Unlock Your Potential with Brand Strategy & Visual Identity

Finding yourself struggling to make your mark in a crowded marketplace?

Feeling like you’re constantly navigating uncertain waters, unsure of your next move?

Are you tired of guesswork and ready for a strategic approach?

If you’ve been in the entrepreneurial game for years already, struggling to break through the noise… We have something for you.

 

 

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Hi, I’m Ioana Stepanov, and among many things, I help creative business owners (re)discover and fall in love with their brands.
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With 15+ years in business development and a drive to forge meaningful connections, I founded Free the Digital to live a remarkable life, aiming to collaborate with creative minds globally to realize their visions.

After leaving a corporate role in 2019, I ventured into entrepreneurship, evolving from a Virtual Assistant to Digital Strategist & Business Manager. In 2021 I created The Free Team, supporting purpose-driven brands through strategic business management, project management and brand strategy.

Based in Prague but a global wanderer, I balance my work life with tropical beach reads, CrossFit sweats, cat encounters, and music festivals, all in pursuit of a life worth celebrating.

Read on to find out how my team and I support creative business owners imagine and rediscover their brands through a mix of strategy, research and creativity.

Brand Services

Discover & fall in love.

Fortify your business’s market presence with our comprehensive Brand Strategy and Visual Identity services.

We equip you with a researched and insightful brand roadmap and a striking visual identity that resonates with your core values.

Consider us your navigators in the competitive business landscape, offering you a strategic partnership that transforms your brand into a commanding force with a captivating visual narrative.

We understand the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs. That’s why we offer Brand Services – to take your brand to the next level. No more stagnant sales or uncertain marketing efforts.

Have you heard? It’s time to stand out and attract your ideal clients.

You’ve dedicated years of hard work to your business, reaching a milestone that marks a turning point in your entrepreneurial journey. But as you stand at this pivotal moment, you may find yourself wondering: what’s next? That’s where brand strategy comes into play!

Let’s shed some light on that.

Your brand is the heart of your business, guiding every decision and action you take to fulfill your mission and your business and personal goals.
It’s about understanding who you are, what you stand for, and how you can authentically connect with your audience.
And it’s not just for startups or corporates—it’s essential for all businesses at every stage of their development, but especially when you’re unsure about how, where and with whom to communicate.

Your brand is not just about your business — it’s also about you.

Collaborating with us means embarking on a journey of rediscovery, reconnecting with your brand’s core values, and realigning your long-term vision. It’s about clarifying your mission and understanding how every aspect of your business contributes to its fulfillment.

So, if you’re ready to (re)discover the essence of your brand, recalibrate your vision, and clarify your mission, you’re in the right place.

Let’s make you fall in love with your brand again!

Portfolio and references available by request.

People who worked with us said…

“What I loved most about working with Free the Digital was their unparalleled commitment to understanding and elevating our brand’s essence. It was not just their skill set that impressed me; it was their genuine enthusiasm for our vision and their innovative strategies that infused our digital presence with vibrancy and energy.”

Services provided: Brand Strategy, Visual Brand Identity, Dubsado (CRM) set-up and automation, Graphic Design, Project Management, Social Media Management, Content Writing.

I’m Ramona Macovei, the mind behind Nunta La Mare, a bespoke beach wedding planning service on Romania’s coast. Embarking on this path in 2010, I pioneered the concept of beach weddings in Romania.

However, by late 2022, it became clear that our brand required a transformation. Prior to joining forces with Free the Digital, it seemed our brand’s identity required rejuvenation, and our website didn’t fully showcase our rich history or true capabilities.

What I loved most about working with Free the Digital was their unparalleled commitment to understanding and elevating our brand’s essence. It was not just their skill set that impressed me; it was their genuine enthusiasm for our vision and their innovative strategies that infused our digital presence with vibrancy and energy.

From the outset, they engaged deeply with our mission, asking insightful questions and proposing creative solutions that aligned perfectly with our goals. Their team didn’t just work for us; they worked with us, becoming an extension of our brand and breathing new life into every aspect of our digital footprint.

This dynamic partnership revitalized our online identity, making it more reflective of who we are and what we stand for, and ultimately, redefining our connection with our audience.

The makeover we did with our brand and website wasn’t just for looks; it was a smart play that really hit home with our crowd, making what we offer not just cooler but easier to get into.

This win is all thanks to Free the Digital’s awesome planning, out-of-the-box thinking, and spot-on delivery. They nailed turning what we’re all about into something digital that just clicks with people.

