A Branding Framework defines who you are, what you stand for, and what you will communicate to your customers, team, and partners. There is an old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, every road will take you there.” A well thought out framework has a beginning, middle, and end—and all the points on the journey are well defined. Starting with anything less increases the risk that you’ll waste time, resources, and money, let alone confuse your customers and fail to inspire your workforce.
A Branding Framework also creates consistency. Consistency is important in the execution of any integrated marketing campaign (where each element of the campaign reinforces and strengthens every other element). And, it serves as the basis for constant iteration and improvement of past and current campaigns.
The key to adopting any framework is to adopt it once: Then pour your energy into execution and continuous improvement. The body of branding knowledge is replete with definitions, counter definitions, and terms that overlap. Our framework addresses what your business needs, and if used consistently, will accelerate the development and strength of your brand.
In the end, the real value comes from what the Branding Framework allows you to accomplish. So, when you find yourself asking, “Why am I putting time and energy into developing this framework?” remember the answers:
- Create a shared understanding of your values, purpose, and vision
- Set a strategy that will turn your customers into your brand advocates
- Increase the power of your brand
- Drive profitable growth
If you are curious about how to develop a Branding Framework for your business—complete with Statement of Purpose, Vision, Brand Promise, Ideal Client, and much more—please contact me. I would enjoy talking to you about your specific needs and the future of your business.
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