In today’s competitive marketplace branding remains important, but that is not the whole story.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, getting noticed and standing out from your competitors selling the same products and services requires your business to have and effective brand message. This is especially important in large cities, where many businesses offer the same products and services to the same potential customers.
The business that effectively stands out from the crowd and leaves a memorable impression with their customers stands the best chance of successfully attracting new business. However, it is essential thebranding is effective and reflects the businesses core messages. This can be developed with the help of a good design agency – Manchester and London are particularly strong for a hub of established agencies.
With a consistent and professionally designed brand, the chances of success are far higher than a competitor with poor branding. The same is true of any business in any city or large town, consumers will respond positively to professional, well presented brands, but equally they will respond negatively to a poorly presented brand. However, that is only half the story. Effective branding requires an on-goingcommitment to develop the brands reputation.
Brands have to evolve to remain relevant
Global companies like Coca-Cola and McDonalds are constantly tweaking and developing their brand. However, the core principles of the brands always remain consistent, in particular the colours and key logos. These elements have remained largely unchanged over the years with only minor tweaks to the font, layout and sizing to appeal to new generations. Strap lines, promotional characters, marketing techniques, advertising and packaging have all changed to keep pace with modern consumers changing tastes.
A brand that remains static will eventually end up looking dated and out of touch with modern consumers, so brands have to evolve.
For a business with an existing brand the ongoing development of their brand has to be done carefully. Building a brand can take decades. A company whose branding is instantly recognisable cannot afford to change their branding to the point where consumers no longer automatically associate a logo or strapline with their business. Change inevitably has to happen if a company wants to stay relevant, but starting from scratch can takethe brand backwards and mean years of work to re-establish their brand.
Getting the balance right when it comes to brand evolution takes a strong skill set and lots of experience. A marketing and design agency like Monitor has decades of experience.
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