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The Importance of Brand Identity

The Importance of Building a Strong Brand Identity

In today’s crowded marketplace, creating a strong brand identity has become an essential strategy for businesses looking to succeed and thrive. But what exactly does “brand identity” mean, and why does it matter so much?

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Definition and Key Elements of Successful Brands

At its core, a brand identity encapsulates the vision, values, personality, offerings and positioning of your business. It goes far beyond just a logo design, business cards or tagline – it includes the entire experience you deliver to customers.

Some key elements that make up a consistent brand identity include:

  • Messaging: This refers to your core brand story and themes that are reinforced across interactions. Effective messaging evokes emotion and resonates with your target audience.
  • The tone of Voice: Is your brand personality voice formal, casual, academic, or funny? The tone you use in communications is a major touchpoint that shapes perception.
  • Visual Identity: Logos, colour palettes, typeface or fonts, and other visual brand assets allow customers to recognize your brand instantly. Consistency is a key way to create a memorable brand. Build a style guide highlighting your brand fonts(these should be easy to read), and brand colours.
  • Personality: What are the human traits and characteristics associated with your brand? Is your brand reliable, innovative, and supportive?
  • Offering: Your products or services should align seamlessly with your identity. Offerings bring the identity to life.

When all these brand elements come together cohesively, you have a successful brand identity that customers can form clear associations with. But why does it matter so much? Let’s explore some of the core benefits further.

Take Coca Cola for instance: from the font and colours of their logo, to the sound of the fizz from the advert to the silhouette of the glass bottle on the shelves, these small yet significant details are entirely responsible for making them one of the most successful corporations in the world.

Benefits of a Strong Brand Identity


One of the biggest challenges for any business is standing out from the crowd. With a thoughtful brand identity design that taps into customer desires, you can effectively differentiate from competitors. If you stand for something unique that resonates, your business gains an edge.


Consistent visual identity assets like colour schemes, logos, and typography will help customers recognize your brand easily. Studies show it takes between 5-7 brand impressions for a customer to remember you. Make recognition easy through trademark visuals.

Trust and Loyalty

Over time, a strong identity that delivers on what it promises breeds trust and loyalty. Customers who identify with your brand story and experience will become repeat buyers and advocates – part of your brand. Your brand voice captures “who” your customers want to associate with.


A brand identity unites and aligns your entire organization around a common mission and values. Employees “live the brand” through training and culture. Externally, your identity brings cohesion across all touchpoints.

Emotional Connection

At its best, a brand identity forges an emotional bond between your business and customers. Emotion conveys decision-making, so a compelling identity taps into meaningful human desires for belonging achievement, or fulfilment.


The Process of Building a Successful Brand Identity

Great brand guidelines don’t happen overnight. It takes in-depth work to uncover your core differentiators and translate these into visual, verbal and experiential touchpoints that best represent your brand.

Here is an overview of the key phases:

Credibility and Trust

Research and Strategy

Start by thoroughly researching your business environment, customers, and competitors. Uncover key insights that will guide your identity and help you stand apart. Develop a brand strategy that summarizes what you stand for.

Brainstorming and Concept Development

Use your time and resources to research learnings to brainstorm creative concepts for your identity. Translate insights into potential visuals, taglines, and messaging frameworks. Explore different directions. Circle back to ensure concepts align with strategy.

Design and Implementation

With direction established, start designing key assets like logos, graphic elements, website UI, etc. Bring supporting identity elements like tone of voice to life through sample communications. When you begin to create a brand identity or brand image it can be handy to always remember the reasons behind why you started your company.

Execution and Management

Roll out your new identity across touchpoints. Train employees to understand the brand story and deliver consistent experiences. Build brand guidelines and put them in place to govern usage and maintain integrity over time. Track performance and refresh as needed.

Results of a Strong Brand Identity Design and Key Takeaways

Investing the time to develop a thoughtful brand identity delivers immense value. Here are some of the key business results you can expect:

  • Increased overall brand awareness and recognition
  • Improved customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advocacy
  • Ability to command higher prices and defend from competition
  • Stronger employee alignment and engagement
  • More influential and targeted marketing
  • Higher conversion rates across sales and marketing channels

In today’s world, brand identity is no longer optional,  its of the up most importance and really matters! To cut through the noise and connect with customers – and drive real results – taking control of your brand narrative has become indispensable. Treat your identity as a key long-term asset, and you’ll reap rewards for years to come.

For further help developing your brand identity, Print Stafford provides a comprehensive selection of printing services with full corporate branding and logo design including Brochures, Business Stationery, Advertising, Catalogues, Folded Leaflets and more. We have outlined some of the basic elements of brand identity and how to begin building a brand identity.

Embark on the journey of creating a powerful brand identity.

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