks you to accomplish. If you don’t understand it, you are completely out of luck !
“We ask the Creators to develop a print advertising campaign in order to increase Brand’s visibility. It will be used in national magazines this spring.”
In summary: It’s the objective of the client, therefore your objective too !
∞ Young football fans
∞ Relatives, friends of football fans for gifts
WHAT IS IT?
People that the Brand Builder wants you to entertain and persuade to think, feel or do something using your creation. Usually you will read about their age, sex, social level and behaviors. You should always keep that information in mind while creating, as the target audience is the final recipient of what you create.
“Smoking girls and women who would like to quit smoking but can’t. Usually health-conscious adults who care about their looks. They feel guilty about smoking because they know it is harmful. They read books about it. This is a real problem for them: it’s like “My brain wants something, but my body acts of its own accord”. They don’t relate to my brand, they are just waiting for a trustworthy “helping hand”.
In summary: Get under their skin !
We want our target to understand that our company:
∞ specializes in selling official merchandise coming from the most important football teams of the world;
∞ operates at an international level;
∞ is serious and reliable.
WHAT IS IT?
The thing that the Brand Builder wants to make the target audience think/feel/do because of your creation.
Here are some very concrete examples:
∞ Some things people can think/feel:
- There is a new Brand (or product or idea or...) out there
- This Brand is better than the alternatives or than it used to be
- This Brand is worth paying more for
∞ Some things people can do:
- Start buying the Brand’s products
- Buy the Brand more often
- Stock more products of the Brand in their outlets
The above written examples are very concrete whilst often the proposition of the Brief is emotional. That’s even better as it can be more inspiring!
“We’d like to encourage smokers to use NMN in order to minimize the damage to their health while they are keeping giving up smoking (especially if they’ve already tried and failed before).”
In summary: Get inside their brain !
The company has been operating in the online shops segment for 3 years and it enjoys a very well known brand in its niche market. The goal is to extend its activity in other business segments.
WHAT IS IT?
This is the key to achieving the objective. It is what supports the proposition and makes it believable. Usually it is a rational statement.
“Every cigarette you smoke is causing damage to your appearance. A recent study took several pairs of identical twins where one twin was a lifelong smoker and the other had never smoked. The smokers’ skin was a quarter thinner than that of non-smokers, and in some cases there were differences of up to 40%. NMN contains thinning-blocking anti-oxidants which counteract the effect of nicotine on the skin.”
In summary: You are looking for arguments? You’ll find them here!
Challenger, international, professional, dynamic, constantly up to date - our company gives you the chance to get products of the most famous football teams directly at home.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s who the Brand is. Yes... who!
Treat the Brand as a human being, as it has its own personality. To know the personality of the “client” is fundamental in order to provide a tailor-made job. So, read carefully the listed adjectives...
“Scientific, trustworthy, result-oriented, ‘a party’ to achieve your goals.”
In summary: Imagine the live person !
The logo will be used for all company’s communications through the following channels:
∞ internet (website);
∞ direct mailing and newsletters;
∞ brochures, posters and events’ programs;
WHAT IS IT?
A list of places (or media, or things) where the target audience will see the outcome of your creation. In this step sometimes the Brand will also acknowledge you how much he plans to invest into production. This information will give you an insight whether to create a BIG project or make it small... :)
“This campaign is going to appear in lifestyle- and health-focused women magazines of New Zealand, during the spring of 2009. We plan to invest 500,000 USD, which means approximately buying 100 single pages.”
In summary: Consider the medium !
For submission purposes we accept files in JPG & PDF format.
However the winner will be asked to provide us the logo in executive formats as follows:
1 High Resolution Tif - for professional printing
1 JPG in gray scale for trademark and registration purposes
3 x JPG (normal, medium, small) for office printing and web design, reporting the dimensions suggested for usage.
1 x transparent PSD for web design
1 vector based Eps file (fully editable Master file) for professional printing.
The banner is required in the following formats:
336px × 44px
468px × 60px
300px × 50px
728px × 79px
There are no color restrictions.
Other websites operating in the same sector are:
www.subsidesports.com ( the best )
If the Brand has preferences or technical requirements that your Solution has to match, you will find them here.
Here are some items that you may find in this section:
∞ Guidelines or mandatory inclusions (do’s and/or don’ts)
∞ Business objectives
∞ Market and competitors overview
∞ Good and bad samples
Depending on the Brief, you may also find some files attached with a logo, pictures of product(s), a template that you should use in order to submit your ideas, or any other file that the Brand wants to share with you. So, study the attachments before starting creating.
In summary: Anything else you need to know (not written in the 7 steps before) !