It’s Brand Iron’s 15-year anniversary (man, we’re old), and we’ve learned a lot over the years. Here are 15 ways we’ve approached our own brand and the brands of our clients:
Revenue – Because, of course. We aren’t trying to sound superficial here, but there’s a reason “driving revenue” is plastered in our tagline. At the end of the day, your livelihood depends on it. Keep your marketing strategies fresh and contemporary, take care of your brand, and continue to care deeply about your customers, and that’ll go a long way toward keeping the business coming and the cash flowing.
Results – They’re all that matter. It’s easy to get bogged down in day-to-day business tactics, but it’s hard (and necessary) to constantly be evaluating whether they contribute to some kind of overarching strategy for your brand – after all, without strategy, there are no results. And without results…well, you know the rest.
Revolutionize – Improve. Innovate. Make something yours. In a business world saturated with redundancy and stale, overused ideas, how will you make your brand stand out? What will you do that will turn people’s heads and make them rethink how it’s done? Think outside the box. Do things differently. Be unique. Pick your favorite cliche, and go with it.
Refine – Never stop working to make yourself and your brand better. Even if you think you’re doing it all, we promise, you’re not. There is always something you can do, whether it’s updating your collateral, enhancing your website, or tweaking the way you pitch to prospects, to keep things fresh.
Reposition – Sometimes, you just gotta pivot. You should constantly be evaluating where your brand sits, stands, or lays in your given landscape, and never hesitate to make changes. It’s this flexibility that will always keep you one step ahead of the pack, and your brand one peg above the rest.
Revise – There’s a reason it’s called new and improved. Your mentality should always be fluid, and you should never be afraid to revisit something with the end goal of improving your brand message in the short or long-term.
Recharge – Sometimes, you just need a break. Don’t be afraid to take a step back, inhale deeply, and think about something else for a bit. Your brand lives and breaths off the hard work of humans, and humans get tired every once in awhile. Go on a hike. Get some coffee. Pet a puppy. Make like a battery and recharge, then come back to your brand with a fresh perspective.
Recount – When it comes to your brand’s performance, always look back fondly on the good times, because every good flow comes with a couple ebbs. Also, always recount. Literally. Always count more than once. No one wants to be the guy/gal who prints one too few copies of that sales presentation, or who finds themselves one slice of cake short at the office birthday party.
Refresh – You know that feeling you get after getting up from a really great night’s sleep? Us neither. But we really try to harness that sensation at work. Take care of yourself and your staff so that you can provide your brand the attention it needs when you get to work.
Recover – How you recuperate from brand lulls are what can separate you from the rest. A resilient style of dealing with occasional failures leads to a resilient brand.
Revive – Every once in awhile, your brand just needs a little energy injection. Give it a boost by thinking about your business offerings in new ways, distributing them differently, redefining your target audience, etc.
Recycle – It’s not only good for the environment, but it’s good for your brand. Whether it’s to save time, money or both, it can be to your benefit to turn old ideas into new ones.
Relinquish – As important as knowing when something is needed, knowing when to let go can be the launchpad for fresh concepts and a boost for your overall brand. Ideas don’t always work, and when they don’t, you’re better off retiring them and starting from square one.
Remix – Take some old ideas, take some new. Use what’s worked for your brand in the past, and then try what’s unknown. Mix and match, because that can be the quickest way to find what works for your unique brand.
Refocus – Brands have a tone, voice and texture that are all part of the customer’s experience. Over a period of time, it’s easy to let your brand stray from its established persona. It’s important to take time to hone in on what has been successful over time and make sure that’s the path you continue down.
We feel incredibly fortunate to do what we do, and even luckier that we’ve gotten to do it for 15 years. Part of our secret is to always keep focused on what’s really important and to remember who we’re really doing this for – our clients. Here’s to the next 15 years and the opportunity to help you achieve your anything!