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The Brilliant Brand Checklist

Create a memorable brand that differentiates your brand from your competitors. A brilliant brand encourages customer loyalty and in turn, creates the magic that is word of mouth advertising.

So, what does it take to develop a lasting brand? Creating a brand is more complex than simply redesigning a logo. It’s about creating a brand identity and having an effective brand strategy in place. We’ve identified 11 elements of a brilliant brand to help set you on the right path to grow loyal brand followers.

1. What Does My Brand Do Best?

A successful brand is a brand that successfully communicates a reason to inspire your customers to connect with you. Stand out from your competitors by identifying the purpose of your brand and what your brand does better than anyone else.

2. Could I Improve My Brand Identity?

A truly memorable brand has a unique and professional representation of their business. Brand identity consists of a primary logo, secondary logo, simple colour palette and fonts. It’s important that these elements match your audience’s perception of your brand and reflect the personality of your brand.

3. What is the Perception of My Brand?

Don’t ignore the way customers perceive your brand or how they associate your brand. If you want to project a brand that is desirable and trustworthy, it’s vital that your business delivers on its branding promises. If those perceptions or associations are negative, it may be time to review your customer service strategy or how processes are run. Make sure that every interaction (both face to face and online) is a memorable and positive experience. Don’t make it hard for customers to purchase products or services from your business.

4.  When is My Brand More Than Just a Name?

Think about your favourite brands and then think about the feelings that you have for them. Are they personable, fun, exciting, knowledgeable or innovative? Develop a brilliant brand by identifying the qualities, values and customer experiences associated with your business.

5. Are My Staff On Board?

Building a credible brand, means training, educating and involving your staff so that they have a clear understanding of your brand values. Your front-line staff are crucial because they are very much the face of your brand. It’s important that you have their co-operation and their support if you want your branding to be effective

6.  Is My Brand Visually Effective?

Give your brand a personality, but also make sure that it visually matches your identity. For example if your brand is cheerful and fun, choose visuals that are engaging and colourful. Review your marketing collateral such as brochures/flyers, business cards, website, signage, social media and posters and make sure that it is consistent with your brand personality, brand identity and key messages.  If you need support in this area, get in contact with a design team that can help you.

7.  Am I Consistent With My Brand Messages?

Create trust by being consistent with your brand messages. Create a set of consistent brand messages that focus on the qualities, values and experiences that customers associate with your business, its products and services. Keep these simple and easy to communicate.

8. Do I have Stories to Tell About My Brand?

People genuinely love stories. Make your brand memorable by sharing those stories and communicating them through your staff and marketing materials. Giving your customer’s insight to your business, shapes how they view your brand and also encourages customer loyalty.

9. Do I know How to Launch My Brand & Generate Brand Awareness?

It’s time to attract customers and to tell them about your brand. Make sure that you allocate time and budget to launch your branding. We can help you launch on a small scale or make a huge impact depending on your target audience. Consider your budget whether you want to include local mail drop leaflets, social media campaign, digital advertising, email marketing and or public relations.

10.  Do I Have a Plan In Place to Communicate My Brand?

Don’t let your customers forget your Brand. Keep your brand front and center by developing a communications plan or promotional schedule to help you sell your products and services. An effective 12 months communications plan will help you generate leads, build rapport, drive traffic to your website or business and convert sales.

11. Do I Reward My Customers for Their Loyalty?

Loyal customers are the final objective of developing a brilliant brand. As your brand reputation grows so will your database of loyal customers that continue to return and act as your brand cheerleaders (learn about converting customers into brand ambassadors). Show your appreciation and encourage your customers to share your brand with others by putting in place a loyalty and or rewards program. A loyalty program with rewards and gifts is a great way to boost your reputation as a brilliant brand and also to keep your customers coming back.

How can we improve your branding?

Get valuable tips and advice on how to make your brand standout.

 

Why Customer Experience (CX) Matters

Customer experience or CX has always been central to building a brand and the business. The increasing prevalence of digital, mobile and ease of information accessibility has altered this landscape. It has influenced how we develop, manage and monitor CX. This landscape shift was significant enough, to spur big agency Saatchi & Saatchi to acquire CX specialist MercerBell, in order to remain relevant in this space.17

In this week’s 5-minute read, we take a brief look at what customer experience is and why the current shifts should matter to you.

What CX is

CX is essentially about the interaction and engagement between customers and a brand throughout the customer journey. It is more than just selling a product or a service. It is about marketing the right experience to the right customer. Good CX is based on shared values between a brand and a customer. To create good CX, businesses must develop a deep understanding of their customers.

