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Proposal

Client:


Deep Channel

Objective:


Research, Brand Strategy, Visual Identity Design & Brand on Application, Website

Draft


v1

Last Updated


02/23/22

Proposed By


Azai Studios New York

New York
Dubai

Proprietary & Confidential
The enclosed material is proprietary to Azai Studios. The material presented in this document may not be disclosed in any form or manner to anyone other than the addressee(s) and employees or authorized representatives of the firm/client.

Welcome,

Thank you for taking the time to consider Azai Studios as your agency partner. Feel free to quickly jump to a section.

Let's start off with what you want to know ...

1. Let's summarize our experience working with B2B SaaS brands.

Our agency launched in 2015, when we worked mainly on high-end luxury brands and hospitality brands. Learning how to market to customers in that space is one of the most challenging things to do, as that more high-end market has particular needs that we must meet.

That space allowed us to create brands that stand out. Towards the beginning of 2018, we started receiving multiple RFPs from startups and B2B brands who had seen some of our work and wanted us to apply our same tastes, preferences, and process to their organizations. From startups to companies like Microsoft's Truly Secure, it allowed us to evolve their brands and market share through strategic visuals.


2. What is our approach to performing industry + competitive research?

Our team does an immersive deep dive into every industry during our engagements. We will explore everything from how the competition positions themselves, their "why," and how they acquire new customers.


Research Phase 1

  • Identify key competitors 
  • Identify their brand positioning and the "why."
  • Conduct full brand audits
  • Determine competition market share (impact on search / social / industry)

Research Phase 2

  • Reach out to identified competition as a potential customer to find out pricing and sales process
  • Obtain sales pitches and decks and identify where new opportunities reside for us to stand out

Research Phase 3

  • Brand Strategy workshops

3. What is our approach to developing go-to-market strategies?

Our team will lead our brand strategy workshops, which help us define the brand's new positioning, strategy, target, brand narrative, and GTM strategy.

  1. Defining your business case: Why does the product/service exist, and what will our customers gain from it?
  2. Define your market strategy: Positioning, Messaging, Identify Sales and support materials, Customer journey, Personas, Use Cases
  3. Review your pricing strategy: How much will you charge for your product and why?
  4. Create your external marketing plan: New Branding, New website, Identify content needed, Identify how we will drive leads, Identify all paid media channels
  5. Identify the GTM rollout timeline and budget. 

4. What is our branding/rebranding process?

Strategy Phase 1.1 → Research, Naming, Brand Strategy Workshops, Positioning, Messaging, and Tone

Branding Phase 1.2 → Visual Identity Design, Brand Application Design

Full breakdown below in Phase Sections

5. What makes us different from our competitors? Why do we think we are the best firm for the project?

We're not a 50+ person agency that runs through bureaucratic processes to get things done. We prefer to work with brands and products that we believe can make a difference. Being a smaller agency lets us give our full attention to our current clients.

Our team brings over a decade of experience in brand development and product design/dev. We have a startup mentality, which means we can be as agile as our clients need us to be, yet we deliver enterprise-level results. We can weave into organizations and let our clients feel as if we are part of their internal team.

We are the best fit because alongside our Agency model, we also invest in companies ourselves. We know what it takes to build a business from the ground up and how to hit both business and marketing goals. We understand that good branding is more than a cool logo or a font -- good design should solve problems and move the needle.

6. About your leadership and creative team members who would be on this project

Our agency follows a Hybrid Scaling Model. We have a core team of 8 multi-disciplinary individuals and scale up to more team members through our tightly knit network of freelancers who are broken down by industry type.

Leadership team


Harji Singh - Creative Director
Polina Gordovich - Accounts
Savannah West - Design
Japna Kaur - Strategy

7. What tools and/or processes will we use for project management

Our entire agency is built on refined processes which allow for complete transparency and efficiency. For all our projects, tasks, and goals, we use Monday.

We've done workshops at Monday.com's offices on how our agency runs projects. Typically we create a shared dashboard that allows our clients to view at any time what is happening inside of a project. Interested in seeing a sample setup project? Have a look here -- https://view.monday.com/500804759-614e0c69a3b9ca17ef8779d8e6248ce0

For all day-to-day communication with our clients, we create a cross-account Slack Channel.

8. What we'll require from your team throughout this project

First, we'll require a single point of contact for approval. Too often, we've seen companies with too many chefs in the kitchen, which can cause delays and endless revisions.

