It’s not uncommon for our customers and friends to ask for clarification between what a brand is, and what branding is. We realize the words get thrown around simultaneously, and usually along with other words like logo and marketing. Yes, all are related, but they are certainly not all the same.
It’s actually really hard to find working definitions for both terms. However, here’s what we’re going to say: you can have a business without branding, but it won’t be a great move if you go that way. You’ll just be a business – not a brand. Taking the time, and making the investment to go through the branding process will develop your business into a brand…something we like to simply define as a recognizable company people feel connected to on a valuable, emotional level.
Brand – the known identity of a company in terms of what products and services they offer as well as the essence of what the company stands for in terms of service and other emotional, non tangible consumer concerns.
Whaaaaat. Basically, your brand is the final product of your branding plus your product/service.
Branding – the act of creating a brand
An effective branding package will be made up of three components:
- Who you are
- Who you want to be/where you want to go
- Who people perceive you to be
Your branding will deliver the promise of your brand. It’s your communication, your advertising, your value, emotional positioning, your goals. It’s also your visuals, such as your logo, website and shopping bag design. Nowadays, your branding includes hashtags and social media strategy, too.
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