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Supporting the next generation of Wathall's

As a family-run funeral director celebrates its 160th anniversary, Derbyshire based full-service marketing agency Purpose Media have joined forces with the business to support the development of their future marketing strategy.

G. Wathall and Son funeral directors based in Derby can trace its roots back to 1858.

Since those early days, the business has grown to become an integral part of the community. Six generations of the Wathall family have been involved in the firm and still to this day it remains a family business.

It’s the longest established independent funeral directors in Derby and has witnessed many changes during the last 160 years, most recently its partnership with Purpose Media, which was the catalyst for their rebrand in 2018.

While their extensive experience has set them apart, Wathall’s were keen to give their brand a fresh, new look to strengthen their identity, allowing them to enter a new phase of the business.

Focus on the Future

Helping them to focus on their future and the changing needs of the people and families they work with, Purpose Media have created Wathall’s a new set of brand assets, including new brand colours, a logo, and typography.

Along with a strong visual identity, Purpose Media have worked alongside the team at Wathall’s to create content to help filter across their communication channels.

This has included new brand messaging, which is currently being applied to their existing communications, filtering appropriate SEO terms throughout to help Wathall’s meet the increasingly diverse needs of modern families coping with loss.

Wathall’s dedicated Account Manager, Georgina Staley, said;

‘The assets we’ve developed have helped give Wathall’s a new, modern look, whilst their heritage, care, and quality of service is communicated clearly through style, colour, tone and supporting messaging. To see the level of care and commitment they give their customers is incredible, and it’s an honour for us to work with such a well-known and highly respected local business.’

Listening and Understanding

Commenting Bec Wathall, the sixth generation of the Wathall’s family, said;

‘The team at Purpose Media really listen to us. They understand us and what we’re all about, helping us roll out a refreshed take on the Wathall’s brand that we’ll be able to use for years to come.

We’re all so pleased with how everything is turning out and are looking forward to our ongoing partnership with the team.’

Over the coming months, Wathall’s new brand identity will become more visible in practical ways such as printed collateral, social media and additional content on their website as Purpose Media help Wathall’s to capitalise on their special anniversary and rich heritage.

The provision of other digital marketing solutions, video and online marketing advice will follow to ensure Wathall’s enjoys a significant return on their investment and maintains their competitive edge.


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