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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the differences between a brewery’s Mission and Vision, why this matters, and how it can help you build a more purposeful business.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Your Mission is your brewery’s immediate, day-to-day marching orders.

2. Your vision is future-facing and tells the world where you’re going.

3. Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle (Start with Why).

4. Who would win in a no holds barred fight between Simon Sinek or Cody Fague. Simon is in better shape, but Cody has nothing to live for.

5. Intrinsic reasons that drive entrepreneurs vs. public-facing stories.

6. How do we frame your vision?

7. Examples of a Mission and Vision statement from your friends at CODO Design.

8. The best scene from the Sopranos? “Is this about the Easter baskets?”

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss audience segmentation, customer personas, and why you don’t see more fistfights in craft breweries.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. The “traditional” craft beer audience

2. Why craft breweries haven’t had to focus on defining their audience

3. Shifting demographics (and industry trends) that will lead to this becoming more important

4. A primer on audience segmentation

5. How to define your audience (with internal research)

6. How to gather external context to define your brewery’s audience

7. Customer personas: cheesy, but effective process tools

8. An ongoing (unnecessary?) tirade against ESB beers

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to answer ten hard hitting questions from subscribers on this year’s Beer Branding Trends review.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. We’ll be releasing a hard seltzer later this summer as a brand extension under our brewery’s name. Is there any downside to branding it under our brewery’s brand and not as its own thing? We already have plans for future flavors, if that’s relevant.

2. I’m a long time newsletter subscriber and was surprised you didn’t include the hard seltzer shakeout idea in the annual review. Did something change between the time you wrote that email and the publishing of this article that makes you think that was an incorrect prediction?

3. What was your favorite [visual] trend this year?

4. We’re a small brewery in planning near Cleveland. We’re wondering if we should think about our brand architecture as part of this [foundational branding] process? We plan to eventually move into other categories (specifically a distillery), and weren’t sure if we needed to sort that out at this early stage?

5. Do you think non alcoholic beer is going to be a major category, something along the lines of 5% share at some point, or is this kind of new and shiny, along the lines of hard seltzer three years ago?

6. Do you have any thoughts on putting cans on the front of variety packs? (Here’s the Surly Brewing guest blog we referenced.)

7. What do you think about Voodoo Ranger’s new light lager? Do you think that will actually work? Voodoo Ranger is a dominant IPA brand and I wonder if this release could hurt New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger strategy?

8. The “Dayparting” trend is interesting. Do you think there would be any issue with a brewery releasing a coffee brand or some sort of energy brand targeted for mornings?

9. Are there any trends that didn’t make the cut for this year’s review?

10. How do you feel about the craft beer industry as a whole? The last few years have been marked by several major reckonings on race and gender (specifically sexual harassment and assault), and of course Covid. Are you optimistic or worried as we move forward? (Here’s the Rabobank report we referenced on changing demographics.)

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down and discuss everything covered in this year’s Beer Branding Trends review.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Read the piece here.

2. Join the Beer Branding Trends Newsletter to ask questions for our next podcast

3. Reinvention (rebrands, refreshes, packaging formats in flux, SKU rationalization, a shift back to bottles?)

4. Why are lifestyle brands a smart play right now? (Also, what is a lifestyle brand?)

5. eCommerce (the real adventure was in the consumer data we gathered along the way)

6. Beyond Beer (yet another plug for our book that we’ve been talking about for two years. is it even real?)

7. CODO with the hot takes!

8. Day parting (how can breweries open up new morning, afternoon and evening occasions?)

9. Cody is all in on nootropics, mushroom coffee and cocaine. (is there anything more functional than cocaine?)

10. Revisiting the Law of Category

11. Some thoughts on seltzer (going premium, categorical differentiation, seltzer-izing other categories)

12. Brand Architecture

13. The accidental hospitality group

14. Fanciful names vs. monolithic brand-forward names

15. Package design trends + expert opinions

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the common goals we see breweries set at the start of their rebranding projects.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. The most common goals we’ve seen breweries have for a branding or rebranding process

2. Qualitative vs. Quantitative goals

3. The most important goal of any rebranding project. Period.

4. S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, Time-Limited)

5. Common qualitative goals we see

6. How to defeat a grizzly bear in hand to hand combat

7. CODO’s 2020 CBC Presentation

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss how you can be the best client your design firm has ever had.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Trust the process?

