To carve out a competitive advantage within your industry, how you approach brand management is key in helping your company stand out – and, in a good way. When it comes to putting a brand management plan in place, you need to invest time and resources to ensure that you are able to attract your target audience and position your brand to resonate with their core values. As your company evolves, updating various parts of your brand management plan and brand elements will be important in making sure your brand is always accurately represented in all that you do. To assist you in understanding the brand management process, here are the three essential steps that you can take to effectively manage your brand.
Step 1: Brand Creation
This involves determining your brand identity, which is how you want your company to be perceived by your customers. In other words, this represents what you want your brand to stand for and is critical in helping you establish a relationship between your brand and your target audience. During this step, you should work with a professional graphic designer to craft your brand elements, including logo, brand guideline, website design, social media banners, business cards, etc. The success of your brand will be directly tied back to how thorough you are in this first step. Careful consideration should be taken to understand your target audience and use your knowledge to create a brand (and brand elements) that speak their language and immediately convey your brand value.
Step 2: Brand Implementation
What you plan in the first step has to then be put into action. Without proper execution, what you want your customers to think about your brand, may, in reality, be different from their actual perception, if you poorly execute your brand management plan. To effectively implement your plan, be sure that your brand values are clearly communicated to employees and are exuded in everything that your company does. For example, if you want to be viewed as having cutting-edge products, but your products are similar to what other companies offer in your industry, then your brand is not conveying what you want it to. Be open to updating your brand management plan, as your product offerings change and as your business evolves with your target audience.
Step 3: Brand Evaluation
With a plan and implementation, you want to then track how your brand is performing in the marketplace. This can be achieved by doing a brand audit and examining how well your marketing materials and even website design are aligned with your brand message and core values. As technology and design best practices change, scheduling time at least once per year to perform a thorough brand audit is key in keeping your brand consistent. Evaluating how your brand is perceived by your customers is also an important component in understanding what you can improve on to strengthen your brand’s appeal.
Where are you in the brand management process? Remember, having the right brand elements in place now will help you effectively position your brand to both attract new customers and differentiate your company as an industry leader.
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