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Sauna Camp: A Branding takeover

Sauna Camp is an outdoor sauna and cold plunge winter experience in Minnesota. For this partnership with a startup enterprise, we decided to go the unconventional route and do a full top-down branding strategy from the logos to the website to the visuals to make sure everything had a consistent voice.

It is one thing to trust a video company with your video ideas, and it is another to trust them with your brand strategy as a whole.

0 followers to 3,000 in 60 days

For our strategy, we chose an Instagram-first content model. This meant that once we had the basic video framework, like a simplified brand video and some visuals on the website, we started filming cinematic footage and putting our brains together to introduce the brand and posting high quality content. No one knows who Sauna Camp is yet, so now is the time to tell them and make a good first impression.

Here are the results from the first 30 days of our branding takeover:

  • 109,000 accounts reached in the first 30 days

  • Multiple posts reaching over 11,000 and 30,000 plays with one reaching 85,000 plays

  • Average of ~4,000+ per-post views

  • Starting an Instagram account with 0 followers and gaining 2,500 in a single month

(Once Sauna Camp is closed for the season in April 2024, there will be an updated account of the results throughout the season and how they performed.)

  • 30-seconds to 60-second vertical Instagram videos

  • Event coverage as well as general brand footage

  • Photography library for easy content creation

  • Graphics and brand essentials

  • Motion graphics

  • Drone footage


1. Introduce Sauna Camp: Sauna Camp is a brand new business who was looking to move quickly and aggressively in the content and visuals game in order to make an impact. They are a seasonal business and have a defined operation period between December 1st and April 30th. We need people to know who they are, what they do, and how to buy a pass today.

2. Gain a base following: Followers are a form of social proof on the internet. Having 0 is never acceptable if you want to prove you are a viable business. We started with more general sauna and cold plunge fan content to attract the right type of person who could be a customer. Since they want to be a community-first experience where people can come time and time again to experience their offerings and bond with people who also show up, they need repeat customers...

3. Convert followers to customers: Beautiful imagery paired with meaningful messages targeted toward the type of person who loves sauna and cold plunges on the internet made selling the Instagram of Sauna Camp easy. The trick was to convert those people into customers who would physically show up to Sauna Camp to see what it was all about. We then transitioned from basic sauna and cold plunge fan content into more personal stories about the sauna experience and some Sauna Camp events. Once people knew this was a place they could actually visit and buy a pass to, they showed up and were thrilled to participate.


(Once Sauna Camp is closed for the season in April, there will be an updated account of the results throughout the season and how they performed.)

Here are some of the highest performing posts filmed, edited, and managed by True Medusa Pictures.

At the time of writing this blog post, this video had:




  • 617 saves

  • And reached 131,645 individual accounts

At the time of writing this blog post, this video had:




  • 29 saves

  • And reached 8,014 individual accounts

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