2. Understand that the design process is iterative.

3. Thoughts on the big Don Draper reveal.

4. Why you need to stick to your timeline.

5. Why is giving great feedback challenging for non-designers?

6. Candor is king. (Don’t worry about your designer’s feelings)

7. Keep feedback focused on specific project goals (and the defined strategy) and not personal tastes.

8. Keep your customer in mind.

9. Is it necessary for a client to personally love the work a design firm develops?

10. How many concepts should a branding firm share? 25? 5? 1?

11. Paul Rand’s work for Steve Job’s NeXT Computers.

12. We’ve decided to record future episodes shirtless.

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss what a branding project kickoff looks like. Plus, art direction homework, organizing internal and external partner interviews and thoughts on remote vs. onsite work.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

  1. You’ve worked through the proposal process and now have a signed contract. What is our next move?
  2. Email handshake = let’s get after it!
  3. Pre-project art direction homework. (Art direction, competitive set audit, brand audit, if applicable)
  4. Tools and software for onboarding clients.
  5. Beyond the Executive Team, who do we need to talk to during the kickoff?
  6. How do we organize, prioritize and schedule all of your brewery’s internal stakeholders? (Sales, Marketing & Design, Front of House, Brew Staff)
  7. What external partners will we need to interview? (Distributors, Large Chain Retail Partners, Field Reps, Market Managers, etc.)
  8. Thoughts on in-person vs remote work. When is travel necessary and when can we run everything remotely
  9. What does an in-person, onsite kickoff itinerary look like?
  10. Sample 2–3 day itinerary.
  11. One-on-one conversations vs large group “discovery” sessions. When is each one appropriate?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss how your brewery should vet and hire a design firm for your rebrand—what should you expect from this process, what are some land mines to watch out for and why you should work with an expert.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Give us an eagle eye view of the business development process, from a branding firm’s perspective.

2. How much should a brewery prepare ahead of your initial conversations with a potential partner?
3. What subjects will you discuss in your early exploratory meetings? (timeline, budget, project goals, project context, business objectives, etc.)

4. What is project “fit” and why is it so important at this stage of the process?

5. Differences between contracts and proposals.

6. Always Be Closing?

7. How often does CODO pass on a project because of poor fit?

8. What should a rebranding proposal outline?

9. What is an RFP and why is Isaac always cursing about them?

10. How important is it to like your design partner? What is the role of chemistry in this process?

11. That time a brewery hired CODO because Isaac was “…not some skinny hipster asshole.”

12. What should your branding or rebranding budget look like? How much will this all cost?

13. Why your budget should be tied to business objectives and the value this project will create.

14. Cody presses Isaac for a firm number. Isaac relents with a figure he’s seen cited in several business books.

15. Why work with an expert?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the different types of creative partners a brewery can hire to handle their branding or rebranding project.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. What is a Freelancer? Pros and cons?

2. What is a small to medium size firm? Pros and cons?

3. What is a Big agency? Pros and cons?

4. What does “Full Service” actually mean?

5. Why you never want to be an agency’s “cool” client.

6. Why we believe mid-size firms are taking over the world.

7. What should your partner be able to handle in order to be a great fit?

8. Let’s open up a can of worms! Should you hire a partner based solely on their personal or house style?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the finer points of announcing your brewery’s rebrand without confusing (and alienating) your current customers.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Why is this important? What are some of the moving parts and logistics that need to be organized ahead of a brand launch?

2. Gird yourself?

3. A proper brand launch start internally by getting your team on the same page. How do we get everyone marching in the same direction if we’re spread out over several states?

4. What is a Master Campaign Timeline and what are some of the key benchmarks to base this on as we build out our schedule?

5. Why we like a launch week (or month) instead of one specific day.

6. Packaging logistics are often the most challenging issue to manage during this process. What are some tactics we can employ early on to make sure we’re not setting ourselves up for failure later on?

7. In the real world, a “staggered” release is often called for. Is this the end of the world?

8. What is a “Teaser” Campaign and why is it so valuable for announcing a rebrand?

9. How soon should you start promoting that a change is coming? Can you be too early?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to introduce themselves and CODO Design… 7 episodes in. Better late than never?

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. CODO Design overview

2. Cody and Isaac introductions

3. We founded CODO the Monday after graduating from college in 2009

4. Internship experiences that galvanized our decision to start our own firm right out of school

5. How we began to focus on the Food and Beverage space

6. Our work in beer, starting 2010 and leading up to current day.

7. How did our Craft Beer Branding Guide come to be?

8. Why did we write Craft Beer, Rebranded?

9. How have we seen the beer industry shift and mature over the last 11 years

10. We’re working on our third book?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss Brand Essences—what they are and what role it plays in the branding process.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. What is a Brand Essence? (+ real project examples)

2. Why does this matter?

3. Should (or can) a Brand Essence be public facing?

4. What is Brand Personality?

5. “If your brewery were a person, what sort of personality traits would it have?”

