Control Energy Costs primary logo.  A continuous gradient loop in yellow to red, with simple grey uppercase typography reading Control Energy Costs to the right.
Control Energy Costs secondary logo for use on a dark background. A continuous gradient loop in yellow to red, with simple white uppercase typography reading Control Energy Costs to the right.


Control Energy Costs’ previous identity was unconfident and contained graphics of silhouetted figures which felt obfuscating and unapproachable – the complete opposite of how they wanted to be perceived. Overall, their visual language did not match the messaging required for today’s audience who are attracted to a more green, socially responsible agenda.

The new visual identity Scaramanga has created for Control Energy Costs is unashamedly confident; utilitarian enough for modern usage across multiple digital platforms and print; distinctive enough to differentiate them from their competitors; flexible enough to expand as their business expands into other markets. In short, it possesses all the hallmarks of a quality brand.


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A breath of fresh air

We developed their narrative by focusing on the words ‘and breathe’ that is now embedded in their brand. We want everything about interacting with the Control Energy Costs to be as simple and calm as possible – whilst subtly promoting their green credentials.

This concept is imbued within the copy and imagery used to promote Control Energy Costs.

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Energy isn't something that we see, it's something we use. And for that reason, many of Control Energy Costs' competitors use 'businessmen in boardroom' style stock imagery. We wanted to avoid this completely as it is an approach that is dated and overused — meaning there is little brand recognition as these images could belong to anyone. Consumers attitudes are shifting especially in regards to energy consumption and being more environmentally responsible so this played a key part in our decision making about the imagery used to represent the business.

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Marketing Control Energy Costs

Once the makreitng strategy we developed was signed off, the Scaramanga marketing team started working on the implementation. The fundamental goal was to raise awareness of the business and the very strong reasons for choosing the company over and above other energy providers.

Content and social media marketing have been a key part of this to create thought leadership, build recongition and generate new business opportunities. We have built the database and run email regular marketing campaigns.

The web and social media engagement metrics have risen significantly, resulting in numerous new business opportunities. We have also worked with Control Energy Costs to bring new services to market.

We work with their numberous partners, such as Made in the Midlands, to develop advertorial and advertising programmes and launch a new Energy Club for members, both within their member magazines and the microsites they provide for Control Energy Costs.


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Ongoing marketing during lockdown

When the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, Control Energy Costs asked us if we could create an animated video to explain what they were doing to help and support clients during the pandemic. Rising to the challenge, our team created an amazing animated video and it was so well received we have been commissioned to create a series of animated videos.

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Our increased professional image has generated lots of new interest for the business. This has already allowed us to approach prospective new clients that we would previously have been unlikely to be able to engage with. A year on and what a great decision we made to appoint Scaramanga Agency as our marketing partner. A energetic team full of ideas that are a delight to work with. Their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm, and the fact that they are easy to work with are impressive. It really is that simple

Phil Ager, Managing Director