Understanding Brand Equity

Brand Execution

January 29, 2024

Understanding Brand Equity

Brand Execution
Like any industry, in the business world, there are a lot of terms that can be confusing if you are not familiar with them. Today, we are diving into what brand equity is, how to build it, and why it matters to your company. 

The textbook definition of brand equity is the 'value that customers perceive of your brand.' Unfortunately, even if your team creates a wonderful product, but does not connect with the right people, you will not see the success you want. Having a brand that is strategically positioned to connect with the right people and adheres to your brand promises will help you increase your brand equity and profit.

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January 29, 2024

Understanding Brand Equity

Brand Execution
Like any industry, in the business world, there are a lot of terms that can be confusing if you are not familiar with them. Today, we are diving into what brand equity is, how to build it, and why it matters to your company. 

The textbook definition of brand equity is the 'value that customers perceive of your brand.' Unfortunately, even if your team creates a wonderful product, but does not connect with the right people, you will not see the success you want. Having a brand that is strategically positioned to connect with the right people and adheres to your brand promises will help you increase your brand equity and profit.

Common Misconceptions about Brand Equity 

When it comes to brand equity, there are two common misconceptions. 

First, brand equity is the same as [than brand awareness. Take a second and think about every restaurant in your area. How many of those restaurants would you say you are loyal to? Probably not all of them. Just because someone is aware of your brand does not mean they are loyal. Awareness is one of the foundational ingredients to building brand equity, but it is not the end all be all.

And the second, more common misconception is that brand equity happens overnight. Building brand equity takes time, hard work, and consistency. 

How to build Brand Equity:

Brand Strategy

The first step in building brand equity is defining your brand through brand strategy. Your brand strategy should be able to answer the following questions: 

  • Who are you?
  • Who are your customers?
  • Why do they care?  

By centering your brand on strategy and knowing the above questions, you can create a brand that will last and connect with your customers. Learn more about what makes up brand strategy here.  

Brand Identity 

What most people picture when they think of branding are the visual components of your brand’s identity. Assets like logos, patterns, and photography, are key parts of building how the community perceives your business. Instead of making decisions based on how something looks, at Hardy, we develop brand identities that strengthen the strategy. 

For companies going through a brand refresh, it is always a good idea to survey current customers to get a pulse on the brand equity that already exists.  

For example, with Ghost Town Coffee, we learned that customers connect the lantern and the color orange to the brand. We leveraged this existing equity and updated the orange and lantern to feel more on strategy. The Ghost Town Coffee brand now feels as high-quality as their coffee and strengthens existing connections. 

For companies that are new, it is perfectly normal for brand equity to not exist, but it is imperative that the strategy be laser-focused to build a solid foundation that will eventually be used to build brand equity. 

Brand Execution

After defining your brand, it is time to bring it to market. Brand Execution is every touchpoint a consumer could interact with your brand, this can range from your employee onboarding process to traditional marketing. We recommend considering every single one of these touchpoints and making sure everything feels cohesive and on-brand. By keeping your brand strategy in mind, your company is set up to make authentic connections with your customers and build brand equity.

Continually Keep a Pulse 

The success of your brand goes beyond just your sales. Do not get us wrong - your monetary success is very critical to the success of your business. However, it is important to not become tunnel-visioned. Perception is reality. Often how your customers perceive your company directly impacts sales. If your sales are down, it might be because your brand is not fulfilling its promises to your customers, so it is vital to keep a pulse on both internal and external audiences’ perceptions and/or experiences with the brand to ensure you are meeting (or even better, exceeding!) expectations. 

Want to get started but do not know where to begin?

Give us a call, the Hardy team wants to help. 

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