Your brand identity encompasses so much more than just your logo. A strong brand identity gets to the core of why your company exists, from its unique value proposition in the marketplace to its mission, vision, and core values. Logo, design assets, and brand voice should all demonstrate what makes your company a great place to work and do business.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve updated your brand identity, then it’s time for a fall cleanup! We recommend refreshing these five elements to make sure your brand continues to attract customers and prospects.
1. Revisit Your Organizational Mission
If you don’t know who you are and what you do, how can you expect customers and prospects to know who are and what you do? The foundational element of any strong brand identity is a well-defined organizational mission. Your mission tells your team and your customers why you exist and what you’re trying to accomplish as an organization.
As you revisit your organizational mission, think beyond your products and services. Why do you do what you do? What impact do you want to make on your customers and your community? These are the questions a well-defined organizational mission answers.
2. Brush Off Your UVP
Once you have revisited your mission statement, it’s time to brush off your unique value proposition, or UVP. Your UVP explains how your company is different from all of your competitors and how you bring value to your customers and wider community.
Often, UVP statements make it into marketing copy. Here’s an example from Slack: Slack makes it downright pleasant to work together.
Grammarly’s UVP is even more succinct: Great writing, simplified.
How could you revamp your UVP so it resonates with your customers?
3. Refresh Your Logo
You’ve revisited your mission and you’ve revamped your UVP. Now, it’s time to refresh your logo so it aligns with your values and takes advantage of design best practices. When you have a well-defined mission and UVP, creating a logo that reflects your values and demonstrates your UVP becomes much easier.
Your logo is the primary way your customers and prospects will find you in the marketplace, so it should be immediately identifiable and understandable. We suggest sticking to a simple design with a few bold colors and graphics. When you work with Balius, we’ll make sure your logo is flexible enough to be used on the web, in print, and in large formats.
4. Dust Off Other Design Assets
When it comes to strong visual brand identity, your logo is just the beginning! Colors, textures, font styles, marks, and icons all play important roles in creating a memorable and engaging brand. Your brand kit should include all of these and possibly more, depending on your company’s specific needs.
5. Rearticulate Your Authentic Voice
Logo and graphic design captures your customers’ attention, but great copy tells your story. Is your brand voice still authentic to your mission and values? If not, it’s time to rearticulate your brand voice. If your brand was a person, what would it have to say, and how would it say it?
Need help putting together a strong brand identity for your company? The Balius creative team is here to help. Get in touch with us to start the process.