The Ultimate Guide to Brand Management

Mrignayni Pandey

Content strategist, and copywriter.
December 5, 2022

As your brand grows in size, it becomes increasingly challenging to set the right communication and personality. In this blog, we explore how you can manage your brand effectively from Day 1.

In a world where buying and decision-making processes are completed before customers arrive at your store or send you an inquiry (shoppers conduct online research before purchasing), brand management is more critical than ever. And there is no reason to believe that this will change in the future. 

However, building a brand is difficult, and marketers face many challenges regardless of brand size. 

The larger your brand, the more complex your target audience, and the greater the breadth of your communication and associated assets. 

But if you’re just getting started, you must communicate the value of branding to employees and stakeholders, set brand guidelines, and create a brand strategy from scratch. 

Further, brand management execution requires considerable time, budget, and resources, which add to the existing brand management challenges. 

This article will take you through the crucial aspects of brand management and how to build a successful brand management strategy for your organization. Here’s what’s covered in this article

What is brand management?

Simply put, brand management is managing your brand’s reputation in such a way that it attracts the loyalty of your target audience and helps build your brand awareness and equity. 

It’s different from branding, which involves mapping out brand needs and creating a brand. When done right, brand management can help you stand apart from the competition, charge more for your products and services, increase your revenue, and turn customers into super fans who advocate for your brand. 

But before putting together a brand management strategy, you need to understand its essential elements.

Elements of brand management 

A brand is composed of tangible and intangible components. The intangible components consist of aspects that extend beyond brand marketing and include all departments that interact with your customers or employees. Let’s look at some of these components below. 

In short, intangible brand management components mostly include elements that indirectly influence a brand impact and bottom-line.

On the other hand, tangible brand management components include brand assets and the brand asset management process, as these are the parts of your brand seen by the outside world. 

Brand assets are recognizable brand elements which help customers quickly identify a business. They include brand names, logos, color palettes, packaging, typography, mascots, and slogans. 

Brand asset management, as the name suggests, is the process of managing your organization’s brand assets. Here are some aspects of the brand asset management process: 

Now that we’ve understood the fundamental aspects of brand management, let’s look at how you can develop a brand management process.

How to build a strategic brand management process

Coming up with a brand management process is similar to constructing a house — you need to start with a solid foundation before you can start building your brand. 

So, we’ve divided the brand management process into different stages according to the different stages of brand building and outlined the steps you should take in each stage before coming up with a solid brand management process. 

Prior to brand launch

In this stage, your goal as a brand manager is to do a thorough analysis and establish what you want your brand to be. At this stage, you need to include external stakeholders, photographers, designers, and copywriters to create a strategy that is understood and approved by everyone involved in marketing and branding. Here’s how you do it. 

Launch your brand 

Now’s the time to get feedback on your process and measure its success. Let’s look at the steps this process involves:

Preserve your brand 

Here’s what you should do to nurture your brand while keeping up with market developments and client needs.

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5 tips to create a successful brand management process

Here are a few tips for creating a successful brand management process. 

Wrapping up 

Brand management helps you manage the brand reputation in such a way that attracts your target audience and enables you to build brand loyalty. 

However, this is easier said than done, as brand management comprises tangible and intangible components. 

But the above steps and tips should help you create a brand management strategy in every stage of your brand launch. 

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