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Why “July Fourth” is a Strong Brand

Why “July Fourth” is a Strong Brand

Branding Lessons You Can Learn from “Fourth of July” (The Brand)

As I write this, millions of Americans are enjoying a day off as part of the July 4th celebration tradition that has existed for over two centuries. It has now been 238 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”#IndependenceDay”]Fun Fact: The initial date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress was July 2, 1776.[/inlinetweet]

The next day, John Adams remarked in a letter to his wife Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”

Beyond the parades, concerts, casual family gatherings, barbecues & fireworks, today I invite you to take a step back and view July 4th from a new angle- to view it as the strong brand it is.

 

Characteristics of a Strong Brand

 

Clear Purpose

Every strong brand has a purpose- a reason for being (beyond making money). Brands that are purpose-driven that is clearly articulated and communicated to it’s audience helps elevate the brand by building a strong emotional connection with the audience that identify with the purpose.

July 4th’s purpose is to remind Americans about the day they got their independence. It marks a significant day the US nation declared its independence from the British Monarchy in 1776.

 

What it stands for

Great brands stand for something. When  a brand is clear on what it stands for based on it’s purpose, it makes it very easy for the target audience to connect with it.

As a brand, July 4th stands for freedom, independence and a brighter future. This is very clear and it’s reinforced year after year with each holiday celebration.

 

Name & Nicknames

Strong brands have a clear, unique and distinct name. Naming is very important in brand building because it provides a point of reference and identification. Names provide associations and carry meanings in the minds of the consumer.

Furthermore, most brands just like people have nicknames; e.g. McDonald’s is Mickey D’s, Coca Cola is “Coke”, Federal Express is “FedEx”, Chevrolet is “Chevy”.

In the same way, Independence Day is a clear name that communicates what the day stands for. Other nicknames used to refer the same are “July 4th”, and “Fourth of July”.

 

Traditions

Strong brands need traditions. Victoria Secret & Macy’s have both been phenomenal at this with VS All Access fashion show & Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade respectively.

Some of the traditions practiced on Independence day include; family getting together, time off from work (most jobs) and of course fireworks!

 

Serve a Specific Target Audience

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”#branding”]To build a strong brand, you need to identify who the brand is meant to serve.[/inlinetweet] This enables you to learn everything about your target audience and tailor your message to appeal to them.

Similarly, Independence Day celebrations are geared towards the “American citizens market”

As you can see, the above characteristics show how strong of a brand the Independence Day Holiday really is. When you review your brand, does it have the characteristics outlined above? If so, what are ways you can implement them?

 

Funny Video

Lastly, in the light of the holiday, here is a video to make your day. Enjoy :)

The Power of Colors in Branding

The Power of Colors in Branding

Colors are vital to the success of your brand.

color wheel, branding

Often times the importance of colors are overlooked when branding. The color palette for your brand should be determined only after research of your target audience and once the personality of your brand is defined. How easy would it be for a new business owner to simply pick their favorite colors for their brand? Super easy, but it shouldn’t work that way!

Step One:

The colors chosen for your brand should tie along with the purpose and the personality you want to convey to your customers.

Let’s imagine a few scenarios really quick:
Imagine if the whole world was blue. Trees were blue, grass was blue, your skin was blue, everything blue.
How would you feel? Which emotions would you feel most?
Again, imagine if the whole world was red? How about black?

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@amd5555″ suffix=””]Our emotions change with the colors we see. Every color has a purpose and a personality attached to it.[/inlinetweet]

Allow me  to help you get an idea of the type of colors best for your brand. You probably have an idea, but it’s usually not as apparent as it may seem.
You have a baby clothing brand, your colors should reflect pastels and should be gender neutral-yellow, green.
You have a Hawaiian restaurant. Your colors should reflect the Hawaiian community. Bright pinks, bright greens.

In regards to making your colors reflect your purpose, here at STANCE, our colors are red and tangaroa. Red is a bold, strong color associated with motivation and a desire to take action. Tangaroa (sample here) is a deep blue color. Dark blues instill trust and authority while still maintaining stability. We are trustworthy, highly motivated and action oriented, yet still stable and strong. Our colors reflect how we have positioned ourselves and our promise to our customers.

Choose the colors that will reflect your brand’s personality best-how you want the customer’s to perceive your brand. We are visual people. We get an idea of a person by what they’re wearing and the colors they use when presenting themselves. Your brand colors should do the same.

