&Marketing Brand Guidelines
Brand Guidelines – Brand guidelines ensure consistency for logo, tagline, color palette, fonts, etc, across all formats – online, offline, packaging, in-store. This is usually a one-time project that may need updates from time to time. Note: Usually brand guidelines are put in place after a clear brand playbook has been completed (consumer research, value proposition, competitive differentiation, etc).
Options for Brand Guidelines
Below are three options for brand guides that could be developed to promote brand integrity and consistency. Options 2 and 3 include re-working existing packaging (if applicable) to ensure a consistent look and feel, which would require consumer or customer research as an input and messaging be done before beginning brand guidelines.
Option 1 – Essential Brand Guide (2 weeks):
This 3-5 page brand guide would contain:
- Logo guidelines
- Typography guidelines
- Color palette guidelines:
- For primary brand identity
- For any sub-brands
- Visual reference to current packaging of products for reference
Example: Gray Falkon
Option 2- Full Brand Guide (4-6 weeks):
This full brand guide would include both high-level branding (mission/tone/etc) elements, as well as guidelines for the application and use of your brand elements.
This 20-25 page Full Brand Guide would contain:
- Logo Use
- Colors Palette: Primary Brand, Packaging Colors for 2-3 variants
- Packaging for 2-3 variants
- Social Media Guidelines
Example: 2020 On-Site
Option 3 – Brand Bible (6-8 weeks):
This brand bible provides not only a roadmap to using your brand elements and maintaining brand integrity, but also includes a brand pyramid, messaging framework, and target audiences. This is a robust and exhaustive guide to promoting your brand.
This 30-35 page Band Bible would contain:
- Brand Pyramid
- Target Audience
- Messaging Framework
- Brand Assets:
- Photography & Illustration Guidelines
- Print & Packaging Guidelines:
- Ad Styles
- Digital Guidelines:
- Ads (Social & Google Ads)
- Social Media Guidelines
Example: Nearing Nirvana
Appendix: Doing Business with &Marketing (How we work)
- Our client support system is led by a marketing manager who acts as the “single point of contact” (SPOC) for a team of specialists whose expertise can be accessed on an ‘as needed’ basis.
- Most engagements (but not all) begin with some sort of “up front” work to complete strategy work (research, segmentation, value proposition development), set up measurement systems, upgrade branding or web assets, establish marketing calendars, begin ad tests, etc; this is usually on a ‘project’ basis.
- For monthly engagements, we agree upon a monthly budget range up front and a set of deliverables. This allows client work to be done consistently while allowing our team predictable work. If things need to be added, removed, or changed, we communicate openly during our periodic (biweekly or monthly) working sessions. Additional work can be added on an hourly or project basis, and we transparently provide all backup information.
- During these working sessions we catch up on all workstreams (current and anticipated), receive approval, make changes as needed, and align on next steps. We also proactively advise if we are on or off track (budget or deliverables). If we anticipate that we will exceed the monthly budget, we’ll decide together whether to pause the work, exceed the budget, or have our clients take the work ‘in-house’. We do this for a few reasons:
1: We believe in full transparency – you should know what your marketing budget is being spent on – no hidden stuff or surprises.
2: We know you need flexibility – we know things change in a small business, because we are one too.
3: We want to grow with you so when we’re all successful and you need more help, you’ll stay with us.
4: We want you to be fans of ours and tell others – pretty much 100% of our business comes through referrals.
Examples of this approach in action:
- B2C Case Study showing this approach focused on consumer awareness, influencer marketing, and eCommerce growth
- B2B startup content + lead generation – we did a mix of lead generation activities for a startup called “Gray Falkon,” including an outbound email & call program supporting an e-book
- B2B Engineering Consultancy – we acted as their outsourced marketing department for an Engineering company and provided a full suite of services, and integrated their existing marketing resource into the team
- B2C & B2B Services company – we focused on content, inbound lead generation, and reporting & metrics