Branding

Clear communication comes from knowing who you are and the value that your business adds to the world. Our branding process goes to the heart of your organisation, brings out your unique value and then helps you clearly communicate it to the world.

9 Benefits of brand building

A business that has a clear sense of their brand will:

  • Be Bold

    Project confidence because they know their place in the world

  • Make people believe

    Speak from a platform of conviction and belief for more effective promotion and communication

  • Stand Out

    Get noticed because they stand out against those who haven’t taken the time to articulate their identity

  • Have a point of difference

    Reduce the effect of the competition and almost render them irrelevant because competitors can’t beat you when you operate from your unique strength zone

  • Relate to your customers

    Attract more customers because people are attracted to shared values, big promises and compelling stories

  • Build team

    Motivate staff because people want to invest themselves in endeavours that stand for something bigger than themselves

  • Know your business

    Make better decisions because you don’t want to get involved in opportunities that oppose your identity

  • Establish Systems

    Create efficiency as you only get involved in activities that build the brand

  • Eliminate Barriers

    Break barriers to growth as a brand can be bigger than any one person or localised limitation

Why are brands important?

A business with a poor sense of its brand will often follow the competition, the latest trends or worse – simply maintain the status quo. On the other hand a business with a clear sense of who they are and what they do well will operate predominantly in their strength zone and reap the rewards that brings.

One of the greatest things we can do for any business is to help define its brand identity. Your brand is what makes you unique, its the essence of who you are, your values, strengths and reason for being. Just as every person is unique so is every business. Discovering a unique identity is at the heart of creating a great brand.

Our definition of ‘brand’

A brand is not a logo, a product or an identity system. It can include these things but it is more than this. A brand is a collection of perceptions that a person has of your service or product; it’s what comes to mind when people think of your business. It’s a gut-feeling that a customer has about you. Great brands make a promise, contain a big idea, tell a compelling story and touch people at an emotional level which ultimately makes good business sense.

“Products are created in the factory, brands are created in the mind.” Walter Landor

A good brand goes to the core of an organisation and finds the extra value that the company offers over and above the tangible things that it sells. It then  expresses that value in every area of the company.  Branding can influence every level of the company, such as: strategy, pricing, product development, people management and, yes, promotion.

So you want to build a great brand – where do you start?

Downing is able to help you throughout the whole process of creating, building and promoting your brand. It can be a process to get there but the end result is that you get a story to tell about your business that is a true reflection of what you are all about, a story that customers want to be part of. This journey of discovering your unique brand starts with us asking questions about your history, culture and the context in which you operate.

We ask about your strengths, values, and what makes you unique. We also like to  learn about the people who connect with the business, customers, suppliers and staff.  We then use this information to form your unique story using words and images, symbols, colours, sounds and whatever experience we can deliver to enhance your identity in the minds of the audience. When your brand is clearly articulated we then move to the Branding Phrase.  Branding is the tangible expression of the brand, it could be visual or verbal: it can be the name, slogan, logo, signage system, advertising, website and so on.

It’s where we apply your brand to every point where people, customers and staff connect with your business  services or products. When consistently applied a well-crafted brand is an immensely powerful tool for building your business or organisation. Contact us today to see how we can help you.