06/04/2021

Swikly has a new look: What our branding tells you

After five years, the Swikly brand is getting an update! Find out what you can learn from this branding for YOUR brand.

Summary

As you may have noticed, our website has been refreshed a few days ago. We felt it was important to update its architecture and content. This update is part of an even more important project: a subtle re-branding of our brand. Indeed, after more than five years of existence, Swikly has built itself and our brand had to gain in maturity. We therefore suggest you discover the lessons we have learned from our branding that you can integrate in your turn, whatever your sector of activity.

Make an inventory of the existing

While we felt it was essential to update our brand, it was clear that we should not start from scratch: our brand has been built up over 5 years of development and many elements of it needed to be retained.

Our name and logo

The most recognizable elements of our brand, our name and logo were designed based on our vision, which is still relevant today: Swikly is a contraction of the acronym SWAK, Seal With a Kiss, which translates to "seal an agreement in a pleasant way" and the adverb "quickly". Our logo takes up this philosophy by mixing a handshake, symbol of an agreement or a commitment, with the link icon, symbol of the relationship between the owner and the tenant secured by our online service.

Our primary color

The blue that has characterized us since our beginnings was chosen to emphasize the trust and reliability of the service that we still offer today. In this sense, it seemed obvious to us to keep this colour at the heart of our brand. The choice of this colour brings a sense of calm to the relationship with our customers and their customers in turn.

It's unlikely that the entire brand you've built to date is disposable. So, it's essential to take inventory of all the strong elements of your brand and assess whether they are still aligned with your vision. They will serve as the foundation for the rest of your branding.

Doing your introspection  

To solidify the foundation of our brand, we went back to the Swikly story with some simple questions: 

Why did you found Swikly?

We believe that economies of use and sharing can help our consumption patterns evolve towards more environmentally friendly models. (Why ?)

In this sense, our mission is to accelerate this change by acting as facilitators for all the actors of the use and sharing economies. (How ?)

That's why we provide our clients with a dematerialization and automation service for bond management, tailor-made for the entire eclectic rental landscape. (What?)

SWAK and quickly make more sense at once, don't they?

What have we accomplished?

We have developed a reliable, secure and easy-to-use service that is constantly evolving. A support service accompanies our customers in their success: our business model being based on pay-per-use, our success depends on that of our customers, hence our attentive listening to their expectations. Finally, we have maintained our commitment to remain financially accessible and flexible to adapt to seasonal issues and the variety of our customers' activities.

Anchoring your foundations: values

Our introspection allowed us to highlight different pillars which are the foundations of Swikly since its creation. We were thus able to define them explicitly:

  • Reliable
  • Human
  • Accessible
  • Flexible

The definition of your values allows you to formalize your vision according to understandable and activable axes through all your activities. Confronting your actions to your values will allow you to consolidate your development according to your vision.

The design

As a result of the previous work, we have updated various visual elements of our identity.

Colour palette

We have added a secondary colour to our palette: a turquoise composite of our primary colour, which represents the balance and serenity that comes with using our service. We are using this color in a gradient with our primary color over all of our illustrations in order to anchor our visual identity more firmly. It also replaces the green color that we previously used for the buttons on our site.

Typographic universe

In addition to the Lato font we previously used, we have added the Raleway font for our various web and print titles. These modern, minimalist sans serif fonts were selected for their consistency with the characteristics of our service while evoking a sense of trust.

Conclusion

If branding seems like an afterthought in your business development, make no mistake: it is essential to increasing your authority in your market and is essential for sustainable growth.

It will also be essential to document the elements and rules of your branding and to act on a daily basis to ensure that they are maintained over time.

Have we piqued your curiosity?

Discover Swikly, the #1 online bonding solution for rental professionals!

Legal information

Editorial references

The swikly.com website is published by SWIKLY, a simplified joint stock company with a capital of 10,000 euros.
SWIKLY is registered in the Lyon Trade and Companies Register under number RCS 819 514 076
The head office is located in Lyon (France), 12 rue de la Barre, 69002 - Phone : +33 4 20 88 00 48 - email : contact@swikly.com
Director of publication: Mr. Shaun WOURM, President of SWIKLY - shaun.wourm@swikly.com.
The hosting of the Site has been entrusted to Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited (Microsoft AZURE offer), whose registered office is located at DUBLIN 18 99000 BLACKTHORN ROAD, Ireland, registered in the Trade and Companies Register of "Foreign company n/immat.RCS" under the number 419 423 728, reachable by phone at +353 1850 940 940.
SWIKLY - April 2016 - All rights reserved

Personal data

The creation of a personal account and the use of the site imply the collection of personal data and the processing of data.
The purpose of this processing is the management of the Swikly smarphone Application, of the Website Services and the activity of the SWIKLY company. This processing of personal data is the subject of a declaration to the CNIL by the Company under the number 1948037.
The following personal data of the user is accessible to any other registered user:
-first name and first letter of a user's name.
The following personal data of the user is accessible to any user who has accepted a Swik of the said user concerned:
-first name, last name and reputation of the user.
Personal data is transferred by the Company to its service providers and subcontractors, in accordance with the aforementioned declaration made to the CNIL. All access to the user's personal data by these subcontractors and service providers is subject to the use of a login and password, with the data also being transmitted via an encrypted link.
No personal data is collected for purposes other than those mentioned above, nor is it passed on to third parties without your consent or used without your knowledge.
In accordance with the law n°78-17 of January 6, 1978 modified, relating to Data processing, the Files and Freedoms, you have a right of access, of modification and suppression of the personal data concerning you (art.34 of the law).
These rights can be exercised with the Data Controller:
Service CNIL, Société SWIKLY - 12 rue de la Barre 69002 LYON, France - contact@swikly.com.
You will find all the information concerning your rights, duties and the protection of personal data on the website of the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés: http://www.cnil.fr
When you visit the Site, a cookie is placed on your computer. The Company uses cookies to enable and facilitate electronic communication, to provide features tailored to the needs of Users. The cookie is used to identify the user at each of his connections, and thus facilitates his access to the Service. The user can refuse cookies when accessing the smarphone Application or by changing the configuration of his browser. This may however alter the functionality of the smarphone Application, which the User accepts.

Contacts

To report any errors or anomalies on the site:
Webmaster: contact@swikly.com