following are just some of BrandME Marketing’s client partners,
past and current. Contact Us
for specific account or project references as well as detailed
client contact information.
Feel free to visit client partner websites for more background
via the logo links provided. BrandME only works with ME-based
small businesses or non-profits on either a short-term project
basis or a longer-term retainer structure. We do have a non-profit
rate and also regularly review pro bono, trade, equity share,
and other creative partnering opportunities in the marketplace.
We like underdogs! We are ready to help!
Please Note: We purposely have excluded any creative samples or
show-and-tell from our website. In short, we believe assessing
the fit of a relationship is far more important at this stage
than showing off a bunch of creative via a host of BrandME strategic
partners you might hate or love. We would be happy to share a
ton of client work samples with you at an appropriate time. Better
understanding your needs so we can then match the right samples
and resource partners to you is paramount. To see some work, let's
have a meeting!
you would like to learn more about being a BrandME client partner,
please take our Free Brand Survey
or e-mail BrandME founder and director, Don
Russell today! Thanks.
Haven's Candies & Chocolate Logos
Marketing loves chocolates, Haven's Candies chocolates that is,
especially the luscious Maine Blueberry Creams! BrandME has proudly
acted as Haven's Candies out-source part time marketing director
for years. We help manage marketing, research, advertising, web,
e-mail, cross partner promotion, public relations, and other actions.
Collaboratively, we have enjoyed many successes and challenges.
Being a small Maine business is no easy thing. Being a successful
small Maine business is even tougher. Haven's Candies is one of
Maine's cherished and most successful small business brands, since
1915. Our shared commitment with all BrandME clients is to drive
optimal value and maximum results.
think full service and more expensive ad agencies are a good fit
for many businesses, there is a lot to like about them. But as
an owner of a three-store legacy Maine candy company, and a member
of the Maine Merchants Board, I think my business is one of many,
many Maine businesses that make perfect sense for a support partner
like BrandME Marketing. The consultancy model and its clear advantages
are a much better fit for my business than the agency approach,
doing it alone, or hiring an internal staff member. In Don Russell
and his associates I have a trusted adviser, implementer, idea-generator,
value-adder, brand manager, results-driver, cheerleader, and friend.
That's a lot of people, so I definitely get my money's worth!"
- Andy Charles, Haven’s Candies
POINT LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE
lesser known, nearby 'sister' lighthouse to the great Portland
Head Light, Spring Point Ledge Light was in need of some public
relations support as well as greater attendance at their Open
House tour events through out the summer. Through a multi-pronged
guerilla marketing approach, on a shoestring budget, BrandME Marketing
helped SPLL Trust achieve significant new and sustained media
play, while dramatically increasing their attendance rates. Even
more importantly, BrandME began the process of a self-funding
marketing strategy that will help the organization in many ways
years to come.
Don said, when you are America's only publicly accessible and
tour-able caisson lighthouse, with breath-taking views of Casco
Bay, and a rich history...we got a good story to tell! Our overall
awareness and Open House attendance has increased - and I especially
like the cost efficient ideas and goals of helping the Trust find
new ways to fund raise through innovative donor sponsorships."
- William Berman, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Trust
Portland Mattress Makers
Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England
Age Management Center
World Gym Portland
Rivers generated nearly $50,000 in new revenue through a BrandME
supported e-mail marketing campaign. Internal tracking has isolated
that promotional partnerships, developed by BrandME, with nationally
known beer brands and restaurant chains have increased Three Rivers
brand awareness regionally and directed new customer acquisitions.
A most recent Mall marketing trial program administered by BrandME
was a major success at a high net return due to a well negotiated
low cost of entry and other added benefits tied to direct marketing,
POS, and trade/event promotion.
Russell is one of the best street or guerilla marketers I have
ever met, and I have met a lot. His creativity, his passion, his
flexibility for his clients is legendary. BrandME continues to
help us fight the good fight in a highly competitive space with
consistent results. I’m glad they are in my fox hole!”
- Joe Christopher, Three Rivers
retained relationship with Pine Tree Networks has been a unique
and mutually beneficial partnership. Unlike most BrandME clients,
Pine Tree Networks has a highly qualified, full-time marketing
director and staff in house. Thusly, BrandME’s role is focused
in the area of marketing consult, copywriting, customer and market
research, creative consult, some vendor coordination, and promotional
partnerships. BrandME recently assisted on a holiday DSL offer
campaign that was the most successful in the company’s history
to date. BrandME’s role in coordinating and then leveraging
customer after care surveying has proven helpful in increasing
customer satisfaction as well as buyer interest in bundled products
and other services.
you are a Maine based small business or organization that has
marketing challenges and needs marketing support, whether it’s
soup to nuts because you have no internal resource, or very select
needs like us to augment existing staff time and talents, I strongly
recommend you explore a possible fit with Don Russell and his
- Trevor Jones, Pine Tree Networks
WATERFRONT MARKET ASSOCIATION
Russell was President of the Waterfront Market Association in
South Portland, an important and diverse non-profit organization,
representing the interests and concerns of well over 150 businesses
and organizations on the South Portland peninsula. Don is an active
part and visionary leader of a growing and revitalized downtown
economy that includes the mixed use vibrancy and developing potential
of areas like Mill Creek, Legion Square and Knightville.
can’t think of a better, more energetic, and qualified person
for this important business organization as we help usher in a
brighter future for downtown South Portland. I also wouldn’t
be the least surprised if you looked up the word ‘communicator’
or ‘advisor’ in Webster’s Dictionary, and you’d
simply find Don’s picture alongside with no definition needed.”
- John Ely, Ely and Associates, WMA Member
Bay Brewing was positioned as a lead sponsor in a charitable event
that was instrumental in the brewer’s ability to capture
a new, strategic account in downtown Portland. Providing non-traditional
approaches to clients that lead directly to meaningful results
is a big part of what BrandME does.
feel as if BrandME is a strong advocate of ours, looking out for
our best interests regardless of the net return for them. They
showed such in their direct involvement in our acquiring a key
account and featured position at a high-volume Freeport eatery,
and then again in Portland at an important club venue for us.
Simply, they gave a damn, which means a lot to any small business.”
- Bryan Smith, Casco Bay Brewing
(RUTH’S REUSEABLE RESOURCES)
R's turned to BrandME to help support some vital PR and awareness
needs in the market. As one of Maine's most cherished nonprofits,
the organization had gotten little sizzle to match their substance
-- freely donating millions of dollars in valuable supplies to
schools and teachers through out Maine, while saving tons of unwanted
corporate trash from the dump --. Their two-edged mission of corporate
waste recycling and needed school supply donations deserved a
greater voice. BrandME was able to help secure multiple media
hits, including major features on TV and in dailies. General brand
awareness and donations increased. Ruth's moved into a new facility
and is better poised for a bright future. The story was there
all along, we just helped move it down the track and help shine
some light on a Maine treasure.
on his own, partly through his and our relationship with Haven's
Candies, Don and his team took us on as a pro bono account and
helped from day one. His communications advice, support referrals,
friendship, and even recruiting other pro bono partners to work
on issues for us, has been welcome and appreciated."
- Ruth Libby, Ruth’s Reusable Resources
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Additional resource partner references and their contact information
is also available. BrandME also welcomes any
requests you have for client work samples, creative examples,
or more client case study information.