brand strategyYour company has to become more than a set of products, services, employees, and words. A brand strategy is essential in business because it is heavily tied to company value and longterm success.

Here are the 10 reasons why you need a brand strategy:

From a marketing perspective:

1. It sets you apart from the competition

Competition is fiercer than ever thanks to globalization. Technology allows consumers to easily compare all of their options. Companies must compete with more than other businesses, they have to compete with an exponentially increasing amount of noise just to get the consumer’s attention.

2. Transform your product from being a commodity into something that has a life of its own

Again, the proliferation of products and services is staggering. Many companies that were historically successful find their products have become commodities. Branding can help even a commoditized product differentiate.

3. Maximize your brand’s relevance in the heart and mind of your customer

Gaining the attention of today’s consumer is no easy feat. You can’t just “buy” consumer attention anymore, you have to earn it. To earn it, you brand has to be lovable. People don’t fall in love with names, they fall in love with the entire brand experience.

4. Build loyalty

When you create an emotional connection with consumers, they’re more likely to stick with you. Just think about how much easier it is to say “no” with a quick phone call or email than it is to say no to a person face-to-face. When you create a brand, you create a humanistic connection that makes it harder to leave.

It’s a lot easier (and less expensive) to keep a current customer than it is to acquire one. When branding creates an emotional connection with customers who become attached, you get more bang for your buck. All of your marketing efforts become more powerful when they are coming from a strong brand that has a foothold in the hearts and minds of consumers.

5. Create trust

People buy from companies they know, like, and trust.

From a financial perspective:

6. Expand market share

An example of how powerful branding can be: learn about how a fitness brand gained international market share and grew annual sales to over $200 million with a brand strategy.

7. Provide a platform for growth through brand extensions

Brands outlive their products. If your company is only about one product, it dies when the product dies. A brand strategy allows you to have the flexibility to expand the product line.

8. Command higher prices

Why do you think people are willing to pay for Grey Goose?

9. Increase shareholder value

A study by Interbrand in association with JP Morgan concluded that on average brands account for more than one-third of shareholder value. For example, the study showed that the McDonald’s brand accounts for more than 70 percent of shareholder value. (Source: BusinessWeeek, Interbrand/JP Morgan)

10. Generate stronger financial results

Malcom Gladwell’s best-selling book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, asserts that buying decisions occur in split seconds instead of long, drawn out processes, and are based on memories, images, and feelings. This is your brand.

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