Ever wondered what the first Indian advertisement looked like? When Englishman James Augustus Hickey started making losses on his newspaper (India’s first) business in 1780, he resorted to advertising . The newspaper didn’t survive for long. But India was gifted a terrific new medium of communication. The first Indian ads mainly revolved around simple & direct messages. And featured a mailing address. Times have drastically changed since then.
Involve… don’t interfere:
When you hire some one to do a job, you need to have faith in them. If you don’t, your own skills of bringing them on board shall be questioned. To get the best out of your branding partner, It’s very important to work in sync with them. However, some times, we tend to forget that they know their job better. There is a very thin line between involvement and interference. And crossing that line would have implications on your brand. Remember, at the end of the day, your biggest asset is the brand; YOUR brand!
Promote one thing at a time:
It’s a known fact that your audience’s attention is short-lived. They are exposed to hundreds of ads every single day. It is not humanly possible for every creative communication to be out-of-the-box. But it is certainly possible to get your share of attention from every communication. All you need to do is prioritise one key message or information you wish to share with your audience. It’s time to de-clutter and focus on what you really need to say. Discuss this with your Branding Partner and they’d love to help you out with this.
Ego at bay, brand in sight:
Ego is a sign of weakness. And building a brand is not for the weak-hearted. Only when your ego is at bay, your brand will be in focus. Discuss, share, explore… but don’t exploit. A Branding Company comprises creative and sensitive people, who are excited about the work they do. It is this excitement that keeps them going. They like to add value to your brand. Working with them as a team adds to their excitement, and it can take your business ahead; beyond what you can imagine.
Feedback & Appreciation go hand-in-hand:
If you like something your Branding Company has done, it always pays to be vocal about it. It’s a know fact that creative people value honest appreciation more than anything else, even money at times. Nonetheless, we cannot deny the importance of feedback; constructive feedback. Picture this – if something goes wrong, don’t you make a huge fuss over it? But what makes you think a zillion times before you share a few words of appreciation when something goes great? It’s a myth that appreciation makes people complacent. In fact, it’s a proven way to get the best out of your branding partner.
Money can be a big spoiler:
Finally, we come to the last but not the least tip. Your Branding Partners are service providers, and they provide a very important service. Not clearing their dues on time doesn’t give a good picture of your brand to them. It’s a sure shot way of making sure that you don’t get the best out of your branding partner. Most importantly, what occupies maximum space in their head is the money you owe them. At the end of the day, every business needs money. And your Branding Partners are no different. By paying them on time, you’re actually helping your own brand. This way they’ll invest more time in developing your brand instead of following up with you for what you owe them.
Ready to get the best out of your branding partner?
These simple tips will take your business and association a long way. Every business needs great associations that would help them survive and make a difference. So, it’s not that very difficult to get the best out of your branding partner. Remember that nothing is built overnight. So, be patient and work closely with your Branding Partner, and get set to give your brand the edge it deserves.