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The Keys to a Successful Rebrand: Freedom Mobile

December 5, 2017

*Disclaimer* I do not work for Freedom Mobile, and they are not my service provider.

Now that we got that out of the way, let me paint the picture – you’re in grade school coming back from summer break. New clothes, new shoes, and a new attitude. You heard that people previously thought you had B.O, well now you found a cologne that works for you. Now this, this is the perfect rebrand. This may be a more juvenile example but at its core it holds its own in comparison to some of the world’s biggest brands.

A rebrand is creating a new look and feel for an existing product or organization. Why do they exist? For the same reason that we all come back to school looking fresh and brand new after the summer break. It’s an opportunity to reposition a brand, start over in some cases, or reach a new audience. Now let’s back up to why this article is being written. In a conversation with a friend last weekend, they had mentioned they were switching phone plans to Freedom Mobile (formerly known as Wind Mobile). All of the previous backlash they’ve gotten regarding lack of phone service outside of large cities came to mind and I immediately made fun of him.

Through him explaining the changes they made and actually speaking to a representative, the rebrand began to make sense. What I originally thought was a brand rebranding for the sake of a rebrand was now quite impressive. What was the negative feedback? Wind Mobile doesn’t allow consumers the freedom to be all over Ontario without inferior service. The solution? Fixing this issue and using the consumer problem as an asset in rebranding as Freedom Wireless. Job well done. Sometimes the best way to manage the conversation is to start over. Sure, Wind Mobile could improve their service under the same name and design system, but it just works that much better when everything else is new and more improved. There will always be the people that can never look past Wind Mobile, but I’m willing to bet the majority of us would now judge them as Freedom Mobile.

Rebrands are tough to put it simply. As always in the social media era there’s always the fear of consumer backlash like GAP back in 2010. The brand randomly unveiled a new logo after 20 years and the public was not having at. Essentially due to the consumer response, the brand switched their logo back in under a week


This is a clear example of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. I mean just think of how much money the brand paid a design agency to come up with the new concept, just to have it shoved back in their face by their own customers and analyzed by marketers for years as a classic example of a poor rebrand.

Rebrands are all around us. From Instagram changing their logo to Uber rebranding their services and app last year. When there’s an opportunity to shake things up, it should be taken. With that being said, there should be an objective to the rebrand. Wind Mobile wanted to change consumer perceptions. The question is, do you think they’ve succeeded?



Dakarai is an ambitious professional with a passion for advertising and marketing, and is currently employed in account services for an ad agency in Toronto. When he’s not at the office, he’s most likely trying out a new restaurant, browsing AdWeek, or binge watching something on Netflix. Dakarai, but you can call him Dak. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap (September 10 – September 16)

September 16, 2016

The world of advertising & marketing changes on the daily so it can be hard to keep up with all of the biggest trends and innovations. Not to worry, we got you covered if you missed anything. Check out our weekly recap below.

Written by Malick and Dakarai.

Old Spice Recruits Von Miller for New Ad

M: What happened to the original Old Spice guy? Not to worry, I think we’ll be ok with Superbowl MVP Von Miller taking over. Old Spice is known for being the manly man’s deodorant, so its only fitting that they partnered with Miller in these latest series of ads.  As apart of Old Spices’ “Hardest Working” collection, we see Miller carving his own path of manliness through a series of hilarious NFL themed commercials. Check out my favourite below:

Click here to find the other ad in the series.

The Energizer Bunny Gets a Makeover

D: The mascot the majority of people know and love is getting a makeover after 27 years. The brand is looking to give the bunny a more “2016 look”, meaning more realistic movements and features. It’s practically impossible for anyone over 40 to have never seen this bunny before, but the brand has mentioned that they would like to have that same connection with a younger audience. A little change never hurts right? The new mascot premiered during New York Fashion Week, and for all of us that didn’t get the invite, we’ll be able to see the bunny in upcoming ads on YouTube and Spotify.


