Association for Corporate Citizenship Professionals

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How Does an Association Launch a New Brand That Resonates with Existing and Prospective Members?

Overview

The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals has been the leading membership organization for CSR-minded professionals for over a decade and a half. While ACCP’s history and legacy in the field are among their greatest assets, the brand needed to be modernized to showcase ACCP’s ability to continually evolve and stay one step ahead of the growing industry. In the fall of 2018, ACCP engaged Mission Partners to create a new visual brand and messaging. To go along with the updated brand, ACCP also worked with Mission Partners to redesign ACCP’s website to create a better, more efficient user experience.

Strategy

  • Mission Partners conducted a brand audit and peer set review to better understand how members perceived ACCP and how ACCP’s presentation was tracking against competitors. 
  • Mission Partners led ACCP through the process of establishing a messaging hierarchy and updated talking points
  • We developed a new visual identity that is professional, but approachable, and the three interlocking circles in the logo represent the “triple bottom line” approach for CSR: people, planet, and profit. 
  • As part of a more encompassing communications plan, Mission Partners also created a brand book, a year-long communications strategy, member recruitment materials, social media graphics and templates, and a member benefits explainer video, “What an ACCP Membership Means for You,” all of which helped advance ACCP’s goals of retaining and growing their membership base
  • Mission Partners worked alongside ACCP and a third-party vendor during the summer and fall of 2019 to redesign ACCP’s website to reflect the new brand and streamline the user-experience

Impact

  • New, direct messaging allowed members and the board to more easily share what they love about ACCP, as well as capture ACCP’s growth and how the corporate citizenship field has evolved. 
  • A new logo and visual identity more directly showed ACCP’s connection to the ever-evolving CSR field 
  • The new website transformed a difficult-to-navigate site filled with an overload of information, to a more engaging, streamlined platform for current and potential ACCP members. ACCP saw an 63% increase in unique users and a 27% increase in page views. 
  • Along with the new website, Mission Partners also redesigned ACCP’s newsletter template for The Wrap, which simplified the weekly creation process for ACCP, and established a stronger hierarchy of information so readers can find information more easily.

“We are proud to introduce ACCP’s new brand, which reflects our ongoing mission to empower corporate citizenship leaders to strengthen their companies and improve the world. This new branding recognizes that our field and our association are ever-evolving, and reflects the energy and vibrancy that our members bring to corporate citizenship every day.” —Carolyn Berkowitz, President & CEO

examples of the new ACCP Branding

Mock up of new ACCP fact sheet

Infographics detailing the state of CSR in the country

mock up of the new ACCP website, conference site, and email newsletter