Color creates, enhances, changes, reveals, and establishes the mood of the painting. –Kiff Holland

Step Two:

These colors should relate to the brand’s target audience and still be visually appealing. During research, it should be determined the demographic of your primary audience and the colors that most influence them.

menvswomen colors when branding

 

Step Three:

A brand’s colors will also create consistency.  These colors will be everywhere in your business-logo design, collateral, websites, social media, packaging, etc. If it turns out the colors are not depicting what you had in mind, you’ll have to start over and that can be costly.

color branding collateral

 

Once step three is accomplished, the colors chosen for the brand should relate all of the personality the brand has to its target audience. The colors should also be used in all forms of business material to create consistency throughout the brand. Let your colors prove to the world your purpose.

Brand with a Purpose – theCream

Brand with a Purpose – theCream

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found a Meaningful Skincare Brand with a Purpose!

In a world full of beauty and the next best thing, we are constantly bombarded with products promising to elevate your life. Unfortunately, the majority of these products are false hopes- filled with unnatural preservatives, short lasting effects, and watered down active ingredients. Fortunately, there is hope and I’m spreading the wonderful news!

theCream

 theCream

I recently was introduced to theCream-a moisturizer that is 100% natural and made with Colostrum. For those of you who might not know what Colostrum is, it is a protein filled form of milk produced in mammals to be given to their babies right after birth. When used as a moisturizer, it aids the growth of cells and the reproduction of skin cells. theCream gets its Colostrum from natural grass fed cows in New Zealand, a place known for its knowledge in dairy sciences. If mammals produce this to give life to their babies, it will give life to our skin.

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My meaningful experience with theCream:

After one application of theCream, my skin felt remarkable. I have naturally dry skin, with excess oil in my t-zone. I didn’t have that problem when I used theCream. I felt refreshed and moist. My skin wasn’t tight nor oily. The effects lasted the whole day and I was able to wear my normal makeup over it. After only three days of use, my skin felt new! I didn’t have dry, flakey skin and I didn’t need as much powder throughout the day. It really felt like layers of bad skin had been removed and replaced with soft, moist, and fresh looking skin. It’s great to see a product like this available for everyone. theCream is a genuine product that isn’t watered down and doesn’t have any ingredients you can’t pronounce.

[inlinetweet prefix=”theCream is a brand with a purpose.” tweeter=”@stancebranding” suffix=”#brandwithapurpose”]theCream is a brand with a purpose.[/inlinetweet]

They want what’s best for not only their customers, but for the world. They don’t want us to put unnatural and harmful ingredients on our skin. theCream  moisturizes our skin even better than all of the other moisturizers and will do it without harming our bodies. It gives me hope to see a brand in a world of false promises actually prove to be beneficial to our health.   Check out their video below. It’s definitely an eye opener.

 

 

Please share some brands you have also found to have a meaningful purpose. It’s always nice to elevate the lives of those around us.

McDonald’s Brand Persona: Case Study

McDonald’s Brand Persona: Case Study

Created in France around 2009, McDonald’s claims the anthropomorphized box “brings fun and excitement to kids’ meals, while also serving as a persona for balanced and wholesome eating. ” Despite the purportedly noble aspirations of promoting healthier eating among children, Happy is entering the country bruised and beleaguered.

 

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When U.S. McDonald’s shared a preview of the character on Twitter, you might imagine, the people of the United States said more than hello to Happy. Just reading the first handful of responses on Twitter:

“That! Is Scary!”, “Oh, this was a mistake, McDonald’s”; “Why is he in pain?”,  “Do you eat it? Or does it eat you?” ; “A McStake”;  “This looks so scary”; ”

 

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A recent poll by Mashable shows a vast majority of viewers think the mascot is terrifying

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Kids react to new mascot (NY magazine)

 

In lieu of these events and PR, A spokeswoman for McDonald’s  responded in a statement with dry confidence: “Not all comments reflect the broader view.” Accurately translated, haters gonna hate.

 

Perception vs Reality in Brand Development

While we appreciate the effort, there is one detail McDonald’s Happy Meal marketing strategists just aren’t getting when it comes down to changing their brand. The reason big brands become big brands is because of an early well-established mission for the company, which in this case was to provide fast greasy meals for people on the go. When it comes to branding, perception always wins over reality. So, even though McDonald’s reality is they are trying hard to make healthier, more up-scale food, the direct opposite perception about the brand is ingrained in the mind of the consumers. The brand has practically become synonymous with unhealthy food, and changing that fact in peoples mind is going to take a lot more than a happy meal mascot.

