Whether you like it or not, your brand is defined and refined with each brand interaction. Every person, product, place, and issue projects a brand. This reputation—real and perceived—determines your fate.
Reputation hinges on trust. Trust grows from character, consistency, quality, and credibility.
Personal brands get you hired, fired, followed and admired. Organizations win or lose talent and customers, receive accolades or animosity, attract regulation or ease oversight. Issues get twisted, undermined, persecuted or inspire, mobilize and thrive. Products get shared, rated, reviewed and followed by fans and fanatics. Services charge premium pricing or fall into the commodity, soon-to-be automated bin.
Brands or reputation drives all of it, for better or worse.
A brand must be authentic and important to both employees and customers. This means being consistent with your business purpose and values.
An effective brand is easily identifiable in every action. It is apparent even without the brand name or logo appearing within a given engagement.
Every touch point imaginable defines brand. Client service, employee onboarding, content development, marketing, culture building—all decisions, actions and communications—must match and be cohesive.
What’s An Effective Brand?
- A commitment to provide a specific experience to all audiences
- Simplifies the purchasing process
- Removes risk from complex buying
- Bridges functional with emotional
- Portrays an expectation of experience
Why Bother Branding?
Without unwavering commitment to a unifying brand and strategic marketing plan, we risk diluting our efforts, overspending, and not tying our efforts to measurable ROI. To protect against this, we must agree on what our brand stands for and a marketing roadmap with highest-value actions, timeframes and metrics.
The purpose of defining a new brand (or reconstituting existing brands) is to ensure all we do, say, and show reflects the whole of our offer and experience. This prevents confusion. It builds trust with stakeholders your brand needs.
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Principal Agency Owner