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ROCKTOPUS® LLC: Rock Star Branding & Design Agency

Woman-owned startup with focus on giving back via pro-bono work for nonprofits & those affected by COVID-19. 20 years of career experience.

$225
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Project Description

  • Who/what is ROCKTOPUS?
    ROCKTOPUS® LLC is a full service, down-to-earth, small but fiercely emerging LLC with 20 years of advertisement & creative design experience. We give you branding, high end logo design, digital marketing, social media management, graphic print & website design services sure to knock the socks off your competitors. We offer competitive, affordable rates which beat the heck out of any big-time NYC or LA design agency.
     
  • There are a ton of graphic design pros out there...  what makes ROCKTOPUS different?
    I truly care about my clients and my goal is to make a difference, particularly in the lives of women who are aspiring business owners - my marketing & design is geared towards that audience (the octopus has long been a multi-cultural symbol of femininity... and furthermore, we are multi-taskers where having those 8 arms would surely come in handy, even more now in modern times). I want to make premium high-end agency branding services available & accessible to those who can't shell out 6-figures to a large branding agency. My goal is to provide these rock star services with empathy & compassion to help others much like myself launch their start-ups the right way without breaking the bank. If your existing company taken a hit during this new erratic economic landscape, if you were laid off amid the pandemic & have a product or idea, but lack the Fortune 500 funding to build your brand in a beautiful & intuitive manner fine-tuned to your target audience, I want to help you get there.
     
  • I myself am a woman who grew up in an underprivileged household, raised by a single mother. I want to help women just like me - statistics from 2020 show how large that audience has become. Women-owned businesses are growing at a rate of 5%. There are 13 million women-owned businesses in the US. Furthermore, women-of-color account for nearly 90% of the new women-owned businesses annually in 2020. These women-owned businesses are mostly in industries which investors find less appealing, such as fashion, education, household services, or retail. Women-owned businesses tend to start off with fewer assets and less capital than men-owned businesses, which means less money to invest in branding. I am asking for your help, so that I can help them too!
     
  • Stay Relevant in Changing Times! Much like technology, design trends change rapidly. So does your audience. Small emerging businesses & individuals can come up with the best idea in the world, but without the right brand identity, they may end up lost in a sea of competing companies who simply just had more cash on hand to invest in marketing & design. 

  • How will your contribution make a difference? I will use this funding to continue to invest in building my business - this includes advertisement expenses, software subscriptions & hiring employees to manage workload when business becomes steady & constant. This contribution will enable me to keep my cost for branding & design services low in comparison to the average branding agency, and to provide free services to nonprofits & women in need of help, as I continue to invest in growing my company. I was laid off amid the early onset of the pandemic, and have spent much of my life savings on building this company & essential costs such as rent & utilities.
     
  • About the Founder: My name is Danielle. I have 20 solid years of hands-on art & creative direction expertise in branding, advertisement, marketing & graphic design. I have worked with all B2B, B2C & D2C industries, as well as nonprofit organizations.
     

    I've devoted my life to my career since 2000 at the age of sixteen, coming from an underprivileged household & determined to achieve success. Extremely hardworking & self-taught, my two decades of "boots on the ground" hands-on career experience in dynamic agency environments give me a rare advantage on how I handle & manage workflow. I have gained access to important resources and an excellent network of collaborative professionals throughout the years, ensuring full scale capabilities whether you want a custom built search engine, or a handmade artisan trade show booth.

    My unique background has shaped me to be a motivated, determined, versatile & flexible professional, as well as a humble human being who values kindness & appreciates everything in life. While it’s true that I have taken an unorthodox road to be where I am today professionally, that is what effective design is all about - seeing a bigger picture, reaching new heights & pushing the boundaries!

    Small but fierce! Little woman, big dreams! ROCKTOPUS is currently a one-woman show but I have high hopes for my blossoming company, including hiring a team of diverse young female interns, mentorships for aspiring female entrepreneurs & support for women looking to enter the male-dominated highly competitive field of graphic design, community outreach programs & more.

    I've had guardian angels along the way who helped me achieve things I never thought could be possible in my life, and they always taught me the importance of paying it forward. As my business grows, I will be in a position to make more of a difference. The more I receive, the more I can give back. 

