A guideline to whether your brand needs a refresh or a facelift.
When was the last time you evaluated your brand? It’s probably time to do this again.
Your brand was probably awesome at one point, or at least it was pretty good. Does it still hold up, though? Here’s a quick glance guide to help you decide if it’s time for a refresh.
First of all, a brand refresh does not mean throwing out every aspect of your brand. There were reasons why you have made the decisions you have made up until this point and if your brand has stayed true to your company essence, but could use a mini makeover, then you are the perfect candidate for a brand refresh. Read on to find out if you can save yourself the giant overhaul of a rebrand and instead, bring your brand up to date with some key realignment practices.
Signs that you need a refresh
Outdated (has your brand evolved since its creation in 1995?)
Inconsistent application (of logo or tagline)
The business has fundamentally changed
The market has evolved
The business is about to expand, grow or tap into new markets
The messaging is disconnected - no one (internal or external) quite understands what the company does anymore
If the points listed above have spoken to you, the next step is to ask yourself why this has happened. What’s the reason behind the disconnect?
Has the company experienced any of the following:
A pivot in service offerings or products
Expansion and a splintering of sub-brands
Losing relevancy in the market among competitors
New ownership and/or leadership
It’s ok to admit there’s a problem, because behind that acknowledgement is the space for improvement. Now it’s time to find a solution and reap the many benefits of tackling this issue head-on.
Here’s why a brand refresh can be a quick solution with a big impact.
Benefits of a refresh
Not as dramatic as a full rebrand
Keep the existing brand equity
Better articulate who you and what you stand for
Capture the interest of a new audience
Attract investors and new talent
The key takeaway from a brand refresh should be to retain the essence of your brand while honing your message and imaging.