For brands that mean business
Can you tell me who your brand is and what it stands for?
What’s your number one promise to customers?
I don’t want to get too bogged down in theory here, but if you want your small business to accomplish big things, you need to get serious about your marketing.
And that means laying down a strong foundation for your brand, with a well thought out, clearly articulated brand strategy that your whole team can get behind and work with.
What is a brand strategy and how does it help?
A brand strategy sets the foundation for all of your future marketing activities. It puts down on paper all of the critical elements needed to build a brand that people will come to know and trust. These clear statements can be shared with your team to help guide their everyday actions, and with any creative suppliers that get involved with your branding along the way.
First step: the thinking behind the brand
We’ll get together and talk about a whole raft of things related to your brand and plans for branding. We’ll go over the history of your business and the vision you have for it. We’ll discuss your brand positioning.
We’ll talk about your brand values, your unique selling point, and what you’re going to do operationally to get people talking about you. We’ll also talk about your target audience and how you would like to be perceived.
Next step: the articulation of the brand
I’ll articulate the vision for the brand and its values, make recommendations on tone of voice and brand personality, and finish off by drafting an engaging ‘elevator pitch’ and brand story, which will help position you clearly in the market.
You can use the pitch when you’re networking, and you can use the story later on your website’s about page - or where-ever else you fancy. And if the strategy calls for it, I can also work up a tagline for you.
In short, your Brand Strategy will be one you can actually use; it won’t be just another pretty presentation that sits in a drawer.
Final step: the visualisation of the brand
Once those crucial elements are down on paper, I put the Brand Strategy to work by developing a content plan and bringing my graphic designer into the tent. This talented human will soak up the Strategy and use it to work out the best colour palette, logo and fonts to support the vision and reflect the personality.
If you already have a logo and don’t want it to change too much, we can work with that, perhaps just giving it or the elements around it a little refresh.
Finally, your ugly duckling of a strategy becomes a swan. It will be presented to you looking as good as it sounds, and you can pass it around to your staff and any other creatives to use as a Brand Guide for brand building from this point on.
Di's willingness and ability to really engage with her subject, combined with her technical writing skills and attention to detail, makes her a fantastic copywriter. With a PR background, she is also a creative thinker and will always bring an innovative and engaging approach to any subject. She's a total professional, who will always deliver on time and to brief.
Georgina Dorsett, Head of Customer & Stakeholder Engagement