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How To Successfully Establish Your Company Branding

Sep05

The branding behind your company lets everyone know who you are and what you do. It is what sets you apart from other companies, and gives you a sense of credibility. When someone thinks of your organization, they think of the products you produce and the services you offer. Plus, keep in mind that part of the reason a consumer may choose to purchase one of your goods may be due to your name alone. What are you doing to ensure that you are reputable and unique? This article will tell you exactly what you need to know in order to not only promote your company branding but also do it successfully.

 

Know your target audience

Before you begin creating an original company brand, you must know your target audience. Who are the consumers that will be using and purchasing your particular goods and services? Choosing the right demographic to target will allow you to also create items that will better sell with that particular group. What are their interests? Lifestyle habits? Even consider factors such as their income, occupation, location, age and so on.

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Ways to Instantly Improve Your Company Website

Aug17

Your website is the backbone of your company since so many customers are spending time online. There’s truly no way around not having an engaging site if you want to attract more customers to your business and increase your sales numbers.

Here are a few tips and tricks for how you can instantly improve your website today. No longer do you have to sit around guessing or hoping that what you’re doing is making a difference. Spend time analyzing your current website, what you feel is and isn’t working, and weaving in the following suggestions as you go. Read more

3 Famous Food Brands – How Well Do Americans Remember Them?

Jun21

We all have our favorite food brands and for a number of reasons. Choosing them can be a matter of reliability, cost, aesthetic appeal or just familiarity. It’s likely that you reach for one brand of ketchup or mustard over another as you complete your grocery list. Brands are constantly fighting for attention creating expensive advertising campaigns, redesigning their logos and attempting to understand the millennial market. But do their efforts really pay off? How well do we even remember the logos of brands we reach for daily?

In an effort to better understanding the role logos play in branding, we reached out to the people who consume them. Our study looks at eight of the most infamous food brands Americans have seen on a near daily basis since childhood. Using the original logo, we re-designed and altered them based on three simple things: color, font and design details, then tested women and men of various demographics to see what they thought was the correct option. How well do people remember the brands they love so much? Keep reading to find out how the result for three famous food brands stacked up.

 


ARM & HAMMER

Arm & hammer logo

With over 50 uses for baking soda, Arm & Hammer is easily one of the most well-known kitchen and household items. Baking soda sold at a rapid pace when women were full-time homemakers, but as women’s role in society evolved, home baking decreased and so did Arm & Hammer’s role in the kitchen. To stay relevant, they continued to develop uses for their bicarbonate soda from toothpaste to cat litter, and with that, came changes to the logo.

The Arm & Hammer logo has evolved to keep up with product changes and new uses for baking soda, but let’s not forget where the brand started in 1867. Below shows the difference between the logo’s start to how you now find it in the grocery aisle.

Original arm & hammer logo

Arm & Hammer is easily recognizable for its bright red logo and muscular arm raising a hammer. This iconic American brand is well recognized, but changes in font and small design tweaks like facing the arm and the hammer in an opposite direction added variety in the responses.

Arm & hammer logos

Breaking down the demographics, we found that men were more likely than women to choose a variation based on color. Additionally, surveyees ages 35 to 44 were more likely to recognize a combination of the color and font variation over other age groups.

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Arm & hammer logo

Interestingly enough, women born prior to 1953 were more likely to remember Arm & Hammer as a baking soda product choosing the tagline that read “Bicarbonate soda” instead of “Standard of Purity.”

Could it be the hundreds of thousands of likes on Facebook or simply the fact that Americans have been seeing the Arm & Hammer logo floating around their kitchens since childhood that make this such a recognizable brand? With a variety of uses and strong national presence, it’s no wonder that the majority of Americans, regardless of demographic, were able to differentiate the correct logo despite the variations we presented.

 

 

 

 

 


CHICKEN OF THE SEA

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The phrase “Chicken of the Sea,” was first devised by fishermen as a way to describe the taste of albacore tuna. It was so successful in helping people recognize the brand that it didn’t take long to become the company name. Over the years, Chicken of the Sea has changed hands, moved shores and revamped its look, but it’s still what comes to mind when people think of canned tuna.

Chicken of the Sea started with a plain text logo, but added a blonde mermaid waving her wand in 1952, which is still a consistent feature of the logo today. When most people think of Chicken of the Sea, she is the first image that comes to mind, which is likely what the company planned to increase brand awareness.

Chicken of the sea mermaid

Despite the mermaid’s new looks over the years, our respondents largely remembered her for how she appears today, with one-third of surveyees choosing the correct option. Of those individuals, 22 percent remembered the mermaid perfectly, but chose a different option in color and style of font.

Chicken of the sea logos

On average, millennials were most likely to choose the correct logo at 40 percent compared to 27 percent of Baby Boomers and older generations who chose correctly. This was especially noticeable in the male demographic, where older men chose the variations that depicted our alternative logos with changes in font, colors or design details of the mermaid.

