Unleashing the Power Inside


We love tension. For example: Dramatic Simplicity™.

In our latest “Creative Problem Solvers” workshop we tackled a new tension: vulnerability as a source for creativity. Inspired by Brené Brown’s Ted Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, we dove into this topic and the ways it affects our work.


Margaret James from QCoaching moderated discussions about how to identify our own vulnerabilities, and how to support each other at times we might feel vulnerable. While feeling vulnerable often causes us to clam up and hold back, this session encouraged us to embrace vulnerability to move past our insecurities.

Nigel Downer of Second City led us through improv games, as we learned to let go of inhibitions. He also shared insights from working and writing at Second City, reminding us to approach every project with a “Yes, and…” attitude, always looking to build on an idea and make it even better.

As we look to implement our learnings, we’re turning the question outward to the industry: how does vulnerability impact your day-to-day work? And how can we take advantage of our vulnerabilities to reach new success?


It all started in 1927, when Stanley S. Jenkins patented the iconic hot dog on a stick, known fondly as the corn dog. Now, this treat is recognized with its own holiday, #NationalCornDogDay. To celebrate, we staged a corn dog eating contest. 

With honor, pride and reputation at stake, two competitors put hours into training and mental preparation for this high-stakes showdown. Our agency gathered to answer the question on everyone's mind: Who will be top dog? 

This holiday is part of our "Every Day is a Holiday in 2017" campaign. Click here to find out why we're celebrating unusual and whimsical days this year, and tune in each month to join the celebration! 

Premier Protein Launches New Organic Shakes


From gluten-free cookbooks to culinary bloggers, it’s clear that healthy has become mainstream. Clean-eating lingo is so widespread that it is spoofed in pop culture, such as Netflix’s new show “The Santa Clarita Diet.” Global trends support the growing popularity of nutrition: according to Nielsen, 62% of consumers are eating less sugary sweets, and 2 in 3 consumers are cutting down on fats. A recent study by Mintel also discovered that approximately 80% of Canadian women try to eat healthy.

Premier Protein has always offered products for the health-conscious shopper, and their Organic Shakes line provides a new way for consumers to fit nutrition into their busy, active lives.

Bridgemark worked with Premier Protein to brand this new line of shakes. Putting “Organic” front and center surrounded by delicious pieces of chocolate reminds consumers that they can choose clean foods that also satisfy indulgent taste. The brand differentiates in the club environment with premium cues and a highly recognizable badge calling out the quality of its 100% organic ingredients. 

Bridgemark Wins in Florida


SlingShot, Muskoka Springs and Alpha-Bits took home awards at the PAC Global Leadership Awards Gala. The 2017 competition wrapped up at the Package Design Matters Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, where award winners were presented with their certificates.

SlingShot is a craft beer by Radical Road, a microbrewery located in Downtown Toronto. The brand launched just ahead of Radical Road's Grand Opening last fall. Bridgemark’s rebrand for Muskoka Springs began with the brand’s signature Pale Ginger Ale. Since then, Muskoka Springs has continued to release new flavors, most recently with their Silver Birch Beer. Alpha-Bits' redesign inspires imagination and adventure. Whether it's searching for pirate treasures, a journey into space or an African safari, these limited edition boxes help kids find the story in every bowl.

Congratulations to our clients for these wins. For the full list of winners, view the online gallery here.

Bridgemark Puts its Right Brain to Work on Math


Learning is about continually seeking and exploring new paths. Even if you start down one, another might emerge when questions and alternatives take shape. A leader in educational resources and best practices, Pearson Canada recognized this. Because of technology advances and behavioral shifts, the classroom landscape was changing to fit new learning styles, and many resources for teachers weren’t keeping up.

Mathology takes into account a holistic approach to today’s classroom. Like the process itself, the name reflects the non-linear style of teaching and learning. More than knowing how to get from A to B, teachers need to be able to forge new paths alongside their students.

Grounded in the Latin word for “the study of,” the name “Mathology” emphasizes Pearson’s research-based precision to communicate the program’s purpose: giving teachers confidence about teaching math in an engaging and accessible way. And the best way to build someone’s confidence is to turn them into an expert — a Mathologist. But there’s an element of playfulness to the brand as well. As well as being research-based, like biology or anthropology, it’s a word kids can digest. What’s Mathology all about? Why, Math of course!

