So, Just what does being a brand look like?
The vast majority of products that are sold are treated as generic by just about everyone except the naive producer, who believes he has a brand of value.
A branded object or service has two components, one required, one desired:
1. Someone who isn’t even using it can tell, from a distance, who made it. It appears that it could only be made by that producer (or it’s an illegal knock off).
Ralph Lauren certainly got our attention when he started making his logo bigger and bigger, but we also see this in the shape of a Paloma Picasso pin, or the label on a pair of Tom’s shoes, or the red soles of Louboutin or the sound of a Harley or the cadence of Sarah Kay or …
If we (the user or the observer) can’t tell who made it, then there’s no brand. That’s the distinction between generic and specific…
2. In the long haul, successfully branded items succeed because the user likes that the brand is noticed in daily use, either by others or even by themselves. That’s subtle but crucial. Does the very existence of the logo or the identifier or the distinction make the user happier? Can you imagine how crestfallen the debutante would be if her date didn’t even know what a Birkin bag was?
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"The most successful brands are the ones that can create true value, build a relationship with their customers and give them tools that, at the end of the day, make the brand irreplaceable."
- Jonas Perrson
In today's overheated world of 24-7 marketing hype, buyers of all types are seeking AUTHENTICITY in making their choices. You don't have to look further than the success of sites like YELP, Trip Advisor, or the review sections of Amazon to realize that we are all looking for the "real inside stuff" when determining where we are going to spend our money.
Why does AUTHENTICITY in a brand matter?
1. Authenticity builds trust.
2. Building trust through being authentic builds brand loyalty.
3. Being authentic is easier. Being who you really are is always easier - and, often less expensive - than pretending to be something you're not.
So, whatever you are, your company, or your brand is....be sincere. Be honest.
Your customers will appreciate it more than you know.
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