Jadine van Breda | Head of Strategy at hoola Modern Agency

Developing the blueprint for your brand, a must for success

Businesses that do not have a strong brand blueprint should rethink the ways in which they are currently marketing their products or services to their target market, as their long-term success ultimately depends on it.

According to Head of Strategy at hoola Modern Agency, Jadine van Breda, a brand’s blueprint, which is developed during the brand development phase, helps to guide brands and show them how they would act or respond in certain situations, which topics, products or services they would likely endorse, what platforms they would need to be active on, the tone in which they would speak to their target audiences, and the kinds of things they would say.

“Essentially, during this development phase you’re giving your brand a personality, so it can stand out from its competitors, and the blueprint is a plan you can refer back to, to ensure that the brand hasn’t lost its way,” said Van Breda.

It should then be concerning to note that many companies overlook this important step when they begin their marketing process, or end up with something that just does not speak to their overall business objectives.

“If you don’t know who you are, how would you know how to act? You can’t be everything to everyone, so knowing who your brand is not, is also helpful in guiding the life of the brand.”

When it comes to developing a brand for their clients, hoola takes a ‘business leads brand’ approach.

“No one is going to spend money if they aren’t going to make money from it; business and brand need to work together closely to create real value and success.

“To understand and support the business goals through the brand, we as an agency place great emphasis on listening to our clients in order to gain a deeper understanding of what their actual needs are.”

Van Breda highlights the agency’s focus on “really listening” to clients as a major differentiating factor between hoola and other agencies. The insights gained through those conversations empower them as an agency to develop a solid foundation for a brand, which is key for consistency and strengthening the brand equity, and therefore, the client’s business in the process.

Taking a brand to market for the first time can be a daunting prospect. However, Van Breda believed that hoola’s brand development process allowed their clients to feel confident in the work they have produced.

“We know a brand is ready to launch when it’s been based on thorough research and testing, and it clearly stands out amongst others without overlapping, because it looks, sounds and feels fresh.

“And, of course, when clients get goosebumps, dance around the boardroom with joy or shout “YES!” when we reveal their new brand – we know we’ve got a winner!”