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Brand is a Promise!

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Much has been understood about brands, and a lot remains to be understood.

Brand is a perception in someone’s mind about you, your product, or your service.

It is what they associate with your brand.

It is the promise. A promise of a certain expectation. A promise of a certain standard.

Understand Branding before you go about building your brand.

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In a world where you can be anything, be yourself – Etta Turner

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The cliché goes, don’t follow the path, but create your own path.

However in world’s brazen reality, it is easier said than done. It is not only tempting, but prudent to read the success of the others in the market, and try to blossom by stealing a bud from their bouquet.

Easy come. Easy go. That’s what such short-cuts are all about.

Yes, it is difficult to differentiate. To believe in yourself. And persevere.

But good brands have all these in abundance, and that’s where they see others sprint past them, but eventually run past the me-too’s in the marathon.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to discover their differentiation, fortify their strengths,and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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Brands are arguably the key assets that a company possesses and they should therefore be….

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Brands are arguably the key assets that a company possesses and they should therefore be a top-priority for senior management and not be seen as something left solely to the marketing department – Chris Halliburton

Q: Who owns the brand?

A: Who doesn’t?

Only those who are trapped in a time warp are the ones who still believe that Brands belong to the marketing department.

Brand is the person, the persona, the personality. Everything!

Through the multitude of touchpoints Brands touch people’s lives and get their value. Good interactions create positive impressions, and bad ones create negative connotations.

It is therefore not an option anymore that all hands on deck should work towards brand building. It is no longer a job for a special task force. It is here that the leadership comes to the fore. Behind good brands are not just good leaders, but leaders who understand, recognize, and involve everyone in the making of the brand.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to promote the understanding of branding, disseminate the brand values, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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If people like you, they will listen to you, but if they trust you, they will do business with you – Zig Ziglar

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There are two types of people who cannot be trusted.

One: Those whom you don’t know

Two: Those whom you know

Trust is a tricky affair. You don’t win trust unless you build a good track record. And you lose trust if you have a poor one.

Conversations are plenty. People may listen to you, pay attention, but to your surprise, may never do business with you.

To build brands, you just don’t need to talk to them, you need to win their trust. Because the litmus test boils down to whether they will bet their dollar on you, your product, or service. Have you earned their trust?

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to deliver value, foster trust, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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When you look at a strong brand, you see a promise – Jim Mullen

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Some may get a better or bigger start, but every brand has to gnaw its way to success.

Every brand starts as an idea, a product, or service. Some start with a bang, some discover their music as they move along, and some are just content to make a noise.

Brands, like muscle, build their strength. The strength is not a placard picture, or a fabricated impression but something that has been developed, inside out, over a period of time.

Brands don’t come out strong from the manufacturer’s kiln, or a service provider’s bureau, but build their strength in the eyes of the beholders. When they measure up to their expectations. When they don’t wobble during difficult times. When they deliver what they promise.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains raise the bar, deliver their promises, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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Your premium brand had better be delivering something special

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Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business– Warren Buffett

You don’t become special because your label says so. You don’t become premium because that’s how you have positioned it.

Today’s customers are knowledgeable, smart, and calculative. They size up the brands in their minds, rather than blindly follow the seller’s perceptions.

Today’s competitive environment has made things tough for the brands. But for a good reason. Just like competitive environment brings out the best, these tough times have made brands introspect, determine their true contribution, and be positioned accordingly.

Good brands are special, in many ways. They are special, positioned as special, and deliver more than the others are labelled to.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to create something special, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person

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A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well – Jeff Bezos

Brand is no longer a secret. It is no longer optional. It is no longer a USP.

People and Organizations have realized that Branding exists irrespective of whether you want it or not. Because it’s in the minds of the people. And they have a mind of their own.

However, Brands can be managed. Managed well. Managed to create the right image. The right impression. The reputation that you seek. An identity that you desire.

With every person, product or service competing fiercely in today’s tough market scenario, good brands need to work harder.

They need to plan well. They need to execute well. To be ahead, they need to do the difficult things well.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to plan, execute, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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Burgers, Chips, and Vacancy

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I was taken aback to see a banner advertising a vacancy at McDonalds.

It tickled my branding senses. Was it the new order?

I have seen such vacancy placards at small shops who could neither attract good talent, nor afford to advertise for recruitment. They were also targeted at locals who may be looking for such opportunities.

Branding is a sacred exercise. What you reveal is not a slip, but showcased by design. In my learning of branding I was amazed to know that tons of food material and renovation stuff is carted in and out of five star hotels but as a customer you see nothing. It is part of the design, and the brand image.

So, am a bit confused with this banner.

Is it a casual branding approach by an international giant? I hope not.

Is it the desperation of the situation? Unable to get good talent through other mediums, have they been forced, as a last resort. Sounds likely, as the banner has been there for over a month.

Brands are built diligently and nurtured with care and attention.

Hope you build yours with care.

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Icing on the Cake

Icing-on-the-cakeThere are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have been taking a cakewalk through visible branding. The appeal of the icing has made them forget the cake.

Brands need to look not just at the icing but what goes into the cake. Or it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Have the cake and eat it too.

See how Visible and Invisible Branding do wonders for your brand http://parichay-india.in/visible&invisible.pdf

Write to us for your enquiry at response@parichay-india.in

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Hues of Holi

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India’s cultural diversity punctuates the calendar with a variety of festivals. Some of them are celebrated for the welcome break they provide without realizing its significance, and some celebrated with zest and vigour.

Come March, and the colours on the faces will reappear as they welcome the festival of colours: Holi.

This free-for-all carnival of colours has mixed reactions, as this festival provides a license for a little indulgence that may make some uncomfortable.

Like most festivals Holi too has some legends that lend colour to it.

There is a symbolic myth behind Holi and it is celebrated as a festival of love. The Hindu deity Krishna, as a baby, developed his characteristic dark blue hue because the she-demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, the blue hued Krishna despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha and other girls would like him. Tired of his repeated questions, his mother asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. Ever since, the playful colouring of Radha’s face has been commemorated as Holi.

According to another legend, King Hiranyakashipu, the King of Multan had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him. Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu. The infuriated Hiranyakashipu thus subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve. Finally, Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. As the tongues of fire soared upwards, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, and Prahlada survived. Hiranyakashipu was furious.  Unable to control his anger, he swung his mace which smashed a pillar. There was a tumultuous sound, and Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.

The Holi festival, Phalgun, has further cultural significance, most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of spring. In 17th century literature it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests, and the fertile land. People believed it was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colours as they bid farewell to winter.

It is also a festive day to cleanse oneself: to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of the accumulated emotional impurities from the past.

Holi also marks the start of spring, and for many the start of the New Year.

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