Designing success

What role is your image having in your business’ fight against the gloomy financial climate?

It is, undoubtedly, a tough world out there at the moment for many businesses. With the constantly changing global forecasts and economic statistics buzzing around the media it can be confusing and very daunting to consider the state and position of your business, within the bigger picture.

However sometimes it’s the smaller picture that provides more clarity. The small picture is your business, and when you look very carefully at the things that are in your control, it can become much easier to deal with.

The former Sector Skills Development Agency carried out research which showed businesses that don’t invest in growth during a recession are 2.5 times more likely to fail than those that do. When times are tough, it may be tempting to cut the marketing budget, but it seems that this approach is not always the best plan.
According to the Design Council “85% of rapidly growing businesses consider design to be integral or significant to their operations. Nearly two-thirds (59%) of UK businesses agree or strongly agree that there is clearly a positive link between investment in design and profitability.”

So it seems that design is already contributing to the bottom line of many businesses. But how does it actually work? In a white paper published by the Design Council Will Hutton described design as: “the bridge between the consumer questing for the experiential and the company trying to meet that appetite with an offer that presents the new in a user-friendly and innovative way.”

If we take the example of the development of a new product, design can play a part in the initial market research, the physical product itself, identifying the best way to target the right audience, packaging the product and advertising to get the word out there when it is available. A Business Link article explains: “Successful businesses include design as part of their business strategy from the outset because involving design at an early stage can save you money and result in a better experience for your customers.”

At Kipper, one of the first things we do with new clients is to carry out a design audit. Put simply this is getting everything out on the boardroom table (flyers, website, product labels, business cards, adverts etc) and reviewing it together. Your customers will come into contact with your business through a variety of different avenues: they may see bus advertising, walk past your showroom and get a flyer through their door. All these ‘touch points’ should give a clear and consistent message. To continue our example; spending money on the design of your flyers may be wasted if your bus ads don’t convey the same great impression. People may tune out if they can’t see consistency of brand; they may even not link the two!

Sir Martin Sorrell (CEO of the world’s biggest advertising agency, WPP) recently made the following comment talking about how business is dealing with the current global financial crisis: “Instead of investing in plant and equipment, companies are investing in brand and trying to build sales and market share.”
But it’s not just international businesses. Sussex-based security firm Beacon Services recorded a rise in new business conversion rate from 49% to 85% following a rebrand to reposition the company in their marketplace. Matthew Robinson at Beacon commented: “Kipper have been an invaluable partner throughout the whole design process and we are delighted with the results.”

Design can play a key role in your businesses success and add value to the bottom line. If you are interested in having a free design audit for your company, call Kipper today on 01444 884115.

David Tingley, Creative Director, Kipper


Ad campaign for Canon’s Pixma ink printer


C4's Seven Dwarves: a very small ad campaign

To promote Channel 4's new series Seven Dwarves – an observational documentary "following the lives of seven dwarf actors as they live together and perform in a production of Snow White" (we're not making this up) – 4Creative has subverted the notion of a huge billboard campaign by creating 20 mini poster sites.

Twenty of the miniature billboards, each a perfect scale model of a 48-sheet poster site, complete with working lights and a stand-alone frame, have been placed in various locations around London over the last week or two including Cromwell Road and Picadilly circus.

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The 10 Commandments of main man Steve Jobs

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Ray: A Life Underwater

A rogue with an eye for salvage - and the ladies - Ray: A Life Underwater is an affectionate portrait of one man's deep sea diving career, told through his extraordinary collection of marine artefacts. Like a modern-day pirate, 75-year-old Ray Ives has been scouring the seabed for treasure his whole life. The former commercial diver has plundered the deep for over fifty years, bringing to the surface anything that glittered -- even gold. In a shipping container near the water, Ray tends his museum of cannon, bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear. He even still takes to the water in a 1900s diving suit.

Produced and Directed by Amanda Bluglass
Editor and Director of Photography: Danny Cooke
Dive photography: Neil Hope
Soundtrack: Tony Higgins