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Rebranding 101: When Is It the Right Time to Rebrand Your Business?

Rebranding 101: When Is It the Right Time to Rebrand Your Business?

There could be many reasons why it’s time for a rebrand of your business, whether it be to reach a new customer following, perhaps your business has outgrown its previous brand, maybe the market is outgrowing your business, or the old imagery of who you are just doesn’t hit home any longer. Whatever the case may be, rebranding your business across all mediums takes time and calculation, whether your business is B2B or B2C. Some of the largest marketing fiascos of all time come from poor rebranding, and at BG Digital Group, we realize how important it is to create a careful brand that’s worth remembering. Below are some of our thoughts to consider when initiating a company rebrand.

What Is Your Brand and How Does It Affect Your Business?
Essentially, your brand defines your business’ identity. To many, branding is simply the words, images, taglines, and campaigns associated with your business, and while that is partially true, there is something much deeper to successful branding. Quite literally, every single thing your business produces is a part of your overall brand, whether it is a logo or a social media post. Truly successful branding will make a potential customer remember and feel a certain way about your business. Creating a meaningful brand begins with building a clear voice to consumers that they enjoy and recognize so easily there is a natural association. You cannot do this simply through posting a logo or writing an editorial about your business. It takes time, creativity, manpower, and cohesive content… lots and lots of content.

The Greatest Brands of Our Time and What Makes Them Great
Great brands are so ingrained in the consumer’s mind that while just driving down the road at 70+ mph, someone can likely see an image and know what lies behind the next exit. How long did that consumer likely look at the road sign? 3-4 seconds. Some of the greatest brands of our time have evolved to become household logos, names, and products simply by their branding.

For example, Apple Inc. did a major rebrand prior to the launch of the first iPhone that showed they were a sleek company of virtual simplicity. Apple didn’t just stop at their logos; they brought their stores, products, packaging, webpages, social media, and even their customer service to the next level of brand cohesiveness. Apple stores are all white space with stainless finishes and tempered glass throughout. Sound familiar? Their products fit that branding design concept too. Their boxes are simple and white, their customer service is astoundingly simple, and every single store looks the same. When you visit Apple, either through their website or at their stores, you know exactly what to expect. Apple is solid proof that successful branding doesn’t just stop at logos and ad campaigns, it encompasses every single piece of the business, making a consumer unconsciously know the brand.

When Is It Time to Rebrand?
There could be a vast amount of reasons why it’s time to rebrand, and some are more positive than others. The best thing to understand before rebranding is that there is no set timeline for a rebrand. Your business could have launched just a few months ago, and it could be time for a rebrand. If your target market is ignoring you, if you feel your product doesn’t seamlessly fit with your brand, or if your market has not received your brand the way you had originally hoped are all reasons for a quick recalibration in direction. Rebranding can be done in steps over time, so testing the waters by changing a few things here and there is also a positive until you feel you have hit your stride. Your business also might want to consider a rebrand if your business has outgrown a dated branding identity. It takes years of unhinged success to create a “classic brand” i.e. Coca-Cola, Tropicana Orange Juice, Gap Inc., etc. For most companies, it’s all about following trends and understanding an ever-changing marketplace. If your business is successful but dated, a rebrand could delight your customers and be a great way to remind them of your company’s long history of successes.

BG Digital Group can help rebrand your business across every medium, whether through print, social media, video production, content creation, and more. From creating logos, redesigning a website, producing content, publishing eye-catching targeted ads, and following a cohesive, brand-central marketing plan, we boast a great team that can help every step of the way. Contact us today to help you launch the new face of your business with your unforgettable brand.

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Tips to Plan a Great Advertising Budget

Marketing and advertising are some of the most important and essential aspects of planning and maintaining a business. To execute a good marketing plan that will be sure to promote growth, you need to perfect your budget and maximize every cent spent. Here’s a few tips about planning a great advertising budget:

 

Define Marketing Within Your Main Budget
According to Entrepreneur, a new company, defined as one to five years old, should devote about 12% to 20% of gross revenue to marketing. An old company, defined as five years or older, needs to devote between 6% and 12% annually. The marketplace has evolved to be extremely competitive. It’s rare to find a truly niche product, and with product development rates and online advertising usage higher than ever, it’s important to give your company an edge in advertising by having a strong defined budget.

 

Define What Areas Need the Most Attention
Once you have an overall marketing and advertising budget for your company, your next step should be to determine how to allocate your budget into areas of advertising that suit your needs. How do you want to market your business to your customers? What target customers do you want to reach? What media do you want to use? Are you interested in traditional media like billboards, newspaper and TV or are you interested in using digital solutions found with Google AdWords or social media advertising? These are all questions you need to ask yourself and discuss with your advertising agency.

 

Track How Your Ad Dollars Have Been Utilized
It’s easiest to maximize a budget when you can see how your past budgets have performed. By looking at the results and return on investment, you’ll be able to determine what areas are lacking in performance and which areas could use a budget cut or increase in spend. This way, you know what works and no penny goes to waste.

 

BG Digital Group can help you manage and plan your marketing budget, no matter the age of your company or the size of your budget. Regardless of budget size, we will help you maximize every bit of your monies. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you and how we can help you reach your business goals.

Posted by Callie Garrett
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Top Five Reasons It May Be Time to Hire a Marketing Firm

While watching your business grow is great, it can be overwhelming. However, a stagnate or declining business is even more stressful, and at some point something must give. Marketing is key for continued growth; therefore, it should be a top priority for our business. However, when production, management, and quality control become overwhelming, often times marketing is the first area to suffer. While, hiring a marketing firm may seem expensive, it’s worth the investment to have it done right. The experts at Ad Age have repeatedly said hiring an external firm can reduce the likelihood of mistakes, and a botched reputation, which can spell death for your business.  Here are five reasons that it may be time to hire an advertising agency:

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Why Marketing Directors Still Need an Agency

What areas in your business are hiding behind the word “marketing?” In-house Marketing Directors, may find that their company needs an entire to team to help them execute the marketing and advertising goals. Yet lack the budget to hire extra employees to manage the website, SEO, graphic design, a social media strategy, social media management and live event coverage, search engine marketing, digital display marketing with remarketing, traditional advertising, and content creation. One person could not possibly do all of these jobs at once successfully.

Posted by Callie Garrett
Digital Traditional

How to Market Your Green Initiative

Today, it is becoming increasingly more popular for businesses to start a green initiative. Consumers are becoming more aware and conscious of their effect on the planet and want to do something to make a difference. A preference for doing business with eco-conscious companies is rising, making it important for companies that go green to advertise that. Marketing a green initiative is critical for business because making their eco-friendly efforts known will inevitably attract like-minded people. When it comes to marketing a business as “green” or “eco-friendly”, however, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

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Traditional

Why Your Traditional Ads Aren’t Working

Every day, consumers are getting smarter about what they want to see alongside their content. Ad blockers have provided an opportunity to bypass advertisements and jump right to the content that readers came to see, and quite controversially (see what the pros have to say about ad blocking in our article here). 

Posted by Callie Garrett