B2B

Alrec

Strategy, rebrand and website to reposition innovative retail experience experts

Overview

Alrec is a global retail brand display organisation with over 60 years of experience behind them. They approached Valiant to help reposition them as modern-day industry leaders.

The company designs and delivers exciting retail experiences that enable global brands to attract and engage customers.  But while their solutions are both contemporary and inventive, their corporate branding was showing its age. Valiant re-engineered their logo, created new visual brand assets and designed and delivered a powerful new website, to position the company as Experts in Experience.

Key objectives

  • Reposition the business as leading global experts and align regions as “One Alrec”
  • Full brand refresh, including visual identity, logo, tone of voice and value proposition
  • Complete overhaul and creation of marketing materials both on and offline
  • Transformation of online presence, with a new feature-rich interactive website at the forefront of the digital strategy
  • Direction and creation of a video asset library, featuring interviews, insights and a deep-dive into Alrec’s highly evolved processes
  • Content research and writing for thought leadership industry report
  • Touchscreen interactive display and exhibition design direction
  • Supporting the new sales strategy with advanced, targeted digital marketing assets

Opportunity

Alrec was undergoing a strategic change in its global operations. To better service their clients they wanted to unify their international offices and streamline their proposition as a single “One Alrec”. To help communicate the new strategy we worked with them to to review their current brand identity and assess it’s relevance to their new approach. Outcomes from these sessions led us to define the deliverables.

It was essential to deliver a brand image that positioned the company as modern-day experts in a fast-changing industry. And secondly, to give the company a new contemporary website that would provide a solid foundation for future marketing activity.

 

 

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How do you really get under the skin of an organisation? In our workshops we explore their expertise, why clients engage them, their differentiators and review the competitor landscape. Only then are we able to begin to develop the creative ideas to communicate the 60+ years of experience that has attracted a portfolio of global clients.

There’s often a level of fear in transitioning away from an existing logo. What is its value, or at least perceived value? We took Alrec on a journey to test how far we could evolve their existing identity.  By demonstrating how we could change brand assets, colour palette, typefaces and imagery we showed a much more contemporary, and relevant, image.

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The existing logo was confined in a dark blue box. We evolved the logo (which you can see in the animation lower down) so that it was freed from the box, softened and updated whilst still feeling like the Alrec clients knew and loved. With an updated toolkit of visual assets, Alrec’s presence was a far more relevant and appropriate representation of its positioning in the global market.

And now for the website

Your website is most likley to be your single most powerful marketing tool. Therefore it has to be right. Our thorough process began with surveying clients and Alrec employees to ascertain what they actually engaged with online. We asked what helped clients (and prospects) make the decision to engage Alrec. Our strategic discovery stage considered all user journeys before we created the site map; this then guides the design and development of the project.  Resulting in a powerful, modular WordPress website – designed for focused lead generation activity –  all built inhouse at Valiant.

Both the branding and website were launched internally and externally with great success.

Results

All of Alrec’s global teams have engaged positively to the repositioning as Experts in Experience. As importantly the new website has engaged existing clients, enabled reconnection with some lapsed clients and already delivered as a lead generation tool.

The marketing collateral we have since rolled out, including thought leadership content, industry reports and an interactive touchscreen display for large expo events, have elevated the perception of the business completely. It has attracted global clients and opened up more opportunities within the USA.

On surveying clients and employees on whether the website and branding was a better representation of Alrec’s values and their positioning as Experts in Experience – the results had increased by 177%.

Valiant has captured the essence of our new positioning and developed a brand new identity that marks us out in the industry and sets out a new and exciting platform to take us into the future. Their commitment, passion, honesty and intelligence is inspiring.

Director, Alrec

"I would recommend them unequivocally for any type of business, whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned, long-standing business. They can help you with all stages of the project because they have great thinking and challenging approaches to everything."

Clare Feather - Marketing Manager, Alrec

Deliverables

  • Discover
  • Research
  • Competitor analysis
  • Brand strategy
  • Brand positioning
  • Web strategy
  • Values
  • Key messaging
  • Employee engagement strategy
  • Design
  • Naming
  • Tone of voice
  • Brand development
  • Website design
  • Marketing communications
  • Launch materials
  • Packaging
  • Prototypes
  • Develop
  • Brand guidelines
  • Brand application
  • Website
  • Deliver
  • Brand guidelines
  • Brand application
  • Website
  • E-marketing
  • Sales proposals
  • Marketing communications
  • Industry report
  • Employee engagement
  • Social media

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Twisted Nose / Rebrand + Bottle

2020 San Francisco World Spirits: Double Gold Medal

Twisted Nose / Rebrand + Bottle

2020 World Gin Awards: World’s Best Gin Bottle Design

Tinmasters  / Website

Awwwwards: 2x Honorable Mentions

Tinmasters / Branding

International B2B Marketing Awards: Brand Initiative

Inntel / Branding

Marcom Awards: Gold Award

The Engine Room / Brand + Website

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