AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising

One-Minute MarketerBranding with LED Lighting

Subscribe to AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising

Branding with LED Lighting

LED lights have opened up a new genre of organizational branding and marketing with lighting and signage.

It’s now easy and affordable to color brand your building with lights. Even churches display high-tech moving signage for recruitment. The Empire State Building has installed a computer-driven LED light system that can display 16 million colors and change them instantaneously. IMG_20180127_223644_289


Yet the smaller one-on-one opportunities being achieved by brands are a valuable service that brand the logo. This under-door light for Mercedes Benz provides light as you enter and exit the automobile, but it has a high cool quotient as well. It has basically redefined and disrupted the “puddle light.” The best or nothing.   

Written by:

Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.