There are many reasons to go through a rebranding exercise. Most common among them are a merger or acquisition, change in corporate direction, desire to change a negative attitudes about your brand, or simply start over and hope to convince the market that something is different. All of them can be very valid and create a great opportunity to go through the exercise to create a logo, visual identity, new corporate name, positioning statement or color palette. As all companies are different, there is no one size all fits approach. There is one thing, however, that can really derail the process. That is losing sight of the original goals for going through this exercise. A rebranding exercise is not a cure all to solve a company’s problems. It should be done swiftly with clear goals and responsibilities so it does not get in the way of your business to execute. If something is not working, it is unlikely that a rebrand will fix it. That is why keeping your goals in mind and pressure testing every step in the process against them is so critical.
Here are five recommendations to ensure that you don’t lose sight of your goals to ensure a successful rebranding process:
- Focus on the big picture in terms of messaging and meaning. No external audience will spend as much time as you or your management team thinking through the machinations of the messaging and meaning. Customers and prospects will often ask once but then will go back to focusing on your product, service and delivery.
- A great logo and corporate visual identity can go a long way toward sending a strong message to the market. It is a design driven world, so don’t spend so much time focused on the message and lose sight of a great logo and corporate visual identity. Visual storytelling through a simple yet powerful logo with the right color palette, right imagery, right iconography, and right fonts can make a major impact for a brand to create the right position in the market.
- Branding is a team effort. Get your employees involved. They are the ones out delivering your message and brand to the market. If employees fell invested in the branding process they are much more likely to help you sell the new name, brand and message to the market.
- Don’t Do It Halfway. Once you commit to launching the new brand, ensure that your old logo does not show up anywhere. Assuming that the corporate website is the first place where the new brand shows up, ensure that the new branding is quickly rolled out at events, tradeshows, office locations, ppt templates, ad campaigns, etc. Your audience can only be as committed to your brand as you are. Take the time and spend the money to do it right.
- Don’t let the process drag. Remember, a rebrand will not automatically fix your problems. You have a business to run and marketing campaigns to execute. The market is not going to wait for you take your time. Competitors will seize the opportunity if there is a market void.
At Bluetext, we have a proven process to ensure that every attitude and viewpoint is considered. But we follow the recommendations outlined above. We often rebrand companies in a timely manner, helping them focus on their goals to ensure they can focus on corporate priorities. From logo development to corporate visual identity to responsive web design to trade show booths and new collateral, we have the resources and expertise ready to tackle whatever challenge you are facing with your brand.