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Our new digitally driven business landscape is rapidly changing how consumers interact with a brand.  Because sentiment is key, now is the time to reassess the elements and structure of your brand to ensure they are evolving alongside shifts in societal values, focus, intent and ambitions.

Precedence

Brand equity relies on a company creating its own distinguishing benefits and signature. The gelling factors are the magnitude of the messaging, the authenticity of the voice, and the relevance of what the brand offers.

Questions to ponder…

What is the brand’s strength and how will you illustrate its significance?

What aspects of the brand stand out as influential? 

Do consumers believe that your product or service is essential?

Brand Tenets

Along with a strategy to expand your brand prominence, take time to go through other critical brand tenets including:

  • Drivers
  • Characteristics
  • Indicators
  • Expression
  • Differentiation
  • Positioning
  • Performance

Brand Elements

There are many elements which will determine if the public views your brand favorably.  Your goal is to relate and resonate.  Pay careful attention to the following features:

  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Messaging
  • Images & Icons
  • Logo
  • Design Variation
  • Visual Contrast
  • Navigation
  • Call to Actions

For each element, the objective is to tap emotions, be compelling, exude credibility, build value, and create experiences.

While we aim for brand engagement, often there isn’t enough thought put into what that should look like. It’s important to ask: what is the ideal brand behavior for profitability?

The quality of relationships is the foundation on which you can trigger desired responses, such as an action, a purchase, switching brands, a referral, top of mind in the category, social likes & follows, loyalty and so forth.

Brand Structure

The structure of a brand is made up of its reputation, expertise, personality, image, potency, and trust.  Altogether, these become the cornerstones of the brand story.

The challenge is how to frame the brand to achieve the credence, impact and standards of excellence needed to amplify the brand’s presence and positioning.

Here are some tips that are most especially pertinent as you digitally optimize and transform the existing business model:

  • Make innovation and inspiration the leading indicators of growth
  • Automate interactions for greater timeliness and efficiency
  • Constantly, and even unexpectedly, offer convenience
  • Solve specific problems
  • Speak to your target audience within their ecosystem
  • Model every course of action based on its value
  • Weigh brand events on cost, consequences and colliding interests
  • Assess outcomes for gains, influence, agility, exposure and risks
  • To sell, use persuasion and provide an advantage without pitching or promoting
  • With messaging, aim for consistency, clarity, velocity and veracity

How you design your brand assets and cultivate the culture should concentrate on three objectives – build esteem, boost recognition and penetrate channels. 

Making the Grade

For every marketer, this is the Brand “A” list: Advocacy, Amplification, Attractiveness, Alignment, Acceleration, Articulation, Attention, Augmentation

Final Note

Be flexible, open and innovative as you architect your digital brand. Always factor in responses such as abrupt directional curves, surprising sentiments and unforeseen variables. Also, consider what your brand must do to today prepare for the future state. We now know… it can change in an instant.

Find more on the Brand Paradigm here: https://artofdigitalcommerce.com/brand-paradigm/

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