Find your brand story

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We are a creative agency in Bristol

If your brand was a movie, would you want to watch it?

A brand without a storyline is like a movie without a plot. No matter how high the production values, the audience will remain unengaged, and the film will flop. But a consistent, bold, emotional story told well has the highest chance of finding a loyal audience – and Hide the Shark is here to make sure that yours is a blockbuster.

Many creative studios call themselves storytellers, but we’re the only one founded by an acclaimed scriptwriter. Using Toby Farrow’s rich background in the cultural sector, Hide the Shark bridges the gap between professional scriptwriting and proven brand development.

We use classical storytelling techniques to create modern marketing solutions that help ambitious organisations and individuals push their message into new and exciting places.

Through powerful creativity, design industry know how, and razor sharp production management, we’ll help you to action change effectively, hit your marketing targets, and give your brand ‘top billing’ in the marketplace.

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The power beneath the surface

We work closely with clients to turn their aims, ethos and purpose into dynamic stories that reach the widest possible audience.

All of our projects hide the complexity beneath the surface, resulting in simple, strong messaging, impactful design, and compelling brand experiences that help to take ambitious organisations to a new level.

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How we do it A three part approach that builds towards success
No. 1 Developing your brand story

Make the big decisions before you take the big step

Brand story development, positioning and marketing strategy

Put the back-story back into your business

All organisations have the potential to tell a powerful story, they just need help finding it.

Through staff consultations, empirical research and branding workshops we’ll help define your character, create your brand narrative and articulate your purpose, proposition, and personality. From there we’ll put a value-led strategic plan in place to ensure your brand identity development phase is actioned effectively.

  • Competitive Audit
  • Strategic planning
  • Creative Direction
  • Brand Story Development
  • Purpose & Personality
  • Value and Product Proposition
  • Market targets and goals
  • Mission statement

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Brand Consultancy Workshops & Training Brand Strategy workshops

Putting creativity into your business will unlock ambition and help teams collaborate, create and innovate.

Toby and his team favour a collaborative approach that uses practical drama exercises and classical storytelling techniques to build confidence, have fun and empower organisations to embrace change.

  • Creativity Workshops
  • Brand Storytelling
  • Strategic Direction
  • Presentation Preparation
No. 2 Creating your brand identity

Branding with Bite

Branding and rebranding

Bringing your brand to life through beautiful print and digital design

Now that your brand story and strategy are clear, we can focus on the pretty stuff.

Our acclaimed print and digital design know-how will provide you with brand collateral to feel proud about and with a unique voice and guidelines in place, you are now all set to action your marketing plans with confidence.

  • Brand architecture
  • Brand voice
  • Visual identity
  • Tone of Voice
  • Guidelines
  • Print and Digital Collateral

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Internal Onboarding Helping your organisation live the brand

Before the wider world discovers your new brand, we need to make sure that your people feel ownership of it.

Positive talk about the new direction will influence the way your customers think about you – so let’s make sure that everyone is excited and engaged about the new direction.

  • Brand discovery workshops
  • Brand launch events
  • Presentation workshops
  • Public speaking training
  • Launch collateral
  • Documentation

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No. 3 Delivering your new brand

Big ideas, sharply executed

Creative Content and Campaigns

Story-led creative marketing content to build your brand

Drawing on our prestigious story-telling history, we’ll unify your visual and verbal messaging with emotionally driven content designed to work seamlessly across all platforms to capture your audience’s attention.

  • Creative direction
  • Campaign conception
  • Campaign Content production
  • Copy Writing
  • Campaign collateral
  • Print and Digital Design

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Creative commercial photography Marketing-friendly shots that will raise you above the competition

Tailored, natural promotional photography will harmonise your creative collateral, illuminate your brand story, and engage your audience.

  • Documentary-style photography
  • Campaign photography
  • Creative portraiture
  • Video production

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Web design

Complex web design and development made simple

Precise, logical, intuitive and visually striking web design puts the user journey first.

Through a structured approach, we’ll push your key messaging to the surface, help you tell the best story possible, and provide an engaging showcase of your best work.

  • UX / UI
  • CMS Integration
  • Web design
  • E-Commerce
  • Web development
  • SEO Optimisation</li

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Inbound Digital Marketing, SEO Optimisation, PPC Campaigns

Digital marketing campaigns to have customers beating a path to your door

Want to get to the top of Google? Hit a particular target market? Maximise the return on your inbound marketing spend?

Congratulations. Now that you’ve developed your brand in the right way, you’ve cleared the path to enjoy massive ROIs on your digital marketing strategy.

  • SEO Optimised Web Copywriting
  • Inbound marketing strategy
  • Effective PPC campaigns
  • Bespoke Landing pages
Hear what our clients have to say...

We have a whole host of happy clients who would love to tell you about their experiences with us.

  • “ Hide the Shark’s talented team has made our rebrand project such a positive experience. They delivered so many elements to a tight deadline, captured the essence of our brand philosophy beautifully and brought Old Mill to life with their unique style of storytelling. The result is a bold, modern and engaging brand that sets us apart. ”
    Kim Barnard Group Marketing Manager. Old Mill
  • “ We commissioned Hide the Shark to develop a proposition and subsequent brand identity for a new supporter programme. The agency were great to work with, responded well to a changing brief and came up with a really creative concept. ”
    Soil Association
  • “ I engaged Hide the Shark to create the branding and design collateral for three of my clients. The briefs were very demanding, however each of my clients were blown away by the work that the agency produced. Hide the Shark have the ability to fully understand what is required and deliver what is becoming increasingly rare…The elusive ‘WOW’ factor. ”
    Steve Shergold Director. TTA Communications
  • “ We are thrilled with the branding concept Hide the Shark developed for our classical season. It’s fresh, creative, bold and enticing. As a response to our brief it is close to perfect, resulting in the most successful classical season ever for the hall. ”
    Sarah Robertson - Colston Hall
    Sarah Robertson Communications and Special Projects Director. Colston Hall
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We appreciate you spending the time exploring and learning about us. We strive to produce compelling work that makes an impact. If this sounds like an ethos your company shares then we would love to hear from you. Drop us a line or come and visit when you’re next in town.

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