Economic globalization, global choice, competition and the spread of technology have made brands the most effective way to cut through the clutter to building long-term brand value.
The CMI view of brands is that they emerge from the interactions of customers, employees, and media not growing from the top down, but from the bottom up in a distributed social network.
The process of constructing a brand strategy is more complex than most companies think.
A companyís brand identity is a unique set of associations that a brand aspires to maintain with its customer; associations that should represent the strategic goal for the brand.
Every representation of a companyís image that people see, whether itís corporate stationery, brand names, a product and its packaging, a brochure or annual report, a logo in an ad, a sign, graphics on a vehicle, or a name badge worn by a counter clerk, can successfully shape opinion of key audiences and offers an opportunity to win respect and admiration. The word "brand" comes from the Swedish word "brandr" which means "to burn."
The branding of cattle helped distinguish property that got mixed together after a long road on the trail, when cattle were separated by a ranches brand. The brand carried the reputation of the rancher and needed to be easily recognizable.
Business and organizations can successfully shape opinion of key audiences by strategically managing and delivering the many vehicles of their communication program that represent their brand.
Thatís why successful companies hire CMI brand strategy, brand consulting, and brand management services, to plan and produce relevant business communications.
Relevant expertise is not necessarily expertise in the same industry or product category, but more importantly, experience in handling similar problems for similar-sized organizations and product categories, or with similar target audiences. Notice how the banking industry branch interiors are moving toward a retail / hotel feeling and how McDonaldís is appearing more like Starbucks.
They realize that they need professionals to help them figure out which message to send out and how to deliver it and make it memorable and compelling, transferring lessons learned from other industries to the problems at hand.