I have some very exciting news!
Last year, we launched our Social Media for Florists workshops. We were thrilled with the very positive feedback from attendees and asked them if they would like us to run more business-related workshops for florists on other subjects. The answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’
So, we’ve set up The Flowerona Academy, providing Flowerona Business Workshops for Florists. To start to add to our portfolio, today I’m delighted to announce a new workshop…
BRANDING FOR FLORISTS
The first workshop will be taking place on Wednesday, 25th March in London and all the details are below:
Great branding is within the reach of every florist. It’ll help you attract the right clients, communicate with confidence and professionalism, and be first in line for your dream jobs. It’s an essential part of running a successful business. But for many florists, branding can be something that’s shrouded in mystery.
Whether you’re launching a new floristry business, thinking of changing direction or are simply ready to refresh your website, join us for a one day workshop that’ll help you find your focus and up your game.
DISCOVER HOW TO:
- Translate your unique floral style into a compelling brand identity
- Communicate in a way that’s irresistible to your current and prospective clients.
- Do more than look smart and professional: be distinctive.
- Create a website that wins you work, whether you plan to DIY your website or outsource to a professional agency, we will be sharing the essential know-how that will ensure your next site works hard.
- Find and work effectively with the right designer for your unique project.
We’ll start the day by looking at the fundamentals of creating a brand identity. Then, we’ll get you focused and help you create an exciting and dynamic vision for your brand. We’ll examine the very best examples of florists’ brand identities, so that you can see how those at the top of their game make it work and how you can apply those very same lessons to your own business.
And whether you have a champagne or lemonade budget, we’ll share some of the tricks of the trade to ensure that you create the very best impression possible. By lunchtime, you’ll have a clear idea of where your brand should be headed and how you’re going to get it there. Expect goose bumps!
After lunch, we focus on the key touch points of your brand: starting online with your website before moving on to your business cards, shop front, packaging and other key elements of your branding.
You’ll gain an understanding of how your website should be structured for maximum effect, what to include and, crucially, what to leave out. You’ll map out a wireframe for your website so that you have a clear idea of how your next site should be structured for maximum impact.
We’ll also create a customer journey. The best websites don’t leave their visitors hanging: they lead them on a journey of discovery, one that ends with a call to action. You’ll discover how to pull together a powerful structure and compelling copy to maximise the potential of every visitor to your site.
Online marketing is only part of the story when it comes to branding. From your business cards, marketing literature and shopfront down to the ribbon you wrap your bouquets with, we’ll cover the absolute essentials of creating a positive and lasting impression.
Taking time out of your business to plan for the future and set goals is something our students tell us they love about all of our Flowerona workshops. So there will be plenty of time to think big and aim high, whilst also taking away some very tangible ‘to do’s that you can implement immediately.
9.15: Coffee and mingling with your fellow students.
9.35: Introductions, course aims and objectives.
10.10: Branding for Florists: the absolute essentials of creating a brand identity that’ll win you work; the anatomy of a well styled brand.
10.30: Getting Focused. Time to reflect on what makes your business truly unique: the cornerstone of our work today.
10.50: Case Study. The Flowerona Rebrand: translating Rona and her blog into fonts, colours, shapes and patterns that represent her.
11.00: Maddie Hatton’s famous elevenses!
11.20: How to Style Your Brand: translating your floral style into a distinctive brand identity that’ll get your business noticed. Discover how to select fonts, colours and patterns that send out the right signals about your business and prove irresistible to your ideal clients.
12.00: Practical Mood Boarding Session. An inspirational and creative session that’ll give you an insight into what’s possible. You’ll leave with a mood board that’ll set your focus for your new brand identity and clarity around what design style will work for your business.
1.00: A healthy, wholesome and nutritious lunch to give you time to reflect on what you’ve learned this morning and clear your head ready for more learning in the afternoon.
2.00: How to Create a Website That’ll Win You Business. The absolute essentials of creating and structuring a compelling website. We’ll look at the very best examples of florists websites and how you can ensure you create a website that works whatever your budget, whether you plan to sell online or not.
2.35: Practical Session: Planning and Structuring your Website and Creating a Compelling Customer Journey. A practical session to help you map out how your next site should be structured for maximum return on your investment.
3.00: Brand Touchpoints. Create a memorable experience every step of the way: from your shop front and van down to the fine detail.
3.25: Finding and Working with a Designer. Whatever your budget, finding and working with the right designer can be a challenge. How do you find someone capable of translating your brief into something spectacular and delivering on time and on budget?
3.45: Evaluating what you have. What’s working, what isn’t and why.
4.15: Your goals. Time to reflect on what you’ve learned and set yourself some clear actions to ensure you make the very most of your day.
4.30: Cocktails and Mocktails! A very popular end to an inspirational day. A chance to mingle with your fellow students and ask us questions informally before heading home.
- A mood board that will give you a clear and inspirational vision to base your brand identity on.
- A wireframe for your website home page and the know-how to be able to structure the rest of your site when you get back to your desk.
- An invaluable perspective on how effective your current branding and marketing literature are, and what you need to tweak to ensure even more success.
- A clear understanding of how to find the right designer for your unique project and how to work with them effectively.
Rona Wheeldon is a highly respected floristry industry expert and founder of the award-winning blog, Flowerona. Having recently undergone a brand transformation herself Rona knows first-hand the impact a powerful brand can have on your business.
Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist, has worked with small businesses for more than fifteen years: styling brands, creating websites and running workshops. She has been described, by several of her clients, as a Branding Goddess. Fiona is generous with her knowledge and will inspire you to create something fabulous for your business. Fiona’s second book, on branding for small businesses, is due to be published in Spring 2015.
Your investment for the day is £345, which includes all course materials and handouts, two weeks’ follow-up support and seriously delicious food.
The workshop will be held at Brixton East, 100 Barrington Road, London, SW9 7JF. Brixton mainline and underground stations are a ten minute walk from the venue.
HOW TO BOOK
So, do join us and network, gain inspiration, clarity and the expertise to help you grow your business. To book your place, simply click here. For the workshop Terms & Conditions, please click here. Places are limited and we anticipate this class selling out. So please book early to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. We’ve got plans for more business-related workshops for florists in the future! Do let us know if there’s anything specific you would like us to cover.
(Image: Katie Spicer Photography)