Energy Industry Brand Identity Development
— Jemena (Ovida) —
Mind Methods was selected as the brand agency to lead the brand development and naming project for a sub-brand owned by established energy company, Jemena with a mandate to create a completely new brand identity.
Jemena is a large established company within the energy industry. They own and operate a diverse portfolio of energy and water transportation assets across the east coast of Australia, with more than $10.5 billion worth of major utility infrastructure.
Jemena were seeking to launch a new product offering under a separate sub-brand that required its own complete brand strategy and brand identity. With this decision came the need to develop a unique brand name for the sub-brand.
Seeking external support to help develop this new brand, Jemena eventually selected Mind Methods as their brand agency to lead their Brand Development project.
Briefing & Information Gathering
Mind Methods conducted an intensive briefing process gathering information from a range of internal and external sources staying true to our thorough brand development process.
A number of in-depth interviews were conducted with key stakeholders across the business to determine Jemena’s existing brand equity and how this would mpact on the new brand.
This was an essential component of the briefing process, as it ensured engagement and ownership of the new brand from all key stakeholders to ensure the right brand positioning was achieved.
All available materials were reviewed via conducting a brand audit, taking into consideration a range of factors including business structure and objectives, target markets, competitors, products and services, the market and ideas about the future such as mission, vision and values.
Brand Name Development
Coming up with a new brand name is truly exciting , yet challenging at the same time (see our article on naming your brand). Being a stand alone brand from the parent company, it was essential to revisit the new brand’s positioning and the overall criteria for the name required. Here we conducted a range of workshops and meetings, as we set off to start brainstorming solutions and coming up with large bank of initial naming ideas.
This process was fun, but intensive too, as we explored a huge range of naming ideas and concepts (some of which were actually fruitful). In the end, the best naming ideas were selected and further brainstormed with the client, narrowing down to a final shortlist that was then legally screened and contextually tested.
Ovida is born
A final group of names were presented to the client and once thoroughly reviewed, the favourite selection was the name ‘Ovida’.
This name originated from the concept of the “Next” stage of development within the energy industry and the need for new innovation when it comes to “New Energy”. This lead us to the notion of Metamorphosis and a unique Latin narrative poem called “Metamorphoses” by the Roman poet Ovid.
It was from this concept that the name Ovida was born.
Logo & Tag Line Development
Once a name was selected, we moved on with the next critical part of the process, which was to come up with a solid tag line and to develop a logo that would encapsulate all of the workings behind the brand.
A strong set of tag lines were developed that allowed us to further communicate the brand message and these were presented and workshopped internally at Jemena. The final tagline selected was “it’s time to make energy easy”, getting unanimous support as a simple message that was straight to the point. A number of other tag lines developed were well received and may be used in future for campaigns, promotions or the core brand itself.
Next we worked on developing a logo for Ovida that would encapsulate all of the important inputs of the brand development process.
A range of logo ideas were explored including word marks, letterforms, emblems and symbols. Once again, our favourite group of concepts were presented to the client and a final version was chosen. Within this process, we also provided a selection of colour schemes that we thought would suit the brand.
Following a comprehensive briefing process with detailed outcomes, and now armed with a unique name, tagline, logo and colour scheme, the final brand development could take place to bring it all together. (Read our article on the Brand Evolution Process here)
Here the brand essence, attributes, tone, voice, positioning and core values were all brought together to create the brand. This was all formally documented by way of detailed brand reporting and eventually, a formalised set of brand guidelines that would support the brand's integrity into the future.
Mind Methods Agency also began rolling out the new branding through providing assets for a range of brand communication launch materials including initial digital landing pages, website design, business collateral design, digital energy proposal documents and print collateral.
In the end, we were incredibly pleased with the outcomes of this brand development, but most importantly, the client and all stakeholders were equally impressed and satisfied that it is “their brand” which reflects their mission and represents who they are, what they do and what they stand for.
From the development of their name and tag lines, to the design of their logo, colour schemes and branded assets, it was essential for Mind Methods Agency to stay true to the values, objectives and overall positioning of this business and new brand. The feedback from the team at Jemena was that this was effectively achieved, which is a very important metric for us here.
The Ovida business is now set up with a robust new brand that can be managed and controlled both internally and externally through their formalised brand guidelines.