Roli Seaboard Rise 49

M: We talk a lot about innovation in advertising, and I think this is an exceptional example of that. The Roli Seaboard Rise 49 is a keyboard that allows users to physically manipulate the types of sounds that come out of it. With 49 keys, the keyboard allows you to manipulate the sounds depending on how you physically touch it. By striking, swiping vertically or horizontally, and pressing lightly for example, you can bend the soundwaves, causing a bend in pitch, vibrato, or even slide notes. Music and technology are meant to coexist, and I think this is an amazing example of that statement. At a price of a mere $1200, the Roli Seaboard Rise 49 can be yours.


YouTube Gets Social

D: YouTube is stepping into the social network space by offering a feature calYouTube communityled “Community”. Essentially this will enable certain channels to be able to communicate more effectively and directly with their subscribers. Rather than creating videos to provide announcements, these YouTubers can have a direct line of communication with their fans on the platform itself, rather than on other social networks such as Twitter or Facebook. Subscribers will get notifications when creators submit a post, which of course they can opt-out of if they want to. YouTube has always just been about video, but this is a fantastic opportunity to bring a more community feel to it. One thing is for sure, the comments will always be terrible.


Virgin: Rock The Vote

M: If you know me, you know I think it’s important for people to get out there and get involved in politics somehow. In this ad, Virgin communicates to millenials the importance of voting and what we stand for in line with their in-flight wifi service. Virgin America is encouraging millenials to utilize their free in-flight wifi by registering to vote in the next US election. Its simple, but anything to get young people to vote is a good cause in my books.


DJ Khaled Goes Undercover for Lyft

D: Lyft, the popular ride-share company has enlisted Dj Khaled as a part of their undercover series “Undercover Lyft”. Lyft has used popular celebrities such as Shaq, Demi Lovato, and now DJ Khaled as undercover drivers picking up unsuspecting passengers and filming the funny experience. DJ Khaled does what he does best and drops all his famous Snapchat famous catchphrases and references, which is expected. My personal favourite is when a passenger asks him what he does for a living, to which he replies, “I’m a locksmith…I got all the keys”. Classic Khaled. Check out the hilarious video below!


That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads that we could find over the week. You can check out last week’s recap here. Think we missed one? Let us know! Be sure to follow us on Facebook here

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap (August 20 – August 26)

August 26, 2016

With how fast the marketing & advertising world operates, its always good to keep up with the latest trends, ads, and innovations-which is what we’re here to do. Check out our weekly recap below.

Written by Malick and Dakarai


Sears Canada Gets a Makeover

D: Sears, the once dominant retailer in Canada…now not so much, is currently going through a rebranding process. The company has recently revealed their new corporate logo, which is the first significant change to the previous logo in 32 years. The Vice President of Corporate Communications, Vince Power, stated that the logo is “intended to be clean, approachable and, most importantly, timeless”. Sears is clearly looking to reach a younger and more modern age demographic. However, with doing this, it is important that they do not turn the cold-shoulder to their older and loyal customers.

Sears Logo

Domino’s Pizza Drone Delivery

M: Domino’s Pizza is changing the pizza delivery service game in innovative fashion. Just this week, Domino’s began testing delivering pizza through their new drone delivery system in New Zealand. The video below shows a successful attempt at one of the first airborne pizza deliveries ever. Personally I think the entire concept of this could effectively change how we consume, and what we consume. Outside of pizza, I can see drone deliveries being an innovative force in how delivery companies get their product from point A to point B. Domino’s just seems to be one step ahead of the game. While the drone delivery system has been successful in tests, we still have a ways before we see pizza’s hitting the sky. Unfortunately, the drone delivery system is only being tested in Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany, but I don’t deny that North America would fall far behind in terms of timing.

