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Krapf Group

For over 75 years, a Mid-Atlantic provider of safe, reliable school transportation, motorcoach services, public transportation, and paratransit.

Project Goal

The Krapf Bus Company was in need of a complete brand restructuring and overhaul when they approached Neff in early 2017. From day one of our partnership, the goal was to help define who they are as an organization, where they were going, and how they are going to get there. The Krapf name and business has a 75-year tradition of quality and family values, but the company lacked a consistent brand message, aesthetic and structure.

  • Increase amount of qualified and geographically categorized driver applicants
  • Restructure the brand by channeling common messages and goals within the company Divisions.
  • Define the brand messaging and aesthetics
  • Help get the decision makers on the same page through in-person discussions and group meetings
  • Provide thorough brand guidelines for the future

Project Solution

The newly structured brand identity and guidelines gave Krapf an opportunity to open communication both internally and externally by implementing the new brand across their divisions. The success was measured initially in their increased levels of communication with themselves and their customers. This success then extended into Krapf’s ability to implement new brand elements and marketing, under their own accord, that felt consistent under the new parameters. Most importantly, they are now set up to more efficiently recruit drivers.

  • Improved driver recruitment process with a geotargeting function to send qualified, relevant applicants to the appropriate division
  • Opened new lines of cleaner communication between family members, employees, and customers
  • Consistent brand structure and aesthetics
  • Krapf team now demonstrating the ability to uniformly expand the brand via new bus designs, 75th anniversary materials, etc.
  • Website now provides an individual voice to both School Bus and Transportation Divisions, while living in one cohesive environment

Services Delivered
  • Branding
  • Website

Logo Development

Primary and secondary logos were designed for each division of the company. The word mark is based in the root font Gotham Black Italic. The italic was used to create a sense of movement. The root font was modified with a custom “through-line” to connect all characters and emphasize the forward movement and family connection through the Krapf name.

Branding Process

Neff Associates conducted an in-depth branding process that included intensive research and interviewing, brand re-structuring, logo design for each company division and a website to provide one cohesive, yet unique hub for both School Bus and Transportation.

Website

Our team redesigned and developed the Krapf website for both sides of the business, Krapf School Bus and Krapf Transportation using a two-part fundamental design to emphasize the new brand structure. A key function of the website is geotargeting driver applicants to streamline the application process so different divisions across the region receive qualified, relevant applicants.

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