Building a loyal community of do-ers at The Mill in Wilmington
We worked with The Mill prior to its launch in 2016 to develop a distinct brand identity and website to connect what is now a vibrant community of startups, freelancers, small and large businesses in Wilmington, Delaware.
About the space
Our fluid website paired effortlessly with the fantastic space design. The Mill was able to rise quickly as a hub for some of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds on this side of the country, combining great rates with a close-knit community feel.
Preparing for launch
We met Robert back in 2015 prior to The Mill’s launch. At the time, two coworking spaces already existed in Wilmington, so The Mill needed to stand out. We built a brand after working closely with Robert to focus on awareness as well as converting interest into space leases. The brand quickly became recognizable with a lively community coming together around it.
First Ascent has truly become an invaluable partner, and I view them as a part of The Mill’s team. They’re easy to work with, responsive, and truly care about their work. I trust them to speak for The Mill more so than anyone else.
Connecting the community
We created a fun and engaging newsletter to connect the growing community at The Mill. With an impressive 40.6% open rate and a 3.5% click rate, the newsletter has become a truly valuable asset, so much so that it is now able to charge access from those who wish to use it as a means to promote their businesses or events to members of The Mill.
In just one year, our email list has grown from zero to thousands of local people who are genuinely interested in what we’re doing. Our email metrics consistently blow away all benchmarks. I couldn’t be happier with the work First Ascent has done.
The Mill’s founder, Robert, also shares his thoughts regularly through the newsletter, which gives it a personal touch and gives readers an authentic feeling of being in a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Knowing who’s who at The Mill
We wanted to give prospective customers an interactive way to explore the space. We created a space map that achieved 1,000 clicks in less than an hour and, since launch, it has continued to be one of the most highly engaging features of the website, getting an average session duration of 2:05 minutes, and receives an average of 1,500 sessions per month—showing user engagement and interest.
Giving a face to the space
Another key element of the website is the blog. More than just a place for news and updates, it also features one member every week. The blog adds to the feeling of being in a community by giving each member a face, showing the diversity of its members and the kind of work that everyone does.
If you’re a startup looking to tell your story in an engaging way, we can help. Let’s get the conversation started!