Gary Michel, President of Trane Residential Systems
Originally published: 07.01.06 by Terry Tanker
Developing a brand that truly represents your company and its products and services is not necessarily an easy task. But it is not an impossible one either. The point is that most highly successful companies develop brand strategies that create unique positions for themselves in the marketplace. The brand, to these organizations, is the customer relationship. It is the identity the company has in the marketplace with its customers.
Strategic marketing communication programs have many different elements. Brand building is one of the most challenging. In the process
From answering the phone to sending out the invoice and everything that comes in between lay the foundation for your branding image. When a customer or prospect sees your ad or the logo on your truck, your brand, one way or another, is at work.
Here are a few basic tips and ideas to help you make sure that your brand image is working to convey the values and vision of your organization.
1. All Aboard. Start with your board of advisors or executive committee and work your way through your organization. Make sure everyone understands the message and what you are trying to do. Don’t let the marketing department or advertising agency put their spin on the message, creative development is one thing — spin is another.
2. Simple is Good. You’re in the people comfort business and there is a lot you can do to build around that. Ever listen to some of the stuff that comes out of large software manufacturers? “Scaleable enterprise database solutions in collaborative settings that expand seamlessly and free resources that amplify influence.” Excuse me?
3. Consistency is King. Bridge the gap between the promise of your product or service and the desire the customer has for it, do it often, and do it consistently.
4. Have a Clue. Do some research among past customers and find out what kind of brand position, brand identity, and brand equity you have — or don’t. Then, adjust accordingly.
5. Use The Net. Google “Branding.” There are resources available to help you improve, take advantage of the free ones, and consider hiring a professional to help you develop your brand. You are an expert with comfort systems, there are experts that can help you with your brand; don’t be afraid to make the investment.
6. You Can Change. Did you listen and do some research? Is your brand in the basement? Just like everything else with some time, money, effort and strategy you can change it.
7. High and Mighty. It’s hard to build that great brand you have, and it may have taken several generations to do it. Don’t get complacent, and don’t get arrogant.