Have you ever wondered how to execute your brand refresh mindfully?
It can be hard to keep up with all the feedback, different opinions and thoughts on your visual brand identity. That's why I created Verô's Track & Tweak™, a tool that will help you stay organized and mindful as you make changes to your brand and plan for a brand refresh!
One of the main reasons I created this tool is because with the technology we have today, it's so easy to change anything design-related in an instant. We become reactive to execute a brand refresh right away by following market trends and other companies without thinking about a brand refresh strategy that can help build a strong brand in the long term.
You may find yourself on Canva way too much, and that can lead to burnout. Burnout for any new brand right off the get-go (or at any point, really) is a bad idea. So let me help you make your brand refresh more mindfully and avoid any unnecessary stress.
Ready to know what your brand identity needs for a successful brand refresh? Let's get started.
1. Why should you track your branding?
2. How to start the brand refresh process?
3. How does the tracking work for your brand refresh?
4. 3 crucial elements to keep in mind while tracking.
5. How to refresh your brand identity.
6. Track monthly. Tweak seasonally.
7. The difference between rebranding and refresh.
8. Next steps.
Tracking your visual identity has way more power than it sounds.
As with anything visual, we tend to opt into personal preference–nothing wrong with that. The only issue is that when you're building a brand for your customers (so that you can help and support them and in turn build a strong business), personal preference only goes so far.
When you build a new brand for your clients and customers with compassion then, you not only build a strong visual identity but you also stand out in the market space because you're an active listener. This allows your new brand to stay relevant and up to date and your customers to truly feel part of it.
Either way, how will you know if your brand identity is really working other than gathering feedback?
By tracking your visual identity to make your brand refresh process unmistakable!
A successful rebranding strategy or brand refresh requires you to know your target audience and what's working or not in your current brand.
Even if your existing brand equity (the worth of your brand in and of itself, for example, the social value of a well-known brand name.) isn't well established yet, turning your focus to your target audience and potential customers will help you in your brand refresh or rebranding process.
Simply by being conscious of your current marketplace, existing brand visuals and what your brand image conveys to your target audience can lead you to brand new insights of your new competitive edge, brand positioning, and even new brand elements that you wouldn't have thought of otherwise.
It's like you're co-creating with your best friends!
So, no matter where you are in your brand refresh strategy, tracking what your dream clients and customers are saying about your brand is the first step.
Once you have your branding in place, capture any feedback you've received from your target audience and dream clients into a dedicated database. It will compile it into a document and track any tweaks that need to be made for your brand refresh. This will help keep you accountable and ensure that your brand is staying true to its brand strategy and original vision!
The Track & Tweak™ tool by Verô helps you improve your brand's design and supports you to keep track of all the important feedback from new customers and existing customers. This is all about making your brand refresh a mindful and joyful experience.
While friends and family members' feedback is appreciated (thanks mom!), you want to be careful about who you take design feedback from. Try and stick to people that you know are ideal clients or new customers for your small business, even if your business fits within a groundbreaking new market. Your customer's perception is what counts for your brand refresh efforts, otherwise you might find yourself looking for market trends and I know your brand deserves way more than that.
So, just keep in mind the kind of audience you'll be accepting feedback from and make an effort to note only the ones that are relevant to your brand. It's ok to be selective! Remember, you're building a brand for your audience first.
You'll be surprised by how people react to your visual elements. What was their favorite thing about your design or current brand?
Note those "love notes" down so that you know what to do more of, this will help you create a strong brand. This follows the 80/20 Pareto's rule – 20% of what you do will result in 80% of the results.
For your brand refresh, this means a clear anchor point to know what exactly to do for your next visual creation.
Maybe something you created and thought would be ideal for your audience didn't quite hit the mark. What were some specific comments that people had about the design or branding? And, are you willing to let it go?
Remember: Not failure, just feedback!
There are always going to be people that don't resonate with your brand. That's okay! (Seriously, even Mother Theresa had non-admirers.)
Just remember not to take any feedback too personally and always ask why they may not have liked it without being attached to it. It could be something as simple as the color palette you chose isn't contrasting enough or how you positioned your new logo. Oftentimes, it has nothing to do with you or the quality of your work. So, take it with gratitude and with a grain of salt.
P.S. Still figuring out your brand colors? Check out this article.
Now that you've gathered all this feedback, it's time to take action, let the brand refresh process begin! Compile your brand audit, implement the changes that have been suggested and track how your branding is being received. Use this data to continue tweaking and perfecting your branding, marketing materials and website design until you're confident in its final form.
But please, don't do it every other day or often because it will lead you to lots of unhealthy choices. Like skipping your meditation when you know it's important or eating way too much chocolate in one day or something like that–that's burnout.
Whenever you think about a brand refresh for your visual branding, creating new marketing materials or a personal makeover, plan for it mindfully not reactively. Your brand refresh strategy should simply be gathering the feedback, assessing the data and then following my rule of thumb once a quarter.
It's a good idea to track your visual branding and designs monthly – that way you have an idea on what kinds of changes you'd like to make seasonally. Especially if your business falls within a new market, learning all about your audience is a must!
For example, if you're noticing that people aren't resonating with your current color palette for a few consecutive months, plan a color refresh next season. Or, if any of any brand elements in your style guide are getting lost in the sea of the internet noise, then see how you can simplify them next season. Think of it as your brand's own competitive analysis, compared to your old brand.
Similarly to building a profitable business, all it takes is a little bit of patience, open ears to observe your audience, a good tracking system to note all your insights and then a specific date for your brand audit and brand refresh execution.
You got this!
Making sure you follow the same rules and guides for your website design: note down which pages are most popular and which are beginning to gather spider webs. Track where people are scrolling through or scrolling past.
Go back to your website brand messaging, is it still relevant? Is your brand voice still authentic to you? Those are all small things that make a big difference in your user's experience (how people feel and act when navigating through your site).
It shouldn't take you more than an afternoon to analyze all the data and brainstorm a game plan for your website and brand refresh.
Some tools I absolutely love and highly recommend to all of my clients: Google Analytics, Google Search Console and Hotjar.
Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of tweaking and the design feedback will be resolved. Follow my rule of thumb below and go full force with your brand update.
However, if there are more changes that need to be made and your branding efforts aren't striking a chord with your customer base, then it might be time for a rebrand!
Rebrands mean starting from scratch and having your brand look completely different so that everything aligns with your ideal vision and target audience.
It may sound intimidating at first but trust me when I say... It'll help prevent stress down the road! If you are wondering if it's time for a rebrand or if you'd like to know the difference between a brand refresh vs rebrand, check out this blog post.
So there you have it – my top tips on how to gather and track feedback for branding productivity and a successful brand refresh! I hope this blog post has been helpful and given you some ideas on how to improve your small business' branding.
Keep track of all this feedback and make changes accordingly. You'll soon see a huge difference in how your branding is perceived by others! And who knows, maybe one day you'll be receiving requests for branding consultations from friends and family members! 🙂
I hope this article has helped give you some insight on how to keep track of feedback for your branding productivity. So go ahead and give it a try!
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