    Thanks so much for your time & consideration! Feel free to contact me with any questions. This is my first attempt at crowdfunding, and I am sure I have a lot to learn. :)

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When will I receive my reward?
Estimated monthly dates & turnarounds are provided for each reward, based on current availability. However, this may be subject to change based on time & availability in the event that this crowdfunding effort generates an unusually large amount of interest. If for any reason I cannot honor your requests, your contribution will be promptly returned to you. Please feel free to contact me directly in advance for any questions or concerns you may have in relation to timing.

Why are you doing this?
You know when you're on an airplane & they instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others? I have spent my life ignoring that rule. And so, I am asking those of you who have your oxygen masks firmly in place for assistance, so that I can continue to help the people in my life who need me, and hopefully many more in the future.

Is this your first crowdfunding experience?
Yes, and it may be painfully obvious, but I hope you'll give me an A for effort :) In fact, my entire life has been spent never asking for help, always striving to manage everything myself without the assistance of anyone or any program. I've always been more than willing to put active effort & hard work into achieving my goals. COVID-19 has changed my ability to achieve this all on my own.
 

 

Genghis Khoa
11/28/2020
Monetary Contribution
$200
LZ
11/28/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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25.00 USD
Social Media Shoutout

A big genuine thank you for your support, via social media shoutout to you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or LinkedIn with a link to your profile or company website. Or if you prefer to remain anonymous, a big genuine thank you via email!

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2,000.00 USD
All-Inclusive Express Website

Under a week average turnaround time! Hosting, URL & Email setup included.

5-page Website:
- Home (Landing Page) - About - Services - Blog - Contact

What's included?

  • ONE YEAR HOSTING PACKAGE. ROCKTOPUS is a member of the WIX Partnership Program. - WIX One Year Prepaid Unlimited Premium Plan ($216/year thereafter) (2 & 3 year plans available as add-on options)
  • Free Custom domain name url for one year ($15.95/year thereafter)
  • One Free email address @ your custom domain name URL ($60/year thereafter)
  • CMS Content Management System
  • 1 hour of live video streaming for events hosted on your site
  • Visitor analytics, site booster & events calendar app
  • Domain name custom email address
  • Client admin service allowing you to login to view the site before it goes live

SITE FEATURES

  • Contact form
  • Favicon icon derived from your new logo for browser tab display
  • Dynamic "sticky" menu for ease of use when scrolling
  • Responsive + Flexible layout optimized for all screens & devices
  • Custom layout modifications & graphics to ensure your site is unique & suited to your brand
  • Mobile-Ready: Each page is laid out twice - one layout for web, and a modified version of that layout customized for ease of use when in mobile view
  • Social Media button links / integration

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: The following are not available with this particular package, but can be included in the form of add-on services: - Logo Design (please provide us with your logo) - Copywriting & Marketing Services (please provide us with the content you would like on each page - Sub-pages, sub-links & testimonials sliders - Any form of advanced coding or metadata additions to your site - Online Portfolios

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99.00 USD
Express Logo Design

One custom, entirely unique Logo Design
View Examples Here! 

• One round of minor revisions to fine-tune your logo. (color & font changes)
• Final deliverables in native vector Illustrator file (fully editable, resizable & reusable for every purpose from web icons to billboards), one PDF, and one high resolution transparent background PNG or JPEG at 300dpi which will be centered in a square so that you can use it as a social media avatar or profile photo
• Creative, meaningful and fresh ideas. No clip-art! One of a kind!
• Rapid response rate.
• Professional & friendly customer support.
• You fully own the rights to your logo, immediately!

Please note that this economy logo design service does not include full service branding, brand guidelines, marketing research, 3d designs, caricatures, detailed landscapes or cityscapes, resizing for web/print, photo manipulation or photography. Logo designs will be created with basic line or solid vector art, with a maximum of 3 colors. You may choose between a stylized wordmark, stylized monogram lettermark, basic pictoral mark (logo symbol), or a combination mark (wordmark with pictoral mark). This economy option is high end & superior quality, but not for picky customers or ones with a creative vision for their brand already in mind, who might need several revision rounds. In that case, we recommend checking out our branding packages. Additional revision requests will be billed hourly at our regular rate of $75 per hour.

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300.00 USD
Triple-Decker Social Media Design

Three profile photo & timeline banner sets for Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Gorgeous jaw-dropping designs. Quick turnaround.

Logo design, account creation & social media management not included.

