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Our Business Model - Creative Services & Licensing

In the ever-evolving landscape of design and creative services, finding a niche that not only sets you apart but also sustains your business is a challenge. For our small design company that specializes in brand mascot design, this niche has not only defined our identity but also opened doors to new possibilities. In this post I'll delve into our unique business model that revolves around brand mascot design while also touching on traditional graphic design services. Additionally, I'll shed light on how we're diversifying our revenue streams by building and leveraging our own set of cartoon characters, turning them into valuable intellectual property.

The Power of Niche: Brand Mascot Design

The cornerstone of our business model lies in our focus on brand mascot design. In a world inundated with logos and branding materials, mascots provide a fresh and memorable approach to representing a brand. Here's why we believe this niche is our key to success:

  • Differentiation: Specializing in brand mascots allows us to stand out in a crowded market. While others offer generic branding solutions, we offer a unique and engaging way for brands to connect with their audience.

  • Emotional Connection: Mascots have the ability to create strong emotional connections with consumers. They embody the brand's personality and values, making it easier for customers to relate and engage with the brand.

  • Versatility: Brand mascots can be used across various marketing channels, from packaging and advertisements to social media and events. This versatility ensures a consistent brand image.

PGA golf mascot design
Brand mascot design for PGA champion Cindy Reid Global Golf Academy. We designed the mascot, poses, animated stickers, and merchandise, and Cindy couldn't be happier, coming back to us time and time again.

Complementary Services: Branding & Graphic Design

While brand mascot design is our niche, we understand the importance of offering a comprehensive suite of services to meet our clients' needs. That's where traditional graphic design comes in:

  • Branding: We provide clients with complete branding packages, including logos, color schemes, typography, icons, web and app layouts, and entire brand books and Visual Identity systems.

  • Print and Digital Collateral: Our team excels in designing brochures, flyers, banners, and digital assets that maintain brand consistency, ensuring a cohesive brand image across all touchpoints.

  • Illustration: Primarily being brand mascot specialists, of course we're good at illustration. So we often take on illustration projects and even animations, such as animated emojis and promotional videos

Brand book design - VI solutions
One page from the SitSolve branding guidelines book - an app that uses A.I. to help people make no-fuss seating plans for events such as weddings and corporate parties. An entire branding solution from logo to a unique illustrative style for icons and social media posts

The Evolution of Our Business: Creating & licensing Our Own I.P.

As our design company thrived, I couldn't help but explore new avenues for growth and passive income. It made sense to have our own brand mascot, and this led to the development of our own set of characters and a world for them to live in. Here's how this exciting addition to our business model is shaping our future:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) Creation: Owning a set of unique characters is a valuable asset. These characters have the potential to generate income through licensing, merchandise sales, and collaborations.

  • Diversifying Revenue Streams: While creative services pay the bills, our characters open up new revenue streams. Licensing agreements with other businesses and merchandising can create passive income.

  • Cross-Promotion: Our characters can be integrated into our design services, allowing us to offer clients unique branding options that include our own IP.

  • Brand Synergy: Our characters enhance our brand's identity and allow us to showcase our creativity and storytelling skills, reinforcing our position as a leader in mascot design.

floob characters in a shopping mall
Licensing: our characters decorating a central mall in Shanghai

Challenges and Rewards

Building a business model that combines a niche focus with diversification is not without its challenges. Here are some of the hurdles we've faced and the rewards we've reaped:

  • Balancing Act: Juggling creative services and IP development can be challenging. Finding the right balance is crucial to ensure that neither aspect suffers.

  • Marketing: Promoting our own cartoon characters requires a different approach from marketing our design services. We've had to develop new strategies and channels to reach our target audience.

  • Patience and Investment: Developing a valuable IP takes time and investment. It's important to be patient and continue nurturing the characters and their storylines.

  • Satisfaction: The rewards of owning our IP and seeing it grow are immensely satisfying. The potential for long-term passive income and the freedom to create and explore new creative avenues make it all worthwhile.

In the world of design and creative services, finding your niche is essential for long-term success. For our small design company, specializing in brand mascot design has not only set us apart but has also provided us with a strong foundation. Additionally, our venture into creating and leveraging our own characters is shaping our future, offering us new revenue streams and the potential for passive income.

As we continue to refine our business model, we embrace the challenges and rewards it brings. Balancing our creative services with the development of our own intellectual property is a journey of innovation and exploration, and we're excited about what the future holds. Our story is a testament to the power of creativity, niche specialization, and the endless possibilities that lie in the world of design.

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