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Panacea Life Sciences and The Power of Brand

November 30, 2023

February 24, 2021

Written By:

Ben Rindels

"Its not wether you get knocked down"


If you could be anyone you wanted to be, who would you be? How exciting is it to think that you could start a new chapter in your life in a whole new world? Without the limitations of the physical world and human constructs that have been created around you?

Well that’s where the Metaverse comes in. There are whole new worlds being created out there that will remove the physical limitations of life and allow you to chase your dreams and be who you want to be.

Sounds pretty exciting right? Let’s dig in a little more to understand what this might look like.


Simply put, the Metaverse is the convergence of all the digital things you do online into one virtual experience.

In a sense, it already exists. We sit on Zoom calls, research on the web, talk on social media, buy things on Amazon, watch streaming events and online video, and play games. The Metaverse is already here.

But think of tying all of it together and removing some of the limitations that still exist in your physical life when you access the web.

But how is this all of the sudden now possible?

When I told my parents I was going to major in digital art, my decision was met with echoing questions:

“What even is that?”

“How are you going to make a living?”

Now 10 years out of college and as the Senior Digital Art Director at Karsh Hagan, I understand that these questions aren’t far from what we hear from prospects and clients on a daily basis.

“What is digital art, and how can it help our brand’s advertising strategy?” Let’s start from the top.

What is Digital Art?

Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process.

Digital art is all around us. It’s everywhere we look. From movies like Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ to apps like Instagram, digital art has introduced modes of storytelling that were once impossible, making it a valuable and limitless tool for advertising.

Why is Digital Art a Successful Marketing Tactic?

Now, more than ever, we’re a visually driven society. It’s no coincidence that we’re naturally drawn to images, when you consider that 90% of the information processed by the brain is visual, and that our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text. The brain’s preference for images even impacts how memory is formed as 80% of people remember what they see, compared to 20 percent of what they read. That makes digital art an especially important tactic for brands looking to create a campaign that’s as efficient as it is impactful.

What is the Difference Between Digital Art and Traditional Art?

When it comes to advertising, the difference between digital art and traditional art is simple. There are no gatekeepers. Anyone with a phone in their pocket and a little bit of creativity can create and share their art. Unlike the billboards or magazines of the past, online apps allow artists to instantly publish their work for free for all to see.

The success of digital art within that context comes down to ROI. Delivering the highest return on your investment requires the ability to measure, analyze, and adapt your strategy – it requires the ability to learn. Digital art is iterative and efficient – allowing us to easily track engagement rates that let us fail fast, tweak, and refine. We can then use that information to employ data-proven digital art across all marketing channels, ultimately delivering a product that best serves your brand and your audience.

How You Can Use Digital Art In Brand Advertising

At Karsh Hagan, we have used our understanding to create beautiful and effective marketing campaigns for our clients. For VISIT DENVER we created an immersive world that targeted convention planners all over the country. We created three unique videos, using 2.5D animation. These videos were seen by over 462,610 people and counting! Check out the work here:

At Karsh Hagan, we have used our understanding to create beautiful and effective marketing campaigns for our clients. For VISIT DENVER we created an immersive world that targeted convention planners all over the country. We created three unique videos, using 2.5D animation. These videos were seen by over 462,610 people and counting! Check out the work here:


The world moves fast. For 43 years, Karsh Hagan has enabled brands to move with it. In the early 2000s when consumers increasingly digested their information digitally, we helped clients execute digital marketing campaigns of their own. As consumers have continued to demand social purpose from the brands they support, we’ve helped clients transcend the things they make or do by unlocking an authentic purpose of their own.

We even helped steer brands onward amid a global pandemic. In March of 2020, as marketing budgets were slashed and campaigns were canceled across the entire industry, brands were forced to reevaluate what to say and how. We used what limited resources we had to quickly produce campaigns for our clients that put messages of empathy, care, and support at the forefront — messages that our communities needed more than ever.

Simply put, we know how to think on our feet. We have a passion for empowering brands to grow and helping them pivot in whatever direction the wind is blowing. This was no exception for Panacea Life Sciences, a CBD company based in Golden, Colorado.


Our relationship with Panacea Life Sciences began in 2019 when we invited them to our office (pre-pandemic) for a brand accelerator workshop. It was during this time that we uncovered two of their biggest barriers to success. First, they had no distinguishable brand of their own. Second, the CBD industry itself. While it’s no secret that CBD consumption has skyrocketed in recent years, it’s a complicated category blanketed in questions, stigma, and a myriad of brands all singing the same song.

“Will this get me high?”

“Aren’t over-the-counter pills more effective?”

“I can’t tell the difference between any of these brands.”

“Are these health claims even accurate?”

To be seen as a leader, Panacea Life Sciences would need a rebranding that pivoted them in a different direction than their competitors — a rebranding that would provide answers, challenge stereotypes, and help them stand out.

We began by helping them articulate what value they add to people’s lives. For brands to thrive, they need to bring something of value to the table. It’s why we might choose to spend more dollars on one brand of jelly versus the other. Panacea Life Sciences in particular carries the unique equities of nature and science — 100% organically-grown hemp, and the research/expertise of on-staff Ph.D. scientists. This marriage results in premium, quality products for treating pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more. It fosters empowerment through natural remedies that serve as an alternative to daily wellness products. We took these values and helped the brand express them through a three-word brand essence: Cultivating Everyday Wellness.

With a brand essence this refreshing, it was time to develop an identity that followed suit. We crafted a simplified and elegant name for the brand — “Pana”, along with a new goddess logomark inspired by Panacea, the Greek goddess of healing. We also implemented new colors and graphic lines and patterns to provide a sophisticated, apothecary-esque feel to complement the brand’s natural remedies. To differentiate their product lines, we brought in a hand-drawn illustration style, each illustration depicting the product line they represent.

After establishing their look, it was time to refine their voice. One thing we know is that people don’t want to hear from brands; they want to hear from people. That’s why we also helped develop a new tone of voice that’s trustworthy, educated, scientific, passionate, and most of all human-sounding.

With this rebranding, we even challenged the popular cultural stereotype that anyone beaming with delight from hemp-based wellness products must be high on pot. To break this myth for good, we created a social campaign that shows everyday people experiencing the holistic effects of Pana, all with a smiley, borderline-stoned expression on their faces. The twist? They’re not high; they’re just thrilled to be in less pain.


A rebranding of this magnitude didn’t come without results. As of August 2020, the engagement rate on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn each rose 56%. But the rebranding didn’t come without a deeper reason, either. Ask yourself how many brand messages and advertisements you see per day. Hundreds? Thousands? Now ask yourself how many you remember. Less than ten? Brand matters. To stand out among the masses, it’s critical to have a distinct voice, a recognizable style, an attractive personality, and the ability to pivot when circumstances demand it. With more and more advertisements being churned out by the hour, what your brand says, does, and delivers becomes more and more important.

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