And now meet the passionate visionary behind SMG, Carmen Jones:
Why did you start your business? I became a paraplegic in 1986 as a result of a car accident. As an African-American, woman, I realized companies targeted me as a consumer, but not as a person with a disability. I recognized a void in the marketplace for companies targeting me and my business. I see myself as a bridge builder for companies and government agencies that want to target people with disabilities.
What is unique about your business? We don’t allow our clients to merely ‘check boxes’ as it relates to disability inclusion in marketing, customer service or employment. We design and implement strategies that permeate the culture.
What’s on your Playlist? I like a lot of different types of music. My tween daughter keeps me current so I listen to Rihanna and Beyonce’, Justin Timberlake, as well as Megan Trainor. I also like contemporary Christian music. I have Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and I always get a little Whitney Houston in.
Where do you find inspiration? I get inspired from Fast Company, my executive coach, and also Amy Porterfield.
Why did you decide to work with Doodle Dog? After reviewing different companies, I found Nikki to be very quick to understand what I wanted to convey.
Why did you feel the time was right to kick-off this project? I felt a shift in my personal and business life and needed to refresh of the site. The time was right.
What’s your favorite part of your new site or new brand? The colors. When people think of disability it can sometimes still bring discomfort or it’s perceived as a ‘downer.’ I wanted to have was fresh, upbeat and positive. I think Nikki and her team captured that well.
What advice would you give to someone considering a rebrand or relaunch? Hmmm… pace yourself. Do not try to do it all very fast. You have to realize that your site is your face to the public and you want to make sure it captures the essence of your brand. Sometimes that can’t be rushed.