What does your brand say about you?

Repeat Signage software at Velo Restaurants, London
Picture courtesy of Velo Restaurants Ltd, Tooley Street, London, displaying its digital menu board with Repeat Signage Media Wall software


Corporate branding

I belong to a local business networking group who meet monthly over breakfast and listen to key speakers.  One speaker talked about brands and immediately immersed us in his talk by displaying a number of brand logos and asking us what our gut reaction was to each.

I thought this was an interesting exercise as it brought home the fact that what you may think about your brand - after all its your baby and you're passionate about it - may not be others see, feel and think.  To illustrate the point, the speaker projected the brand local of a high street store and this brought forth comments from 'loathe the shop, never shop there', to 'it's okay, its cheap and convenient'.  His next brand logo had a totally different response as we were asked what we felt the brand portrayed. 'High end department store, quality goods, knowledgeable staff always willing to help, pay a bit more but their customer service is great and goods are reliable.'

Our speaker then worked his way through a few car manufacturers logos before moving onto pictures of people, who essentially are their own brand. Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver, to mention a few.

It would have been interesting to have a follow up session, where each of the attendees could have projected their own brand, be that their Company logo, their product or service or themselves, and gain feedback of how others viewed their brand.

Obviously, companies have their own target customers and there is a place for bargain shopping and top of the range. But where it can fall down is when a company feels their brand projects a particular image and the majority of their customers disagree. Your staff too, are important to your brand, and they need to share your vision and passion, otherwise your reputation can easily be damaged.  Picture courtesy of Velo Restaurants Ltd., London who use Repeat Signage software on their digital menu board

Repeat Signage digital signage software
User-friendly, Repeat Signage Corporate digital signage software helps with corporate branding

Social media is very powerful

Social media is very powerful, and instead of meeting people face to face, you're meeting different people online. You wouldn't dream of going up to a complete stranger who you'd only just met and say, 'hey, we have a 20% sale this week, here's my card, ring me tell me how many you'd like to order'. Yet some people seem to think it is okay to do so online, in a social media environment, to complete strangers.

I don't know about you, but when people approach me in that way, I don't like it and that instantly puts me off their brand, even if what they are offering may have been of interest. Likewise, I get hundreds of emails a day, trying to sell me something, from companies and people I've never heard of, and certainly haven't subscribed to be on their mailing list.

To put this to the test, I used a unique email address in the contact area on one of my social media sites. Within days, I was receiving multiple emails, with 'buy now' type messages. I'd never do business with them.

It is important to protect your brand and image, and all your social media should contain your brand logo and brand background image and photo where applicable. So when people visit your pages, they get the same brand experience whether on a social media page or your website.

When we meet and introduce ourselves face to face in a business setting or meet online via your website or social media, I think we have to tell a little of our story to contacts we meet for the first time, so they get to know you and your brand and what you stand for. Only then will they do business with you. The old adage of 'people do business with people they like and trust' still holds true. So here is our story. 

The Teaching Technology story

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Due to its success, and downloaded in over 60 countries, I decided to change it from PDF editions to an online website publication and extend the content to cover education, leisure and hospitality, retail and signage, and corporate applications.

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