Hotel Alma

Services Provided

  • Brand Strategy
  • Branding
  • Content Development
  • Corporate Communications
  • Digital & Interactive Design
  • Interiors and Signage
  • Market Research
  • Marketing & Communication Strategy
  • Name Development
  • Publication Design
  • Visual Identity

Awards and Recognition

2011 How Magazine
Merit

2010 Communication Arts Design Annual
Integrated Branding Program

How do you brand a hotel in a saturated market?

When the University of Calgary started construction on Canada’s first on-campus hotel, the property didn’t have a name, let alone a brand. Many stakeholders and community members were skeptical about its ability to succeed in a competitive hospitality market.

While the hotel was being built, we set out to create a fresh, distinctive brand that would reflect the hotel’s location in the vibrant heart of campus; mesh with the eclectic, offbeat décor management had planned; establish and articulate brand values, particularly a strong focus on personal service; promote meeting and hospitality venues; and differentiate the hotel from its competitors.

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We started by helping to develop the name Hotel Alma, which evolved from the familiar collegiate term “alma mater.” The name anchored a brand identity that positioned the hotel as a character endowed with the qualities of a trusted colleague, a favoured friend and the host everyone wants to come home to.

Our marketing and communications plan spanned 18 months and involved creating and implementing more than 65 branded marketing tactics targeting both internal and external audiences. We were subsequently called on to extend the brand to promote the U of C’s summer housing products.

In all marketing applications, the brand voice is down-to-earth, friendly, provocative and slightly cheeky. Though the hotel never had a literal voice on radio or television, our messages consistently evoked a real character, entrenching the perception of Alma as a caring host.

Immediately after the 2009 launch, Alma leapt to number five on YYC’s Trip Advisor. Within the first year, RevPar targets identified in our marketing plan were met and the U of C community had embraced Alma as “the” place to stay or meet on campus.

it's a fact

Immediately after the 2009 launch, Alma leapt to number five on YYC’s Trip Advisor. Within the first year, RevPar targets identified in our marketing plan were met.


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