Anyone that has done business with Infinity Marketing knows that branding is something that we preach on all the time. Â And that from one piece of print to the next should always be the same. Â BrandingÂ your business is the best thing that you can do, and yes we know that most small business owners are not marketing specialists, but consistency is a must. Â So that is why we bring you this blog by, Jim Joseph, to help pass this message along.
Iâ€™ve been in marketing my entire career, and I have to say that I still find it incredibly challenging. Itâ€™s a big job if you do it right, and it constantly changes. There are so many dimensions to marketing a brand — so much so that it often causes brain freeze. Marketers can easily get frozen in place, paralyzed over which communications option to pick next.
Iâ€™ve been there myself — frozen in place with too many marketing decisions in front of me.
Which is partly why I just love it when someone asks, â€œCan you give me some advice on how to market my brand?â€
â€œSure,â€ I often feel like replying, â€œDo you have a few hours to chat?!?â€
Thereâ€™s no way to determine how best to market a brand in just a few hours. It takes careful consideration with various inputs to guide your thinking.
Thereâ€™s no one quick-fix.
Well, actually, there is one piece of advice that applies to virtually every brand and every marketing situation. Itâ€™s advice that I like to give to anyone responsible for taking care of a brand. It always applies.
Consistency is king, queen and all the aces. Without consistency, you donâ€™t have a brand. At least not in my book!
No matter your brand, always be consistent in how you market it.
When marketing your brand, your goal should be to have people get to the point where they canâ€™t live you. You want them to come to rely on you for the best that you have to offer them. You want them to consume all aspects of your brand, the product or service as well as all the communications (like your social channels, for example).
If you are ever going to have people feel that way about your brand, you have to be consistent with every interaction. The quality has to be consistently high, and the communications have to be consistently on target each and every time.
Jim JosephÂ is the chief integrated marketing officer and president of the Americas for New York-based communications agency Cohn & Wolfe, part of the media company WPP Group PLC. He is the award-winning author ofÂ The Experience EffectÂ series,Â teaches marketing at New York University, and is on the board of directors for the number one branding school in the country, The VCU Brandcenter.Â Joseph’s new book, Out and About Dad,Â chronicles his unique journey as a father during a unique time in our cultural evolution.