Of all the subjects in school, math is arguably the most daunting. Maybe it’s because ultimately there’s always a right and a wrong answer. Mathology introduces students to the world of math by empowering them to explore deeper into the subject, building a strong foundation from the beginning as they grow up in school.

Brand Thoughts: What to Expect in 2017


Trends – they evolve our thinking, engage curiosity, and ultimately shape our cultures. So what’s on the horizon for 2017?

Connected 2.0

While electronics have made distance between loved ones & colleagues less of an impediment, the desire for face-to-face interaction persists. Business travel is not in decline, despite the wide array of technological tools that make telecommuting a strong alternative. Inside the home, family is important like never before, as the reinstallation of the “family great room” has taken center stage once again. Walls are (literally) coming down in order to create larger spaces and to connect smaller rooms as one, leading to more time being spent inside the home and in the company of others – even as individuals take to their own activities.  

Tactile & Tangible

Over and above interpersonal connection, consumers are looking for experiences that gratify both the physical and the emotional. Pinterest and Instagram continue to be inspirational and aspirational – allowing individuals to curate collections of beauty. Retailers are taking cues from these interactive platforms and looking for ways to innovate the in-store experience. Whether it’s planning a new kitchen in real-time 3D at Lowes, or using VR in a North Face retailer to try on an outfit in the middle of Yosemite Park, the desire to “feel it” is driving new types of brick & mortar. Starbucks has leaned in and created the “Willy Wonka of coffee,” as Howard Schultz termed it. With a working roastery & tasting room, the café brings to life a crafted coffee bean experience that embraces all the human senses.

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As we look to color and design trends for 2017, Pantone releases a green that exudes vibrancy of life. This year’s "Color of the Year" also points to a cultural and behavioral longing for the year ahead. Despite the gloomy and controversial nature of 2016’s news, from Brexit to numerous celebrity deaths, Pantone’s focus on balance and re-birth brings optimism for the New Year. And while green may have specific semiotics within the world of branding, it is nevertheless important to ask how a brand can capitalize on being green and tap into the relevant symbolism.

2017 provides ample runway for brands to evolve the way they express themselves and show up at shelf. These emerging trends challenge brands to connect with consumers at a deeper and more personal level, and to consider how they offer optimism and balance to their consumers. How will you think about your brand?

Every Day is a Holiday in 2017

Digital media colors our world. More than a hobby that fills our time, social media is a tool for self-expression: Canadean reports that 29% of global consumers share an update on social media at least once a week*. By its nature, digital media fosters connections. Whether it’s through a hashtag, a Snapchat filter or a wacky holiday, digital media’s ability to create buzz, awareness and community spans geography and age.

Our 2017 calendar inspires connection by observing unique holidays made popular through social media. These aren’t the typical Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day holidays. Instead, we’re making a big deal of the unexpected, the fun and the unusual. From rubber ducks and donuts, to chocolate covered anything and lost socks, each of these days give us reason to step outside the conventional and appreciate the whimsical. Join us, and 2.67 billion social media users** by celebrating the unexpected this year.

We worked with illustrator Andrew Plewes to create original illustrations in honor of each day, including a bonus holiday – National Candy Cane Day on December 26th. We then created this short video to kick-off our celebrations. Enjoy!

*Canadean November 2016 Personal Inter-Connections TrendSights Analysis


Bridgemark Wins Two GDUSA Awards


GDUSA introduced a new category, “Creative Use of Color,” in the 2016 American Graphic Design Awards. Our agency business cards and our 2016 agency calendar recently earned recognition in this category.

Our business cards use backdrops from our local community, such as graffiti art, factory and barn walls, paying homage to the abundant texture and color all around us.

While the general consensus of Twitter, Reddit, and late night talk show bits deemed 2016 to be the worst, our agency calendar suggests otherwise. For 2016, we chose to celebrate the year of the monkey, bringing our role as creative problem solvers into a new light. Inspired by anamorphic art, we used accordion folds to create a trick illusion of two monkeys: creative or suit.

Congrats to our creative team on these wins! Click here to see our projects in the winners' gallery.

Bridgemark Wins at Creativity International


Bridgemark received two Creativity International Awards in the 46th Print & Packaging competition: one for Olivieri, which also won a Pentaward this year and one for our own business cards.

