How to research your brand March 2011 Michele Madden E: michele.madden@nfpsynergy.net T: 020 7426 8888
What is brand made up of?
Total Awareness   Macmillan Cancer Relief/Support  2006 Rebrand Awareness Raising Campaign 07
Total Awareness   NCH/Action for Children  October 2008 Rebrand First advertising campaign Jan-09
Total Awareness   National Deaf Children’s Society  2007 Rebrand
Types of brand research
Rebranding – the experiences of a small charity
Why did we rebrand? <ul><li>Our identity was linked to a particular campaign rather than the overall cause </li></ul><ul><...
What we used to look like
What process did we take? <ul><li>Got buy - in from CEO, key staff and trustees by selling the idea that we can be better ...
The research objectives were to establish: <ul><li>Why do people currently support  us ? </li></ul><ul><li>What would  cur...
What research methods did we use? <ul><li>In - depth interviews with 20 supporters . </li></ul><ul><li>Mail survey to the ...
Findings :  i mage problems were holding us back Animal rights / direct action / aggressive Old - fashioned Closely linked...
To overcome these issues our desired brand  was: ending cruelty to animals in ‘sport’ at the core Broad range of campaigns...
The new image <ul><li>Positioning – broad church of people against animal cruelty in sport. </li></ul><ul><li>New target p...
logo new  magazine new  offline  materials new website vision  and  mission new  image  launch
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relaunch Timing <ul><li>Just before the anniversary of the Hunting Act . </li></ul><ul><li>The lead up to the election . <...
What has the impact been? <ul><li>Clearer focus for the organisation and its campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>25% increase in t...
What did we learn? <ul><li>Is your brand working as hard as it could? Identify opportunities to be better .   </li></ul><u...
Action for Children Lies, Damn Lies, Brand Measures! <ul><li>C Tom Davis, </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Director, </li></ul>...
Agenda <ul><li>Brand Programme - Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Situation Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Departures </li></ul><ul><l...
Situation Analysis <ul><li>NCH founded 1869 </li></ul><ul><li>1980s/1990s growth </li></ul><ul><li>2004: </li></ul><ul><ul...
Situation Analysis <ul><li>organisational scepticism </li></ul><ul><li>persistent brand weakness </li></ul><ul><li>failed ...
Situation Analysis <ul><li>greater competition and changing marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>enormous growth of public spendi...
1910 1964 1974 1994 2000 2008
Departures Project I:  Brand Audit Project II: New Brand Project Project III: Implement New Brand Go/No Go Decision Approv...
Departures
Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>strong business-to-business brand </li></ul><ul><li>very poor business-t...
Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>NCH is a completely unbalanced brand </li></ul><ul><li>everything that w...
Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>changing methods of obtaining business may mean that a stronger brand in...
Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>staff </li></ul><ul><li>fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>campaigning </li><...
Departures <ul><li>Recommendations: </li></ul><ul><li>move to project II to explore ways of renewing/revitalising brand </...
Journeys <ul><li>Brand Project II – Devising New Brand </li></ul><ul><li>Brand Project III – Implementing New Brand </li><...
Journeys <ul><li>stakeholder research </li></ul>Stakeholder group Current perception Desired perception Service commission...
Journeys <ul><li>stakeholder research </li></ul>Stakeholder group Current perception Desired perception Donors/supporters ...
Journeys <ul><li>brand platform, “always there” </li></ul>
Arrivals <ul><li>agency appointed to do BHIs </li></ul><ul><li>methodology agreed to keep costs down and facilitate report...
Arrivals <ul><li>Brand Health Indicators:  Wave 1 (July 2008) and Wave 2 (February 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 4 people c...
Arrivals <ul><li>key donor target audience of ‘people with children in the household’ proved potentially most receptive to...
Conclusions <ul><li>important to have absolute, complete and agreed clarity on why you’re rebranding... </li></ul><ul><li>...
Conclusions <ul><li>need to separate corporate objectives, KPIs, marketing and functional objectives, etc. – where are you...
Questions and discussion
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  • Faced with a confusing name in a competitive sector, NDCS decided to sharpen up their branding with a new strapline and logo, as well as straightening out their beliefs and values among staff. Possibly took their foot off the pedal a year after rebrand – quite common. Have since picked up again though. Successful, without major reworking of brand. Voluntary income rose from £9m to £14m
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    1. 1. How to research your brand March 2011 Michele Madden E: michele.madden@nfpsynergy.net T: 020 7426 8888
    2. 2. What is brand made up of?
