The difference between iconic branding and fashionable trends

 Vanessa B  29/Sep/15  no responses.

When developing your brandING you need to know the difference

Brand development is a process which should be handled with a long term strategy. Unfortunately, many brands emerging into the current market are not geared to the iconic but to the fashionable trends of the current market. These brands are currently seeing a draw to their products and services but once the fashion trend shifts, the branding will become obsolete. Understanding the differences between iconic branding and fashionable trending is essential to any business’ success.

Iconic branding is more than just a logo

One of the biggest mistakes with current branding trends is that the branding focuses primarily on the logo. Yes, you need a strong logo, but let us consider that if the logo is developed to current trends instead of proven sustainably, the logo is subject to revisions in the future. You can see that there are a few major corporations which have jumped on the logo branding train. Where a company may have a logo that has fonts and branding, if the logo of the branding is consistently having to change to keep up with the shifts in the market, then that brand is not iconic but fashionable. Worse, the branding is based upon a logo which is based upon fashion trends. Such a methodology in creating your branding is doomed to fail as the trends in logo design are consistently changing. Something as subtle as a trend shift from a specific color could cause your whole brand to falter.

Fashionable trends follow companies which are popular. Icon companies follow the successful ones

When planning branding strategy, a company needs to focus on the most successful companies, not the most popular. Branding and company worth is quickly established by some companies because they have a gap, which they can fill for a time. Do you remember how popular the Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander branding was a few years ago? Many outdoor companies focused their branding to mimic that of the company. But where is the popularity in the brand now? Many of those companies which followed the trend have to re-envision their branding strategy.

Modeling your branding after an iconic brand increases your chances of having an iconic brand yourself. Companies such as Coke, Apple, Caterpillar, and Microsoft have stood the test of time in their branding. Those which are establishing their brand should look beyond the logo and see how these companies have established their brand. How has the company used mobile marketing? What PR strategies have been used to build the brand? By understanding the mindset of these iconic companies, you can implement successful techniques to set your business a head above the others.

There is a difference between being modern and relevant and being “trendy”

Though it may upset a few companies, it is worth stating. Windows 10 branding for other companies is a fashion trend. Every Dick, Jane, and Sally is using the monotone colors in their branding so that it will “look good” on the OS and mobile devices. While companies should not abandon the desire to have such a graphic “accompanying” their branding, building an entire branding and marketing strategy based upon this trend is a dangerous and (quite frankly) cliché move. Establish a brand that will be sustainable when the minimalistic trend is over.

So, how do I determine if my brand is iconic or trendy?

The best way to determine if your brand is iconic or trendy is to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is my branding dependent upon my logo?
  • Is my branding modelled after a company which has not been established for decades?
  • Have I focused on marketing strategies and PR?
  • If the desired market were to shift tomorrow would my company’s future be in danger?
  • If you were a customer and presented with your branding would it be unique or would it look like everyone else’s? Are you distinguishable?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the odds are that your branding has been mismanaged and developed to meet the current trends. Whilst your business will not fail, it is predictable that you will have to redesign your branding in the future. As we have seen, even if you are successful with your product, if you do not have a strong branding there is no way to tell you apart from all the other businesses out there.

We are here to help

If you find that your branding is less then iconic and want to establish a brand for your company which will stand the test of time, or if you have any enquiries as to the branding services offered by PressPoint please feel free to contact us.

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