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RJD Creative Branding Basics

  1. 1. BRANDING BASICS Our Approach to the Brand Lifecycle presented by
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover Today: • Brand Language • Our Process • 7 Things You Can Do Today
  3. 3. What Is a Brand?
  4. 4. A Brand Is NOT: • Your company name • Your logo • Your tagline • Marketing copy • Features and Benefits
  5. 5. A Brand Is: • It’s the gut feeling your 3 C’s (Company, Customers and Competitors) have about your Business, Product or Service • It’s Emotional, not Rational • It’s not what YOU think it is, it what THEY think it is • You have a brand already. whether you’ve chosen to create it, guide it, or it simply exists by default, it exists.
  6. 6. A Brand Position Is: • A single unifying idea that encapsulates the essence of your brand • One word or phrase • Used internally (not in marketing messages or copy) • A fancy name for “What’s Your One Thing?” Examples: • Nike = Inspiration/Innovation • Volvo = Safety • Google = Search
  7. 7. Brand Identity Is: Verbal • Your company name and tagline • Marketing messages • Marketing copy Visual • Your company logo • Your company colors • Design and layout • Graphics and photography
  8. 8. Why Optimize Your Brand Identity? Benefits of an optimized Brand ID system include: • Elevated Perception of Company • Increased Customer Awareness (Memorability) • Increased Customer Affinity (Trust) • Increased Customer Action (Sales) • Elevated Company/Employee/Staff Pride
  9. 9. Goals of a Branding/Marketing Program Successful branding/marketing efforts are: • Customer-centric — about the customer, not the company • Based on brand position — “What’s your One Thing”? • Memorable (different/unique/first — Awareness) • Authentic (true/genuine/trust — Affinity) • Valuable to the customer (Action) • Focused on positive emotions (customer’s emotional response), not features and benefits • Action-oriented — communicate clearly what the customer should do next
  10. 10. Brands Today: • Are becoming more personal • Are increasingly about the company leadership — company owner or CEO • Also about the employees, the points of customer contact • You are your company, you are your brand
  11. 11. Our Branding Process
  13. 13. RECOMMENDED BRAND AND ATTRIBUTES Research Analysis Existing Brand Review Recommended Brand Strategy Brand Identity Elements Positioning Statement Creative Assets Maintenence Monitoring
  14. 14. Who Is your Audience? You actually have three audiences: The 3 C’s 1. Company 2. Customers 3. Competitors So how do we know who they are? How do we find out what they think of you?
  15. 15. RESEARCH! Why is Research Important? If you don’t conduct research to find out: You’re really only guessing.
  16. 16. What Do We Mean by “Research”? For Company Customers: • Surveys (Quantitative Qualitative) • Interviews (Formal) • Focus Groups • One-on-one Conversations (Informal) • Ask your employees and customers! For Competitors: • Gather Materials: Web Site, Ads, Collateral, etc. • Secret Shopping
  17. 17. What Do We Do With It? • Analyze the data • Identify Trends, Common Responses • Isolate Problem Areas • Identify Successes • Organize Data into Groups
  18. 18. Why Do We Do This? So you can make informed decisions based on factual data, not just subjective (internal) opinions. No Research: Research: Guesses Facts Assumptions Trends, Data Groups Subjective opinions Objective Subjective Internal only External Internal One source (Company) Multiple Sources (Company, Customers and Competitors)
  19. 19. What Else Do We Need to Look At? What the company brand already looks like: Existing Brand Review Visual: Verbal: • Logo • Company Name • Colors • Tagline • Typography • Core Messages • Design Layout • Marketing Copy • Graphics Photography
  20. 20. Then What? STRATEGY! After Research and the Existing Brand Review, we do two things: 1. Recommend a Brand Strategy 2. Recommend a Brand Position and Brand Attributes This is your brand, your “One Thing”. From here on you will: 1. Use it as the foundation for all communications your company creates and distributes, both internally and externally. 2. Proactively guide and consciously apply it to all of your company communications and materials.
  21. 21. What Does Your Brand Need To Be? 1. Different/Unique 2. True/Genuine 3. Valuable to your customers 4. Unclamed by your competiton If your brand meets these four requirements, it will be successful.
  22. 22. Why Does Your Brand Need To Be This? Here is how your customer’s mind works: If your brand is: You gain your customer’s: Different/Unique Awareness (Memorability) True/Genuine Affinity (Trust) Valuable Action (Purchase, $$$)
  24. 24. Now It’s Time to EXECUTE! Next we craft your Brand Positioning Statement • Based on Your Brand Position (your “One Thing”) • Single Sentence • Used internally (not in marketing messages or copy) • Used to guide your core marketing messages (internal and external)
  25. 25. Then We Create Your: Core Marketing Messages • Based on your Brand Positioning Statement • A series of brand-centric ideas and phrases • Used primarily internally • Can also be used externally • Used to create your external marketing copy
  26. 26. Now Comes the Fun Part: We Create Your Brand Identity Elements • Based on Your Brand Position, Positioning Statement and Core Marketing Messages Visual: Verbal: • Logo • Company Name • Colors • Tagline • Typography • Core Messages • Design Layout • Marketing Copy • Graphics Photography
  27. 27. Then We Create the “Stuff”: Your Brand and Marketing Communications Materials Print: Web: • Company Stationery • Web Site • Collateral Brochures • Email Marketing • Direct Mail • Social Media • Ads • Trade Show Materials • Promotional Items • Brand Identity Guidelines
  28. 28. It’s Time to Tell the World! Distribute Your Brand and Marketing Communications Materials Print: Web: • Ad Placements • Web Site Launch • Direct Mail Campaigns • Email Blasts • Trade Shows • E-Newsletters • Special Events • Social Media Campaigns • Holiday Greetings
  29. 29. Keep up with Brand MAINTENANCE: Maintain Your Brand • Create more “stuff” (Marketing Materials) • Use the Brand Identity Guidelines • Educate, direct and monitor outside vendors • Make sure the wheels don’t come off
  30. 30. Which Brings Us To... MORE RESEARCH! Monitor the Results Print: Web: • Ad Tracking • Web Site Stats • Direct Mail Tracking • Email Metrics • Trade Show Leads • E-Newsletter Response • Special Event Feedback • Social Media Monitoring And the circle of your brand’s life continues...
  32. 32. 7 Things You Can Do Today... To help your company’s brand presence: 1. Start setting goals for your brand — align them with company objectives. What is it you want to communicate, and to whom? Start defining what brand success looks like. 2. Begin to profile your 3 C’s: Company (stakeholders), Customers (audiences) and Competitors (inside and outside your business category) 3. Start to define your “One Thing” — write down how your company, product or service is Memorable, Authentic and Valuable 4. Outline how you personally reflect or embody your company’s brand.
  33. 33. 7 Things You Can Do Today... 5. Review your marketing materials — are messaging and visuals applied consistently throughout? 6. Start to outline the channels through which you should be communicating your brand. Consider your audiences and where they get their information. Print Ads? Direct Mail? Broadcast (TV Radio)? Web Sites? Email? Social Media? Word of Mouth (Recommendations)? 7. Begin to specify how you would track and measure the success of your brand efforts. How would you gather this information? What metrics would you use to quantify the results?
  34. 34. Questions and Discussion
  35. 35. Thank You!
  36. 36. Bob Diercksmeier RJD Creative 602.712.9020 bob@rjdcreative.com www.rjdcreative.com Facebook.com/rjdcreative Twitter.com/rjdcreative