Secondly, we'll need your team to give a complete insight into how your business runs, from your business model to your current pain points. We invest in companies ourselves; therefore would like to identify areas where we can help.

We'll need you and your team to dive into this engagement with an open mind to design. At the end of the day, companies hire us for our taste and knowledge that will help make them stand out.

Lastly, we'll need your team to understand that we are not simply direction takers. If you are looking for an agency that will make a brand exactly the way you want it or create a brand similar to your competitors, we will not be a good fit for this project.

Okay, you've made it this far, let's talk timing...

Project setup & kickoff:

1.5 weeks

Strategy:

2.5 weeks

Identity & Brand on Application:

4 - 5 weeks

Website:

 5 - 6 Weeks

This estimate is given with timely approvals. The formal SOW to follow will encompass a more detailed timeline created with client feedback to account for any days off or suggestions. At project kick off, our team provides a fully web-based interactive timeline gantt chart.

Full interactive timeline delivered upon SOW draft.

Estimated Investment

Below you'll see a detailed outline of deliverables and fees for the associated activities. In addition, Azai Studios recommends earmarking an estimated $15,000 - $35,500 to put towards additional asset development to be defined mid-way through the project. This can be for additional creative such as motion graphics, illustrations and/or video. We feel that it's important to earmark these funds, and are conscious of the targeted cap for this initial phase of work and establishment of your brand.

Phase Approach
Details
Fees
Phase 1.0 - Brand Strategy
2.5 Weeks
$15,000
Phase 2.0 - Branding Option A
4 - 5 Weeks
$25,000
Phase 2.0 - Branding Option B
4- 5 Weeks
$55,000
Phase 3.0 - UX/UI Design
4 Weeks
$35,000
Phase 4.0 - Web Development
4 Weeks
$30,000
Total Engagement Option A
4 Months
$105,000
Total Engagement Option B
4.5 Months
$135,000
Suggested Add Ons
Phase 5.0 - Activation
Monthly
Monthly retainer / detail upon request
Brand illustrations & iconography
Up to 10 final illustrations
Starting at $12,500
3D / CGI animations
Up to 6 final brand 3D
Starting at $25,000
Payment Schedules: 
40% due at project start
30% due at 50% project completion
30% due at 100% deliverable/launch

Phase Breakdown

Phase 1.0

Research, Brand Strategy, Positioning, Messaging and Tone

Our goal here is to weave our team into your organization to understand who, what, and how it all works. Discovery, brand strategy and positioning gives our team a level overview of the company's current inner workings. During this phase, we set out to define the overall brand, vision, mission, positioning and messaging, in addition to client personas, competitive analysis, industry landscape, and brand strategy.

Assumptions

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(1) Azai Studios Strategy Workshop

(1) One creative brief

(1) One strategy deck

  • Competitor analysis (a look at immediate, mass and low tier competitors in the marketplace) and industry trends
  • Brand content audit
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Current client / customer interviews
  • Business Objective
  • Marketing Objective
  • Brand Challenge
  • Market Context
  • Brand Mission
  • Brand Slogan
  • Uniqueness
  • Industry Communication
  • Brand Communication Touchpoints
  • Brand Values
  • Target Audience Hypothetical Personas
  • Go-to-market & launch plan
  • Communication Activity Audit

Examples

Otto Hotels Brand Strategy →Gateway Partners Brand Strategy →Ivira Health Brand Strategy →

Phase 2 (Option A)

Visual Identity Design, Brand Application Design, Digital Guidelines, Branded Illustrations & Assets

We'll work together on building a brand identity and collateral that stands out in the marketplace. This phase aims to set the look and feel of the brand and how that rolls out across all digital, print, and experiential touchpoints. We want to create a brand system that can grow with the organization. Azai Studios builds out a fully custom digital brand guidelines which our clients can access at anytime.

Assumptions

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2.1 Visual Identity Design 

This essential step will help us set the direction for the visual identity, and allow you to collaborate with our process at a very early stage. The visual identity will be a complete refresh of the company's logo systems, typography guidelines, color palettes, brand patterns, visual principals, art direction, and any other brand element necessary to tell the company's visual story.

  • R1 - Three (3) separate brand direction showcasing illustrations, typography, logo directions, art direction, color palettes and other design elements to create the visual identity. These directions will showcase all different touch points, from digital to print. A visual concept of your brand's voice/tone and look/feel filtered through three different stylescapes.
  • R2 - Further exploration of chosen direction, and incorporation of feedback
  • R3 - Refinement and finalization of brand visual identity

2.2 Digital Brand Guidelines 

Azai Studios converts the visual design system into a practical usage guideline showcasing all aspects of the newly developed brand.    