Women’s responses had less discrepancy compared to the male individuals surveyed. The graphs below show how age played a role in men’s responses and what logo details were remembered most for each age group.

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Despite so much change in appearance, the majority of Americans remember Chicken of the Sea for the friendly mermaid. Perhaps the catchy jingle “Ask any mermaid you happen to see, what’s the best tuna…Chicken of the Sea” or the “Mermaid on a Rock” commercials have made sure this brands logo doesn’t go forgotten.

 


TREE TOP

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From applesauce to mango juice, the Tree Top brand can be found in several aisles of the grocery store and lives in the refrigerators and kitchen cabinets of just about any household with children. It has kept up with demand and redesigned its packaging to provide mom’s with a peace mind when it comes to what they slip into their kid’s lunch boxes.

While Tree Top is a relatively new brand compared to others on this list, founded in 1960, the logo has still seen a bit of redesign over its short lifespan. Its look has included everything from a simple kids text logo, to a design that represents its grower owned roots that make consumers feel as if they purchased their apples straight from the orchard.

How did this brand fare in the logo challenge? Just like the others surveyed, we were interested to find out what details were most recognizable. To our surprise, the responses varied more than the other brands with only one-fourth of the individuals surveyed choosing the logo correctly. Others recognized our variation with italicized font and the plain text logo minus its lush surroundings.

Tree top logos

While these font variations are a minor change, it was surprising to find that both women and men selected an alternative font option over the correct logo at 37 percent and 31 percent. While our redesigned color version was the least recognized, the 55 to 64 age group showed interesting results where women were three times more likely to choose this version compared to men.

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Surveyees across the board seemed to make more mistakes with the Tree Top logo choosing our font variation first, followed by the real leafy logo and, interestingly enough, a plain text logo. Perhaps it’s the brands young age and logo evolution that plays a role in the lack of recognition. Regardless, this kitchen cabinet staple wasn’t easily remembered in our survey.

To recap, does branding stick?

Based on our study, this seems to be the general consensus for household brands who have built trust over the years. The results show that the majority of Americans remember brand logos despite changes in font, color and small details. Of course there are a variety of reasons certain demographics may sway otherwise. This is often the case when companies have experienced rebranding or a series of logo changes over the years. On average, millennials may have a better time recalling a logo if the brand is younger or has targeted youth in their advertising, while older demographics may remember a brand with stronger roots. This was the case with Arm & Hammer, where women over the age of 65 remembered the brand for its bicarbonate soda product—likely because it was marketed to wives and mothers during the mid-century when more women were full-time homemakers. It’s important to remember that the way a brand positions a product can determine how it is remembered in the eyes of consumers for decades to come.

Four Ways to Spread the Word about Your Brand

Apr05

If you run a small business, you’ll have a million and one different things to think about, whether that’s securing sales, having enough financial and staff resources, or doing the paperwork. But, at the heart of every company needs to be an identity, a brand, which defines who you and what you offer. Furthermore, central to that, you need to be spreading the word about it. Below are four ways you can use your brand to penetrate your target market and earn you the revenue you’ve been dreaming of.

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Design Is Meaningless Without Strategic Direction

Oct17

People frequently describe themselves as right-brained or left-brained – meaning they’re either analytical and verbal, or creative and visual. A strong brand, however, must be all of these. The best brands are a synthesis of sound strategy (left brain) and unique creativity (right brain). That’s why your organization needs a brand manager to provide strategic direction, and a creative director to oversee your creative process.

 

Why You Need A Brand Manager

An effective brand manager is a great leader, serving as an evangelist to build enthusiasm and passion around your brand. They wear many hats – from marketplace research, to marketing development, to overseeing promotional activities, to analyzing pricing and sales. Your brand manager ensures that the brand is accurately defined in all internal and external communications. A clear brand message gives employees a sense of purpose, an understanding of the company’s mission, and the motivation to deliver on your brand promise. Your brand manager is charged with safeguarding your company’s reputation by ensuring that employee actions are consistently in sync with your brand.

Establishing the right strategic direction is crucial to the success of any organization – impacting every facet of a brand’s products, communications, and marketing. As the architect of your brand’s image, a good brand manager recognizes valuable opportunities to help your brand grow long-term. A proactive approach to growth prevents the brand from being defined by people outside your company. Check out this article to discover five things all successful brand managers do. These fundamental skills are applicable regardless of your product category, geographical location, or industry.

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Where to Start When Designing a Restaurant Menu

Sep14

109 seconds. That’s how long your average guest spends studying the menu. You have all of two minutes to assure them that they’ve chosen the right restaurant – so your menu design, item descriptions, and menu configuration had better be up to the task. Below are a few important details to consider when designing your restaurant menu.

