7 Highly Effective Branding Tips to Help Brand Managers Grow

As professional brand managers, you already understand the importance of developing a good relationship with your audience. But alongside analyzing, planning, and managing your brand within the market, the journey of brand management is a constantly evolving one. We’ve asked some branding professionals to share their branding tips on what are some of the key skills that every brand manager needs to know.

7 Highly Effective Branding Tips for Brand Managers

The key to building a cohesive brand is starting with your own team! If you can get every team member in your company on the same page when it comes to what your brand is, how it feels & sounds, and why they should believe in it, then this understanding will trickle into every project that’s built and developed. You can achieve this through clear brand guidelines, interactive brand workshop sessions, and practical toolkits that speak to real tensions and challenges. This is the fundamental first step in translating your brand vision to all customer touch points. — Sarah Moriarty, Director of Brand Marketing at Blinkist.

Embrace Your Inner Project Manager

In FMCG, working on brand fundamentality means aligning product with promise. This means that you are often in a Project Manager position, working with a variety of departments in the company to adjust the voice, design or strategy for the customers’ needs. Here are my three pieces of advice to become a successful brand professional in this space: Apply limitless creative thinking — There are ways things have been done and there are ways things could be done. Don’t be limited by the ‘norm’. Plan meticulously — Kick-off meetings, project timelines, meeting minutes and regular check-ins should all be part-and-parcel of your project management to ensure timely execution and smooth coordination. Create a collaborative work environment — Working across departments requires diplomacy, compromise and transparent communication. Be the voice of the customer within the business and foster strong relationships with colleagues to filter that through to all aspects of it. — Rose McCullough, Freelance Communication Consultant.

Develop a Thoughtful Brand Strategy

Understanding what makes good brand strategy is key. A lot of people go wrong by going straight into execution/creative — always start off with the basics like WHO you appeal to, WHY you exist as a brand, WHERE your brand might get traction, before jumping into picking the perfect color or writing the perfect tagline. — Tom Livingstone, Head of Marketing, Talentful

Deep Dive into the Customer Experience

When building a brand, Analyze everything around your customer and the customer journey. Find out when they would buy and/or use your product, why they do it and how your brand can fulfil those needs. Designing a nice logo is easy, but to work out the basics is the hardest part. — Felix Ecke, Marketing Manager Germany, AirHelp

Sustain a Solid Core

Today, great global brands need to be able to sustain a strong, clear, solid core, while activating their brand in all those multiple different contexts their micro-audiences with all their divergent value-sets and preferences live in. Those contexts are faster changing and more fluid than ever before. There cannot be one fit’s all solutions anymore and thus it is not about being omni-present, but omni-relevant with the messaging and offering.

This requires constant monitoring of the world around: new brands, technologies and behavioral patterns arise on a global level. Due to the globalization, geographies matter less and less brands, sub-culture and shared similar interests become more and more important. It also important to look beyond traditional same-industry benchmark sets, observing the first moving and trend setting brands in any markets; and it is about having always the finger on the pulse of the micro-audiences the brand is trying to create a meaningful, value-adding (for both sides) relationship with.

My top 5 principles in a nutshell:

1. Know who you are.

2. Be different or better or both.

3. Tell an authentic story.

4. Be always contextually relevant.

5. And execute consistently. — Marius Holletzek, Sentior Brand Strategist, Global Brand Design, Nio GmbH

Establish a Style Guide

A style guide is a powerful tool for your brand. It helps you write clear, consistent content for your organization across teams and channels. This way, marketers, web developers and community managers all stay on the same page, and present a unified vision of the brand to the public. — Teresa Sousa, Founder, TAGS-Language Solutions

Quit Trying to be Everything to Everyone

If some people don’t like you it’s a good thing. You can’t be for everyone. Find your people, work out what they want or need and then only talk to them. Forget everyone else. You will be a more powerful brand with the love of a few than you will be with the mild indifference of everyone. — Ruth Chadwick, Freelance Brand Strategist

When it comes to brand management, there’s always room to think outside the square and we hope you’ve enjoyed some fresh branding tips from our expert brand managers. At Latana, we look forward to hearing about how you’ve applied these branding tips within your own teams and across your own company brand. For more branding tips, check out our articles on building a trusted brand and improving brand awareness.

Originally published at https://www.latana.com.

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