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Mission Minded Wins National Marketing Awards

Mission Minded won Gold and Silver Brilliance Awards this week for our work on Marin Academy’s Website and Drew School’s Admissions Video in a national competition hosted by InspirED School Marketers. We feel so lucky to have had the chance to lead the rebranding efforts for these two extraordinary schools. Each project was a joy from the first moment, and the strong partnership with each school’s leadership is what made outstanding, authentic work possible. These awards are the result of true collaboration. All the entries were judged by a panel of 10 experts who are... +Read More

Brand is HR’s Responsibility

Brand begins with people. And one of the industries that best understands this is the hospitality industry. They embrace the idea that everyone within the company—not just front of the house—is responsible for the brand. And you know we’re on board with that. Human Resources is the business of attraction, selection, and retention of internal human capital. So what does that have to do with brand? A lot. Cornell University, known for its hospitality management program, had this to share in their report on HR and branding, “Much like customers seek the right fit with... +Read More

How Branding Increased Two Schools’ Applicants

If you know what makes your school special, but struggle to put it into words, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s easy for you, but you notice that none of your colleagues describe your school in quite the same way as you do. When everyone describes your school in whatever haphazard way strikes them in the moment, you miss the chance to establish a clear, succinct brand. Most importantly, you are likely missing the chance to differentiate yourself from other schools. For your school to shine, your faculty, staff, trustees, and volunteer leaders need to be in lock-step about the single big idea for... +Read More

InspirED Podcast: Independent School Branding Illuminated

I was recently invited to InspirED’s Sparkcast Podcast to chat about independent school branding, and the impact it can have on your school’s enrollment and development efforts. Have a listen! What You’ll Learn How and why Mission Minded recently helped SSATB successfully rebrand itself into The Enrollment Management Association. What brand is in relation to independent schools, and how a strong one can make marketing and communications focused, easier, and more effective. The best time to embark on brand development, and how often your brand changes. How great branding gives the... +Read More

How to Maintain Your Brand in a Video Conference Call

Recently one of our clients, the executive director of a large membership organization, asked an important question: How do I conduct video conference calls from my home-office in a way that will reflect the brand of our organization and the authority of my position? This is a question most of us will face at one point or another. Whether it’s a meeting with your team or a conversation with an important stakeholder, we all need to be prepared to represent our organizations well on a video conference call. Let brand be your guide. Then ask yourself two questions: What are the things that will... +Read More