Based on our core belief in dramatic simplicity, our business cards are a direct expression of our brand. We photographed backdrops from our local community – for example, factory and barn walls, as well as graffiti art. View this project & Olivieri in the winners’ gallery here.

Creativity International is an independent advertising and graphic design competition. This year, the competition received entries from over 40 countries. Congratulations to our client Catelli Foods and to our Creative Team for the wins!

Another Penta-win for Bridgemark

Fresh pasta...choice ingredients...and award-winning design. Olivieri brought home a Global Pentaward at the award ceremony in Shanghai - and we couldn't be happier for this dramatically simple brand!

Now in its 10th year, the Pentawards celebrate top packaging design from around the world. Judging creative quality and marketing relevance, the international jury deliberated entries from 54 participating countries. Congratulations to our client for this win!

See the full Winners Gallery here.


Brand Love: What We Can Learn from The Hip


Thoughts from our VP Strategy, Colleen Tapp

When it comes to brand love, we all know that making an emotional connection with consumers is critical. The bad news? According to a recent Forrester study, 9 out of 10 consumers say they feel nothing - no connection to brands, even those they purchase. So how can brands do better?

They can start by being more authentic, tapping in to consumers’ deeper needs, building loyalty over time by surprising and delighting their devoted followers, and by telling memorable brand stories that their supporters can call their own.

By being a little more like The Hip.

Much has been written over the summer about The Tragically Hip and their indefatigable frontman Gord Downie, who, diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer, performed what is likely the band’s last tour, inspiring fans with his courage, and arguably, even if just for a brief moment, helping us find our own true north – an identity for Canada that we could all get behind. The Hip thrilled us, made us all feel like we belonged to something and reminded us of the power of an emotional connection.

The lure of a can’t miss event, the heartbreaking reality of terminal cancer, and the last chance to see a beloved band perform no doubt drove the frenzy to score a ticket. But it was something even more than that – something real and deeply personal that made us stop in our tracks wherever we were, to watch them live or view the final Kingston concert from a pub in Tofino or a street party in Sydney.

With virtually no marketing, the Man Machine Poem Tour was a phenomenon which might have even eclipsed the Olympics in the hearts and souls of Canadians. What made us respond with a desire to be part of something larger and more meaningful than ourselves? What made it all so magical for fans?


The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines authenticity as “being really what it seems to be; genuine,” which sounds simple enough, but is hard to achieve. The Hip, with raw, enduring rock and roll sensibility, poetically enigmatic lyrics and a character that is at once very Canadian yet very much their own, have always been undoubtedly true to their own spirit and personality – they are the real deal.


Despite selling over six million albums, The Hip’s relationship with their fans is also profoundly personal. While the concept of mortality (Gord’s and, hence, our own) drove the emotional response to the last tour, it was always deeper than that. Really great bands drive a connection with fans over time that is well beyond the music. It is a deep, personal history, an enduring relationship, experiences that mean something to us, and a fulfillment of deep unconscious needs – to belong, to be thrilled, to feel free. And when we feel deeply, it becomes part of who we are - we spread the word, we seek out the like-minded, we share our feelings.

Surprise & Delight

Even at a challenging time, The Hip fully embraced the opportunity to surprise and delight their fans: from Gord Downie’s memorable tour wardrobe and signature moves, to ever changing setlists, to convincing the CBC to suspend its Olympic coverage to air the last Kingston concert with commercial-free reverence (no doubt raising some much needed brand love for Canada’s public broadcaster), delighting fans who live streamed from coast to coast and beyond.


From the beginning, The Hip have been consummate storytellers, weaving tales that are both distinctly Canadian and completely universal. 38 Years Old, the story of an avenged rape, evoked such a sense of place, time and emotion that it left us with heavy hearts, while references like Jacques Cartier’s “real bum’s eye for clothes,” made us laugh out loud.  The stories they told resonated with fans, who in turn told their own personal Hip stories - stories about where they were, who they were and how they felt when they first heard that song or saw them live. Somewhere along the way, the fans themselves became the heroes of these stories.

And that, is a powerful connection.

Creating Brand Love, Teen Style


Part Two of our series on the new youth demographic, by Colleen Tapp, VP Strategy

Brand loyalty is an ever shifting landscape, which, when it comes to teens, can come and go as fast as a Snapchat message.