 

  • One (1) personalized website with access to all brand assets
  • Overview
  • Logo
  • Product Branding
  • Principals Guides and Usage (brand grids)
  • Color Guides and Usage
  • Typography Guides and Usage
  • Photography Art Direction
  • Brand Illustrations
  • Product illustrations
  • Icons & infographics
  • Motion & Video Principals
  • Branded Asset Showcase

2.3 Brand collateral, print, and fabrication design

  • One (1) option for business cards, letterheads, notecards
  • One (1) option for package design if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for branded email templates if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for marketing flyer design if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for branded apparel and bags if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for email signatures if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for Facebook, Telegram, Discord, Instagram, Linkedin, Medium profile assets if applicable to project
  • Preparation of all files for production

2.4 Branded Assets

  • Up to (8) option for icons, or
  • Up to 5 illustrations, or
  • Up to 5 3D illustrations, or
  • Up to 3 Branded Animations


Examples

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Gateway Partners  →Latvia World Expo →Microsoft Truly Secure →Greenhouse →LOKI Seltzers →Villa Copenhagen →

Phase 2 (Option B)

Visual Identity Design, Brand Application Design, PDF Brand Guidelines

We'll work together on building a brand identity and collateral that stands out in the marketplace. This phase aims to set the look and feel of the brand and how that rolls out across all digital, print, and experiential touchpoints. We want to create a brand system that can grow with the organization. Azai Studios builds out a fully custom digital brand guidelines which our clients can access at anytime.

Assumptions

View Full Deliverables

2.1 Visual Identity Design 

This essential step will help us set the direction for the visual identity, and allow you to collaborate with our process at a very early stage. The visual identity will be a complete refresh of the company's logo systems, typography guidelines, color palettes, brand patterns, visual principals, art direction, and any other brand element necessary to tell the company's visual story.

  • R1 - Three (2) separate brand direction moodboards showcasing illustrations, typography, logo directions, art direction, color palettes and other design elements to create the visual identity. These directions will showcase all different touch points, from digital to print. A visual concept of your brand's voice/tone and look/feel filtered through three different stylescapes.
  • R2 - Further exploration of chosen direction, and incorporation of feedback
  • R3 - Refinement and finalization of brand visual identity

2.2 Simplified PDF Brand Guidelines 

Azai Studios converts the visual design system into a practical usage guideline showcasing all aspects of the newly developed brand.      

  • Overview
  • Logo
  • Principals Guides and Usage (brand grids)
  • Color Guides and Usage
  • Typography Guides and Usage
  • Photography Art Direction

2.3 Brand collateral, print, and fabrication design

  • One (1) option for business cards, letterheads, notecards
  • One (1) branded keynote template
  • One (1) option for package design if applicable to project
  • One (1) option for Facebook, Telegram, Discord, Instagram, Linkedin, Medium profile assets if applicable to project
  • Preparation of all files for production

Phase 3

UX, Content Strategy & UI Web Design

We will take the defined goals from our strategy and apply them to the a website to showcase brand's story, products, services and/or features. We will seamlessly integrate any data feeds, newsletter sign-ups, and api functionality with additional focus on UX best practices and SEO optimization. The website will be designed with future-proof additions in mind.

The new website will feature the new visual identity created in Phase 1.2. 

Assumptions

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Website Prototype & Designs

We will conduct a full website audit to suggest the best layout and website practices. Azai Studios will work alongside the client's team to ensure all pages are accounted for and organized in the most systematic way possible. Azai Studios may suggest new website flows to improve overall design and outcome based on best UX practices.

Stage 1 -- Website architecture & user flows
Stage 2 -- Website wireframes & Content Strategy for imagery, copy and video
Stage 3 -- Website hi-fidelity design incorporating all visual elements and copy. Hi-fi design are prototyped to showcase website's flow.

