Making waves for a brand that helps clients transform their digital world
Rebranding and naming
a well-established event
‘TechSummit’ was Avanade’s annual event that brought together employees and clients from across the globe. Hosted in Seattle, it was the place where they could hear about new advances in technology, best practices, learn from innovative client deliveries, and hear from industry luminaries.
In 2019, Avanade approached The Team to develop a new event brand identity for TechSummit as well as activate their new approach to employee and client engagement events around the world. Avanade wanted a fresh take on TechSummit – something simple, new and global that played to digital innovation and engagement, while elevating a new host city each year.
We created a name and look and feel that could flex across all the events Avanade might wish to run in its new year-round innovation program.
We set out to create a name and look and feel for TechSummit. A name that was on brand – fresh, bold, optimistic, passionate. One that works in multiple geographies, works as an online event, and one that appeals to both clients and Avanade employees. And finally, a look and feel that is part of the Avanade brand identity.
As a crescendo of Avanade’s year-round engagement, we wanted to position this as an event that would reinforce Avanade’s vision for employee and client experience – helping employees and clients feel inspired, confident and cared for.
We also believed that the new Summit should tap into the needs of the regional Avanade businesses and help them bring innovation to life locally. Therefore, it needed to have flex.
We wanted a name that could work across sectors (eg, health), offers (eg, Cloud), places (eg, New York), time (eg, 2019) and trends (eg, security).
So, we introduced ‘!nnovate’; a new name with the visual twist of an exclamation mark – encapsulating how Avanade enthusiastically understands, embraces and harnesses digital disruption.
Avanade wanted to market an event that felt exciting and different. Our challenge was to help unlock a culture of innovation and create a look that people were proud enough to wear.
We developed a number of creative routes and tested this across events in key locations, to promote key issues and to target key sectors.
!nnovate is now firmly established as a significant event in the calendars of activities for Avanade’s ever-growing number of passionate, tech-savvy disruptors. The Team’s long partnership continues to help Avanade bring their brand to life, positioning them as a leading global digital innovator.
I often say that we are a more innovative company when we tap into our culture of cultures. This is what !nnovate allows us to do. It has great appeal and feels modern, fresh and yet it clearly says what it is about. We are focused on making a real human impact leveraging the power of the Microsoft ecosystem, and !nnovate enables our diverse teams and clients to gain the confidence and courage to ‘Do the Next thing Now,’ which is what innovation at Avanade is all about!
Matt JoeChief Technology Innovation Officer at Avanade