A rebranding initiative for St. JOE Club & Resorts was an exciting challenge for our branding and design team. From concept to execution, this was a dream project as we had the benefit of standing on the shoulders of the well-established brand of the parent brand, The St. Joe Company. Since St. JOE Club & Resorts had expanded its amenities and club locations over the past several years, the new brand needed to embody an upscale, legacy membership with multiple locations yet communicate that all of this was under the brand umbrella of St. Joe.
Careful design studies and brainstorming charettes among our creative team yielded a plethora of ideas. Still, we always came back to a new iteration of the name with an updated and relevant twist. The primary goal was that the existing brand equity in the former name was reinvented rather than abolished—The Clubs by JOE, with “J” as their new mark, was created. The latest iteration embodies a contemporary brand with the company’s history and strong reputation still found within. Changing the name “Club” to “Clubs” was a more accurate descriptor, as multiple locations are offered with one membership. It was prudent to keep the name “JOE,” which has tremendous brand equity and a connection that consumers had already established with The St. Joe Company and St. Joe Club & Resorts. Treating the name “Joe” in uppercase letters—JOE—also kept a connection but purposefully updated and enhanced the brand currency that already existed. Once the brand and logo were established, we created adjunct collateral, including a new membership package, an elegant invitation to new members to join the club, and other materials. The first initiative was a membership drive—a “Friends and Family Golden Ticket” invitation with the goal of increasing club membership by 100. The final result was that 150 new members joined that summer.