Analyze the Competition: To be different from your competitors, study them closely. Understanding the strategy and dynamics behind competing brands will provide the backdrop against which to craft a distinctive brand with long-term competitive advantage. Find out
• How consumers perceive your competition.
• How committed competitors are to different market segments.
• Your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses.
Target Your Consumer:Brand compatibility requires knowledge about the customer, including factors such as needs, mindset (attitudes and/or lifestyle) and environment (media behavior, purchase behavior, geo-demographic descriptions). Compatibility is best described as how good the match is between a brand's value proposition (its unique differentiation), and the customer's attitudes and behaviors. While customer value helps determine which customer to spend marketing dollars on, brand compatibility helps determine how to talk to the customer in a relevant way.
Promote, Promote, Promote!:To be successful, a brand must consistently provide quality and satisfaction; it must meaningfully distinguish itself from the competition to create customer preference; it must be relevant, convenient and easily accessible to its target audience; and it must appeal to their individual lifestyles, attitudes and beliefs. Therefore, it’s critical that the messages you send about your brand be as constant & predictable as the brand itself. Consistent and cohesive use of your name, logo and message points will present your organization in the same fashion to everyone.
Measure Results:Brand attitudes, purchasing habits and brand loyalty are linked both directly and indirectly to branding strategies. This "feedback – modification – feedback – modification cycle" is a loop in which quality improvements are continual.
Deliver Your Promise. Keeping promises is more important than good intentions. Authentic and demonstrable claims must link back to the brand promise and must be fulfilled. The top-ranking brands consistently reflect a top-down commitment to investing in the corporate brand as a long-term strategic asset.