Brand management

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4 Critical Components to Successful Brand Management

Brand Management can cause all but the most serious marketing professionals to blanch. Mostly because the phrase “Brand Management” sounds like an obscure, highly technical body of knowledge. To make matters worse, the normal online resources for learning about a concept do a poor job explaining what it is. But the reality is that successful… Read More

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The Secret to a Great Brand is Just One Thing

Know what the secret to a great brand is? One thing – just one thing. Focusing on one thing when branding for nonprofits is admittedly the hardest part of creating an amazing brand. The trick, as Jack Palance in “City Slickers” reveal, is figuring out what your “One Thing” is. It’s going to take discipline… Read More

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Creating a Brand in a Tough Economic Environment

I don’t have to tell you that the economy in the last few years has been tough for a brand. We’ve all lived through it, and if you’re still in business you’ve figured out how to survive in this economic environment, it was probably a combination of intention, a little luck, and a strong brand position…. Read More

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Brand Book Rules (or brand dos and don’ts)

An inevitable section of every Brand Book is the “Rules” section. This is the section of the brand book where you spell out, in excruciating detail, the dos and don’ts of portraying your brand imagery. It’s primarily used by your marketing partners, but the group that will need this section of the brand book the… Read More

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Writing the Brand Manifesto and Brand Tagline for the Brand Book

Now that you’ve had the opportunity spend some time getting acquainted with your Brand for your Brand Book, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and write (or include) your Brand Manifesto and Tagline. (If you’ve been following Finding Brand for awhile now, you might recall me addressing manifestos before in The Secret Sauce.) The… Read More

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Articulate the Brand Personality for the Brand Book

Now that we’ve created our list of keywords and established the relationship between them, it’s time for our next step in how to make a Brand Book and create our brand personality. Articulating your Brand Personality is an integral component of building a Brand Book. Brand Personality starts to breathe life into the brand, making… Read More

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What’s the Difference? Brand Book, Brand Guidelines, Brand Bible, and Identity Guidelines

A brand book is the physical manifestation of the living, breathing concept that is your brand. Without a guiding document, the Brand can spin out into an inconsistent set of representations. In an attempt to slow that process, Marketing Departments often develop Brand usage guidelines.  These guiding documents have a lot of names: Brand Book,… Read More

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Identify Your Brand Essence

Once you’ve identified your keywords for your brand and brand book, it’s important to both test them, and to demonstrate their relationship with regard to your brand position to create your brand essence. You’ll recall from our last post that we settled on the following keywords: imagination, friend, joy, clean, charity, children, dream, chubby, bathtime, and… Read More

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Identify Your Brand Position by Using Brand Keywords

With your Brand’s history complete with the brand book, it’s time to start distilling the keywords for your brand. If you haven’t done this exercise yet, a Word Cloud is an excellent way to tease them out. Identify Brand Keywords for the Brand Book Copy the text you wrote for the brand book on the… Read More

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Brand History: Start at the Beginning of the Brand Book

As I mentioned in the last post, we’re going to be building our sample Brand Book on the Rubber Duckie Brand. The reasons for choosing this brand over any other are varied but include being a “duck,” not having vigilant brand guardians searching the web for every unauthorized mention, and being both iconic and well-known…. Read More

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The Heavens Parted and Delivered the Brand Book

In December, I wrote a quick blog post called “Does Your Brand have a Brand Book?” in response to The Santa Brand Book from Quietroom. Since then, that post has been the most frequently visited post on the Finding Brand Blog, and it’s obvious that there is a significant need for a brand guidelines template. The… Read More

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How are You Better than Your Competition?

I don’t care what industry you’re in when you look at the landscape of those businesses that do what you do; you compare your business to the work that they do. And you have opinions about their work – either you respect it, or you don’t. But the thing is, you know how your business… Read More