Do you groan on the inside when you see your logo? Cringe when you hand over a business card? Then maybe it’s time to revisit your branding. The question is, how far do you go?
A full rebrand can be an expensive business and there’s a lot of work involved but it might be worth the investment!
Too much work? Then a refresh might just what your brand needs! It’s an easier exercise and much less disruptive… but is it enough? Sometimes it can be.
So what’s the difference between the two?
A refresh is a revisiting of your current style and, well, tidying up a little. Just like adding a new lick of paint to your shop front, a refresh could be as simple as a new logo font or an updated colour scheme on your website.
A rebrand by contrast is a lot more destructive. You’re tearing down the old to make way for the new. Instead of tidying up, you’re consigning the current style and all its uses to the metaphorical bonfire and starting again.
Are you ready to strike the match?
Ask yourself this:
· Do you hate your branding?
· Is it so out of date that your walls are carpeted and the logo is wearing flairs?
· Has your company expanded beyond what it originally offered?
If the answer is yes to any of these; your company now also sells dishwashers; or you’re just embarrassed to show people your business card… then yes, it might be time to invest in a rebrand. (If not then you don’t need to go to such extremes, unless you want to!)
The best place to start with a rebrand is by revisiting your company values. Map out what you stand for and build a set of ideals to steer your company message. Research your customers, build your narrative and finally deliver a brief to your creative team. Whether done by an in-house team or an agency, the creative branding process will take these basic building blocks and develop a personality for your brand that will take you to new places and delight your current and future customers.
Your 3 Steps To Kickstart Your Rebrand
1. Map out your ideals & values
2. Build your narrative
3. Deliver the brief
There is always room for a refresh. If your logo hasn’t been updated in a few years and is looking tired you can have a talented design agency rustle up a few suggestions in no time. If your marketing efforts are falling flat or you just want a change then a refresh could help push your marketing up a gear.
So you’ve decided to modernise. Great! Consumers and clients respond well to a brand that’s willing to move forward. Sometimes that change can be controversial…
Sometimes not so noticeable.
But both changes have left the companies with a new look and represent their aspirations and values in the best possible way.
A recent project we have completed has seen a subtle change make an iconic difference. Take a look at the example below from the Aberdeen Science Centre.
The subtle change to font, colour and design reflective Aberdeen Science Centre’s aspirational quest for new horizons and reflect the strength of the brand. The new logo was designed to bring new colour and depth to the Aberdeen Science Centre brand. We love it!
In summary, you don’t always need to take the hard way. Sometimes it’s ok to build on what you have, to take your identity and run with it. Remember, it’s always your decision. You know your brand best but you can always ask for advice.