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3,000.00 USD
Brand-Aid™ Branding/Rebranding Package

 The ROCKTOPUS Brand-Aid™ Package 💊 is just what the doctor ordered.

Having a Brand-Identity-Crisis? Brand health is everything!
Ideal for your existing company or product in need of a marketing facelift... or gift the service to the aspiring entrepreneur/business owner affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 in your life for the holidays this year :)

ALL-INCLUSIVE:

Brand Strategy Questionnaire  You will be sent a dynamic PDF upon this contribution, conveniently fillable digitally from any device. The questionnaire asks you specific info about your core values, the creative strategy behind your brand, the date your company or product was initially established, what you like/dislike about your existing logo, and what you would like to especially see changed.

"Dive In" Branding Consultation (60 Minutes)  One-on-one session, your choice of phone, video or Rocktopus exclusive web chat, conveniently booked right from the Rocktopus website calendar (which is linked directly to my personal cell phone notifications). We discuss your goals, core values, business culture, ideal client and elevator pitch, strategically reexamining your target audience, competitors & market today versus the time you initially launched your existing brand. This will enable me to highlight & emphasize what makes you stand out from the rest in today's rapidly changing marketplace. This is the key to brand clarity and assists the creative process to ensure your unique vision is represented.

Rock Star Logo Design  Get ready to reinvent yourself & retain the trust of your existing client base with an entirely custom, vector based brand identity, driven by your brand strategy.

Secondary Logo Marks  Custom brand marks for use on social media, various dark/light backgrounds and collateral to fully expand your brand depth.

Not Your Basic Business Card  A beautifully custom designed (your choice of single or double sided) business card to perfectly complement your new rock star logo.

Catchy Color Palette  Custom color palette in CMYK, Pantone, RGB & HEX(Web) specifically crafted using the art of color psychology to enhance your brand & achieve the right kind of mood/attention.

Stunning Social Media Design  Your choice of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Includes complete set: one profile photo and one timeline/banner design.

Octo-Style Guide  An 8-page brand style guide, This is essentially an instruction manual and rule book on brand guidelines, which lays out how to communicate your brand. An attractive digital booklet in PDF format including visual details, typography, color palette, social media graphics, proper logo usage, as well as important info about the company or product's voice, tone & messaging.

Turnaround time: 4-6 weeks

 

 

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850.00 USD
Sea Star Graphic Design Package
  • 12 Hours of Prepaid Graphic Design Service
  • Priority Service
  • Includes Graphic Design, Web + Social Media Design Updates
  • 2 Personalized Calls - Your Choice of Zoom or Phone
  • Client Calendar Login Area for Simple Bookings & Add-Ons

 Branding services & websites are not included in this package. Web design update services include the creation of new graphics, banners & ads for your preexisting website.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Social Media Shoutout

A big genuine thank you for your support, via social media shoutout to you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or LinkedIn with a link to your profile or company website. Or if you prefer to remain anonymous, a big genuine thank you via email!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
All-Inclusive Express Website

Under a week average turnaround time! Hosting, URL & Email setup included.

5-page Website:
- Home (Landing Page) - About - Services - Blog - Contact

What's included?

  • ONE YEAR HOSTING PACKAGE. ROCKTOPUS is a member of the WIX Partnership Program. - WIX One Year Prepaid Unlimited Premium Plan ($216/year thereafter) (2 & 3 year plans available as add-on options)
  • Free Custom domain name url for one year ($15.95/year thereafter)
  • One Free email address @ your custom domain name URL ($60/year thereafter)
  • CMS Content Management System
  • 1 hour of live video streaming for events hosted on your site
  • Visitor analytics, site booster & events calendar app
  • Domain name custom email address
  • Client admin service allowing you to login to view the site before it goes live

SITE FEATURES

  • Contact form
  • Favicon icon derived from your new logo for browser tab display
  • Dynamic "sticky" menu for ease of use when scrolling
  • Responsive + Flexible layout optimized for all screens & devices
  • Custom layout modifications & graphics to ensure your site is unique & suited to your brand
  • Mobile-Ready: Each page is laid out twice - one layout for web, and a modified version of that layout customized for ease of use when in mobile view
  • Social Media button links / integration

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: The following are not available with this particular package, but can be included in the form of add-on services: - Logo Design (please provide us with your logo) - Copywriting & Marketing Services (please provide us with the content you would like on each page - Sub-pages, sub-links & testimonials sliders - Any form of advanced coding or metadata additions to your site - Online Portfolios

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
99.00 USD
Express Logo Design

One custom, entirely unique Logo Design
View Examples Here! 

