Category Archives: Branding

Developing Your Brand Voice

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We don’t even know you (well we do, but we don’t know who is reading right now) but we do know you aren’t as smart as Albert Einstein. We hate to burst your bubble, but unless you are a physics savant (and if you are, godbless and thank you for reading our blog) chances are you aren’t as smart as Albert Einstein. However, we didn’t actually ask if you are AS smart as Albert Einstein…

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Why Social Proof Is Important

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We often get asked, “What is branding?” Or, “What is a brand?” A brand is a desired perception. This means you don’t actually own it. You can only influence people’s perception of you. Great branding creates a desired perception so that when people think of your brand they think what you want them to think. You may want to be seen as high value, prestigious, powerful, cost-effective or a myriad of other qualities. One way…

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Branding in 2016

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Branding in 2016 New Years is a time of reflection and resolution. It is a time to reflect on what was, both good and bad, as well as a time to make change. Most people’s resolutions are personal in nature: Lose weight, make more money, finally take that dream trip. Or if your resolution is a business one: Make more money, write that book, or perhaps hire a star employee. However, these aren’t resolutions at…

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The Danger Of Sub-Brands

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A sub-brand is a product or service whose character and brand values are distinct from, but related to, its parent brand. Sounds good right? When your business grows, you naturally introduce more products and services to better serve your customers. This instinctively calls for the introduction of “sub-brands.” However, what your brand builds, sub-branding can destroy. Too many people think in terms of how a sub-brand extends their brand, but neglect how customers think. In…

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When Should I Rebrand My Company?

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One of the most common questions we get asked is “When should I rebrand my company?” And for good reason. The short answer is that it depends. It depends on what business problem(s) you have. When you invest in your business, you expect your investment to alleviate a business problem. Branding is an investment in your business, and like any investment in your business you expect an ROI on your investment. Branding can deliver an…

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How To Build A Brand In 5 Phases

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As Brand Strategists. we often get asked how to build a brand. To be honest, there isn’t a universally accepted way to build a brand. There isn’t a brand building instruction manual or guidebook. However, at Branding For The People, we have a clear and structured process for building brands. It’s a 5 phase approach we hope proves valuable to you as you think about branding or rebranding. Phase 1 – Discovery The first step…

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When do you change your company name?

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At the BRANDING FOR THE PEOPLE offices, the topic came up about the proper strategy for rebranding ISIS. By ISIS, we mean ISIS Pharmaceuticals. ISIS (The Jihadist Group) is, putting it mildly, a huge problem in the world, and they are also causing huge problems in the world of branding, particularly when it comes to naming. “Even though people know we’re not associated with the terrorist group, the name itself has so many negative connotations,”…

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Extending Your Brand Beyond Your Logo

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Brands are more than just a logo. The logo is important, yes, but a customer identifies a brand by more than just a logo. The colors you use, imagery, design, messaging, and copy are other ways people can identify your brand, and more importantly be inspired to buy it. Let’s break down a few ways to extend your brand beyond your logo by starting with the logo itself. Logo The golden arches of McDonalds are…

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How To Write A Creative Brief

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70% of all communication is mis-interpreted in some way. Furthermore, that statistic is based on verbal communication, where inflection of someone’s voice, and tonality are more easily deciphered. That percentage would be even higher when discussing written communication, which is why it is critical that designers working on your brand understand the vision in your mind and have clear direction on how to create the branded materials you need. Many people expect designers to understand…

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Sales Advice For Small Businesses

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Sales are the lifeblood of any business. If you don’t make sales, you don’t have a business, you have a hobby. Still, “sales” as a profession and as a function is sinking. It’s dying a slow death. People don’t get sold to anymore, they simply buy things at their own discretion. When was the last time you went to the grocery store and someone convinced you to buy their milk instead of a competitor’s? It…

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Point Of View: Your Biggest Asset

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One of the least polarizing things I can say is that Glenn Beck is nothing if not polarizing. He speaks his mind, has strong opinions, and rarely holds back. Regardless of my, or your opinion of him, his success is undeniable. He has a point of view that shapes his worldview, and this is the key to his success. I recently spent some time in Texas, and got to meet Glenn Beck, hear him talk,…

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The Difference Between BIG and SMALL Business Branding

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Most people, when they think of the difference between BIG and SMALL Business Branding think Apple, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, and how they can look so good, and be so ubiquitous… But remember, these are big, established, revolutionary brands. Those are wonderful brands, but they aren’t meant to be your guide for small business branding. In fact, you should most likely do the opposite of what the big brands are up to. To go back to Apple…

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The Most Popular Drink Nobody Likes Part 2

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In our last blog we dove into the trigger of mystique, why it’s such a powerful brand strategy, and how Jagermeister masterfully used mystique to grow their business over 40% a year. To see part 1 click here. In part 1 I left you with the four main ways we build mystique. They are: 1. Spark Curiosity 2. Withhold Information 3. Build Mythology 4. Limit Access I will go back to the bar example to…

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The Most Popular Drink Nobody Likes

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Its harsh taste is unmistakable. The thick stickiness lingers in your throat long after you drink it down. People pay a premium price for the privilege of drinking this liqueur, yet when the shot comes, either alone or with a Redbull, they hesitate and brace for the uneasiness that is about to come. I am of course talking about Jagermeister. The most popular drink nobody likes. Jagermeister has grown 40% per year since 1985. That…

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Branding Vs. Design

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A lot of design agencies claim they do branding. But what is the difference between branding vs. design, and furthermore, how do you decide what type of agency is right for you? Great branding incorporates great design, but great design doesn’t make a great brand. Design is an integral part of branding. Your logo, fonts, and colors are all building blocks of a brand. But they are simply that, building blocks. A logo doesn’t make…

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