Creating a unified brand strategy: Why problems ‘start small and multiply’ – Marketing Tech News

Making a unified model, throughout all stakeholders and touchpoints, is without doubt one of the most necessary targets a advertising and marketing crew strives to realize. Digital transformation has made this want extra acute; the significance of social media means a plethora of recent channels to get communications proper.

As social has made the world extra linked, it has additionally pressured firms to make their workplaces extra linked and collaborative. But many advertising and marketing departments battle to even get that far.

Shannon Healey, of ‘all-in’one’ model administration software program supplier Frontify, says that organisations will solely exacerbate the problem in the event that they go away it idle. Just like the small scratch on a automotive windscreen, it’s going to ultimately grow to be a crack.

“One of many major issues we see in numerous advertising and marketing departments is the sheer lack of a unified model residence and, typically, a complete disconnect between departments and even inside groups themselves,” Healey (left) tells MarketingTech. “That hole actually begins to create issues over time.”

A traditional instance of a enterprise outgrowing its model is thru mergers and acquisitions. How do you retain the advocacy and message of the acquiree and transfer it seamlessly into your total technique? As an article from skilled companies specialists Hinge Advertising and marketing noted last year, M&A ‘presents nice alternatives for companies to rethink and refresh their manufacturers’, however warns of ‘undermining and sabotaging’ the success of the transfer if firms don’t prioritise or take into account their model message.

Model unification issues ‘begin small and multiply’, Healey notes, significantly as companies develop. Materials and pointers are scattered, which results in sluggish approval processes and an total lack of consistency, significantly with regard to customer-facing touchpoints. “The corporate dimension at all times has an influence, as a result of it’s essential get extra individuals concerned and knowledgeable – however principally the issues are at all times the identical, simply on a smaller scale,” she provides.

Frontify appears to be like to realize three targets by means of its platform; maximising model consistency by means of centralisation, boosting effectivity by getting issues performed, and involving others whereas sustaining oversight. Extra particularly, as Healey places it, prospects come to the corporate to make sure model managers spend much less time being the ‘model police’, in addition to guaranteeing streamlined design processes and ensuring everyone seems to be on the identical web page with the most recent pointers.

One instance – and certainly, one in every of Frontify’s first prospects – is airline Lufthansa. Healey cites this case particularly as not solely an instance of an preliminary win, however how the platform grows with a buyer’s ambitions.

“Lufthansa got here to us in 2014 with a transparent problem – their numerous model touchpoints weren’t absolutely aligned and this was a transparent drawback they wished to unravel,” says Healey. “This included issues like standing and inadequate PDF pointers, crippling challenges in working with digital media, design critiques that weren’t centrally managed, scattered model property with tough accessibility, and UI patterns for digital functions that weren’t being reused.

“What started as a reasonably small case has, by means of the years, grown as Lufthansa has added new options whereas on the similar time Frontify has been including new merchandise to its providing,” she provides. “This case exhibits the scalability of the platform and the significance of enabling everybody to entry, perceive, and share on-line model pointers.”

A lot of this scalability and talent to streamline, naturally, comes from the cloud. Frontify makes use of its personal product internally, with Healey citing this collaboration as key to serving to its personal advertising and marketing operations run easily. “Inside our crew there are a dozen tasks taking place in tandem at any level, with inside and exterior stakeholders,” Healey says. “With a digital, cloud-based single supply of reality because the hub for all efforts, we’re discovering within the more and more remote-first instances that we’re naturally inclined to thrive whatever the challenges in in the present day’s local weather.”

Taking that remote-first theme, Frontify is exhibiting at DMWF Virtual on 16-17 September, the place Healey will communicate as regards to ‘cultivating a model that cuts by means of the noise.’ Healey notes the significance of storytelling, ‘one of many primary ways in advertising and marketing and buyer connection that’s typically forgotten.’

“With so many companies vying for shopper consideration and an viewers absolutely overwhelmed with content material, questioning the place to focus, it’s an uphill battle to get seen,” she explains. “There are layers to reaching that ‘reduce by means of the noise’ degree of name success, so we’ll contact on among the foundational parts earlier than leaping to the punchline.”

But all of it comes all the way down to the broader message round a unified model. “Consideration to setting the model straight, activating workers: these are the issues even essentially the most seasoned professionals want a reminder of,” provides Healey.

Read more: Branding best practice: Exploring how to create a brand which cuts through the noise

Picture by Balázs Kétyi on Unsplash

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James Bourne