• One round of minor revisions to fine-tune your logo. (color & font changes)
• Final deliverables in native vector Illustrator file (fully editable, resizable & reusable for every purpose from web icons to billboards), one PDF, and one high resolution transparent background PNG or JPEG at 300dpi which will be centered in a square so that you can use it as a social media avatar or profile photo
• Creative, meaningful and fresh ideas. No clip-art! One of a kind!
• Rapid response rate.
• Professional & friendly customer support.
• You fully own the rights to your logo, immediately!

Please note that this economy logo design service does not include full service branding, brand guidelines, marketing research, 3d designs, caricatures, detailed landscapes or cityscapes, resizing for web/print, photo manipulation or photography. Logo designs will be created with basic line or solid vector art, with a maximum of 3 colors. You may choose between a stylized wordmark, stylized monogram lettermark, basic pictoral mark (logo symbol), or a combination mark (wordmark with pictoral mark). This economy option is high end & superior quality, but not for picky customers or ones with a creative vision for their brand already in mind, who might need several revision rounds. In that case, we recommend checking out our branding packages. Additional revision requests will be billed hourly at our regular rate of $75 per hour.

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD
Triple-Decker Social Media Design

Three profile photo & timeline banner sets for Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Gorgeous jaw-dropping designs. Quick turnaround.

Logo design, account creation & social media management not included.

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
3,000.00 USD
Brand-Aid™ Branding/Rebranding Package

 The ROCKTOPUS Brand-Aid™ Package 💊 is just what the doctor ordered.

Having a Brand-Identity-Crisis? Brand health is everything!
Ideal for your existing company or product in need of a marketing facelift... or gift the service to the aspiring entrepreneur/business owner affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 in your life for the holidays this year :)

ALL-INCLUSIVE:

Brand Strategy Questionnaire  You will be sent a dynamic PDF upon this contribution, conveniently fillable digitally from any device. The questionnaire asks you specific info about your core values, the creative strategy behind your brand, the date your company or product was initially established, what you like/dislike about your existing logo, and what you would like to especially see changed.

"Dive In" Branding Consultation (60 Minutes)  One-on-one session, your choice of phone, video or Rocktopus exclusive web chat, conveniently booked right from the Rocktopus website calendar (which is linked directly to my personal cell phone notifications). We discuss your goals, core values, business culture, ideal client and elevator pitch, strategically reexamining your target audience, competitors & market today versus the time you initially launched your existing brand. This will enable me to highlight & emphasize what makes you stand out from the rest in today's rapidly changing marketplace. This is the key to brand clarity and assists the creative process to ensure your unique vision is represented.

Rock Star Logo Design  Get ready to reinvent yourself & retain the trust of your existing client base with an entirely custom, vector based brand identity, driven by your brand strategy.

Secondary Logo Marks  Custom brand marks for use on social media, various dark/light backgrounds and collateral to fully expand your brand depth.

Not Your Basic Business Card  A beautifully custom designed (your choice of single or double sided) business card to perfectly complement your new rock star logo.

Catchy Color Palette  Custom color palette in CMYK, Pantone, RGB & HEX(Web) specifically crafted using the art of color psychology to enhance your brand & achieve the right kind of mood/attention.

Stunning Social Media Design  Your choice of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Includes complete set: one profile photo and one timeline/banner design.

Octo-Style Guide  An 8-page brand style guide, This is essentially an instruction manual and rule book on brand guidelines, which lays out how to communicate your brand. An attractive digital booklet in PDF format including visual details, typography, color palette, social media graphics, proper logo usage, as well as important info about the company or product's voice, tone & messaging.

Turnaround time: 4-6 weeks

 

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
850.00 USD
Sea Star Graphic Design Package
  • 12 Hours of Prepaid Graphic Design Service
  • Priority Service
  • Includes Graphic Design, Web + Social Media Design Updates
  • 2 Personalized Calls - Your Choice of Zoom or Phone
  • Client Calendar Login Area for Simple Bookings & Add-Ons

 Branding services & websites are not included in this package. Web design update services include the creation of new graphics, banners & ads for your preexisting website.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward