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GROWING IN MY GARDEN

I have been busy the last month or so tending to my very first garden. I have waited my whole life to have my own garden. I grew up learning about plants and tending to them with my mom, but at a nursery. My mom instilled a love for plants, gardening and the earth from a young age. I figured I should try and do the same with my children. So, I have taken on the very big task (I had no idea it was so much work) of making my very own Garden.

THE RALEIGH HANDMADE MARKET 2017

I thought I would share with you some of my favorite artisans from The Raleigh Handmade Market. Take a peek!

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REBRANDING...

 

Ugh, the word sometimes just makes people shutter but often times it's necessary to put yourself and your company at the forefront of the right market. I know a lot of business owners are hesitant to rebrand themselves because of the cost. But I want you to try and envision this thought:

 

 

Think about your favorite pair of jeans.

Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans right? Well, what does that pair of jeans offer you? Are they comfortable? Do they fit you just right and make your butt look just right? Or do they offer durability and last a long time? Are they easy to wear? 

 

Imagine if they had no brand.

No name on them. Would you still buy them? How would you know where to buy them? Would they still cost the same? Could you pick them out of a lineup?

 

Now imagine that your favorite pair of jeans finally wore out and it was time to haul yourself to the mall.

When you get there you have no idea what to look for….your brand has no brand. No promise. No color, no advertising, nothing. Now you probably are standing in the clothing department at Macy’s thinking to yourself, “I'm going nuts and I can’t find those darn pants that make my butt look so good.” Do you try on a million more pairs or just pick a pair and go home with the possibility of disappointment and a return trip to Macy's (when you have no kids and the time) in a few days? 

 

 

Going to the mall would be chaos if the world had no branding. Having a brand helps your audience know who you are, what you offer, what makes you different, provides a promise and establishes you in the marketplace. 

 

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOUR BRAND LOOKS LIKE?

 

When someone visits your website what are they thinking? Do they think your brand makes their tush look nice or does your brand make them feel good? What exactly are you saying to your target market? 

 

There are a million reasons that drive companies to rebrand. They may want to engage a new market regionally and globally, grow in size and scale, reach a new customer segment or simply just to update their image. Sometimes a business is just looking to reposition themselves in an entirely new way.

 

Most often you will see the result of a rebrand in a creative or visual way. Like they have new tags, brochures, signage, logo or website…however, a good rebrand is a strategic and though tout process. Thinking about your vision, mission (why do you do what you do), voice (how you say what you say), values and other important and overlooked elements to your brand. The visual part or the “touch-points” of your brand are important but the other elements help you figure out what to look like to attract the right people.

 

Obviously, a logo is important but rebranding isn’t justabout changing a logo.

A change in your logo should also signify to your market a new thought process, a new way of doing things, or an addition or service to your line. As a business owner, you should be thinking passionately and broadly about how to bring the change you want to see in your business to make a positive impact on your customers, your fans, and your target market. Think beyond a new logo. 

 

As a brand strategist, I try and understand what your business is trying to say to your customers. I try and understand what your business goals are and help you with your brand's evolution. Sometimes that is a simple refresh or a complete investigation into your current brand identity. Most often I want to maintain a sense of your history, your story, who you are as a business and give you a fresh update while still appealing to your past and a new audience.

 

If you are thinking you want to reach new markets, position your company in a new light, build an audience or update your look its is worth investing in a brand audit to assess the health of your current brand. Doing a brand audit or review is a customer focused exercise and it helps me evaluate your sources of brand equity and ways to push your business to the next level.

 

IF YOU'RE THINKING OF REBRANDING YOUR BUSINESS I WOULD LOVE TO DO A FREE BRAND REVIEW FOR YOU. IT'S A SIMPLE SURFACE LEVEL BRAND REVIEW WHERE I LOOK AT HOW WE CAN PUSH YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR ROI. 

 

Request a FREE Brand Review/audit today.

 

 

Photo Credit: http://www.chelsealainefrancis.com/

REBRANDING: WHAT TO THINK ABOUT?