Is marketing something that you’ve been struggling with?
You’re not alone. It doesn’t come naturally, and there is a simple framework you can learn to help end that struggle.
Our purpose is to help Good Businesses do more good (through awesome branding and storytelling!). That’s what we are passionate about!
And we want to make this accessible to purposeful businesses and organisations who do not yet have the budget they wish they had.
The purpose of our grant is to perpetuate goodness where budgets are constrained. Often that is right at the coalface, where real, positive impact happens.
Our Double the Goodness Grant is pretty simple. For every dollar you invest in your branding or marketing services through us, we double it in kind, up to a maximum of $10,000 (and limited to services). So your $1000 gets you $2000 in awesomeness. Your $10,000 gets you $20,000. And anything in between.
We launched our grant mid 2018, with the aim to give up to $20,000 a year in matching funds per year.
Every quarter, we renew our available funds, to help as many Good Businesses as possible.
The Sponge is a full service purposeful branding agency, with a digital tilt. We like to start with the heart of a brand, your purpose, impact and values, then work outward from that.
That usually flows in the following Impact Brand Story process:
You may have some of these nailed, and kudos to you if you do! Let us know where you feel we can provide most value and we will accommodate. Check out our services to find out more about what we can do!
Our application form will help you tell us all about you and your business/organisation, how you create positive impact, and how you would like us to help you (amongst other things we need to know).
It’s a relatively simple process.
We then evaluate your application
Our team will review your application and will approve it if we’re a fit. It will typically require a brief phone call to get aligned.
We will be looking to understand the following:
Positive Impact: if you are to succeed, how much difference will it make?
Viability: does what you propose make financial sense? Are we confident this is an impactful use of funds?
Partnership Fit: Are we a fit to work together? Can we have a truly collaborative working relationship?
Passion: Does what you propose spark the passion of our team? Is it something we align with in purpose and/or values? Will we have fun and feel energised working on it?
Leadership Buy-in: Is there complete buy in from your leadership team? What possible objections or rejections could be raised to the work produced?
Each project completed with our grant winners holds the same high quality standards and dedication from our team as our regular clients do. We cater to the needs of each individual brand, honouring the unique snowflakes that they are, and choosing from the variety of services we offer.
Have a look at some of the world-changing work we’ve proudly done so far:
The Sponge is enabling small business to focus on essential elements of marketing/strategy. I used to go in circles and best guess engagement with customers; I didn’t understand my target market. The Sponge gave me a real wake-up call: To realise how much time and money I was throwing away for no return. The learning was interesting and interactive. Now, I feel in control and focused.Timely Business Solutions
We were in the middle of re-branding and wanted to know how better to market our product including how better to tell our story. This webinar provided practical marketing techniques, and rationale to explain the benefit of this strategy. The 'light bulb' moment for me was making the connection between the power of storytelling and marketing our brand.CEO CommunityGro
Branding is a familiar concept to comms & marketing professionals like myself. But it’s often a mystery to other staff, and for brand to be authentic, unique and indispensable they all need to be on board. This training helped me clarify branding to everyone in our organisation. Now they’re all part of the brand redevelopment crew, identifying and sharing stories that resonate with our values and purpose. Thanks, Luke, for launching our journey to uncover the brand that ‘comes from within’.Communications and Marketing Coordinator
The Sponge’s perceptive sensibility guarantees a perfect match between your business and its presentation to the world. They makes your values, ethics, goals, and the 'feel' of your business shine through every aspect of your brand.Sydney Massage Time Pty Ltd
I recommend The Sponge’s services to new and established organizations who are looking to differentiate themselves from the “ordinary” and stand out from the crowd.InfoGenesis Pty Limited
One of Luke’s talents is his ability to move people and organizations from the creative to the innovative, commercializing ideas and inventions.Hoax Speaker
I have had The Sponge involved in several IT based projects over my years working as a Software Developer. Each project has seen results that have exceeded expectations and I highly recommend them.Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety
I usually don’t believe in one stop shops, because of the inability to be great across many areas, but The Sponge truly are the one stop shop for brand creation, innovation and lead generation.Tribe Social Fitness
Luke and the crew at the Sponge helped set up our Corporate image as it stands today. They were extremely helpful and patient. They took the time to understand our business and brainstormed with us some of the essential elements and came up with various images until we were happy with the final one. Can't recommend Luke and his team enough. Thanks again Luke.Complete Health Chiropractic
The Sponge team are great to work with. They translate your ideas and vision into something real and tangible and they truly want to make an impact to your business strategy with their valuable insights. We have been using them for over 10 years and would highly recommend their expertise.William, Thyme & Prophet / Report Factory
A great vibe and energy brought to every project that The Sponge have led for me. Easy to work with, quick on the uptake of direction and prompt service. Will definitely be using The Sponge again and highly recommend.NSW Department of Education
High level strategic thinking and their creativity makes them stand out. Quick turn around time and reasonable price make them the winner every single time.Crescent Wealth
Awesome company with awesome creativity. After working with them over 2 years, The Sponge has successfully turned me from a happy customer into a raving fan!Claytan Australia
Great creative proactive company. Could not be happier with the works they both provided and suggested. Now our go to company for branding.JHA Engineers
Awesome design. Easy to work with. Jobs are completed quickly. Highly recommended.BONT
Luke and the team at the Sponge are truly artisans of their craft. They're AWARE, they DARE and DELIVER.Richardson & Wrench Willoughby
Love their vision, love their work and mostly love the team!Claytan Australia
The Sponge truly immersed themselves into our business, our team and our culture to develop a brand that not only captured our essence but more importantly; expressed it to the world.Enth° Projects
The Sponge have been outstanding to work with. Their expertise, dedication and outstanding quality of work is second to none. I am grateful for their input into the design of our brand and website.The Fortune Institute
Our brand looks better than we could have dreamed and The Sponge team managed to squeeze so much meaning into it that our prospects really get a sense of how we can help them.Insolvency Options