Adding to the tangible benefits we’ve experienced, one of the game-changers for our planning process was implementing Dubsado, thanks to Free the Digital’s recommendation. This tool transformed how we manage our projects, streamlining our workflows and communication in ways we didn’t even know were possible.

The automation of routine tasks and the centralized client information system have not only increased our efficiency but have also significantly reduced the manual workload. This efficiency has given me more breathing room to focus on creativity and personalization of our services, rather than getting overwhelmed by administrative tasks.

Our brand finally feels like it’s a true reflection of what we’re all about, giving us some much-needed space to breathe, focus on self-care, and spend time with family, without feeling like we’re letting the business side slide. A huge shoutout goes to Ioana from Free the Digital for this – she was a superstar in setting up Dubsado for us.

Bringing Dubsado into the mix has been a game-changer for how we tackle our planning and projects. It’s made things a whole lot easier, cutting down on the grunt work and keeping everything we need in one neat place.

The best part? It’s given us the chance to focus more on what we love doing, thanks to all the time it saves us from dealing with paperwork and scheduling headaches.

Ioana really knocked it out of the park. She not only suggested we use Dubsado but also took care of all the tricky setup stuff, making it super user-friendly for us. Now, managing projects feels like a breeze, and we’re able to do more without running ourselves ragged.

It’s been awesome for business, sure, but the kicker is how much more downtime we have. It’s pretty sweet to see how the right tools, mixed with some smart advice, can really make life and work a whole lot better.

A cool surprise was how the team didn’t just tackle problems as they came but actually turned them into chances to do something new and creative. Their advice and can-do attitude really helped us step into new areas with a bunch of confidence.

If you’re thinking about teaming up with Free the Digital, here’s my take: Empower your brand with a team that understands your vision, that gets what you’re about and has the know-how to make it shine, even more than you might expect. You will find all of these working with Free The Digital awesome team.

My experience with Free the Digital wasn’t just about hitting targets; it felt more like a journey to uncover what our brand really could be. I’m super thankful for their energy, passion, dedication & commitment, and everything we’ve managed to do together, both the stuff you can measure and the stuff you can’t.

Thank you Ioana & all the awesome people from your team 🤩

But wait, there’s more…

I enjoyed working with Free The Digital for my logo creation, and I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. From start to finish, the process was smooth, efficient and made me feel valued as a client.
Right from our initial discussions, Free The Digital’s team was dedicated to understanding my vision and translating it into a logo that embodied the heart of my brand.

Their talented designer was not only skilled but also an excellent communicator. She took the time to listen to my ideas and preferences and even offered valuable insights and suggestions to enhance the final design. Their approach made me feel confident that the result would be exceptional.
And exceptional it was! 🙂 The attention to detail, the use of colors, and the overall design were all very on point and in tune with the requirements!

I recommend Free the Digital’s agency services to anyone seeking top-notch design work, exceptional communication, and a team that goes above and beyond to bring your vision to life and place your customer experience at the center of their work.
Thank you, Ioana, Jen, Free The Digital, for exceeding my expectations and delivering a fantastic logo!

Maria Gabriela Singureanu

Virtual Assistant & Customer Experience Specialist

I worked with Ioana for the strategy of my brand to create a better presentation of my work and projects to attract the right clients for the services I offer (a piano course for ballet class musicians and several other connected products).

The texts written for my website work very well as they’re connected with my voice, and I would definitely recommend Ioana for the analysis of your brand in a clever and effective way and for copywriting services!

Mariana Palacios

Ballet Class Pianist & Filmmaker

I have a coaching business that I’m now launching and I’m also starting a social enterprise platform. Many fronts I needed to cover.
With Ioana, I really feel I get the help I needed and I trust that she’ll do a great job in less time than if I had to do it. She’s helped me so far doing market research, reaching out to get data I needed, proofreading and document writing (rewrite, translate). She’s a rockstar in all things social media, and I feel very comfortable not having to know more than I need to because she does 🙂
We’ve worked together to redefine the logos and visual identity of my brand and I love the results, basically with no sending back to the drawing board. Very skilled!
I appreciate that she picked up on how I work and our catch-ups are very rich in ideas and exchanges.
It’s funny that before starting our work together, I would have a difficult time imagining that I could delegate a part of my work. I now have experienced the relief of doing that and the complete trust that the work gets done beautifully.

Cristi Schiopu

Coach & Podcast Host

Ready to join them on the journey to brand success?
Take the first step towards transformation by requesting a complimentary 30′ consultation call today.
Let’s explore how our services can provide the clarity and direction you need in order to have a strong action plan at the end of this process.

1, 2, 3 – easy!

