An “ever-changing brand”? Come again??
Because a good brand takes a fair amount of time, effort, and dedication to create, it might seem completely counter-intuitive to even think that it might ever change. But what if I told you that having a “fluid” or “ever-changing” approach to your branding is not merely healthy but completely necessary in order to stay relevant?
CHANGE IS A CONSTANT
Even way back in ancient times, Greek philosopher Heraclitus observed that “change is the only constant in life.” This concept has been true throughout history and is perhaps even more true now, with technology progressing at an exponentially faster rate than in years past.
Now more than ever is there an emphasis on improving and expediating everything in life. With this emphasis comes a consumer expectation for the brands they love and use to be constantly bettering their services to becoming more relevant to and convenient for their daily needs.
The expectation of change has already been set. You must adapt. To neglect to do so could mean sentencing yourself to failure.
BUT ISN’T THIS DRASTIC?
To change your mindset about your brand from being static to fluid might seem like a big task. But making your brand fluid instead of stagnant doesn’t have to be as drastic as you might think.
Viewing your brand as fluid doesn’t mean that you have to order a complete rehaul of your brand each year – in fact, this type of drastic change could be detrimental to your brand perception (remember how we talked about the need for your company to remain familiar and consistent for your customers).
Instead, view your brand’s fluidity as being open to a series of small changes over time in order to stay relevant to the needs of your target market. This could mean changing the way you choose to communicate with them if you’ve found that one avenue simply isn’t working. It could mean adjusting your company voice and tone to portray a slightly different version of your company. It could mean changing the style of your logo. It could mean a lot of things – and you are the only one who will truly know what changes will be effective for your company.
KEEPING YOUR BRAND HEALTHY
Just because your brand should be fluid doesn’t mean that you should go change things just for the fun of it. Whenever you redesign part of your brand, you should always approach it strategically. There must be a reason behind what you’re doing.
We suggest taking the time to re-evaluate your brand once a year, unless it’s needed sooner. It’s just like taking your brand to the doctor for a yearly check-up. We want to make sure it’s operating the way it was designed to, and that it’s yielding the results you want from it.
We offer brand evaluation services, and if you’re interested, please reach out to us!