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.

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

5IMC 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.

TRUE

TRUE has been making high-quality fitness equipment for homes and gyms since 1981. They’re dedicated to building innovative products and features that push the limits of traditional cardio and strength equipment, always with their customers’ needs at the center.

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.

Virgin Hotels

Virgin is an iconic brand with flashy origins and a charismatic leader. As a champion for consumers everywhere, Virgin is in the business of disrupting industries and breathing new life into them.

Next up? The hotel business. With a master brand already established, UPBrand was selected from a competitive group to lead the employee branding effort.

Everclear

High-proof, neutral and odorless, Everclear is an immensely versatile spirit with a lot of brand baggage. In the wake of the pandemic and the hand sanitizer shortage, Everclear saw a huge spike in sales for nontraditional homemade uses. To shed its notoriety and maintain the momentum the pandemic started, we shifted the strategy for this product from mixologist’s tool to DIY must-have.

RGAX

RGA is an internationally recognized and traded reinsurance company. RGAX is its “transformation engine,” going beyond traditional R&D to explore the future of life insurance, considering variables and developing new strategies and products to stay ahead of an ever-changing landscape. And they asked UPBrand to help them communicate those goals to the world.

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