    3. 3. Total Awareness Macmillan Cancer Relief/Support 2006 Rebrand Awareness Raising Campaign 07
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    8. 8. Total Awareness NCH/Action for Children October 2008 Rebrand First advertising campaign Jan-09
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    10. 10. Total Awareness National Deaf Children’s Society 2007 Rebrand
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    15. 15. Types of brand research
    16. 16. Rebranding – the experiences of a small charity
    17. 17. Why did we rebrand? <ul><li>Our identity was linked to a particular campaign rather than the overall cause </li></ul><ul><li>Misconceptions of what we did and how we did it </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of consistent, coherent branding and messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Old - fashioned looking </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty gaining new supporters </li></ul><ul><li>Underperforming with the opportunity to be better </li></ul><ul><li>The organisation was becoming a charity – so time for a new start </li></ul>
    18. 18. What we used to look like
    19. 19. What process did we take? <ul><li>Got buy - in from CEO, key staff and trustees by selling the idea that we can be better . </li></ul><ul><li>Set out what we thought the issues were and what we wanted to achieve . </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned nfpSynergy . </li></ul><ul><li>Used the research finding s to clarify what the problems and opportunities were. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a new image and key messages . </li></ul>
    20. 20. The research objectives were to establish: <ul><li>Why do people currently support us ? </li></ul><ul><li>What would current supporters like to see the League do? </li></ul><ul><li>What would encourage new people to begin supporting? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the barriers to support? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the current brand attributes? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the issues with the current brand? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to change our name? </li></ul>
    21. 21. What research methods did we use? <ul><li>In - depth interviews with 20 supporters . </li></ul><ul><li>Mail survey to the supporter base . </li></ul><ul><li>In - depth interviews with 20 non - supporters . </li></ul><ul><li>Online survey of 3 , 000 non - supporters . </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Disaster check’ of the new logo . </li></ul>
    22. 22. Findings : i mage problems were holding us back Animal rights / direct action / aggressive Old - fashioned Closely linked to the Labour Party UK based Niche - hunting with a few other things thrown in
    23. 23. To overcome these issues our desired brand was: ending cruelty to animals in ‘sport’ at the core Broad range of campaigns Lawful No geographical boundaries Non - party specific Dynamic, progressive, edgy
    24. 24. The new image <ul><li>Positioning – broad church of people against animal cruelty in sport. </li></ul><ul><li>New target profile – 30 to 55, predominantly female . </li></ul><ul><li>New look and feel – clean, simple imagery of animals and people. </li></ul>
    25. 25. logo new magazine new offline materials new website vision and mission new image launch
    26. 32. Relaunch Timing <ul><li>Just before the anniversary of the Hunting Act . </li></ul><ul><li>The lead up to the election . </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of dog fighting campaign . </li></ul>
    27. 33. What has the impact been? <ul><li>Clearer focus for the organisation and its campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>25% increase in the supporter base (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Web traffic increased by 335% </li></ul><ul><li>Clear er profile of target donors </li></ul><ul><li>Most (!) supporters have praised the change </li></ul><ul><li>33% over income target in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>(Note – this is a mixture of rebranding and other development projects) </li></ul>
    28. 34. What did we learn? <ul><li>Is your brand working as hard as it could? Identify opportunities to be better . </li></ul><ul><li>Sell the idea and get buy - in . </li></ul><ul><li>Use research as the ammunition to drive change . </li></ul><ul><li>Speak to as many people as possible to harvest ideas . </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for criticism . </li></ul><ul><li>As a small charity accept that you can ’ t measure impact as much as you’d like . </li></ul>
    29. 35. Action for Children Lies, Damn Lies, Brand Measures! <ul><li>C Tom Davis, </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Director, </li></ul><ul><li>Action for Children, </li></ul><ul><li>31 March 2011. </li></ul>
    30. 36. Agenda <ul><li>Brand Programme - Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Situation Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Departures </li></ul><ul><li>Journeys </li></ul><ul><li>Arrivals </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
    31. 37. Situation Analysis <ul><li>NCH founded 1869 </li></ul><ul><li>1980s/1990s growth </li></ul><ul><li>2004: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition of need to become more businesslike </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>debate over “who we are” and should we be a charity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strategic review Building on Success kicked off 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brand Project started 2006 </li></ul>
    32. 38. Situation Analysis <ul><li>organisational scepticism </li></ul><ul><li>persistent brand weakness </li></ul><ul><li>failed attempts to address </li></ul><ul><li>effects on fundraising, use of services, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>internal perception of what ‘brand’ is and means </li></ul>
    33. 39. Situation Analysis <ul><li>greater competition and changing marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>enormous growth of public spending, now ebbing </li></ul><ul><li>commissioning agenda and increasing need to get better at influencing/shaping marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>fundraising increasingly recognised as important </li></ul><ul><li>political and social agenda changing constantly </li></ul>
    34. 40. 1910 1964 1974 1994 2000 2008
    35. 41. Departures Project I: Brand Audit Project II: New Brand Project Project III: Implement New Brand Go/No Go Decision Approve New Brand Approve Plan
