Brand360º ™


Your brand is much more than your name, logo and tagline.

In fact, your brand is the entire relationship your customers have with your company and its offerings. Your company’s success ultimately depends on this relationship. So, you want it to be great. Doing that means delivering a consistently great experience to your customers. That experience is determined by five essential brand building blocks.

The Five building blocks of a great customer experience:

  • 1. Your brand promise
  • 2. How you communicate it
  • 3. Your ability to deliver on it
  • 4. Your commitment to deliver on it
  • 5. How consistently you deliver it

Building a great customer experience requires a 360˚ approach

Every aspect of your business plays a critical role in building and maintaining your brand – from market positioning, messaging and visual identity to product quality, customer service, distribution channels, operational efficiency, financial strength, and corporate culture.

That’s why you must examine your entire business – organizationally, culturally, and operationally, to see if you can actually deliver what your marketing promises. That’s what we mean by Brand360º ™.

Without taking this holistic view to evaluating and crafting your brand, the great customer experience you’re trying to deliver could very well be hindered by critical blind spots – unrecognized gaps in your ability to deliver on your brand promise.

Example: A company promises the moon in its marketing messages. It has a great name, a great logo, a great tagline, and even a great backstory. But behind the scenes, employees are unhappy, quality assurance is dismal, and customer service is anything but. Every customer that experiences the company once vows never to do it again. Worse, these customers broadcast their awful experiences on social media and tell everyone they can to avoid that company.

It’s a pity that when this company engaged in building its brand, the executive team and their branding agency only considered building blocks 1 (brand promise) and 2 (communicating the brand promise) above.

Sadly, this is actually where most companies stop, never realizing how critically important blocks 3 (ability to deliver), 4 (commitment to deliver) and 5 (consistency of delivery) are to building and maintaining a great brand.

As they say, nothing kills a bad product faster than great marketing. Marketing can quickly attract customers. But not being able to deliver what you’ve promised in that marketing will put you on the fast track to losing customer trust — forever.

It’s all About Trust

Trust is the bedrock of every great relationship, and hence, every successful company’s brand. That trust is earned and maintained by consistently keeping your brand promise and delivering a great customer experience. It’s why customers will stay loyal to your company and recommend you to others.

To earn and keep customer trust, you must make sure everything in your company’s operation that can affect the customer experience is aligned with the type of experience your brand promises to deliver. That means carefully examining and optimizing every brand building block and its component parts.

One way to look at the totality of everything that affects your customers’ experience is what we call the wheels of Brand360º.

The Five Brand360º Building Blocks and Their Components

The Strategic Brand Audit

Gauging where your brand is now, and where you want it to be.

Whether your company is brand new or has been around for years, it is very beneficial to audit your brand at least once a year to verify:

  • Your value proposition still resonates, both internally and with your customers
  • You’re conveying the right messages, in the right way, to the right customers
  • That you’re presenting the right visual identity, in the right way, to the right customers
  • Your company and its offerings are still well positioned with respect to the current business environment
  • That your company is able and motivated to deliver on your brand promise. The audit will uncover any gaps between your brand promise and all the other brand building blocks, and show you the path to getting them back into alignment. That could mean evolving your brand promise, your marketing, your company, or all of these.

Learn more about the Strategic Brand Audit

One of BRANDVIVO’s specialties is leading executive teams through a comprehensive Strategic Brand Audit. To learn more about the process and to schedule a meeting to discuss doing this for your company, please contact us.

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