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Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | Brand Alignment and Development
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Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | How a rebrand helps transform a mission in preservation

As its 75th Anniversary approached, Hoyt Arboretum wanted to update its ‘70s era branding so that it could tell its better tell its story and galvanize needed support to remain viable for future generations. Learn how Donatelli helped Hoyt Arboretum’s brand grow with the times.

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  1. 1. 1 Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | Brand Alignment and Development D O N A T E L L I | I N T E G R A T E D B R A N D C O M M U N I C A T I O N S | P O R T L A N D | O R E G O N | 5 0 3 . 3 1 8 . 7 7 4 8 | S T E V E D O N A T E L L I . C O M | How a rebrand helps transform a mission in preservation
  2. 2. 2 Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | Brand Alignment and Development D O N A T E L L I | I N T E G R A T E D B R A N D C O M M U N I C A T I O N S | P O R T L A N D | O R E G O N | 5 0 3 . 3 1 8 . 7 7 4 8 | S T E V E D O N A T E L L I . C O M | The “ecocontinuum” symbol communicates Hoyt Arboretum’s enduring stewardship of a diverse collection of trees from all corners of the globe. Four unique, interwoven leaves revolve around a transparent sphere, representing the symbiotic relationship that humans have with Earth’s many species of Client Hoyt Arboretum Initiative Brand Alignment and Development Sector Life Sciences Focus Researchers, Educators and Recreational Enthusiasts Market Arboreta How a rebrand helps transform a mission in preservation B E F O R E A F T E R Challenge Situated only minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, Hoyt Arboretum sprawls across 185 acres, with 21 trails covering 12 miles, and world-class collection of trees and plants. As it approached the 75th Anniversary of its first tree planting, Hoyt Arboretum wanted to update its ‘70s era branding so that it could tell its story more effectively and galvanize the support it needed to preserve its “living museum” for future generations. Hoyt Arboretum Friends asked Donatelli+Associates to create a new logo for the organization, as well as standardized templates it could use to communicate with more consistency across its various marketing and educational materials, including seasonal brochures, trail maps and public signage. Solution Through a discovery process that included interviews with a broad array of Arboretum supporters and stakeholders, Donatelli identified deeper branding issues. Although it was well known and much loved as a place to run, hike and picnic, there was limited awareness of the Arboretum’s value to conservation, research and education. Based on these findings Donatelli recommended that the Arboretum not only refresh and update the visual presentation of its brand identity, but also refocus awareness and attention on its core mission and values. Donatelli developed a comprehensive strategy deciduous and evergreen trees.The leaves naturally form a circle and point inward to embrace the Earth, signifying a sense of renewal and community, as well as a clear commitment to scientific research and species preservation.
  3. 3. 3 Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | Brand Alignment and Development D O N A T E L L I | I N T E G R A T E D B R A N D C O M M U N I C A T I O N S | P O R T L A N D | O R E G O N | 5 0 3 . 3 1 8 . 7 7 4 8 | S T E V E D O N A T E L L I . C O M | Right: Donatelli created the 75th anniversary mark, providing a system for literature and signage as well as trail maps, directional markers and landmark signs. to rethink and redesign every aspect of the Hoyt Arboretum brand experience to encourage a higher frequency of impressions through focused identity and messaging. Donatelli also provided guidance on the tactical steps needed for a successful brand launch. Before beginning design, Donatelli created an in-depth identity platform that clearly articulated the organization’s vision, mission, key messages, personality and brand promise. Unified messaging helped to establish the Arboretum’s position as a leader in conserving vital plant biodiversity, while building on the experiences that visitors know and desire. The identity platform also informed and supported the creative work that followed, including a distinctive new logo and tagline, typography and color palette, as well as business and marketing communication materials. To ensure consistent implementation and ongoing maintenance, Donatelli provided Brand Identity Guidelines, along with design templates. Results The outcome of the revitalized Hoyt Arboretum brand is twofold: 1) a significantly increased understanding of the Arboretum’s benefits among members and the general public and 2) a strong foundation for sustained support. Cynthia Haruyama, Executive Director of the Hoyt Arboretum Friends Foundation, says the impact and results have been dramatic. According to Haruyama: > The new branding has been an integral part of last year’s 18% increase in contributions. > The branding guidelines and templates enable the staff, and even volunteers, to produce high-quality materials with considerably less effort. > Supporters rave about the difference they see in the Arboretum’s communications, and they make a connection between the materials and our overall progress as stewards of the Arboretum. > Political leaders now tout Hoyt Arboretum as a world-class conservation resource, a level of recognition that is completely new. Haruyama adds, “All our plans for the next next 25 years is to increase funding for the Arboretum are possible only because of the comprehensive branding package Donatelli developed.” Above: The tagline, “a world of trees for all seasons,” clearly expresses Hoyt Arboretum’s value proposition of exhibiting trees from around the world and conserving arboreal biodiversity, while alluding to its proud legacy and commitment to future generations.
  4. 4. 4 Case Study | Hoyt Arboretum | Brand Alignment and Development D O N A T E L L I | I N T E G R A T E D B R A N D C O M M U N I C A T I O N S | P O R T L A N D | O R E G O N | 5 0 3 . 3 1 8 . 7 7 4 8 | S T E V E D O N A T E L L I . C O M | About Hoyt Arboretum Founded in 1928 by community leaders as part of a connected system of parks and trails, Hoyt Arboretum serves as an educational institution and conserves potentially endangered species. Designed in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmstead—the Arboretum offers a naturalistic presentation of what is actually a cultivated garden—with altering open spaces, groves of trees, and view corridors to delight the eye and inspire the soul. The Hoyt Collection includes more than 1,400 true species, with specimens grown from seeds collected in the wild. In turn, these plants produce seeds that can be used to replant native ecosystems that have been destroyed or are at risk. © 2014 DONATELLI+ASSOCIATES, LLC. ALL TRADEMARKS ARE PROPERTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. NO PART OF THIS WORK MAY BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER. About Donatelli An independent, integrated brand communications consultant based in Portland, Oregon, Donatelli empowers organizations dedicated to promoting educational, environmental, artistic and humanitarian endeavors to better connect with their audience. Donatelli’s work centers on building brand systems that are clear, relevant, flexible, memorable and vigorous; and closely aligned with the client’s culture, products and services. As a senior creative professional with a collaborative consumer-focused approach, Donatelli fuses design thinking, market strategy and brand expression to help marketers introduce, clarify, align or refresh a product or service offering. For more information contact: Steve Donatelli 503.318.7748 steve@donatelli.org
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