New Year, New You? Tips for Rebranding in 2018

Dec 29, 2017

The new year is approaching, and many of us are thinking of ways to get 2018 off to a great start. From New Year’s resolutions to lists of business goals, a fresh start is a great way to bring in big changes.

The new year can also be the right time for a change in brand identity. Many brands want a new look and feel from time to time for various reasons. What’s important for a successful rebranding is to make sure you do it right. Otherwise you face alienating your audience.

Here’s what you need to know for a successful rebranding.

Why Are You Rebranding?

Before you begin, it’s important to understand why you are rebranding so you know what your goals are. There are many reasons for an overhaul, and most rebranding arises out of a combination of factors.

For example, a merger might necessitate rebranding to bring everyone together. Or, repositioning your brand might be a great way to refocus your efforts and expand your audience. In some cases, rebranding can help a struggling brand move away from a bad reputation.

How Big Are You Going?

Are you scrapping everything and starting from scratch? Or simply trying to change your image a bit to reach new people or inspire a bored audience? A partial rebrand is perfect if you want to give your identity a facelift or modernize a bit. If a total transformation is what you’re after, make sure you spend enough time researching and planning to be sure your rebrand is successful.

Whether you’re going big or small, these are the common elements of a rebrand. Your efforts can include any or all of these:

  • Logo. This little image has to be worth the thousand words it will represent. Make sure you spend enough time creating your new logo and don’t be afraid to go against the safe choice.
  • New Name. Renaming doesn’t always have to be a part of your rebrand; it’s more common following an acquisition or merger.
  • New Marketing Strategy. Messaging is an essential component of any rebrand; how will you use messaging to connect with new and old customers?
  • Brand Story. All branding should be about telling a story. Is your rebrand telling a new story that needs to be created?
  • New Website. For some businesses, refreshing the look of the website is enough. However, implementing a new look is also a good time to infuse your infrastructure with new technology and upgrades.

What to Watch For

Not all rebrands are successful. To ensure your successful rebranding, avoid these three common mistakes:

  • Alienating Your Old Audience. Unless you’re completely changing your entire lineup of offerings, it’s essential to keep your old audience on board with big changes. Need an example? When the SciFi channel rebranded themselves as SyFy, their “nerdy” fan base was irritated by the dumbed-down spelling and look. In the end, it worked for the brand–but you might not be so lucky!
  • Unnecessary and Confusing Rebranding. Let’s go back to the beginning for a minute. Is your rebranding necessary? Consider the drama surrounding Gap’s rebranding in 2010. The new look lasted only 6 days before the company reverted to their old look–a $100 million mistake. Most experts agree that the rebranding wasn’t necessary and at best, it annoyed people.
  • Failing to Strategize. Your rebranding strategy is as important as the elements of the brand themselves. From having a plan to roll out a new look to getting your team on board with new messaging, goals, and promises, your strategy must include research, a timeline, goals, and realistic expectations.

Your Guide to Successful Rebranding

If it’s time for a rebrand, reach out to New Perspective. We can help with creative design aspects as well as developing an in-depth marketing plan to make sure your efforts pay off.

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