Brands looking for attention from this notoriously fickle demographic need to be seen as the real deal. Armed with BS radars, teens are seeking out creative, original brands that understand them as they are, yet help them be better, cooler versions of themselves. For today’s teens, being different is the new fitting in, with YPulse reporting that 66% agree that being the same as everyone else is “boring.”        

Take clothing brands. Looks matter to teens, with 2/3 rating appearance as important according to the latest Statista report. Once teen darlings, Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister are falling out of favor as teens are increasingly turning to less conventional brands like Free People, Brandy Melville and Forever 21. Whether they admit it or not though, the desire to belong still holds sway with teens, leaving space for mainstream brands to stay relevant by associating with what teens value: Ralph Lauren, a seemingly mainstream brand makes the list, possibly due to favorite teen stars being seen in the label - we know teens love their celebrities. From T Swift and Drake to YouTube stars and the Kardashians - their idols are brands in themselves, able to foster a personal connection with mass audiences via social media. 

With the rise of Athleisure, (casual athletic clothing worn outside the gym) Nike has continued to be the top teen brand for the past five years. Seen as worthy of their time and money, and aligned with their values, Nike’s top athlete endorsements and technological innovation keep the brand both aspirational and relevant.

Like a dad trying to be cool to impress his teenage kids, brands who try too hard can backfire with teens - and timing is everything. When it comes to brands using slang like “bae” (before anyone else) once it reaches BuzzFeed, it quickly loses its cool edge, according to a 2016 Business Insider report on teens.

Clearasil, a leading teen brand, learned this lesson the hard way through some memes that didn’t quite fly with the target. But the brand turned it into a teachable moment: teens are tired of brands pretending to “get them.” So Clearasil used refreshing humor to admit that, while they know about teen acne, they know squat about teens themselves – ironically showing how much they do understand the demographic.

Screen Play: Where the Teens Are


Insights from our VP Strategy, Colleen Tapp

Millennials…marketers have been chasing this coveted cohort for the last several years, watching their every move with keen interest. These digital natives have embraced technology and fundamentally changed the way brands communicate with consumers.

But they’re not the only kid in town. In an age where youth is currency, the even younger teen demographic is rising strong, with a few similarities to their millennial counterparts, but a unique voice all their own. Dubbed “digital homesteaders,” this pragmatic, tech savvy group has literally grown up with social media, and are very much in control of it.  

On average, teens get their first smartphone at age 11, and spend about six hours a day on their phones. They also spend time in front of television sets, gaming consoles, and computers, for a whopping 11 hours of screen time per day.  

And where exactly are they? According to a 2016 Piper Jaffray study, teens rated Snapchat as the most popular social media platform (28%), followed by Instagram (27%), Twitter (18%) and Facebook at 17%. Snapchat’s growth has been particularly meteoric thanks to its storytelling feature and continuous innovation. Snapchat’s enhanced privacy also appeals to teens with a growing anxiety that all this sharing can mean mistakes that live forever on the internet.    

Facebook, while still used by a wide majority of teens, is seen an outdated app for parents. Twitter was well liked for the ability to update friends quickly, voice opinions and interact with celebrities

Netflix is the most popular platform for watching TV series and movies. When it comes to music, Spotify is a top choice, letting teens find and share music, and see what their friends are listening to. Wishbone, the app that shows you two pop culture options and lets you vote on which one you like more, has become a teen favorite in a matter of months.

As social media pioneers, teens understand their power and know how to use it in shaping the media they consume. The well established, meticulous crafting of online personas and its illusion of perfection is something that teens are now beginning to question, craving more authenticity from brands, celebrities and themselves.

The Little Big Things about Branding...and Power


Powerbar is a brand that believes in setting goals and achieving them. It’s more than winning a medal. It’s the continued drive to perform, to be better everyday, and to keep going. It’s about the standards you set for yourself, whether it’s running a marathon or simply increasing your time on the treadmill.

In a growing sports nutrition category, Powerbar found itself limited to a much stricter definition of power — the one that only applies to high performing athletes. “With changing consumer needs and a host of new brands entering the space, we are seeing a much broader spectrum, from serious performance offerings to more mainstream, better for you products for the everyday consumer,” says Senior Strategy Director Colleen Tapp. Powerbar had an opportunity to reach beyond its niche, not by redefining power, but by expanding the definition of accomplishment.

