Co-founded by the Beal family - we believe in an old saying; less is more. Beal & Partners is a minimalist family creative agency headquartered in the old Terry's chocolate factory in York, England with quarters in Leeds, Manchester & London. We create extraordinary pieces of branding, website design & digital marketing by interweaving our philosophies & our methodologies distilled from our book club in to every single thing we do. Beal & Partners is co-owned by the Beal family & our partners entrenching a sense of family. Our family culture is like a chocolate orange; made of individual segments centred around a core with every bite creating an earthy cocoa & zesty orange sensation. Our vision is to create an extraordinary experience when you bite in to our fairtrade chocolate. We are only made of authentic partnerships with our partners' & our clients'. Join us in our revolutionary minimalist family creative agency.
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less is more
We always love to say; creating extraordinary pieces of branding, website design & digital marketing in the old Terry's chocolate factory in York, England is in a sense like creating chocolate. Our partners are fine chocolatiers who come together to source the ingredients to incorporate in to our extraordinary chocolate recipe - perhaps - we will incorporate a spoonful of earthy cocoa or a splash of zesty orange oil - however - we will always keep to our philosophy of less is more.
‘Our services are exquisitely crafted by extraordinary people who believe in authenticity, fairness & partnership; all built on our family heritage, our partners & our clients. Always.’
exploration & expedition
Only a handful of companies tell their story. Beal & Partners sometimes tells revolutionary stories by say incorporting a geometric sans-serif typeface entrenching a sense of modernity & sometimes tells customary stories by say incorporting a beige uncoated paper entrenching a sense of heritage. Our brand designers balance art & science notably with psychology & neuroscience. Studies prove if you tell an emotional story it triggers oxytocin; a neurochemical with another name - the love chemical. We all fall in love with particular brands. Why not yours?
ux & cro
Two acronyms which we obsess over. UX & CRO. Beal & Partners is extraordinarily focused on user experience & conversation rate optimisation in order to create a well-made & high-performing website. Our extraordinary designers & developers are accustomed to the journey; from the briefing papers to the wireframes, from the design to the development & from the launch to the development pipeline. Our ambition is to win the hearts & minds of users. Plus; an award-winning website would be quite neat too.
seo & ppc
We agree to disagree with just vanilla digital marketing agencies; the majority favour creativity over analytics or analytics over creativity. Our creativity & analytics perspective in equal concentration is like investing in a stocks & shares fund; the picking of stocks / keywords, the purchasing of shares / ads & the modelling of the return on investment. Beal & Partners creates bespoke digital marketing funds; from a fund of 80% SEO & 20% PPC to a fund of 100% PPC, from targeting a city to targeting a country & from a budget of circa £1k p/m to a budget of circa £1m p/m. Ps. Say the codeword vanilla to attain a free digital marketing audit.
Inclusion Housing is a high-growth social enterprise in York, England with Beal & Partners in partnership with two of our creative agency partners in Leeds & Manchester managing the project from the brief to the launch divided in to four stages. Stage 1. The re-brand project; iconography, wordmark, typography, colour palette, photography & copy. Stages 2, 3 & 4. The website re-launch project; the corporate website, the intranet website [branded Octavia] & the customer website [with the incorporation of the Zendesk Live Chat SaaS]. - inclusionhousing.org.uk
York St John University Business Society
York St John University Business Society's vision is to enrich the university experience. Beal & Partners created a number of pieces of branding for one of the most important societal events of the year; the annual general meeting - a quite special event to vote on motions, stand to join the committee & enjoy a celebratory dinner. We designed a fabric banner stand inspired by luxury fashion events, a bespoke ballot paper & a small card highlighting the vision alongside the mission of the society. One of our favourite pieces of feedback was; 'it felt like a wedding event'.
Luminaire Arts is a luxury art gallery & consultancy in Belgravia, London. Beal & Partners managed a digital marketing fund of 20% SEO & 80% PPC. We targeted new users with the Google Search Network & re-targeted existing users with the Google Display Network. Beal & Partners picked a number of keywords distilled from our research & insight report, purchased ads per keyword as opposed to per keyword group in order to attain highly relevant ads & continually refined the client model in order to optimise the return on investment.
Our book club is a collective mix of creatives & readers. Every season our partners' draw up a shortlist and take it to a vote; the book with the majority wins and becomes our season's pick. Early in the season we issue our season's pick to our book club members' & late in the season we write our review. Our review incorporates our collective thoughts alongside a key insight which we will distil in to our philosophies & our methodologies in order to make Beal & Partners an even more extraordinary minimalist family creative agency.JOIN THE BEAL & PARTNERS BOOK CLUB
the infinite game
What game are you playing? Finite games have fixed rules, known players & an end game in mind. Infinite games have changeable rules, known and unknown players & no end game in sight. The book illustrates the different game philosophies by the divergent tales of Apple & Kodak. In the early 1980s Jobs and fellow Apple executives visited Xerox to see a new technology called GUI or the Graphical User Interface. Shortly after, Jobs told his fellow executives to abandon the Lisa project and invest in the development of the Graphical User Interface. However. One of Apple's executives told Jobs, 'Steve, if we do that, we'll blow up our own company', to which Jobs replied, 'better we should blow it up than someone else'. Apple abandoned the Lisa project and in 1984 launched the Macintosh which revolutionised the computer industry. This precise moment in the book is known as an existential flex - the ultimate test of the infinite game - the ultimate test of the finite game by contrast is to stay the course which we will explore in the following tale. In the late 1970s Kodak invented a new technology called a digital photograph. On Kodak's invention the executives were concerned it would suppress sales of their film and was placed in an existential crisis, just like Apple. Only this time Kodak chose to stay the course. In the early 2010s Kodak filed for bankruptcy. | Key Insight | The divergent tales of Apple & Kodak teaches us to choose the game in which we play wisely as for those who choose are accountable for many a great companies and ex-great companies.
the year of living danishly
A real life tale of an Englishwoman living in Denmark, Scandinavia - ranked as the happiest place on earth. The first extraordinary insight is the word hygge, or cosy, which is entrenched with in the Danish culture and inspired by the cold & the dark climate. Leading on from the shock of capture incorporates a number of extraordinary insights; from the appreciation of a work/life balance to the appreciation of a minimalist home, from the obsession with the nation's leading brewery - Carlsberg - probably the best beer in the world - to the obsession with the nation's pastries - noteably the Danish Kanelsnegle or a cinnamon bun to you and me & from one of the highest tax rates in the world to one of the highest rates of equality in the world. The Year of Living Danishly is an extraordinary insight in to the happiest place on earth. | Key Insight | We have fallen in love with the Danish way of life and we intend to create a hygge/cosy place of work - first by incorporating filament light bulbs made by the only manufacturer of incandescent light bulbs in Denmark, Scandinavia. Cosy, no?
The Culture Code
Why do some companies plus one and one and make one and others make three? The Culture Code gives an extraordinary insight in to a number of cultures in order to solve the puzzle. One culture stood out to us. In the early days of Google; the race of monetising the platform was intensifying as the funding was about to run out. A key issue was the lack of relevant ads [think searching for wine and getting grapes instead] and it all came to a head when one of the co-founders left a note in the kitchen saying 'these ads suck'. Someone who had nothing to do with the ads side of the business read the note and mulled over a solution which worked extraordinarily well. Only made possible by Google's idea of 20% time which gives people the opportunity to devote 20% of their time to a project of their own choosing. | Key Insight | We love the idea of 20% time and we are giving our partners' the opportunity to devote 20% of their time to a project of their own choosing - whether it be a client project or one of our own we are very excited to see the results.
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