    36. 42. Departures
    37. 43. Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>strong business-to-business brand </li></ul><ul><li>very poor business-to-consumer brand </li></ul><ul><li>general lack of awareness of what NCH did or stood for; and what NCH did do was not communicated well to its audiences </li></ul>
    38. 44. Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>NCH is a completely unbalanced brand </li></ul><ul><li>everything that we try to do in the business-to-business arena is likely to reflect our brand strength in that area… </li></ul><ul><li>… and everything that we try to do in the business-to-consumer arena is likely to be seriously undermined, relatively underpowered, partially successful, or more costly </li></ul>
    39. 45. Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>changing methods of obtaining business may mean that a stronger brand in the public arena becomes more important </li></ul><ul><li>weak brand with general public weakens any NCH appeal to the public, and… </li></ul><ul><li>… when we do appeal to the general public, we spend more money and time on getting our message across: our campaigning, marketing and fundraising costs more both in direct and indirect terms… </li></ul>
    40. 46. Departures <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li>staff </li></ul><ul><li>fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>campaigning </li></ul>
    41. 47. Departures <ul><li>Recommendations: </li></ul><ul><li>move to project II to explore ways of renewing/revitalising brand </li></ul><ul><li>external support and assistance </li></ul><ul><li>develop separate workstream on marketing and communications to address other embedded problems </li></ul>
    42. 48. Journeys <ul><li>Brand Project II – Devising New Brand </li></ul><ul><li>Brand Project III – Implementing New Brand </li></ul><ul><li>launched September 2008, new advertising January 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>continuous research throughout brand programme: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>brand platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>positioning maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stakeholder perceptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>name research, 4 Nations research, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    43. 49. Journeys <ul><li>stakeholder research </li></ul>Stakeholder group Current perception Desired perception Service commissioners NCH is good in social care, but is a bit weak in education and health. They are innovative and reliable, have high standards, a vast amount of experience, and are very good partners to work with. On the other hand, they ’ re expensive, bureaucratic, and a little bit old fashioned in some areas. They ’ re also very quiet when you compare them to NSPCC and Barnardo’s. We can trust NCH to run great services for children and young people. Staff/volunteers I’m proud to work here, but I find it hard to feel part of something that’s coherent and that can be easily explained. I know who we are and where we’re going, and I’m proud to be part of NCH. Policy makers They are not a campaigning organisation, and have something to do with children’s homes, but I don’t really know what they stand for. NCH ’ s practical experience and high principles make them the authoritative voice among service providers for children and young people. Service users NCH are useful, helpful, supportive, human and open. NCH are here to help without judgment. Methodists NCH provide a good level of care and do excellent work. They are a vehicle for Methodist social values but they are poor at communication. I ’ m proud that such a great organisation has its roots in Methodism.
    44. 50. Journeys <ul><li>stakeholder research </li></ul>Stakeholder group Current perception Desired perception Donors/supporters NCH use money wisely. They operate at the local level, undertake great work with children, and are a positive organisation. However, they are also a little unglamorous, outdated, and need to publicise themselves more. NCH makes a real difference to young lives. General public Who are NCH? By helping NCH I can make a real difference to young lives.
    45. 51. Journeys <ul><li>brand platform, “always there” </li></ul>
    46. 52. Arrivals <ul><li>agency appointed to do BHIs </li></ul><ul><li>methodology agreed to keep costs down and facilitate reporting we thought we needed at time </li></ul><ul><li>brand journey since then has been a very different one and we’d locked into a mode and frequency of reporting </li></ul><ul><li>administratively burdensome </li></ul>
    47. 53. Arrivals <ul><li>Brand Health Indicators: Wave 1 (July 2008) and Wave 2 (February 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 4 people claim to recognise ‘Action for Children’ logo </li></ul><ul><li>Action for Children has greater claimed consideration to donate than NCH had at the pre wave (8% of respondents, and 5% for NCH at the pre wave). This could be a simple effect of the name itself, suggesting that the name ‘Action for Children’ may be more compelling than ‘NCH’ </li></ul>
    48. 54. Arrivals <ul><li>key donor target audience of ‘people with children in the household’ proved potentially most receptive to the new name: 57% of respondents said they would be likely to consider donating (compare to 36% pre-wave NCH) </li></ul><ul><li>from a prompted list of children’s charities, 9% of respondents claim to have seen Action for Children advertising (total advertising awareness) </li></ul><ul><li>the TV campaign reached 6/10 of the general public and just over 1/4 people claim to have seen both adverts </li></ul>
    49. 55. Conclusions <ul><li>important to have absolute, complete and agreed clarity on why you’re rebranding... </li></ul><ul><li>...to fully understand what you need to be measuring </li></ul><ul><li>important to ‘project forward’ out of brand production period – too much going on and too much to do – but what will it look like in 2 or 3 years, what will you want to measure then? </li></ul><ul><li>rainy or sunny? </li></ul>
    50. 56. Conclusions <ul><li>need to separate corporate objectives, KPIs, marketing and functional objectives, etc. – where are you measuring brand impact and how? </li></ul><ul><li>what level of detail do you really need and what is really actionable and how much do you have to spend on it? </li></ul><ul><li>easy to tie oneself in knots on Committee and Board reporting </li></ul>
    51. 57. Questions and discussion
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