  • Design alignment exercise: review of competitor and relevant websites and discussions on UX patterns and aesthetics
  • Up to a maximum of 8 dynamic website pages
  • One (1) full website architecture presentation in Figma
  • One (1) full clickable website wireframe in Figma
  • One (1) full UI design Kit & Library in Figma
  • Fully designed hi-fi prototyped website with micro-interactions
  • Creative concept presentation featuring 2 options for Home and Product Detail Page; Client selects direction and provides feedback
  • Revise based on feedback and apply selected creative direction to all other pages present to Client and gather feedback; revise for up to 2 rounds and finalize all designs


Phase 4

Website Development

After we have full approvals on website designs, our team will begin coding the website and connecting it to the appropriate CMS Platform. Project estimates are based on Webflow, or Headless CMS + custom React (Web3 Friendly) based development.

Assumptions

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Full Website Development

The development phase will consist of building the website based off of the approved hi-fidelity design. and selected content. We will set up a testing environment to push changes and updates as they progress.

  • Code approved designs as custom theme
  • Set up custom fields where necessary for intuitive content management
  • Fully responsive website
  • QA Testing, Cross browser testing
  • CMS setup
  • SEO Checklists
  • Content Entry & Migration
  • Analytics connections & integrations
  • CMS training
  • Hosting & maintenance billed separately
  • Coordinate with Client to populate all content on the website including copy and images; provide training to Client so that Client can use Shopify to manage page content
  • QA testing: browser/device compatibility (see “Browser & OS Compatibility Testing), functionality, and performance
  • Pre-launch prep
  • Coordinate launch day activities (DNS settings)
  • Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, and ad pixel tracking
  • Search engine optimization and Google Search Console setup
  • Up to 2 weeks of post-launch support to fix any bugs or to provide additional training

À la carte services

For brands to fully come to life, the content needs to breathe and live within the new brand ethos. Everything from the brand imagery to the branded lifestyle videos needs to be strategically incorporated to visually tell a story that should drive customer desire. All organic assets are aimed to be used for website content, socials and advertising.

Full Marketing Campagins

Sometimes we step back in after launch. From major brand campaigns, to product and retail expansions, new verticals and more: we support growth through brand-defining moments.

Phases can include:
New Product Rollout
Retail Expansion
Campaigns
Onboarding
Hiring
Advisement

Ecom Photoshoots

ONE DAY SHOOT

Good for similar products and compositions. Typically yields up to 10 images.

Starts at $6,000
ONE DAY PLUS

*Recommended*Good for similar products with unique compositions. Typically yields up to 15 images.

Starts at $7,500
TWO DAY SHOOT

Good for unique products with unique compositions. Includes up to 25 images.

Starts at $11,000

Creative direction and planning
Image retouching
Fixed camera with lighting adjustments for product variations
Photographer/equipment 
Single environment: White/colored seamless or textured surface
Usage terms to follow in contract

Additional Fees
Location & Studio rental

Lifestyle Photoshoots

ONE DAY SHOOT

Good for similar products and compositions. Typically yields up to 10 images.

Starts at $7,500
ONE DAY PLUS

*Recommended *Good for similar products with unique compositions. Typically yields up to 15 images.

Starts at $9,500
TWO DAY SHOOT

Good for unique products with unique compositions. Includes up to 25 images.

Starts at $12,500

Creative direction and planning
Image retouching
Fixed camera with lighting adjustments for product variations
Photographer/equipment 
Location: + $ Additional studio rental time
Single environment: White/colored seamless or textured surface
Usage terms to follow in contract

Additional Fees
Location & Studio rental
Talent and model fees

Cinematography

ONE DAY SHOOT


Starts at $9,500
ONE DAY PLUS


Starts at $15,500
TWO DAY SHOOT



Starts at $22,500

Full cost breakdown provided after concept
+ Location & Studio rental
+ Talent and model fees

3D Animations & Renderings

3D Brand Animations

Branded animations add a new layer of interactiveness to a brand. Cost breakdown is per second of animation.

Starts at $550/second at 15 second minimum

Pricing and scope estimate upon initial discovery call

Work examples

Synapse DeFi

Brand Re-Design, Web Design, Web Development

Synapse is a decentralized banking as a service platform enabling companies to launch feature complete deposit, credit and crypto products in weeks. Whether you're launching a fintech or embedding financial products, Synapse can accelerate your path to innovation and growth. As Synapse was attempting to raise their Series B, we lead the company's new brand identity and website design. Post launch, Synapse successfully raised $33M from Andreessen Horowitz.

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LYNK

Brand Re-Design, Web Design, Web Development

We partnered with LYNK to create a new category in which Lynk will be the platform that builds and amplifies the impact of the world’s knowledge. We then sharpened strategic focus and narrative needed to make the shift, including a powerful purpose-driven brand platform and identity. A bold purpose - to amplify the impact of the world’s knowledge - made possible by a new brand promise - Intelligently Connected. We then developed detailed brand guidelines and a new marketing website.