 

Descriptions – Dish names and descriptions are the heart of your menu, so phrasing that appeals to the senses is a must:

  • Nostalgic. Sentimental language builds a powerful emotional connection with your guests. Using words like “traditional” and “homestyle” evokes warm memories of food and family.
  • Appetizing. Descriptive menu labels such as “tender” and “succulent” enhance guest satisfaction with the meal. Incorporate geography into your menu selections (e.g. Maine Lobster Roll and Georgia Peach Pie) to make them sound more unique and inviting.
  • Humanizing. Discuss the origins of a recipe, or share details about the chef or restaurant owner with your guests. Did your mother use this recipe? Is it a favorite dish from your childhood?

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Marketing and Branding for Freelancers

Jun28

In some respects, starting a business and becoming a freelancer is very similar. You will in both cases be self-employed and entirely responsible for the success of your venture, both primary roles for any business owner or freelancer. However, a freelancer may assume they won’t have quite the burden of responsibility entailed in starting a business, in terms of business plans, marketing strategies, and the work involved in setting up a small enterprise. This is an erroneous assumption, because marketing and planning are just as important, and you will certainly have to work hard if you wish to become established and successful in your sector. How then should a freelancer approach the task of branding and marketing themselves?

What are you marketing?

In essence, rather than marketing a business, you are, as a freelancer, marketing yourself. It’s your personal abilities, attributes, skills, and knowledge that will need to be sold to potential clients rather than products, or a service with additional staff members. That means that your business plan revolves around being the best you can be as an individual, and creating a brand that separates you from all the other freelancers doing the same kind of work as you. You need to be objective about yourself, take a step away from what you think you know and be realistic about the skills you can offer. There’s no point overselling yourself because you won’t be able to live up to your promises. It’s equally inadvisable to undersell yourself, being modest or underplaying the value you can offer. Either approach will make finding and retaining good clients far more difficult. If you are honest and objective when you describe yourself, you’ll find it far easier to become established in your field.

How do you brand yourself?

Just as a business needs a unique selling point or proposition (USP), so you need to determine what your personal USP is, and use that as the basis for your branding. For a business, a USP could be something along the lines of being the only place in town that sells organic cosmetics. As a freelancer, you need to identify what your specialty is, so if you’re a writer it could be that you have specialist knowledge of a particular topic such as health or animal care; or if you’re a programmer, it could be that you specialize in Java. Once you’ve decided where your expertise lies, you then need to personalize it to you and add something that makes your service stand out from all the other health writers or Java programmers. That could be a unique insight you have, or experience in your field, for example being a health writer who has experienced the conditions they write about, or who has worked in the health services. Clients always prefer people who can do more than just the job; they are looking for someone who can give them an edge, so by personalizing your USP you are creating a unique brand that adds authority to your offering.

How do you market yourself?

A lot of the resources you would use as a freelancer are the same as those a small business owner would use. Having your own website and social media accounts will give you a legitimacy with prospective clients and help get your name more well-known. Using online directories, local service publications, and websites that publish your profile and portfolio are all good ways to increase your presence and make yourself available to more people. All these marketing tools need to be kept updated, regularly checked and added to and used to showcase your talents. You need to keep a close eye on all the places you’ve posted details about yourself because anyone searching for you by name will not be impressed to find accounts of varying quality and currency on the Internet.

How do you finance yourself?

Freelancing is commonly far less expensive than starting up a business. You’ll have the costs of setting up and running your home office and a few fees and charges for memberships and resources. The main cost will be the reduction in income you will almost certainly experience after you first start before you begin receiving sufficient orders to match or exceed your income requirements. You can plan for this period in advance by saving for a period of time while you are still working for someone else, or you could start your freelancing venture as a side hustle while you carry on working at your day job until you’re making enough to go full time. If you are short of what you need, or want to retain some contingency funds but have to finance a new laptop, for example, credit can be a way to resolve the problem. You should have your finances in order as far as possible before committing to your new job, and that means working on improving your credit rating by following the advice given on expert websites such as Bonsai Finance. A higher credit score means you will be offered lower interest rates on loans and a wider range of deals on all credit products.

You are not alone

Working at home as a freelancer, you will be on your own for a lot of the time. For some people, this is a far more comfortable way of working, but for others, it can be hard to be alone for so much of the time. Fortunately, there are some excellent resources online that will help you make contact with other freelancers and groups, so you become part of a homeworking community. The exchange of ideas and experience and the moral support can be invaluable in giving you the determination to keep going. You can also attend webinars and other training courses run by experienced and knowledgeable people in your field and general business topics of relevance, where you can pick up many great ideas for marketing yourself as a freelancer.

You may be one person in your own home, rather than a team in an office, but the principles of planning, marketing and branding apply just as much to you as they would to a business.

