At a minimum, your brand is a visual identity of your corporation or organization. Ideally, it invokes an awareness of what differentiates your business from your competitors.
Successful brand management involves a strategic plan that forms, maintains, and elevates your brand. It recognizes that your brand is an asset that requires consistency and should quickly convey positive messaging to your consumers.
Brands are a means of differentiating a company’s products and services from its competitors. Read further to explore branding basics and why brand management is important.
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Brand loyalty is how people perceive your business. People invariably refer to a brand they love and trust. By managing your brand consistently, you convey a sense of wholeness that helps instill trust and loyalty.
Good brand management can produce an emotional connection with your audience which leads to an overall positive view of your brand.
Your Reputation is Important
A strong brand can help protect your reputation. A strong brand can help your followers fend off attacks against your brand. Your reputation gives you more credibility to harden against misinformation about your brand.
When properly managed, your brand will convey your company’s commitment to quality, excellence, and its relationships with consumers. In some ways, your brand becomes a psychological concept that can remain resistant to any possible crises of reputation.
Grow Your Brand Equity
Brand equity is the value your brand adds to your product or services and how it compares to your counterparts. This is influenced by product quality, reliability, service, and support. Every touchpoint with your target audience is a chance to grow your brand equity.
Positive brand equity can be generated through marketing and advertising that speaks to your audience’s values and preferences. A good experience with your organization can be valuable in building brand equity as well.
Want to make sure that your audience recognizes your brand? Start with consistent use of the logo and brand identity. Every time someone sees a business card, brochure, or letter, be sure to consistently use the same logo and color scheme for your collateral materials. This consistency helps you build your visual brand image so that your audience knows your organization at first glance.
A Brand Standards Manual
A crucial tool to manage your visual brand image is a brand standards manual, also known as a style guide. This is a document that shows how to use (or not to use) your logo, stationery, color scheme, typography, and samples of other marketing materials as a guide for everyone in the organization.
Your brand standards manual should be referenced by all employees and its guidelines followed for all collateral materials, including social media posts and digital marketing campaigns.
Brand management is critical to set an organization apart from its competitors. It gives you control of your brand’s perception in the market and community. When managed correctly, the brand identity can be your greatest asset.
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