I've worked with clients who tend to change their minds frequently when it comes to their brand presence. This can just mean something's unsettled, and we can get to the bottom of it. I let them know there is a balance between growing and evolving your business/project and also keeping brand consistency.
A few points to stay consistent in are: name, logo, colors, fonts, general message, website domain, social media handles. Give these elements at least 3 years to get established. Once you've gained some recognition, you can always re-brand, and that's not uncommon. Also, across these elements, you can grow and adjust your services and products while staying recognizable.
Below are the top ten reasons why you should give your brand a consistent chance:
Recognition: Consistency in branding helps your target audience easily recognize and remember your brand. When you use consistent colors, logos, fonts, and messaging across all your communication channels, your brand becomes more familiar and distinctive.
Trust and Credibility: A consistent brand presence signals reliability and professionalism. When your audience sees a consistent brand image, it conveys stability and builds trust over time. Inconsistent branding can lead to confusion and even skepticism about your brand's authenticity.
Message Clarity: Consistency in messaging ensures that your brand's values, mission, and offerings are communicated clearly and effectively. When your messaging remains consistent, your audience gains a better understanding of what your brand stands for and what it offers.
Differentiation: In a crowded marketplace, a consistent brand identity helps you stand out. Consistency makes your brand more unique and memorable, enabling you to differentiate yourself from competitors and capture the attention of potential customers.
Emotional Connection: Consistent branding fosters an emotional connection with your audience. When people encounter your brand consistently across various touchpoints, they're more likely to form a positive emotional bond with it, leading to increased loyalty and advocacy.
Long-Term Investment: Building a strong brand takes time and effort. Consistency ensures that your branding efforts accumulate and compound over time, creating a lasting and recognizable brand presence in the minds of consumers.
Ease of Marketing: Consistency simplifies marketing efforts. Marketing campaigns are more effective when they align with an established and consistent brand identity. You can create cohesive marketing materials that resonate with your audience and reinforce your brand's core message.
Adaptation and Expansion: As your brand evolves and expands, maintaining consistency helps ensure a smooth transition. Whether you introduce new products, enter new markets, or update your messaging, a consistent brand foundation helps ease these changes for your audience.
Internal Alignment: Consistency in brand guidelines helps your internal teams, such as marketing, design, and customer service, work cohesively towards a shared brand vision. It minimizes misunderstandings and ensures that everyone is on the same page.
Reduced Confusion: Inconsistent branding can confuse consumers about the identity and offerings of your brand. A clear, consistent brand image helps consumers quickly understand what you offer and what sets you apart.
If you're having a hard time pinning down your brand, reach out. We can help you through our BrandTherapy sessions to make sure you feel good about what you got, or can help develop a new brand kit that you like.