What’s Your Brand of Communications?

We communicate a message in everything we do. The word brand is one that is used frequently in our conversations. We discuss brands we like and those that we do not. Why? All brands stand out in our mind for some reason (good or bad). Successful people and organizations are cognizant of this and work hard to develop their brand—through effective communications. This process includes building a recognizable brand name in the eye of the beholder. So, what does this mean to you?

Think about our instant recognition of Nike’s “Just Do It “or Apple’s “there’s an APP for that” campaign. These messages are effective in connecting a customer with a brand. The goal is to make such a brand experience personal in nature. For example—are you a McDonalds or Burger King person? Coke or Pepsi person? A Georgia Bulldogs fan or a Florida Gators fan? People like to connect.

Successful communications of your brand is the now and the future of marketing. What does this mean? It is not about us. It is not about what we offer. It never was. However, it is all about them. It always has been and always will be. The same is true in the “social space” where content is king…and we are all pressed for time but will “virtually connect” with those who bring us value and make our live easier.

This means that the way in which a printing, MSP, graphics company communicates its message is of utmost importance. Always remember that building a strong, recognizable, and consistent brand takes time, effort and commitment. Simply said, it requires a deliberate and purposeful strategy. Sidenote: there are NO shortcuts. This hard work pays off by creating brand loyalty. Brand loyalty is one of the most valuable assets any organization can have. Quite frankly, it is the “why” that answers the reason customers will pay more for our goods and services. Think of “why” as being the part of an iceberg that is under water (not visible).

Ryan T. Sauers is president of Sauers Consulting Strategies. The firm consults with the front end of privately held printing and related organizations across North America. The areas of focus are: sales growth, brand positioning, organizational strategy, and integrated marketing (with an emphasis on social media). Sauers speaks at many national events and writes feature articles in global publications. He is an adjunct university professor teaching leadership and entrepreneurship. Sauers is also the author of the best-selling book "Everyone is in Sales" and the newest book "Would You Buy from You?" Please visit: SauersConsulting.com.
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  • Printfirm

    Love the Brand acronym! That would make an awesome graphic and I bet a lot of marketers would devour it.