Moving Forward as USAGov

May 23, 2016   Posted by: Sarah Crane

We’ve discussed our rebranding efforts over a series of blog posts — from the initial research, to choosing our name, to creating a logo. This final installment talks about where we go from here.

A rebrand doesn’t end once the new name is in place. Even after we chose the name USAGov and designed a new logo, there was still plenty of work to be done.

In September 2015, we held an event to unveil the new brand to internal staff, complete with a training session about brands and an exercise to explore the personality and attributes of USAGov. We also created a video to tell our story to both external and internal audiences, and we developed the new USA.gov/explore bilingual landing page to introduce the public, our partners, and other government agencies to USAGov.

Throughout this rebranding journey, it’s become clear that our brand starts with our team, our shared values, and our mission. So it’s important that everyone on our team can articulate what we stand for, how we serve the public, and what we offer. We all need to tell the story of USAGov.

And we’re helping to communicate that story by:

  • Creating and distributing useful, relevant, educational content that shows the public what our brand is all about and what the brand stands for
  • Engaging our GSA colleagues about our new brand, so we can all consistently convey who we are and all that we can do to serve the public
  • Reaching out to partner organizations at other federal agencies, along with individual influencers, to introduce our comprehensive new platform and explore opportunities for collaboration
  • Integrating our new parent brand into our online and offline properties by refreshing the logos and branding language for channels such as USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, and our social media properties. These new logos align with the USAGov brand and now appear at the top of our websites, on the e-mail messages we send out, and on printed materials such as the Consumer Action Handbook and fact sheets.
  • Updating the bilingual landing page at USA.gov/explore on a regular basis — to either highlight new content or a new campaign, or to capture page visitors by offering an e-mail sign-up box

A year ago, some people knew us as the Federal Citizen Information Center. Others knew us by one of our various channels — USA.gov, or GobiernoUSA.gov, or Kids.gov, or Publications.USA.gov, or our contact center. Our new parent brand — USAGov — clarifies that we’re all one team, on one mission together, guiding people to the government services and information they can trust to help make life a little easier.

Sarah Crane is the Director of USAGov.

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