Dos Primos Tequila

Founded by renowned country music artist Thomas Rhett and his cousin Jeff Worn, Dos Primos Tequila is a fine sippin’ blanco made for sharing with those who know you best.

Thomas and Jeff wanted a tequila brand that married Mexican tradition, southern sensibility, familial bonds and a love for the outdoors. So, we created a brand persona that gave spirits like bourbon and Tennessee whiskey a run for its money — a pure tequila perfect for passing around the campfire.

RANKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Ranken Technical College, offering a robust vocational education across various trades, is so much more than textbooks, lecture halls and general education. It’s a lab, a training facility and a workshop designed to get students to work.  Like most technical colleges, Ranken is perceived by some as being an inferior educational route compared to a traditional four-year university. While they wanted to overcome that perception, UPBrand decided to dig into that hands-on training that separates Ranken from traditional educational routes. 

Exotico Tequila

Exotico is an award-winning, 100% blue agave tequila—a fun, social brand that brings excitement and mystery to any situation and raises expectations of what tequila should be. With limited distribution, it struggles with awareness in a saturated market.

EXOTICO MISTICO FILM CONTEST

As a growing brand, Exotico Tequila’s goal is to create opportunities for meaningful fan engagement ­— beyond traditional likes, comments and tags — in the social space. And, as a tequila that wants to own the spooky season, we developed an edge-of-your-seat experience for our thrill-seekers: a scary film contest that brings original short stories to life on the silver screen. Each year, we put our twisted minds together and invent new ways to pit these terrifying tales against each other in a battle to the death. The results? More views, more engagement and more sleepless nights. Every. Single. Time.

El Mayor Tequila

El Mayor is a handcrafted tequila grown in the highlands of Jalisco and aged using processes perfected by four generations of González family distillers. Time and again, El Mayor has earned its place as a premium tequila through awards, accolades and innovation. But with dated branding and a new expression launch on the horizon, El Mayor needed a sophisticated digital facelift to stand out in the extraordinarily crowded tequila market.

IMC OUTDOOR LIVING

IMC Outdoor Living, North America’s leading producer of recycled rubber landscaping products, challenged UPBrand to raise awareness and drive purchase of its rubber mulch products at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Since IMC had already cornered the recycled rubber mulch market with a handful of retailer-specific brands, our main task was to convert wood mulch users with a category sell.

First, we needed to establish a messaging platform for the category that touted the primary benefits of rubber nugget mulch and would encourage wood mulch users to switch. We validated this positioning with a national online survey and used the platform to develop our creative strategy – what wood mulch users care most about and what could allay their barriers to switching.

During our research, we also identified the top four digital platforms where mulch users and landscape enthusiasts spent their time. By identifying specific psychographic profiles, we were able to deliver the right message, to the right consumer, at the right time.

Vita Frute

Same name. Completely different product. Luxco approached us wanting to keep the name they’d trademarked for a discontinued product and resurrect it for a new vodka soda. And, with many seltzers hitting the market, we needed to rise above the rest to launch this new ready-to-drink.

RISE UP FOR HEROES

In the midst of the COVID crisis, UPBrand leaned into a desire to thank essential workers. Joining with members of sister companies within Nitrous Effect, we inspired The St. Louis Blues and Cardinals to publicly spearhead the initiative. We facilitated the planning task force, including leaders of our sports teams and several civic decision makers.

UPBrand was privileged to develop the name, identity and all brand assets for Rise Up For Heroes, including content support of a televised fundraiser for the COVID fund.

Not only did we lift spirits, we raised significant relief donations.

KLOGS Footwear

What’s a Klog? Klogs Footwear makes exceptionally comfortable shoes, especially for people who are on their feet all day. Contoured and slip-resistant, Klogs offers a safe and comfortable way to get through the most demanding days.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is a cultural cornerstone of our local community, but its renown goes global with over 26 world premieres and 27 American premieres debuting right here in St. Louis. OTSL is not only dedicated to putting on world-class performances, but also to championing more diversity, approachability and fun in the traditionally stuffy world of opera.

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