The Healthy Brand: Take Your Brand From Good to Great

Build a Healthy Brand: Take Your Brand From Good to Great

A Healthy Brand is more than just a name and a logo. The best brands are living, breathing entities.

A brand can become a company’s most valuable business asset. When effectively managed, brands don’t depreciate. Brands can also become a truly unmatched source of differentiation. There are few ways to provide inimitable differentiation today, and a brand is one of them. But it requires careful cultivation, constant dedication to its health, a long-term vision, and time.

Brands require dedication to overall well-being. Effective brand managers help build a healthy brand, actively take care of the brand and practice preventative care. They don’t wait for sickness or an injury to assess brand health.

Take a moment now using this brand health checklist to think further about the current state of your brand.

The Healthy Brand Is…

√  Consistent – across all touch points, including the website, the sales team, the product brochure, the customer service hotline, and more.

√  Fully integrated – into the entire organization. The brand is a part of everything the organization communicates and does.

√  Memorable – the healthy brand creates powerful connections with consumers to leave a lasting impression.

√  Recognizable – an identity that can be recognized in many contexts, the healthy brand identity is so strong that it can be recognized by anyone, anywhere.

√  Differentiated – the healthy brand stands apart from the competition and rises above the noise because of a truly unique offering.

√  Relevant – people resonate with the brand, its personality, attributes, and values.

√  Meaningful – the concept of the brand resonates with people on a deeper, emotional level.

√  Focused – the brand value proposition, the positioning, segmentation, and target audiences are all aligned with the brand strategy and overall brand objectives.

√  Authentic – the healthy brand is never misleading, lives and breathes its values, and is never dishonest or deceptive.

√  Protected  – the logo, tagline, and other brand assets are protected by the company and legal team.

√  A driver of shareholder value – the healthy brand contributes to people’s perception of the company’s overall value.

√  Embraced and supported by all stakeholders – the healthy brand is a total company effort with buy-in from all key stakeholders.

Commanding a consistent price – people are willing to pay for the brand over others, and even when it costs more than substitute products or services.

√  Supported by brand loyalists – the healthy brand makes long-term relationships with consumers who will support the brand financially and boost its reputation with positive word of mouth.

Nurtured – the healthy brand requires care, nutrition, and the right environment to grow. It doesn’t sprout up overnight.

There’s a huge possibility for your brand, even if it isn’t performing in all of these categories at the moment. You don’t need to know all the answers; you just need to know where you want to go.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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