Re-branding: why does your business need it and when?

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Have you ever felt that your brand no longer corresponds to who you really are. But how do you know if your old business needs rebranding? Maybe you're on the wrong track and need a change in your services? To get to the bottom of it, I'll list the reasons why it's time for you to go to the rebranding stage and those that prove you don't need it.

10 reasons why you maybe thinking to Rebrand

Re-branding is then an essential step for you if you want to grow, win more contracts and increase your sales tenfold.

1. New Product or Service Launch

The launch of a brand new product or service is very exciting, and will no doubt have been actioned in response to consumer demand and changes in the market.

However, companies must make the effort to reflect this update in their branding. You want your new venture to be firing on all cylinders, and a strategic rebranding campaign will help draw the attention that you’re after.

2. Customer Engagement Has Started to Wane

Nothing lasts forever, and, as time moves on and more competitors move into your market, it’s not unusual to find that your once-loyal and engaged customers have started to look elsewhere.

If you start to notice a drop-off in consumer engagement, then perhaps it’s time to assess whether your branding needs an overhaul. Rebranding in these circumstances may be your one true chance to rescue your company from paling into obscurity.

3. Bad Reputation

If a brand, for whatever reason it may be, starts to gain a bad reputation, then the impact on business operations can be crippling. Rebranding in this case is the only option to mitigate and hopefully dispel (eventually) any negative associations that are routinely being made with the brand.

It’s important, however, that it’s not just exterior alterations that are made (to your logo, for instance), but that the changes are also effected through all aspects of the company. Remember, a brand is not just a name or a logo, but a representation of all the values, standards and principles that your organisation stands for.

4. Mergers, Demergers and Acquisitions

Changes in company ownership will often trigger a rebranding as a matter of course. For instance, in the case of demergers, the company that has split off will be obliged to develop its own new brand in order to make it clear and apparent that it is no longer part of the organisation.

There is slightly more flexibility in the cases of mergers and acquisitions. There is opportunity here for the new company to completely rebrand, though sometimes the name of one of the companies is kept. However, even in this instance, a rebranding will normally take place even if the name of the company remains the same.

5. Differentiation

Competitors are a part of each and every company the world over. The moves of a rival will trigger response within your own walls, and, as such, your competitors are directly responsible for effecting critical decisions you make every day.

Whatever the strengths of your competitors, your own company will of course hold its very own USP – and that needs to be communicated through your branding. However, some of your rivals may have a very similar brand message to your own, in which case you need to make efforts to differentiate through rebranding. You need to be unique to avoid client confusion, for if people have bad experiences elsewhere, you don’t want to absorb any negative press through perceived, albeit false, association.

6. Internationalisation

Expanding into the international market can often mean that you need to rebrand. In some countries, for instance, a brand name may have unfortunate or negative associations. Values, of course, are not necessarily international either, and although the image you portray may curry domestic favour, research needs to be conducted to ensure that this is carried across into other countries where you wish to operate.

Another reason for rebranding may be because you may have a geographical location in your company name. In this instance, you will need to rebrand without emphasis on location.

7. Change in Leadership

A new CEO will often want to breathe new life into an organisation, and a rebranding will quickly follow the appointment. Successful leaders will have a clear direction in which they wish to take the company and will want to reflect this in its branding.

8. New or Wider Audience Appeal

If you’re not reaching your intended audience – perhaps you’re only attracting people in their senior years, when you want to be targeting a younger demographic – then it’s time to reassess your branding.

Rebranding will help you engage with new audiences, and win new customers from key demographics you are looking to target.

9. Lack of Brand Clarity and/or Consistency

A new company might start off as one thing, but over the course of time transforms into something else, perhaps with a completely different focus and set of values. The branding needs to be updated to reflect this, otherwise there will be a jarring inconsistency in the image it portrays.

In other circumstances, a company may acquire different services from different consultants along its journey, and some of these may have strayed off-brand. Again, there is a clarity issue and this needs to be addressed with rebranding.

10. A Particular Product or Service Is Overtaking All Else

Sometimes, brands that offer multiple products or services may find that they become known for one above all the others. This may or may not be desirable, but, either way, a rebranding will be needed. If you think that your business can survive off just a single line, then rebrand accordingly. If you want to try and re-emphasise your other products or services, then a rebranding that shifts focus onto these will be necessary.

Rationalisation and consolidation through Rebranding has the power to transform tired, cluttered brands. Inorder to reflect a change or the desire to change, (both on your strategy or in your direction).

If you are thinking the time has come for a re-brand or relaunch of your business. We would be more than happy to discuss with you how we can meet your needs to support your business growth and stability. Click here to contact Handle Branding for further information.