Branding is one of the most fun, interesting and effective things you can do as a company. The projects helps to bring people together, present a refreshed image to the world and demonstrate a real statement of intent to anybody that’s watching. If you are thinking of re-branding or creating a new brand, this is our guide to help you.
1. Why are you creating a new brand or re-branding?
Before starting the project, we’re keen to know, why are we creating this new identity in the first place?
– You have a new company message.
– Your company has been acquired or has merged.
– The company has changed its general direction.
– It’s just time to refresh the company image.
Or is there another reason we haven’t mentioned?
2. Identity or brand?
Are you creating an identity project that give an external face to your company, product or service or creating a proper brand which determines who you are and what you do? There are also many options in between.
Which of the following do you need?
– Values/ vision/ mission?
– USP/marketing message/ messaging for different stakeholders?
– Identity design?
– Stationary design?
– Brand guidelines?
Or are there other things we may haven’t mentioned like vehicle liveries, signage, merchandise, etc?
3. People Involved?
Who will we be interviewing to get thoughts on the current brand? Who do we work with day-to-day? Who are the key decision makers?
4. Info on the company?
Before we get to the project itself, let’s find out a little more about the company we’re branding.
Any of the following is useful.
– What does the company do?
– What’s the company story?
– What makes your company special compared to others or what is its competitive advantage?
– Any other info on the culture?
Any documents with any of the above or even just a link to your current website or social media pages work.
5. Target Audience?
Successful brands help to bring people together to strengthen existing or create new relationships with key stakeholders.
What we want to know is who are the stakeholders we’re looking to attract/build relationships with.
– Existing Customers?
– New Customers?
– Staff – New or Existing?
– Other Stakeholders?
6. Ideas being expressed?
What do you want your brand to express.
Is it any of the following.
– The Founder’s story?
– Core Values?
– Company Vision?
– Mission Statement?
– USP or competitive advantage?
– Simple marketing message?
We don’t like to over complicate things at the loft so if it is just a simple message – that is fine too.
Talking of messages, does your company have a tag-line or any other language to describe itself or any of its offerings?
8. Where brand will the new brand be rolled out?
Once we have created this amazing new brand for you, we’d love to know where it will be rolled-out.
Will it be in any of the following places.
– Business Card?
– Corporate Stationary?
– Forms of signage?
– Online uses?
– Custom merchandise?
– Team uniforms?
– Other places?
9. Brand Guidelines?
All new brands come with a range of guidelines, this depends on the size of your company and what you do. When creating guidelines, we like to know, which of the following is useful.
– Photography Styles?
– Copywriting Tones?
– Rules for misuse?
1o. Deadlines and Budget?
Two of the most important things to know. How long do we have and how much do you have to spend?
Starting with your deadline, we simply need to know when do you need your new brand-identity as well as the different outputs?
Regarding budget, usually a ballpark of wherever you feel comfortable is fine. Give us a window of minimum-maximum spends, and we can take it from there. If you’d like help on maximising project budgets, we have a post on that too >>>
And that’s us 🙂
Whether you have everything on the list or not, don’t worry, we can help fill with the other questions.Thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions?
Benedetto is an ideas-driven Creative Entrepreneur. He is on a mission to unleash the power of creativity to create a better world – for people, business and society. He is the founder of the loft, a design and branding house which operates worldwide helping companies bring their brands to life in the most imaginative and effective ways possible. A real man on a mission. Benedetto likes to make things happen and happen fast and in a big way. He wants things done yesterday and is relentlessly driven in his quest to make tomorrow better than today for his company, the people he serves and the wider community.