Friday, March 20, 2015

Changing Brand Perceptions

Brand perceptions are much more often created by the product or service experience itself than from marketing communication. Marketing communication is much more effective in building brand awareness than it is in creating or changing brand perceptions.  That is not to say that marketing communication cannot be used to help change perceptions, but it can’t do it alone and it can’t do it in the absence of real changes in the brand experience. So, when a brand perception is negative and requires a change, that change is likely to include one or more of the following:
  • Competitive strategy
  • Business model
  • Vertical or horizontal integration
  • Product functions, features and styling
  • Product line breadth and depth
  • Customer service, including problem handling
  • Bundling/unbundling of products and services
  • Product/service customization
  • Amenities
  • Technical support
  • Availability
  • Responsiveness
  • Pricing strategy
  • Distribution strategy
  • Internal culture
  • Employee hiring criteria
  • Employee training
  • Performance metrics
  • Common measures
  • Internal systems and procedures
  • Capital investments
These all require the support of the organization’s CEO and his or her leadership team. So the main point in this post is that brand repositioning is not just a marketing activity. It goes well beyond marketing communication and requires real changes in product/service delivery across multiple functions. This is an enterprise-wide activity that must be driven from the top to be successful.

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