Branding or Rebranding Campaign

University relies on research to develop and introduce new brand identity

A new Oklahoma State logo was part of a larger strategic marketing and communications plan, leading to first place in the Branding or Rebranding Campaign category of PR Daily’s 2020 Non-Profit Communication Awards.

The Oklahoma State University Rebrand: One University, One Logo for All - Logo -

Part of Oklahoma State University’s first-ever strategic marketing and communication plan called for an updated brand identity. Founded in 1890, OSU now has a single mark that represents the entire university. It took two years to get there, with research serving as the foundation for the mark’s development.

Target market research, market penetration research, a digital audit of more than 1,600 online OSU accounts and websites, and an extensive competitive design analysis contributed to the logo facelift. The OSU team corrected design inconsistencies and stress-tested the revamped logo across several pieces of collateral to validate its effectiveness on everything from embroidery to print.

Launched with an extensive internal and external communications strategy, OSU retired more than 100 subsidiary logos; all institutions, colleges, departments, and units now utilize the new, overarching brand. A sure sign of success, the mark was embraced and promoted immediately by all areas across its five institutions.

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