Branding 101: Why Build Your Company Foundation?

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As described in the 101 post, branding is how the public feels about your brand and involves all the design and messages attached to your company and products/services. It’s commonly described as the promise you’re giving to customers. Branding also helps your employees and potential employees align themselves with the company.

Let’s think about the Nike brand. Can you see the swoop logo in your head? Their “Just Do It” tagline invokes confidence, hard work, ambition, and collaboration. Their persona is the strong and motivated athlete you want to become. Their brand ambassadors, the athletes making appearances in commercials or wearing their gear because of sponsorships, are examples that using the Nike product can make you a better athlete. Through their branding, you envision a company that will help you become the best athlete.

In the end, branding helps the consumer embody what the company is all about at its core. Continue Reading…

What are Marketing, Branding, Public Relations, Social Media and Advertising?

I can understand why people have questions about the difference in marketing, public relations, branding, social media and advertising. They all are aiming to do the same thing but in different ways or through different platforms. I hope this will help you understand it!

MARKETING

Marketing is how your company increases awareness and creates behavior change to your desired audience. It’s how you promote and sell your products or services. The traditional marketing mix involves the 4 Ps: product, place, price, and promotion.

  • Product: what you are selling. For “product” to be successful, you’ll need to think about packaging, design and messaging. This is where branding comes into play and it’s described more below.
  • Place: where you are selling it. For “place” to be successful, you’ll need to think about your markets, distribution channels and target audience. Who are you trying to reach and where can you reach them?
  • Price: at what price are you selling it. For “price” to be successful, you’ll need to think about the value of the product – the value to you and the value to your customer.
  • Promotion: how you are getting people to buy it. This can involve strategies like email marketing, SEO, inbound marketing, event marketing, public relations, social media and advertising. A few of these are explained more below.

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SXSW Recap: Brands & Cultural Identity

I was excited to attend SXSWi through work and have had so many reflections and thoughts on the ideas I heard in keynotes and panels. I’ll be sharing what I learned at SXSWi, focusing on specific themes, over the next couple of weeks. To begin the recapping, I’d like to share the key things I took away from the session ‘Using Brands to Create Cultural Identity,’ which was led by Chris Wink, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Blue Man Group, and Jarret Myer, GM at Woven & CEO of UPROXX.

What is branding?
It’s the combination of employee buy-in, the product, the marketing, and the performance of the company over time.
Your product must live up to the vision. Find others who understand your vision and are willing to work with you to bring it to life. Find pieces of evidence of progress and share them. Take your journey seriously because eventually others will too. Make sure everything is authentic. Continue Reading…

Stand-Out Swag at SXSW 2014

Having been on a SXSW street team and designed swag pieces for clients in the past, I’m interested and analytical in the swag companies hand out during conferences.

I didn’t pick up much this year but I’m enjoying two pieces I received: sunglasses and a car phone charger, both picked up at the Samsung House.

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Branded sunglasses are a common swag piece but as someone who wears these freebies instead of designer sunglasses, it works for me. The ones from Samsung are unique, as you can see from the photo, which draws me to them for my collection, but I would probably wear these less often. Continue Reading…