BOOM Launch: Deep Creek 2014

    | September 12th, 2011 | No Comments | Branding, Design, Event Planning, Marketing, Web Design

    Deep Creek 2014

    The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has awarded the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships to Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).  Following presentations at its April 15 spring board meeting in Paris, ICF selected ASCI’s “Deep Creek 2014: ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships” bid over competing entries from Vienna, Austria and Krakow, Poland.

    The World Championships event, to be held September 16-21, 2014, represents a return of world championship whitewater canoe and kayak racing to the United States for the first time since 1989.

    The steering committee for the international event, headed by members of ASCI, USACK, and the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing chose BOOM to create branding, design pre-campaign materials and launch the official website this month for distribution at this year’s World Championships event held in Bratislava-Slovakia.

    The new website will act as an information resource during the three-year ramp-up to the events. The site is designed to be completely user-managed and content can be added easily from mobile devices on site. The website was built as a modular structure to house multiple blogs, ticketing modules, registration and scheduling widgets, and is done completely in Java to facilitate its compatibility on iPhones, multiple browsers and other mobile devices.

    Visit Deep Creek 2014 on the web.

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    BOOM Launch: Hollowood Music Brand & Website

      | July 6th, 2011 | No Comments | Advertising, Branding, Design, Marketing, SEO, Web Design

      Resuscitating an older brand can be a slippery slope, full of obstacles and hidden pitfalls.

      Founded in 1965, Hollowood Music & Sound is Pittsburgh’s premiere full-service music & sound company. The flagship retail store is located in McKees Rocks and can be spotted from a distance by the glow of their famous 25 foot electric guitar. In addition to the general degradation of the retail music-buying market, in the past decade Hollowoods has weathered:

      • – A major fire
      • – Two major floods
      • – Relocating to a big-box mall plaza
      • – Re-Relocating back to McKees Rocks
      • – Re-locating their lessons facility to Robinson Twp.
      • – Regrowing their McKees Rocks student base from ground zero

      Not many retail Mom & Pop stores would keep getting up from all these hits. But co-owner/manager Don Hollowood says “It’s all I know. If it’s not guitars and music – I’ve really got nothing else I can do.” Which is why BOOM spent the better part of 4 months redesigning the brand, creating a new advertising campaign and configuring a robust new, user-managed, social-network optimized, modular website for a soft launch this week.

      The new website facilitates the departmental nature of the Hollowoods brand: Specializing in new Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Amplifiers, Pedals, DJ, PA & Lighting Gear, Band Instrument Rental, Pro-Sound, Commercial Installations & Music Lessons. The new website allows simultaneous, multi-user access, completely controllable and editable themes and graphics and a robust blog platform that allows each division of the company to host their own separate news items from the same dashboard. In addition to the new web platform, BOOM set-up and configured analytics, as well as social network links to twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube for Holowoods.

      “It’s what we needed to aggressively launch into this next phase of business,” says Hollowood “We’re no longer only worried about the new guitar store in the next borough over. We’re competing with big-box stores and retail Goliaths like Best Buy, WalMart and Guitar Center. We need these tools to level the playing field.”

      Visit Hollowood Music & Sound on the web (currently in live Beta mode.)

      BOOM Launch: Branded Web Platform For Butler County Assistance Providers

        | October 25th, 2010 | No Comments | Advertising, Design, Marketing, News, Public Relations, Technology, Web Design

        Finding information about substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery options has been a problem for both those seeking help and help-providers, especially in times of crisis.

        “You’ve got people in urgent situations that need immediate help, may not know professional terminology or may not be in a position to pursue normal assistance channels,” says Lori Vish-Stearns, Executive Director of the Community Health Challenge (CHC) in Butler, PA .  “We needed to eliminate the barriers that keep people from being able to reach out for help.”

        Vish-Stearns and the CHC are part of the Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Coalition (DATC) a volunteer organization that formed 11 years ago and now includes over 40 community, government, healthcare, faith-based organizations and individuals working together to deal with the region’s substance abuse challenges. The DATC needed a comprehensive solution to the problem of effectively reaching their target clients, so they contacted BOOM .

        BOOM developed a branded platform based around the concept that before anyone can be assisted or reached out to, they need fast, easy access to  relevant information. This is the FirstStep™ “All of the participating organizations have different methodologies, different messaging and different target clients,” says Scot Fleming, BOOM creative director, “But they all ultimately want to reach people with addiction problems. And for that to happen more efficiently, we had to change the way they looked at presenting their information.”

        BOOM created an online centralized resource system that utilizes a multi-user blog platform rather than a traditional website structure. “The biggest challenge was enabling so many different help-providers to each present their information cohesively, in one place, without violating any of the myriad privacy and communications policies that they all have to follow,” says Scott Dix, BOOM president. “We ended up establishing a pilot-program for a branded system that can work in any county in the country.”

        The FirstStep™ system works simply and cleanly, allowing representatives from any participating group to log-in via a dashboard, add articles, links, calendar events, contact information, documents, and more on their own “page” while not affecting any other group’s content. By being part of a larger collected resource, the topics gain more search engine optimization than any one group could achieve.

        The FirstStep™ platform is supported by an advertising campaign targeted throughout the county.

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