Powerbar was not just the category leading energy bar but the first bar to establish the category itself. Yet even as the category was doing well and growing, Powerbar was outdated and declining.

Establishing brand architecture rooted firmly in consumer need states helped the Bridgemark team organize the portfolio and create a roadmap for the brand’s future, while maintaining its loyal consumer base on whose backs this brand was built.

It is no small feat. “Sometimes the biggest improvements are the obvious ones,” Creative Director Jeff Boulton adds. “A really big, yet simple win was landing on a consistent, portable word mark so that no matter where it plays, Powerbar is impactful and recognizable.”

Like Kyle Lowry shooting three-pointers until 1 am during the NBA playoffs, Powerbar revived its brand by going back to the basics. By understanding the consumer and the competitive landscape, Powerbar affirmed its ability to energize, fuel and satisfy a wider consumer base, because in this case, hunger applies to anyone with the drive to perform and succeed.

Secrets to Brand Name Success


A brand’s name is just one component of the brand experience, but it holds a lot of sway in whether or not the brand communicates its message effectively. So what’s the secret to choosing a name?

Be emotive. 

Know what your brand stands for, and what you want consumers to see in your product. Make sure your name conveys those things to your audience in a relevant and interesting way.

Know your target market. 

What are they looking for? What’s important to them? Most importantly: what will resonate with them in the long run?

Be accessible. 

The easier to say and spell, the better, and before you fall madly in love with a name, make sure it’s available by doing a trademark search. And while it’s not all about the hashtag or handle, it doesn’t hurt to make sure those social media assets are available as well. Beyond improving your searchability, a social media handle that aligns nicely with your name will create unity in your brand narrative, increasing your familiarity with consumers.

Think of everywhere your brand will live. 

Your brand lives in a multi-dimensional world. Its name should survive life on a pack, in marketing materials, and in social media without diluting its effectiveness.

And if your key markets span across countries, find out if your brand name translates well to the appropriate language. It’s best to identify any language or cultural issues up front before your blunder becomes the next viral internet meme.

There’s a story behind your brand. What are you selling? What makes it different? How will it impact your customer? A name helps tell that story effectively, bridging equities to increase your brand’s stickiness and to make consumers care about what you’re saying.

Hello, My Name Is...


What’s in a Name?

When it comes to branding, the answer may seem obvious – it’s that elusive, perfect moniker that impeccably describes the brand and elicits all kinds of positive associations that make consumers want to run out and make your brand an integral part of their lives.

To be truly compelling, a brand has to live in the entire brand experience: through the branding, packaging, logo, and every consumer touchpoint. The name must work in harmony with all the brand equities to secure a place in a consumers’ awareness, and, ultimately, their hearts. It’s not just about coming up with a memorable name that inspires catchy hashtags – it’s about connecting that name to the overall brand essence.

For a person, a name is more than just an identity marker. It may start out as a simple identifier, like when a baby is born and given a name. As the baby grows up, his or her identity begins to be intertwined with the name. The name then takes on more meaning as it symbolizes the person’s essence; it becomes associated with the character traits and personality of the individual.

The same is true for a brand name. A name’s value rests in the way it complements the brand’s positioning – a good name links common threads across different brand equities, while a great name conveys the brand’s essence and personality - breathing long-lasting life into the brand.

Olivieri Embraces Life with A Contemporary and Delectable Look


Inspired by cookbooks that are as appealing for their drool-worthy imagery, escapism and gorgeous design as the recipes themselves, Bridgemark has captured Olivieri’s brand essence - the enjoyment of life - in an authentic and visually enticing way.

The dramatically simple design creates relevance and engagement, elevating the brand’s positioning while carefully preserving its existing equity. As design stewards for Olivieri for more than a decade, we’re excited to unveil a look that celebrates the market leader’s passion for cooking.  

An expression of fresh, flavorful ingredients rooted in the simplicity of modern Italian design, the pack’s minimal approach stands out as much for what it doesn’t include, showcasing striking visuals of freshly cooked pasta and natural ingredients, against sumptuously textured organic backdrops, like slate and butcher block. The total effect, including a window that reveals the freshness of the product itself, enhances brand resonance, sensory appeal and shopability.