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Energetech, an energy trading platform

Brand Re-Design, Web Design, Web Development


The team is happy to kick off 2022 by sharing our work for Energetech. The firm uses science, technology, and automation to build a platform that continually challenges traditional energy trading practices – to forecast opportunities and create robust strategies that create value and mitigate risk. Nominated as the UAE's most promising B2B startup, we worked alongside the cofounders on developing the company's new brand identity and digital. If you're at the Dubai World Expo, make sure you check out their booth!

Visit Platform


Unmute video for a full expereince

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Svea Solar

Brand Strategy, Identity Design, Website Design

The current visual language of sustainability and green energy is built on clichés. Sweden's biggest solar energy company - SVEASolar wanted to position away from this, giving us an opportunity to fully rebrand SVEA and provide a new strategic angle - PowerShift. Agencies partnered to developed a distinct visual system playing with the notion of ‘power’. This allowed them to create a suite of visual assets that are fresh, bright and forward thinking. Combining the bright electric visual style with the bold product imagery allowed SVEA Solar to sit strategically between creativity and technology. The creative was rolled out across all channels, including the digital platform, brand platform, copywriting, the app and product imagery.

Visit Web App

Truly Secure | Microsoft Partner

Strategy, Branding,  Web Design, Content, OOH ads, Print Design

Truly Secure is a full-service technology company empowering clients with intelligent cloud, IT, and cybersecurity solutions. As a new entrant in the space, they have the unique opportunity to revitalize a traditional industry, and invited Azai Studios to create their young, yet tech-centered visual identity.

Visit Website

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Gateway Partners

Strategy, Branding,  Web Design, Content, OOH ads, Print Design


Gateway Partners is an emerging markets fund manager investing responsibly in South and Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa. As Gateway was preparing to raise their biggest fund to date, Azai Studios was engaged to lead the firm's full rebrand with a goal of reintroducing the company as an industry leader in the space.

Private-equity-branding

Greater than a logomark

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restaurant-branding-nyc
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Core Team


We're small, and we're proud.

Each team member comes from a creative background, so we've seen many pain-points from client-side to agency-side.

Being  small lets us keep the focus on the work itself, and away from the mundane. It allows us to be less bureaucratic, which enables out-of-the-box thinking.

Harji Singh
Creative Director
William Mobayed
Partnerships
Poli Gordovich
Accounts & Strategy
Savannah West
Designer
Japna Kaur
Brand Strategy
Andrew Blec
Technology Lead
Andrew Parker
Content Production Lead
Joseph Simon
Events Lead
+ Our trusted network
of industry leading freelance specialists

About us

Launched in 2015, Azai Studios works with people and businesses to help them in the creation or evolution of their brand experience. We at Azai Studios apply creative and technical thought to deliver effective, sustainable, and inspiring design solutions at scale.

Now as a global agency with team members in New York City, Dubai, and Riga, we seek out diverse opportunities that celebrate cultural diversity and expression. Our reach across continents allows us to work in different time zones, and to collaborate with talent from around the world, all to provide our clients with top quality work. We could continue on in agency jargon but we figured we’d get to the important stuff…

Why us?

We're a small agency, and we're proud of that.

It's not always about the numbers, and we’re only as good as our last project. It lets us to say no to the projects that don't fit our ethos and allows us to be more transparent - because we can.

That's not a thing many agencies brag about, but we love it. We are a tight-knit team. All of us come from larger agency backgrounds, so we’ve seen may pain-points from client-side to agency-side.

We learned that when you work with big agencies, a lot of the time there are things that get in the way of simply doing the best work. Being the small lets us keep the focus on the work itself, and away from the mundane. It lets us be less bureaucratic, which enables out-of-the-box thinking.



Being small lets our clients work directly with our account executives and creative directors.

Being agile lets us be as lean as our clients, stay fast, always adapt, always be there and on top of things. Startup ethos, enterprise results.

Being global allows us to leverage our network of professionals to ensure every project is a home run hit.

Client References

Next Steps ...

Azai Studios will draft a proposal based on the list of required services and send it to the Client main contact person.

Azai Studios works on drafting a full Master Service Agreement and Statement Of Work and sends to client for signature along with 1st invoice.

Project Kickoff meeting.