Branding is a vital process for businesses. It is crucial that your brand stands out from the crowd, so investing time and money into research and planning is necessary for its development. Start off by discussing ideas with your business partner, any industry contacts or even friends and family.
For start-up businesses, funds can be very tight so hiring a branding agency may be off the agenda. However, using an outside consultant to develop your brand is sometimes the most effective way to come up with a stand-out brand that works.
James Watt who founded beer-brand BrewDog, emphasises the importance of investing in your brand because it is the most valuable and powerful aspect of your business. It is as important as investing in a good IT system because branding is the outside face of your business.
Hiring a local agency rather than a large agency will probably be more convenient, not to mention more cost effective, and will allow for more face-to-face meetings to discuss your product. This personal interaction with an outside consultant is invaluable for the development of your brand and it’s important to communicate clearly your exact aims and objectives.
Similarly, you must be clear about what you don’t want from the beginning to avoid having to change things at a later date. Local agencies may offer cheaper deals and might even be persuaded to work initially for a smaller payment, with the hope of securing larger payments later on when the business kicks off. Fraser Doherty, who founded jam company SuperJam, was able to convince a local design agency to work with him for a small fee when he was starting out. He says they agreed to this because they believed SuperJam would be a big success, therefore they would benefit further down the line from repeat business, which was evidently a good call on their part. Be sure to shop around and look at a few agencies before deciding on one, ensuring you find the best value and most suitable consultant for your business. Try to find someone with a background in or good understanding of your industry, because their expertise will be a valuable asset.
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