Meet Brandi Sides, In-House Graphic Designer | Brownell Hosting

Meet Brandi Sides, In-House Graphic Designer

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So you’ve decided to become a travel advisor. You’ll need to find a host agency (here’s why), secure a client base, and create your brand. While you can do the first two on your own, creating your own brand is no easy feat. From a logo to tagline to collateral — business cards, letterhead, stationery, the works — you’ll have to outsource this step. Hiring an advertising or marketing firm to brand your business is very expensive. But unlike almost all other host agencies, Brownell has our very in-house graphic designer to help you with all your creative needs for a fraction of the cost: Brandi Sides!

You can’t get branding without Brandi – literally! 

Brandi doesn’t just dabble in graphic design — she lives and breathes it. Armed with a degree in graphic design (and ceramics!) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Brandi uses extensive experience in design in her role as Brownell’s Creative Services Coordinator. She works closely with each advisor to understand how they imagine their brand to be (much like our DISCOVER MORE process with clients) and then turns that vision into a reality.

IMG_0070It all starts with a logo.

Before you build your website, send announcements to potential clients about your business, or even get business cards, you must have a logo. Brandi dedicates time to understand you and your unique style and then collaborates with you to design a logo. It starts with a sketch, then begins to come to life via the Wacom tablet (a handy tool graphic designers use to bring drawings to life on a computer screen). Next, she adds color, dimension, and tagline before sending you a few options. Whether its 5 days or 5 months, Brandi will spend as long as it takes to design a logo that you love.

Once it’s finalized, she sends you all the files and formats you could possibly need to get your business started.

Custom Collateral at Your Fingertips

Now that you have a logo, Brandi can design just about anything you need. Business cards, stationery, letterhead, and envelopes are the standard starting point, but she can do so much more. The marketing team works together to come up with copy and design for presentations, announcements cards, blog posts…you name it!

The Brownell Advantage

What truly sets Brandi apart from any graphic designer you could hire, is her experience in the travel industry. She’s seen hundreds of travel agency logos, announcement cards, etc, and has a deep understanding of what works (and doesn’t work!) in the industry. She stays on top of industry and design trends. She will help you develop custom material that is unique to you and your brand and fits the industry!

To learn more about Brandi click here. For more information about the Brownell Hosting Program, click here.

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I love the one-on-one marketing support

“I love the marketing 1:1 calls because they really help me think outside the box with ideas for social media, blogging, and direct mail.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MO

Team Marketing is tops

“I love all of the creative marketing help. The very most helpful thing was when they prepped me for my interview with Travel Agent Central. Their guidance on that was so spectacular, and I genuinely feel as though I could not have handled that without them. Team Marketing is a very important part of my plans to grow my business, and I always feel very supported.”

Kristen Meckem, Bend, OR

A joy to work with

Everyone has been so great to work with – prompt, helpful, informed and supportive. It has been a joy for me – and I thank all of you.

Jeff Scofield, Chattanooga, TN

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Louisa Gehring, Cincinnati, OH

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King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA

I count my lucky stars that I work with Brownell

“There is no agency better than Brownell! Our Hosting Team is there to hold our hands through the good and the bad. What a huge support group we have! I count my lucky stars every day that I am fortunate to be working for Brownell. The hosting staff is such a comforting and hands on team. They are positive reinforcements of acknowledging when we excel and encourage us to grow our business by having the opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful hotels and resorts we sell worldwide.”

Caroline Wallace, Richmond, VA

I have reached goals beyond my expectations

“I wanted to convert my love for travel, marketing skills, client service skills, and technology background into a career. Fortunately, Brownell’s mentoring program allowed me to do just that and allowed me to reach goals that were beyond my expectations. An unexpected bonus of joining Brownell has been becoming part of an organization where each part of the team is truly supportive of my efforts and is interested in my ongoing success. Brownell’s methods and techniques serve as a daily inspiration.”

Linda Terrill, Atlanta, GA

The support when I travel gives me great peace of mind

” Brownell Hosting offers support to IC’s that are traveling and need assistance with coverage. This gives me great peace of mind!”

Stephanie Miller Murphy, Mandeville, LA

Helped connect me with editors for press opportunities

“Team Marketing was really helpful in assisting me in the re-branding of my business, creating collateral and connecting me with editors for press opportunities.”

Courtney Regan, San Francisco, CA

Brownell is the best in the industry

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Jennifer Royster, Clemmons, NC

The best quality of "work-life!"

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Martha King, Richmond, VA

Freedom to sell with quick support

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Marion Harbison, Chattanooga, TN

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Catherine Whitworth, Athens, GA

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

Brownell is constantly evolving

“The 3 best things about Brownell hosting are (1.) Brownell, the organization. (.2) Brownell is contstantly evolving in a positive direction, and (3.)  I always feel like I have exactly what I need to run a successful business. “

Kelly Millington, Fairfield, CT

Constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times

“The best things about the Brownell Hosting are the constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times. And, of course, the hosting team. LOVE.THEM.ALL!!! Brownell is so special and the support IC’s receive is unbelievable!! I feel so immensely blessed to be a part of the Brownell family!!!”

Martha King, Signal Mountain,TN

We love the social media content & tips

“Social media is always a challenge for us, so we love the content & tips from Brownell’s marketing team!!!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA

The sky is the limit here!

“Brownell Hosting is the gold standard in host agency programs. From the onboard training to the day-to-day support, the hosting team offers best practice strategies and industry insight to ensure I stand apart in the marketplace. Even as a home-based advisor, I feel incredibly connected with not just the hosting team but the entire Brownell Family. There is a collaborative and supportive environment among the advisors which truly gives me an advantage in designing client travel experiences. I am so proud to be affiliated with such a prestigious agency. The sky is the limit here!”

Irene Quisenberry, Tampa, FL

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