 

How Small Businesses Can Promote Their Brand

Jun20

Running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, but there are a unique set of challenges many people struggle to overcome. It can be hard to initially get the project up and running; this is particularly true if you are competing with recognizable brands. If you’ve recently launched a startup but you are struggling to get your name out there and attract customers, there are different ways for you to get noticed. Effective marketing and PR can attract a lot of the right attention. You’ve simply got to know which tactics are the best to use.

 

Attend Trade Shows

Trade shows are extremely effective for small companies. They provide the opportunity to meet prospective clients while showcasing your talents. Meeting clients face-to-face allows you to prove why you’re a better choice than your competitors; it also allows your company to seem more human and friendly. To have a successful trade show, though, you need to plan your stall beforehand. Invest in a custom trade show canopy, branded merchandise and lots of helpful information such as pamphlets. What’s more, you need to train your employees so they are friendly and approachable, not solely after the hard-sell.

 

Social Media

Unsurprisingly, social media is one of the best ways to attract more people to your business, and it works particularly well for smaller businesses. Setting up your social media accounts is easy: set up a professional page where you can promote your products/services, engage with your target base and build a network. Be active and regularly interact with posts and always respond to any queries in a timely fashion.

 

Host an Event

One of the best ways to get people through the door is to, quite literally, invite them inside. Host an event at your store/workshop or rent somewhere you can host an event. The purpose of your event is so you can advertise your company and the products and services you sell. However, keep the event lighthearted and fun. Decorate, have food and drinks, and leave the formal presentation at home. Socializing is the best way to win over the hearts of today’s generation.

 

Competitions

Competitions are a great way to establish your brand. This is because they encourage people to do the work for you. Consider giving away a free product or service and have entrants share content on social media to enter – this will very quickly expand your network, and the cost of the product or service will be recovered with the number of new customers you’ve brought in.

 

Internet Marketing

Internet marketing should never be overlooked, especially for smaller businesses. Digital marketing is accessible and can be cheaper than traditional methods, meaning smaller businesses (with smaller budgets) are able to compete with the bigger brands. Aspects of digital marketing you should focus on including a website, SEO, content marketing, and social media marketing.

 

It can be challenging for small businesses to establish their brand in the market, and particularly early on. If you are struggling to attract customers and get noticed, then try a combination of the above methods, and you will soon see results.

Innovative Ways to Build a Brand for Your New Restaurant

May17

Opening a new business is always going to be a challenge but when you are opening a new restaurant in a location where no one knows you and you haven’t built a loyal following yet, it can be more than a challenge. However, there are some things you can do right from the start to build brand so that people understand right from day one who you are, what you serve and what sets you apart from other eating establishments in the area.

Four Plus Decades of Positioning Should Have Taught Us Something

Back in the 1980s, a pair of advertising gurus by the names of Al Ries and Jack Trout came up with a marketing concept called ‘positioning.’ It is a four-fold concept in which a new company needs to decide where it wants to be seen in the public eye. Before you set out to brand your new restaurant, decide if you want to be known by:

  1. Product
  2. Price
  3. Place
  4. Promotion

Where do you envision your restaurant being positioned within those four approaches to brand?
Do you want people to know that your food is special in some way such as organic or artisan? That would be product. Do you want to compete with Burger King or McDonald’s? That would be price. What about a spot on the boardwalk of South Beach in Miami? Of course, that would be place and for promotion, you could go in almost any direction you’d like! Perhaps you could sign on a brand ambassador that would promote your business, or you could offer special promotions like “Two Times Two Tuesdays.

Visual Identification Is Key

Positioning should be a first step in developing a brand and the more innovative and creative you get, the more you will stand out from other restaurants in your locale. Next, you want to relate your brand image with your positioning. When you decide to create a menu, for example, keep everything from layout to graphics with the ‘position’ you want to be identified. You can get free restaurant menu templates which you can add your own graphics to, your own menu items and prices, and any little advertising slogans you want to display. Visual identification can have an impact on your positioning if used creatively.

You can never underestimate the importance of a brand and in opening a new restaurant in an area where the competition is stiff, you need to pay special attention to your positioning. By developing a brand based on your position within a market, you can quickly develop a following that is looking for what you have to offer. Whether you want to compete with the big guys or develop a unique niche all your own, use the positioning method to build a brand and see how quickly you become a success. Four decades later and we’re still exploring the benefits of innovative positioning, but once you’ve mastered it, memorable marketing and branding are within reach.

How to Successfully Expand a New Brand Online

Jan24

Are you planning to get an online MBA degree to start your very own company? In class, you are learning business strategy and implementation but what about branding? You need to know how to create and then build your brand once you step out of school.

Online branding is one of the most popular and effective tools nowadays. With people living in a digital age, it’s only natural that online branding is so important. So how can you successfully expand your new brand online? Here are some techniques that can help. Read more


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