 

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From a broader approach, the standard bystander will see happy’s treatment and view on social media as a complete failure and horrible brand persona. Now while it’s true Happy’s career as an “ambassador” to kids and healthy eating is practically over. His role as a viral campaign however, is booming. Ever since the twitter release everyone seems to be partaking in the so called “roast” and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Generating loads of traffic and sparking numerous discussions and memes, is a great campaign focus in today’s digital age. Recently, online marketplace DesignCrowd challenged its graphic design community to a Photoshop contest that would drop the much-maligned mascot into horror movie posters. Creating a whole community that spreads the word and creates viral images.

 

With all this exposure and popularity online who knows, maybe adults will order happy meals just to see this so called “terrifying” mascot

 

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How to Successfully Build a Brand Persona

 

What is A Brand?

What is A Brand?

 

You either stand for something, or brand for nothing.

It’s true strong brands stand for something. Brands that commit to a meaningful STANCE —and those who experience them—win. But what is a brand? Is it a clean logo design? A stylish and functional website? Quite a bit of confusion, right? I think the word “brand” is one of those words that is widely used but unevenly understood.

Dictionary’s definition of the term brand

The first dictionary definition of the word “Brand” is, “A type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.” Used in this sense the term Brand could very well be replaced by the term product or trademark. Here at STANCE we feel a brand is about much more than simply the product or service the company is offering.

A brand is really the relationship between the consumer and the company. It’s important to add that sense of humanity into a business if you want to create a good and lasting relationship with your customers. A brand needs to have life to it. A brand must also be purpose driven; having a purpose is a key factor in building a strong and meaningful brand.It helps show your customers what you do and why you’re doing it, and this leads to a much deeper connection.

On a base level you could say it’s about community, tradition, and values. Now were not saying it’s easy getting these ideals across to the public or consumer. It’s a purposeful task that utilizes disciplined, strategic thinking and creativity.

The result is a brand strategy, story and experience that are elegantly simple and ultimately an asset that drives your business ahead.

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization

 

In a world consumed by technology, it is important to have your brand stand out amongst the rest on popular search engines. As customers search popular key words into sites such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo, the only way your potential customers will notice you is if your website is linked to these key words and optimized for search engines.

This process is a bit intuitive, by trying to understand what people will search to find your company. Your brand is worthwhile and serves a purpose! Don’t allow it to get lost in the search engine mess of other brands that may not be as meaningful as yours.

Sit back and relax.

At STANCE, we take care of all the hard stuff for you like Search Engine Optimization. We find key words, link them into your website, and make it easier for customers to find your website on those popular search engines.

We work together with you to create meaningful content and define your brand’s purpose. Therefore, elevating your brand, not only up the search engine’s list, but also in your customers’ minds.

Find Your Tribe

Find Your Tribe

Society is moving in a new and meaningful trend.

Until recently, consumers sought benefits and features of a product.  Marketers and companies tried to push their products onto the consumer by displaying how it could fulfill an immediate need.

Today, things are a bit different.  This new trend was voiced by Marty Neumeier in his book, “ZAG” Neumeier states, “In a marketplace of me-too offerings, people choose on the basis of tribal identity. ‘If I buy this product, what will it make me?'”

Enter Tribal Identity

Society is growing far more concerned with how they will be perceived by others and how they can change their behavior to emulate what they believe is right. As we develop our behavior, we try to group ourselves with like behavior of others. This is what Neumeier calls tribal identity. Fortunately for marketers and growing companies, news spreads rather quickly in a tribe giving a brand extra traction. Instead of pushing products onto consumers, Neumeier suggests pulling people into tribal groups. By doing so, a product can;

  1. Grow faster
  2. Display how the use of the product or service can create a positive image for the tribe

In a growing world of companies trying to earn one more dollar, be a company that stands for something meaningful, one that is driven by purpose rather than just mere profits. Strive to do what you feel is right and beneficial to the world around you.

Here at STANCE,  we seek to contribute to the growth of brands that are driven by purpose. Our tribal identity displays how we try to benefit the community and the world around us. Keeping with the new and meaningful trend, STANCE markets brands to tribes seeking value and meaning, while upholding the consumer’s positive societal image.

Since everyone is now seeking to  buy products and services that will uphold their societal image, this will make the process of pulling tribal groups that much easier.

 

 

Discover your Purpose

Discover your Purpose

Meaningful brands are driven by purpose. Behind, those brands, are great leaders. If you dig deeper, you will find that most of these brand leaders, have discovered and have a clear understanding of their purpose.

We hope for greatness thinking it only exists in a select few…
But greatness is something that truly exists in all of us, it comes from knowing who you are & what you believe…

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