It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out in business or have a long history behind you. Your business will have, or will need, a clearly defined brand.
Blackstone Chambers are the top barristers’ set in the UK. Every year they offer pupillage and mini-pupillage places to the brightest and sharpest graduates from around the World. Peek were engaged to develop the pupillage brand from strategy through to visual expression.
What is my brand proposition?
It all starts with a proposition. Do you know what your brand’s proposition is?
Originally from a well known consultancy in the Cambridge region, the founding members of OE Cam deliver organisation effectiveness for their clients by helping them meet the challenges of tomorrow’s organisation.
Want to add some polish to your charity’s brand?
Research has shown that when it comes to people deciding where to direct their contributions and place their support to a charity, key factors include the emotional and intellectual stimulation a charity could give, how much influence they thought it could yield, and the tone of voice adopted throughout all the charity’s communication.
Supporters will expect to see a charity as a caring, compassionate, committed, ethical, and honest organisation that raises money for the good of others. Alongside these core values, there will be other characteristics that differentiate one charity from another. It is these characteristics that your brand represents to convey the vision, mission, value and beliefs to all your target audiences.
Your brand is your opportunity to shape the way the public perceives you. If the public don’t understand what the charity stands for, they cannot be expected to buy into its essence. The visual and verbal language of the brand are pivotal in a charity’s development, after all there isn’t a ‘product’ to sell and they are mainly perceived by the work that they do, so if a charity fails to present itself well, it can fail as an organisation.
Taking action now
Distinction over other similar organisations can be addressed immediately through understanding the current perceptions of your charity using a survey. Building on the feedback from this research a review of the brand image and marketing materials can focus your charity on ensuring your key messages are being communicated clearly.
The approach you might take depends not on the vagaries of fashion, although that might be relevant if your audience would respond to it, but more to the understanding of the trends which could help you position yourself distinctly from your competitors.