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Hot chocolate bars and hidden staircases? Count us in! We kicked off 2020 by partnering the dsm hummingbirds with Rollins Mansion in Des Moines to bring 50 birds to their 2020 event calendar unveiling.  Originally built in the 1900’s, Rollins Mansion is a historic and sprawling event venue known for its unique architecture and beautiful […]

The Hummingbird Project

February 10, 2020

hummingbird partnership: rollins mansion

Tucked away off of Grand Avenue right outside of the heart of downtown Des Moines sits a well-loved space in the community, the Des Moines Art Center.  Photographers love it for the gorgeous grounds, creators and makers are continually amazed at the Center’s class offerings and visitors pop in regularly to check out the changing […]

The Hummingbird Project

January 31, 2020

hummingbird partnership: des moines art center

We love collaborating with businesses to build fresh excitement around their brand.  But we also love it when businesses recognize that the relationships they build with those in their community are so much more important than the amount of likes they accumulate on their posts. Relationships are a long game, which is why we cheer […]

The Hummingbird Project

December 30, 2019

Hummingbird Partnership: Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens

On a brisk fall night, a few months ago, 11 of our hummingbirds descended upon Fusion Boutique in West Des Moines to get an inside look at new collections offered in their gorgeous store. Our incredible collaborator and Fusion Boutique owner, Sara, and her team, welcomed us with kind words and a counter full of […]

The Hummingbird Project

December 30, 2019

Hummingbird Partnership: Fusion Boutique

Last night we packed the four walls of Crème Cupcake with 50+ happy hummingbirds, eager to experience this Des Moines dessert lounge institution and learn more about how they could better support our local community. Crème took amazing care of us, creating a custom “Flutter By” cocktail and hummingbird cupcakes for our charm. Our birds […]

The Hummingbird Project

July 11, 2019

Summer Hummingbird Meetup at Crème Cupcake

We recently had the chance to chat with Hummingbird client Tony Thompson, owner of Prudent Produce. Prudent Produce is a locally owned and operated fresh produce delivery service. Last year, they served over 300 central Iowa families while supporting more than 40 Iowa Food Farmers. Hello, Tony! Please tell us a little bit about yourself. […]

The Hummingbird Project

March 23, 2019

Small Business Spotlight: Prudent Produce

Have you been wondering what it’s like to work with community builders and local enthusiasts? From large-scale business unveiling events to sampling pizza at home to showing up for a musical performance, our hummingbirds are committed to engaging with a brand and sharing their experience on their social platforms. We’ve created three unique options that […]

The Hummingbird Project

March 14, 2019

Get Engaged with the #dsmhummingbird Charm

  At Brand Launch, we’re in the business of being community advocates and brand builders. This means interacting with tons of small businesses, self starters and entrepreneurs who are doing their very best to provide a top notch product, mostly succeeding and like humans do, sometimes falling short.  I’ve been in the entrepreneurial game for […]

Brand Experience, Entrepreneurship

February 27, 2019

Treating Small Business with Respect

What is personal branding? With the rise of social media, our reputations are on steroids and usually built in advance of a face-to-face interaction. We often have a first impression of someone before ever having met them. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and dating apps do the job of introducing us to our marketplace of friends, employers, […]

Personal Branding

February 20, 2019

Let’s Dig – What Exactly is Personal Branding?

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear […]

Personal Branding, Uncategorized

February 13, 2019

Making Room for Creativity