Smiles make sales. Disarm them with optimism, and build on a friendly platform of genuine passion.

 

Successful brands have meaning beyond money. They’re built on a solid belief system that attracts like-minded people.

Here's what we believe:

We believe that creativity is the ultimate business weapon. Inspired, innovative thinking is behind every great brand, from Apple to Zappos. We also believe that it’s hard to be creative when you’re stuck, up to your neck, in day-to-day operations. Most business owners need a spark from the the outside.

We believe that Process matters. This is a service business, so how we work is often just as important as what we produce. We don’t take short cuts. For us, it’s Insight first, then Execution. Every time. It’s a process designed specifically to produce maximum results.

We believe that a seasoned marketing generalist is more valuable than a specialist.  A generalist can help you navigate the entire marketing landscape. We can take more off your plate, and make sure you’re maximizing every marketing tactic.

We believe in the persuasive power of disruptive words. Fact: Well-crafted messages with unexpected words and images have more impact. Because the human brain automatically screens out the normal, mundane language of most business pitches. It’s in one ear, and out the other. Creative messages, on the other hand, fire the synapses and trigger an emotional response. Here’s an example of great messaging.

We believe that when it comes to selling, emotion trumps logic every time. Research it yourself… the latest brain science proves that people make emotional purchases, then use reason to justify the decision. No great brand has ever been built on reason alone. Not one. In branding, it’s what they feel, not what they think.

We still believe in the marketing MIX. Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Snapchat provide exciting new ways to tell stories and make connections, but technology itself isn’t the story.  You still need a healthy mix of marketing tactics. Some high tech, some high touch.  Some old school, some new school.

We believe in the glory of a good story.  Every great business has an engaging story to tell. So tell it!  Find creative new ways to spin that tale, and keep telling it over and over again. Tell it in ads, tell it on your site, tell it presentations, tweets and Facebook posts.

We believe in skeptical optimism. As creative thinkers, we’re naturally skeptical. But not in a pessimistic way. We question the status quo in order to move your business upward. Tell us that something can’t be done, that it’s too hard, or too “out there” and we’ll be positively skeptical about that.

We believe Design belongs in business school.  Tom Peters calls it “the soul of new enterprise.”  It’s Design that differentiates the world’s most valuable brand – Apple.  It’s Design that made Tupperware a cultural phenomenon. Design evokes passion, emotion and attachment… all required elements of great brands.

We believe in the art of persuasion. Data is a big deal these days. But effective marketing communications still comes down to saying the right thing, and saying it well. A brilliantly crafted combination of words and images will always be more motivating than data. Here’s a relevant case study.

 
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Here's who we are:

John Furgurson

John Furgurson branding expertJohn’s been called an anomaly… A creative guy with a penchant for business. A poetic entrepreneur.

He can devise insightful strategy in the morning, and craft award-winning advertising over lunch. He has a left-brain right-brain one-two punch that few marketing executives offer.

John cut his teeth writing direct response ads — where sales were the only litmus test of success. From there, he worked for several ad agencies on a vast array of print and radio campaigns. But not much TV. So in his first of several reinvention exercises, John moved into the video industry. He wrote scripts and helped produce long-format videos and direct-response TV for big, national brands.

John Furgurson branding expert skiing at Mt. BachelorEventually, John moved to Bend, Oregon to raise his kids and strike that delicate balance between work and play. His first Bend Oregon branding company was named AdWords, which worked out pretty well when Google decided they really, really needed that URL.

John’s advertising agency has touched many of Oregon’s iconic brands, such as Black Butte Ranch, Sunriver Resort, and Bend itself. He has also helped plan, manage and execute marketing programs for start-ups and many small businesses. The kind that can’t afford failure. John shares his expertise regularly on the Brand Insight Blog, which he’s been writing since 2007.

Elissa Davis

Elissa Davis bend Oregon branding expertIn this day and age, inspired design often takes a back seat to the bells and whistles of modern technology. Too bad.

We believe subtle, aesthetic considerations have a pronounced affect on your brand and your overall business. That’s why Elissa’s a key team member at BNBranding.

Elissa has the uncanny ability to absorb brand strategies and translate them into gorgeous, relevant design work.

Over the years, she’s been the design talent behind many award-winning brands, like the playfully random eBay logo, for instance, and the brilliantly simple Malibu Country Club brand identity.

Elissa’s talents extend far beyond logos, into print and web design as well. And she sweats every detail. From the psychological effects of a color change to the usability implications of a specific website font, she works with the precision and care of a true craftsman and artist.

Erik Zetterberg

EZ head shot for websiteErik’s our web master/programmer/technology consultant. Here’s how it usually goes with Erik…

We approach him with our initial concepts for a website or a digital advertising campaign. He tells us it can’t be done. No way. Then we go back and forth arguing the merits of the idea vs. the realities of HTML programming. (We’ll spare you the details on that.)

