Top 5 Branding Challenges


Published: January 2, 2017 Author: Jason Holicky - Hometown Design Studio Inc.
Top 5 Branding Challenges

Creating a recognizable and relatable brand is an essential part of any marketing strategy. Your company’s or product’s branding is like a public image or persona, and getting it right means giving your consumers a shortcut to your brand’s identity. In a single glance, your branding will communicate the values and characteristics of your products and services while nudging consumers to align themselves personally with your company.

Of course, branding isn’t easy. Here are the 5 most common branding challenges companies face.

1. Seeking Short-Term Gain

Branding is not a short-term strategy or a quick fix, and expecting to see an immediate surge due to branding efforts will only end in frustration. Instead, branding is a long-term engagement between your company and your customers and the image should be a lasting impression that serves your marketing for the long-term. Think about some of the biggest brands in America: Coca-Cola, Nike, The Gap. Just mentioning these names probably calls to mind the logo, colors, and “feel” that each of these brands have worked hard to create—and keep. 

2. No Brand Story

Storytelling is the heart of human existence. It is what enabled us to educate our children long before there were schools and how we passed down traditions from one generation to the next. Our brains are wired to process, remember, and retell stories and we even have a tendency to assemble facts into a story so we can remember them. When it comes to your brand, a compelling story is a necessity. Who are you? What are your values? How do you make people’s lives better or easier? Without this story, your brand is nothing more than a logo.

3. Keeping the Branding External

Bringing the branding message to the people who keep your company moving forward is an integral part of building a brand that lasts. Everyone who works for your company should not only know about the vision your branding is creating, but also believe in it. The best branding will be inspirational to the people who run your company as well as those who support it with their purchasing.

4. Staying Relevant

Relevancy is a bit of a marketing buzzword recently, mainly due to all the focus on reaching Millennials. While remaining relevant to this elusive generation is a must, failing to maintain a broader relevancy is a common pitfall for branding strategies. To be effective, your branding must stay in touch with the needs of consumers, continually reinforce positive messaging while facing any negative responses, and maintain enough energy to keep customers energized.

5. Not Pushing the Brand Digitally

Publishing and posting on Facebook, Twitter, and other digital outlets is a great way to reach a diverse audience and maintain real-time contact with customers. On the other hand, if your digital channels are not supporting your branding efforts, the lack of consistency will affect your results. Make sure your online communications are in line with your overall branding strategy.

Categories: Branding
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About the Author

Jason co-founded Hometown Design Studio of New Lenox, IL in 2013. He spends his days guiding and consulting industrial clients and small businesses owners on their marketing strategy and projects. Jason enables everyone to be successful and grow their business by sharing his knowledge and experience.
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