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Branding Part III: How to Keep Your Branding Consistent

November 16, 2023
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Welcome back to AlchemyThree’s branding series! In the first two parts of our series, we covered what branding is and why it’s so important. In this series’ third and final edition, we will ride the ironic ups and downs of keeping your brand consistent. So grab your brand guidelines, hold onto your mood boards, and let’s figure out how to not turn your brand into a chameleon that’s forgotten its original color.

Recap from Part II: The Essence of Consistency

If you didn’t get a chance to read Part II of our branding series, let’s provide some context. 

Effective branding extends beyond just a pleasing logo, tapping into psychological principles to shape consumers’ feelings, perceptions, and actions. Brands create strong mental associations for easy recognition and decision-making while also building trust through familiarity and consistency. The emotional ties that branding fosters increase customer loyalty and advocacy. Storytelling and color choices further solidify brand narratives and elicit specific emotions.

The art of persuasion, encapsulated by Aristotle’s concepts of Pathos (emotion), Logos (logic), and Ethos (credibility), is integral to branding. Brands that can connect emotionally, provide logical reasons for their offerings, and consistently prove their credibility are more likely to build lasting relationships with their customers.

Lastly, consistency is paramount in branding. A consistent brand identity aids in recognition, establishes trust, sets a brand apart in competitive markets, and streamlines marketing. It paves the way for long-term success by forming enduring emotional connections and aligning with consumer values.

The Importance of Brand Consistency

Ever wondered why your favorite brands stick to their look, even in this age of “innovation”? It’s all about that magic word: consistency. A brand that’s always changing is like that friend who has a new “life-changing” hobby every week. Intriguing at first, but exhausting in the long run. Sticking to a consistent identity, on the other hand, is how brands become iconic, transcending fleeting fads to leave a lasting mark. Let’s break down why it’s so important:

Trust

People like knowing what they’re getting. It’s human nature! Just like we roll our eyes at that one friend who changes their favorite coffee order every other day, we’re wary of brands that can’t decide who they are. Stick to a script, folks! Consistency breeds trust. Keep waffling, and your customers will start second-guessing you.

Credibility

Ever met someone who changes their story every time they tell it? It’s a credibility killer. Same goes for brands. Constantly changing your colors, fonts, or message is like wearing a neon sign that screams, “I have no idea what I’m doing!” Plus, how do you expect customers to return if they can’t recognize your brand?

Reliability

If you consistently deliver on what you promise, people might actually believe you’re reliable. It’s Branding 101: Make a promise, keep it. Rinse and repeat. If consumers can predict your next move (in a good way), they’ll stick around. If not, they’ll dump you faster than last season’s fashion trends.

Consistency isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the difference between being memorable and being that forgettable brand people scroll past without a second glance.

Adapting While Staying True to Your Brand

Ah, the age-old dilemma of trying to stay relevant in a world that changes its preferences more often than a toddler changes its mind about its favorite toy. Sure, the market’s always in flux, but does that mean your brand should be having an identity crisis every other week? Not at all! Let’s dive into this chaotic waltz of adapting without completely losing your sense of self:

  • Stick to your core identity: Just because neon is suddenly “in” doesn’t mean you’re subdued, earthy brand should now resemble a rave party. The core of your brand should be steadier than a rock in a storm. It’s your North Star. Change is good, but don’t do a 180 and alienate the folks who loved you for you.
  • Stay in your lane: It’s cool to be hip, but if you’re jumping on every bandwagon, you’ll just end up dizzy. Adopt trends that align with your brand’s values and persona. For example, no matter how cool VR is, your artisanal cheese brand does not need to incorporate it in any way.
  • Keep your personality consistent and tactics fresh: Think of your brand as a character. James Bond wouldn’t suddenly start wearing clown shoes because they became “trendy,” right? Your brand has personality and a certain taste, so keep that while incorporating new ideas. For example, maybe 007 trades in his Aston Martin for an eco-friendly supercar. Same guy, updated vibe.
  • Feedback, not flip-flop: Listening to your audience is wise. Panicking and making knee-jerk changes every time someone tweets criticism? Not so much. Gather feedback, sure, but process it through the “Does this align with our brand?” filter before acting.

In the whirlwind of a constantly evolving market, brands might feel the itch to reinvent the wheel. But remember, while it’s fun to wear different hats, make sure they all fit your head.

In the world of branding, it’s not just about having a snazzy logo or a catchy tagline; it’s about nailing consistency. Your brand’s core identity is its compass. No matter how turbulent the market trends become, never lose sight of your brand’s personality. While it’s tempting to chase every shiny new trend, adopt trends that vibe with your brand’s essence, and leave the misaligned fads behind. Branding demands grit, clarity, and a dash of flair. So, as you march forward in your branding quest, remember to stay true, stay bold, and for the love of all things branded, stay consistent!

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