14 Industry Leaders Deliver Branding Truisms in Vocus   Branding Rules  eBook

Renowned strategists from some of America s most loved brands provide branding principles illustrated by Gapingvoid

Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: VOCS), a leading provider of cloud-based marketing and public relations software, today released  Branding Rules,  an eBook that captures branding principles from 14 industry leaders, with illustrations by renowned cartoonist Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid.

Branding strategists from some of today s most well-known brands like The American Red Cross and charity: water, as well as industry leaders, including Laura Ries, Shel Israel, Scott Monty, C.C. Chapman and Chris Brogan, were all asked one question,  If you could impart only one piece of branding advice, what would it be?  The answers were as varied as the backgrounds of the people asked. Their advice sometimes included tactical measures; other times, it simply recommended a certain perspective toward branding itself or toward the people who receive the marketing message.

A sampling of the branding  rules  includes:

  •  The brand has to be rooted in your values and your corporate  reason for being.  
     It is not your product, service or logo, though those are important components, it is the need that the product serves coupled with the values you stand for.   American Red Cross  Vice President Selma Bouhl and Director of Brand Marketing Seth Spiro.
  •  Narrow your focus. 
     To be successful at building a brand, you need to think as narrowly as possible. And you need to stay as narrowly focused as possible to keep that brand strong. Want to expand? Launch a new brand that s focused.    Ries & Ries President Laura Ries
  •  Inspiration is the most important part of your digital strategy. 
     At charity: water, we devote resources (especially time and passionate energy) to creating content that win the hearts and minds of our supporters and turn them into enthusiastic advocates. We’re constantly asking ourselves: How can we make our supporters feel inspired?    charity: water Director, Digital Paull Young
  •  Make and keep commitments. 
     My number one piece of advice on branding is  make and keep commitments.  It s really the best brand advice for any human. Every time I run afoul of it, I fail.    Human Business Works CEO and President Chris Brogan

 This eBook gives marketers insights from some of today s most savvy branding experts, empowering them to refine and improve their companies  brands  said Vocus Chief Marketing Officer You Mon Tsang.  A brand is much larger than a logo or tagline. It s the customers  opinion of a company, and that makes branding a very nebulous concept for many people. Without a strong brand, all other marketing initiatives fall apart. 

Marketers know that branding is their secret sauce. Although it can be difficult to define, it is a large component of marketing success. A brand is an accumulation of all the thinking, positioning, brainstorming and planning needed to create a relevant experience that connects with prospects and customers.  Branding Rules  defines branding success for marketers in succinct rules to follow every day, illustrated by interesting cartoons by Gapingvoid, a company made famous for its illustrations for TechCrunch, Cisco and Intel.

The  Branding Rules  eBook is available for free download here.

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