Eventually Erik goes deep down into some technological rabbit hole, and we don’t hear from him for a couple days. But he always emerges with a workable solution. Every time.

The results are stunning… Websites that look as good as they perform. Web-generated leads that actually lead to something. With Erik’s help you get higher conversion rates and analytics that your CFO will love. It’s better with Zetter. Berg.

 

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Here's what they say:

Parscription Golf brand ID“John Furgurson has been a great creative partner over the years. I’ve worked with him and his company in several different capacities… as the GM of a country club, as the co-author of our book on golf, as an independent clubfitter and as the owner of a retail golf shop. John’s been there for me the whole way… He really understands golf industry marketing, and he’s not afraid to take a unique creative approach to this business.”Andy Heinly, Parscription Golf

 

Travel industry marketing client - Preston Thompson“When I was doing travel industry marketing at Black Butte Ranch we relied on BNBranding for a number of things… They started out by doing the research and writing the book on the Black Butte brand. Then they refreshed our brand identity, produced new signage throughout the resort, and did some great advertising for us. Their work put heads in beds and helped us increase our golf revenues.”Preston Thompson, Thompson Guitars

 

“When we found BN Branding, our website was in a state of emergency. John took great interest in our products and took the time to get familiar with what we did and who our clientele was. John came up with the new name and logo. And when the site was finished and launched, our selling proposition was much more clear, which led to more online sales without the “pre-call” to understand the product. All costs were well worth the results. I would recommend BNBranding to anyone looking for any marketing.”  – Scott Beydler, Beydler CNC

“I love learning, and I dive into subjects head first, including marketing. It’s kind of an obsession of mine. I’ve worked with some big-name marketing guys across the country, but John Furgurson is my go-to guy. I’m very analytical, and I always over-think things. John has a good process that he follows, and he always has good ideas. Some of the work he’s done for me over the years is just brilliant.”John Ford, Golf at the Next Level.

 

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“As an interior designer I really appreciate the art and craftsmanship of the work they do at BNBranding. Their design work is meticulous and very well thought out. John Furgurson is the consummate professional… always delivers what he says he’s going to deliver. They did my website and some very nice printed sales materials. It’s first rate. I would definitely recommend them.”  – Lisa Slayman, Slayman Cinema.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BNBranding revolutionized how I was positioning my paddle craft invention, which I was preparing for startup.  John took a deep dive into the roots of user preferences for various paddle craft,  then helped me recognize a far broader application for my design.  The aha! moment in a coffeeshop together was truly remarkable.  I will always credit John as the Big Thinker behind what we now call our “crossboat.”  

Next, John went above and beyond with his namestorming process to facilitate discovery of our brand name, which was also not what I had assumed!  My relatively small, early investment with BNBranding was immensely worthwhile.  I was able to launch my startup on the right foot, with a strong foundation.  I now smile at my early mistakes that won’t become disasters down the road. John is a skilled coach who is easy to work with, knows his stuff, and who got us out the gate.  I look forward to a continued relationship with BNBranding as we grow.

Michael Grant – Kittigan Crossboats

 

Here's where we choose to work:

Yep, it’s a Bend Oregon branding company. The fresh air, the beauty and the outdoor action in Bend is beneficial to our creativity and productivity. It’s the juice that keeps the ideas coming. If you’d like to mix business with pleasure with a visit to Central Oregon give us a call. We can arrange a rejuvenating, brand-oriented business trip that you can write-off.

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Here's what's new at BNBranding:

Start-up Consulting: Creating new brands from the ground up.

Feb 1, 2018

At BNBranding we love getting in on the ground floor. Because if you’re trying to launch a start-up, it helps to think like a brand from the very beginning. Our insight will eliminate false starts and unnecessary “pivots.”

We help entrepreneurs map out their brand strategy, pitch messaging, purpose and go-to market plan. And of course, we also design brand identities, websites and all sorts of advertising.

In the last few months we’ve helped launch several new brands, in the stand-up paddling world and the health & beauty category. Stay tuned for the official launch of Kittigan Crossboats.

 

Video script and a tagline for the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

Feb 20, 2018

Six years ago we helped re-brand this nonprofit organization. Now The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is raising money to upgrade their facilities and add more educational opportunities for local school kids. We worked with a local video production company, wrote the the script, and provided some creative direction for their fundraising video.We’re also working on a tagline… the only missing element from their previous rebranding effort.

 

 

March 28, 2018

BNBranding teams up with Leslie’s Organics

We’re proud to be working Leslie’s Organics, makers of the Coconut Secret Brand of natural foods. Leslie and Randy chose us to work on brand strategy, update their messaging, launch a new ecommerce website and provide tactical marketing assistance.

Coconut Aminos is the nation’s #1 selling brand of soy-free Asian condiments. They also have a delicious line of candy bars, chocolate bars and granola bars, all sweetened with coconut nectar.

 

 

 

 

 

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