Brand Marketing: Making a Mark Effectively

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Miriam Hara Chief Creative Officer , 3H Communications

Posted on March 24th 2014

Brand Marketing: Making a Mark Effectively

Brand marketing, figuratively speaking, has always been about placing a “stake in the sand.”

Brand MarketingLiterally, this means determining a stance composed of strategy, a slew of tactics and the commitment to stay the course. However in today’s workplace and at today’s speed of business, maintaining a commitment to stay the course is more complex and difficult than it has been in the past. Adding to this is the very real fact that marketing people also change positions frequently – typically staying in a role 2 years or less. This often adds challenges for the brand and its direction. In my years of working with brand marketers, I have seen many make pitfall errors.

1) Don’t jump to conclusions:
Take the time to know the brand and understand the basis for the strategy being employed. Too often with new marketers coming on board, the want (or need) to make “their personal mark” takes precedence over the strategy in place for the brand.

2) Step aside:
The building of a brand is not about your likes and dislikes. Even if you are part of the target market profile, the mere fact that you’re a marketer, distinguishes you from the target market of the brand. It’s not about how you feel or whether you personally like the direction – it’s about the brand. Let’s face it, a brand’s life cycle may span over the course of many brand professionals. It is important that the brand’s character, consistency of tone, style and voice be maintained – evolved but consistent.

3) Don’t sweat the small stuff:
Brand marketing relies on the marketing professional’s ability to make sure that the brand attributes and physical demeanor are maintained. I agree with the notion that the “creative” is the fun part (that’s why I’m in advertising!). Although just because one is in marketing, doesn’t make them creative (sorry). Changing the creative is often the low hanging fruit. In other words, the quickest and easiest way for anyone to leave their mark is by making small visual changes that are “visible” to everyone. However this is often superficial. The bigger issues surrounding a brand take time to assimilate and change. The elements that make up the “brand being”, are those that are often, not seen instantly. Prioritize for what adds value.

Ultimately, I have found that patience is a good thing when brand marketing and brand making is at stake. The temptation to change direction too quickly can be strong; however, it often leaves the brand jumping around, trying on new approaches and never able to build on its own momentum. Instead, the brand is left yearning for what could be.

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Miriam Hara

Chief Creative Officer , 3H Communications

Miriam is the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of 3H Communications Inc., a full service branding and advertising agency. Her experience has enabled her to bring together strategic business savvy with an all-encompassing creative vision to product and service marketing, which she shares here, in her many posts. Join the conversation, register here. Miriam’s own brand of marketing experience and expertise is the basis of her marketing ebook series including Social Media Understood, the most recent addition. Download it here. You can also find Miriam on Google +.

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Comments

Justin Belmont
Posted on April 9th 2014 at 10:03PM

These are great tips for those who are starting out with marketing, and it's definitely true that you need patience. It's easier said than done to get a wide set of followers, but if you post consistently and give your readers a reason to come back, you'll make it!