New Sponsor Forgives Ryan Lochte

D: After everything that has happened with Ryan Lochte, perfectly summed up in Tuesday’s article, I might add, there may be a glimpse of hope in his future. Pine Bros, a brand of cough drops has recently inked a sponsorship deal with the Olympic swimmer. Details have yet to be released. However, their slogan “Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops: Forgiving On Your Throat”, is sure to open the floor for some creative opportunities to not only put this brand that you’ve probably never heard of in your head, but also to be used as platform for a possible apology from Ryan himself.

Facebook Live Stream

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M: Since Wednesday, Facebook users will now notice a “Go Live” button that allows them to live stream videos from their mobile devices. Live streaming is becoming more and more accessible by combining with people’s regular social media habits. I’ve always been on the fence about live streaming – what purpose does it serve other than letting people know what you’re up to on a second by second basis? I feel as though live streaming on FB could be a great opportunity for brands and celebrities (or both) to get a new level of engagement or connection with their target audiences. I feel as though brands and celebrities are just getting used to how Snapchat works, so it will be interesting to see how live streaming (which I see to be Snapchat on crack) is adapted into social marketing strategies in coming years.

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Charity Brands Partner Together To Create A Messenger Bot

D: We recently released an article about the walk-with-yeshi-hed-2016use of Messenger Bots, and discussed a bit about brands using it well, and its future in terms of advertising and marketing implications. As predicted, we will continuously see brands using these bots in innovative ways. A jewelry brand (Lokai) and non-profit charity (Charity: Water) have paired together to provide you with a view into the world of a young girl in Ethiopia, and the daily struggles in which she faces, which includes finding clean drinking water. Try it out yourself by simply sending “hello” to the “Live Lokai” Facebook account.


That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads that we could find over the week. Think we missed one? Let us know! Be sure to follow us on Facebook here

Malick Ba

Top 3 Rebrands of 2015-2016

July 5, 2016

Rebranding is never easy, but its something that companies can do every once in a while to stay fresh, modern, and up to date. The tricky part about rebranding is that while everything can change, your companies message needs to remain consistent and familiar with an audience. So for this week’s article, I’ve decided to look up some of the top 3 rebrands, or brands that have gone through big changes in the last year.

#3: Google


How can google possibly rebrand themselves with such a simple logo? Well while this is a subtle change, it keeps us familiar with the brand while adding a newer, more fresh feel. Rebranding doesn’t necessarily mean changing your audience, or message-but google arguably doesn’t have a huge message that they are trying to communicate to its consumers. Like I said, its simple, but I love how they kept it simple by adding in thicker letters but keeping the same colour tone. So I’d say they did a good job.

#2: Instagram

IG Rebrand


Does this count as a rebrand? Regardless, their new logo design has made waves. Some positive, some negative. In addition to their more colourful logo, they’ve made some significant changes to the features of the photo-sharing platform. For example, they’ve added in a “suggested” friends section, making it more accessible for their user base to add friends from other social networks like Facebook. Another big change is that they’ve added in a suggested viewing section right above their discover section, which allows viewers to access content that they might like. Whether or not this counts as a rebrand, some of the biggest changes that Instagram has done in the last year makes it worthy enough for a discussion.

#1: The MAD Mix

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Arguably one of the best rebrands of all time…ok maybe we’re jumping the gun a bit. But recently we’ve cleaned up our website and made some changes. Dakarai was in charge of the newer logo. We tried to clean up our logo to follow a more modern, minimalistic approach while keeping our same colour scheme.

We’ve organized our menu bar in a way that makes it easier for our audience to be able to access the articles that they want to read, by specific author (I.E Me, Dak, or our Guest article section). In addition, we’ve updated a section primarily just for our weekly recap articles so you can stay up to date with the advertising and marketing world more conveniently.

What are your thoughts and/or suggestions about the recent changes that we’ve made over the last week? We’d love to hear from you.


Malick Ba is an advertising and marketing specialist currently living in Toronto, Canada. His academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Currently, Malick works at an advertising agency and is looking forward to how he can leave his mark upon the advertising and marketing world. Follow him on Instagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.