Ready to take your business to the next level?
Want to give your organization a new lease on life? Looking to forge stronger relationships with clients, customers, members or donors? Need help engaging your employees in the task ahead? With success on the line, your next step is clear. Talk to Riverhorse Brand Advisors – we can help.
Check out our 7-Stage Branding Out™ System.
Clarify your position
Good information is the stuff on which magnetic brands are built. Your clients know what matters to them, and how well you've been performing. Employees are an often untapped source of ideas on improving your customers' experience. Research can yield a wealth of actionable insights. All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to put long-held assumptions aside.
Solidify your foundation
High-performance brands are built on a solid foundation of mission, vision and core values. Articulating a vision that employees can share is essential to your success. Developing a set of brand behaviours that enable employees to build the brand is imperative.
Promise to perform
Your brand promise should address the question,"What's in it for me?" Be sure to give stakeholders a compelling reason for buying, joining, investing or donating. Remember, you can promise 'em anything…but you have to deliver. Business graveyards are full of organizations and products that did not.
Drive your stake
What would you like people to think about your organization? To say about your products or services? Here's your chance to stake out a compelling position that differentiates and resonates. Set goals. Be optimistic, but realistic. Nothing kills a well-intentioned re-branding effort faster than unrealistic expectations.
Plan to close gaps
Very often, the position you'd like and own are two different things. Your re-branding efforts should focus on bridging the gap between the two. Make sure employees have been factored into your brand strategy. Be sure to include PR. And be on the lookout for policies or procedures that could derail your initiative.
Dress for success
Had Shakespeare been a brand guy, he might have written, “For the look oft doth proclaim the brand.” A powerful visual identity, memorable slogan and good-looking materials help drive home your promise and position your brand for success. All heavyweight brands develop a distinctive personality that resonates with stakeholders.
Now do it!
Here's where the hooves meet the dirt! Turn your strategic thinking into hardworking programs and campaigns that effectively communicate key messages. Ensure employees are informed and onside. No investment will pay out faster than an investment in training your people to adopt your brand behaviours, and forever alter your corporate culture.