A structural move from stickered labels to high quality printed film further elevates the brand, setting the stage for Olivieri’s continued leadership and innovation in the category.

Goodtimes Wins Best of Show at Package Design Conference


Goodtimes LunchMates was recognized by the editors of Package Design Magazine at the PAC Gala held in Bonita Springs Florida.

Linda Casey, editor-in-chief, Package Design, says, “Package Design’s publisher Gerri Brownstein and I appreciated how the Goodtimes LunchMates package broke away from the category norm for disposable tableware. With bold all-panel illustration, the package stands out from competitors on shelf but is right at home at celebrations of all types. The party-appropriate décor and the easy open and close feature further encourage the target consumers to use the product in the original packaging in celebration environments - versus a typical end user behavior of transferring the spoons into a container.

"This thoughtful, practical and fun design enables the packaging to sell well not only to shoppers in the retail aisle but also markets the Goodtimes brand and its LunchMates spoons well after the packaged goods leave the retail store — encourages brand loyalty, earning new brand fans and subsequently will positively impact the business’ bottom line.”

Michael Giller, VP Account Director, Bridgemark was at the Package Design Matters Conference to receive the award. With this brand reinvention, Goodtimes LunchMates has won multiple awards including a global Pentaward, a GD USA Award and two PAC Awards.

Who is Shopping at Dollar Stores?


Here is an interesting shift that brand owners should not take lightly...

Dollar stores are gaining recognition as legitimate retailers with updated interiors and the addition of more food, perishables and frozen, to their merchandise.

Although 60% of consumers who shop this channel have low or fixed incomes, there has been a shift post-recession with a higher proportion of affluent consumers shopping at dollar stores (about 20% with household income of +$75,000 USD).

In store assortment has evolved to continue attracting this segment with more recognizable brands and healthier prepared foods.

Source: Deloitte, Bloomberg Business Week, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada

Jumping on the Emoji Brand Wagon

Insights from our VP Strategy, Colleen Tapp

Branding. While we tend to think of it as a relatively recent, post industrial revolution phenomenon, the practice of branding, visual identification systems and trademarking has been around since the earliest days of human history when goods were first created, traded and sold. In ancient times, craftsmen used symbols, images and pictorials to convey a product’s origins and quality, to a largely illiterate consumer base.

Fast forward a few thousand years … to a rapidly changing digital landscape, where brands compete for the attention of consumers who, while no longer illiterate, are ingesting information and multiple messages at an increasingly frenetic rate, on a wide array of devices, from laptops to mobile phones and wearable technology. Today, more than ever, there is a growing demand for simple, concise communication of functional and emotional information.

Enter the emoji, those wildly popular digital images used to efficiently and effectively express a universal idea or emotion. With 4 in 10 millennials preferring pictures to words when it comes to communication (according to a 2015 Deep Focus report), the emoji has also become a powerful branding tool, transcending the barriers of language and culture to engage quickly with consumers on a more personalized, emotive level.

Savvy brands are quickly learning to communicate the way their consumers do, which means staying relevant through creative use of digital, social media and even emoji branding.   

Twitter saw its first paid brand emoji this past fall, with the “Share a Coke” image of two bottles clinking, and a number of brand leaders have been using emojis as an entry point to connect consumers to their content, and enter their conversations.

The media release for Chevrolet’s 2016 Cruze, communicated entirely in emojis, generated buzz, as did Taco Bell’s petition for a taco emoji, Mentos’ Ementicons and Miracle Grow’s Springmoji.

Pepsi even declared a National Emoji day in 2015, creating content and embellishing their packs with smiley face emojis. Oreo’s Bonding Emoji campaign in China generated a staggering 1.9 billion impressions on leading social media networks and Domino’s even introduced Emoji Ordering, where consumers could order a pizza by tweeting a pizza slice emoji to the restaurant.

As with every brand building initiative, companies must ensure that messaging is consistent, differentiated, relevant and reflective of a brand’s personality, look and feel.  

In the case of emojis, success rests on creating an engaging, personalized and entertaining presence that complements the personal experience for users. Brands need to put thought into how their emojis might actually be used in a digital conversation, and insert themselves in a clever, fun, natural and unobtrusive way.  

In short, get it right, 👍 and watch your brand 💖 blossom.