6. What is Brand Voice?

7. Spectrum Exercise as a process tool.

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the various people and stakeholders groups you’ll need to organize ahead of your rebrand. They also touch on some important process nuances like gaining consensus amongst large groups and emotional intelligence tactics for wrangling all the different personalities you’re sure to run into throughout this work.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

1. Who comprises the Executive Team throughout a branding project.

2. How many people should actually be involved in decision making throughout this process?

3. How do we organize and prioritize other stakeholder groups beyond the Executive Team?

4. How (if at all) do we bring customers into this process?

5. Why CODO prefers one-on-one intimate conversations over beer to the dreaded large group “discovery” session.

6. What’s the magic numbers in terms of interviews? Where do we start to see diminishing returns?

7. Some emotional intelligence tactics for engaging with folks who *need* to be involved, but that might not be on the same page as the rest of your team.

8. Always assume the person you’re talking to knows something you don’t. (Important life lesson as well)

9. How can we avoid the dreaded “Swoop?”

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Episode Summary

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

  1. Isaac is leaving CODO to open a brewery?
  2. What is positioning (3 Core Questions) and why does this matter?
  3. How to use a matrix to get a quick eagle eye view of your competitive landscape.
  4. Categorical Differentiation as a positioning strategy.
  5. What is the “Positioning Trap?”
  6. Can a specific a theme or differentiator be too limiting on a day-to-day brand building basis?
  7. How to write your brand positioning statement.
  8. Okay, Isaac is not starting a brewery after all.

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the various types of brand values a brewery can have (Core, Pay-to-play and Aspirational), why they’re all important and how to frame them.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

  1. What are core brand values?
  2. Why frame your values?
  3. Are brand values public-facing or an internal tool and rallying cry for your team?
  4. Quick run down of the most common values we hear over and over again, from breweries all over the world.
  5. ‘The Advantage’ book by Patrick Lencioni *quick note: Isaac’s an idiot. The author of ‘The Advantage’ is PATRICK Lencioni. Not Paul. Isaac said Paul Lencioni with such confidence at least 6 times during this episode. Great job, Isaac!
  6. Core values vs. Aspirational values vs. Permission-to-play values.
  7. Two methods we use for framing core brand values.

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss the subtle differences between a brand refresh and a craft brewery rebrand. Plus, how to make sure you’re making the right decision in the first place.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion:

  1. Differences between a refresh and a full rebrand.
  2. Where does a package refresh fall into this?
  3. Why is this all so confusing?
  4. What is brand equity?
  5. What is a brand audit?
  6. How do you interpret all of this research?
  7. Can you rebrand and keep the same logo?

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Episode Summary

Cody and Isaac sit down to discuss when (and when not) to rebrand a brewery.

Episode Notes

Points of discussion

  1. Overall look is dated and inconsistent (And no longer reflects your core values and current version of your business)
  2. You’re making major changes within your company. You are repositioning and/or specifically making major changes to your portfolio with new extensions, sub brands and other brand architecture restructuring
  3. You don’t know how to tell your story.
  4. You always feel like you’re reinventing the wheel. (For you in house designers and marketing directors out there)
  5. Some tactical project—e.g. new website, format change—reveals larger messaging issues that need to be resolved.
  6. You’re self conscious of your branding.
  7. When not to rebrand: If there are deep, intrinsic problems with your business itself that have not been fixed, then a rebrand is a waste of money.

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Episode Summary

Fielding community submitted questions on CODO’s 2021 Craft Beer Branding Trends article.

Episode Notes

CODO Design cofounder, Isaac Arthur, fields community submitted questions about our 2021 Craft Beer Branding Trends article.

  1. What’s your favorite packaging trend this year?
  2. Do brewpubs really need to package their beer? There were several mentions to this effect and I’m not sure I agree with you. Won’t this need fade once we’re beyond COVID?
  3. Can you expand on the packaging lifespan thought from the packaging refresh trend? Isn’t the goal to have your packaging become iconic so people can pick it off a shelf anywhere they go?  If you’re updating it every couple years, how will people know what to look for on shelf?
  4. We’re currently a brewery in planning. We’re considering a 12-pack out of the gate (with painted cans) and wanted to see what you thought about this plan?
  5. It seems like an “endorsed brand” is the best way to launch a new hard seltzer. Is this approach what you suggest to the majority of your clients or should we consider any other avenues?
  6. You mentioned that package design might not need to look like a rigid system if it’s not going to be distributed and end up on shelf. I’m a designer myself and was surprised to hear this. Can you explain what benefits there would be for a brewery’s packaging to not be consistent?
  7. I agree that the sub brand family approach is working well for older breweries. Do you think a younger brewery could employ this approach or is time in the market what makes it work in the first place?

Read the 2021 Craft Beer Branding Trends article.

Buy the Craft Beer, Rebranded  book.

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