Trust the process.

Here’s how it works:

Book a 30' discovery call

First, we talk to assess your needs and check for fit.

After you book the call, you’ll receive a discovery call questionnaire so you can prepare the answers in advance.

If all works well for fit, we’ll send over a proposal for you to review & accept, then we’ll sign a contract to keep us all accountable and on task.

After the contract is signed, we assess your needs and define a clear goal based on a brief.

 

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Then the fun part starts!

Our designer will conduct extensive research and work on sketches, choose the best ones, and refine them into mockups. We’ll then present the three concepts to you and you’ll have to choose one version.

After you choose one, we’ll refine that concept based on your feedback.

After we finalize the logo we’ll start working on the stationery and additional graphics.

Review & deliver

We finalize the work and celebrate!

After we get your approval on all the graphic elements, we’ll present you with a brand manual that includes the brand’s graphic elements, fonts, and guidelines.

After you approve the brand manual and the final version of the work, you will send the final payment and we’ll send all the files you need.

Estimated project timeline: 2-3 months from signing the contract.

“But, Ioana, how does branding translate into action?”

I’m glad you asked!

You see, a strong brand strategy and visual brand identity lay the foundational cornerstone for any business aiming to make a lasting impression in the digital realm.

These elements are not just about aesthetics; they’re about crafting a narrative and a presence that resonates deeply with your audience. But our services continue beyond there.

Once the foundation is set, we bring your brand to life through a suite of complementary services that translate your brand’s essence into tangible experiences.

Our expertise in graphic design, web design, social media management, copywriting, and content creation acts as the conduit through which your brand speaks, engages, and builds relationships.
These tools transform strangers into a loyal audience, ready to trust, engage, and ultimately become ambassadors of your brand.

Read on to find out how we’re not just building your brand, we’re also helping you ignite a dynamic dialogue with your audience, turning your vision into a living entity that grows, interacts, and thrives in the digital landscape.

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Graphic Design

Thinking made visible.

Companies depend on successful marketing efforts to tap into their target audience’s decision-making process.

Great marketing engages people based on the wants, needs, awareness and satisfaction they have about a product, service or brand.

Since people will always find visual content more engaging, graphic design helps organizations promote and communicate more effectively.

People who worked with us said…

I loved the ease of communication with your team. I felt like my project was in expert hands (because it absolutely was!). That peace of mind was instrumental in making this project enjoyable for me from start to finish! I’d recommend Free the Digital for design projects of all kinds.

Jana Soli

Organic Marketing Strategist, Jana Soli LLC

Social Media Management

Get social, bay-bee!

Where do people go looking for you?
Think no more: on your socials. Hand over the design of brand-aligned posting, content creation and scheduling to us, so you can go ahead and focus on your clients.

What’s included: creating and growing social media accounts; managing Facebook groups; content strategy, creation & planning; graphics creation; hashtag research; analyzing analytics.

Suitable for: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube.

People who worked with us said…

As a result of working together with Free the Digital, we have increased our brand’s awareness on social media, with high-quality content. We love the ideas that we develop together, and this resulted in happy new clients who received a lot more information from our channels about swimming techniques, equipment, role models to follow, and our unique teaching method. It also resulted in me having more time to manage my business and keep my clients happy.

Since we started, I feel that we’ve done a great job together in building a strong brand in our industry. We appreciate the bi-monthly online meetings, where we share quick ideas and work on creating the best strategy for the future. We happily already recommended Free the Digital to other people who noticed the improvement of our presence on Instagram.

Andrei Cozariuc

Founder & Head Coach, Inoata cu Andrei

Curious to see this service in action? Click here to read a case study about one of our social media management clients.

Content & copywriting

More than words.

Enhance your brand’s narrative and deepen audience connections.

Revitalize your website with a detailed copy audit, aligning every word with your brand’s core and audience appeal.

Captivate subscribers with engaging newsletters and focused email marketing to nurture and convert, ensuring a consistent brand voice. Leverage our research, ghostwriting, editing, and proofreading to make your blogs, web copy, and emails impactful.

Discover content that doesn’t just convey your story but builds trust, engagement, and loyalty, transforming your audience into active brand advocates.

See something you like, but you’re not sure what works best for you? Hit the button below to request a quote, tell us a few words about your project and we’ll get back to you with our suggestions.

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Let's talk and find the best fit for your business!

 

TRIVIA

🔸 45 clients from 10 industries and 11 countries

🔸 5 years of activity

🔸 8 languages spoken (4 team members)

🔸 54 YEARS OF COMBINED WORK EXPERIENCE

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