Business founders usually see their companies as, well, a business. It is notoriously difficult for someone with such responsibility and background to think of it as a “brand”, let alone distill its DNA into a handful of words. Embarking on a branding exercise without a clear direction a fool’s errand.
So we started by conducting two brand therapy sessions with Toro’s founder and senior team from which a strategy emerged: the design would have to embody Toro’s Sophisticated Tenacity and communicate Empowerment as delivered by a solid network.
We think a most elegant solution was reached, one with multiple lectures.
Take a look: how many you can find? (full list at bottom of this page*)
*multiple meanings behind Toro Advisors branding:
Small firms can find it hard to match the energy, world class talent and diversity that make larger companies so competitive. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Start a business with less than 10 employees and you’ll soon discover how quickly your co-workers can seem dull. No matter how much you like them, walking into a small office with just the 6 of you feels as eerily quiet as church on a Tuesday morning.
Smallness can eventually work against you, as talent migrates out to rival firms with a mailroom bigger than your entire office and opportunities pass you by because you lack the scale and diversity needed to solve complex problems.
Realizing that we were not the only consultancy facing this challenge, we launched Kongo: our opportunity to surround ourselves with some of the brightest independent professionals and start-ups in the media and creative industries.
We opened over 5,000 square feet of beautifully designed loft-space to a small group of world-class designers, researchers, writers, producers, motion graphics experts, innovators and foreign correspondents. Some of our colleagues include FireFish USA (research), Positron (experiential design engineers), A Different Engine (UX design), Messaging Lab (biotech), QuesttoNo (product design), SmartAssDesign and Machine (innovation and design)
Based in Dumbo, the heart of New York’s most vibrant start-up community, we now collectively enjoy the resources of larger Madison Avenue agencies, with none of the politics.