 

CX Customer Experience Matters

CX Customer Experience Matters


Some Definitions of CX

“The sum-total of how customers engage with your company and brand. It is your customer’s perception of your business including all physical, psychological, emotional and sensory touchpoint’s that occur throughout the entire arc of being a customer. This perception drives customer behaviours and customer loyalty, ultimately affecting your company’s bottom line.” 1

“It is about bringing together every touch point to create consistent, thought-out interactions with your brand. It’s becoming more and more important at every level, from small businesses to enterprise brands.” 2

“A Customer Experience (CX) is a Customer’s perception of their rational, physical, emotional, subconscious, and psychological interaction with any part of an organisation. This perception affects Customer behaviours and builds memories, which drive Customer Loyalty and affects the economic value an organisation generates.” 21


 

The Customer Journey Is Where the Customer Goes

CX is about making the customer happy.

CX is about making the customer happy.

Today’s mobile-empowered customers begin their customer journey at a brand’s website. It is one of the first port of call a customer makes and it sets the tone for the remaining overall customer experience. Another significant touchpoint in the customer journey is where the brand’s social media channels are. Social media recluse Apple recognised this, and recently began to channel resources into tweeting tips and tutorials.14

 

Measuring CX

Today’s revolutionised customer journey, provides many new opportunities for brands to shape and improve the customer experience. Each touchpoint in the customer journey is where the brand interacts with the customer. To the customer, it is a decision point.To the business, they are opportunities to measure and improve the CX. This is important in order to understand what is keeping, and will continue, to keep customers happy. But before you can improve CX, you need to measure it.


Peter Drucker “What gets measured gets improved” 6


 

A good clue to use when deciding what is important to measure, is to also decide what matters to the customer. What matters to the customer, matters to the business.3 Each business will have to determine what is important to them – there is no one set of metrics for all.


 CX Metrics to measure – “One man’s ceiling, is another man’s floor”


And before you start measuring it, ensure it is actionable. If you cannot use or action it, there is no point in measuring it.3


CX measurement metrics3

Social media/brand mentions and engagement

Response rates

Customer loyalty

Customer satisfaction

Forecast accuracy


 

How to Measure CX

To measure if the customer is experiencing the brand at its best, you want to understand customer needs and identify gaps in their experience.9,18  You need data to predict, to outline customer behaviour trends and patterns.9 And this is where a business deploys customer intelligence tools.


Customer intelligence tools19

Big Data

Social Media Analytics

Customer Relations Management Systems

Focus groups

Insight Communities


 

Five common CX metrics. 22,23,24,25,26

  1. Net Promoter Score (NPS) – Percentage of customers who would promote or detract a brand
CX-NPS Net Promoter Score | Image Source: http://blog.capterra.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/7-22-2015-4-14-03-PM.jpg

CX-NPS Net Promoter Score | Image Source: http://blog.capterra.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/7-22-2015-4-14-03-PM.jpg

 

  1. Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) – An average score of a customer’s satisfaction level of an experience
CX-CSAT Customer Satisfaction | Image Source: https://www.surveymonkey.com/blog/2011/01/11/customer-satisfaction-survey-example/

CX-CSAT Customer Satisfaction | Image Source: https://www.surveymonkey.com/blog/2011/01/11/customer-satisfaction-survey-example/

 

  1. Customer Effort Score (CES) – Measures a customer’s effort to complete a task
CX-CES Customer Effort | Image Source: https://www.cebglobal.com/blogs/unveiling-the-new-and-improved-customer-effort-score/

CX-CES Customer Effort | Image Source: https://www.cebglobal.com/blogs/unveiling-the-new-and-improved-customer-effort-score/

 

  1. Customer Churn Rate – Percentage of customers who discontinues their subscription to a service in a given time period
CX-Churn Rate | Image Source: http://churn-rate.com/

CX-Churn Rate | Image Source: http://churn-rate.com/

 

  1. First response time and average resolution time – Time taken to respond back to the customer and the time taken to fully resolve the customer’s issue
CX-Average First Response | Image Source: https://support.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/213074-average-first-response-time-helpdesk-in-depth-

CX-Average First Response | Image Source: https://support.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/213074-average-first-response-time-helpdesk-in-depth-

 

 

CX-Average Resolution Time | Image Source: https://support.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/213112-average-resolution-time-helpdesk-in-depth-

CX-Average Resolution Time | Image Source: https://support.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/213112-average-resolution-time-helpdesk-in-depth-

 

CX Directions and Trends

  1. CX will continue to become more important than products or service when looking at what impacts customer behaviour. It will define other priorities.16 Companies need to enable and optimise their workforce to keep their customers happy through personalised interactions and experiences10 that will drive overall positive ROI. 9,11,12,24
  1. Centralise your data, to support and simplify the customer experience by becoming easier to do business with through reducing customer effort.9
  1. Combine your data sources to gain holistic views and insights of the customer that will enable data-driven marketing, delivering a better quality of content.9,18
  1. Develop deeper engagement and build more meaningful relationships with your customer by using embedded customer service facilities and permission-based customer intelligence tools as opposed to ad-hoc surveys9,11,20 – for example, Amazon’s Mayday button15
  1. Customer intelligence predictive analysis will need to account for customer emotions which largely dictates customer behaviour.13

 

Other Related Reading

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