Complementary Therapy – What does a brand do?
A good brand communicates a message and values via a broad range of:
· Uniforms (remember the orange Easy Jet ones, or maybe the BA ones?)
· Adverts e.g. the award winning Guinness surfing campaign
· Digital media
A brand that is effective is embedded in the social consciousness and is underpinned by a central message or concept rather than purely a badge, logo or colour scheme. It is a mixture of elements that pull together.
The term ‘Brand’ can be used in so many different contexts and terms such as:
· Brand name
· Brand image
· Brand identity
· Brand awareness
· Brand loyalty
· Brand positioning
to name a few….
So without getting too technical I would describe a brand as:
‘A mixture of associations, experiences and symbols that are all connected with an individual, service or seller/s.’
A brand helps you identify a particular philosophy, product, person, or organisation apart from the crowd. When you have a good brand it isn’t just about ensuring that your target market selects you over and above the competition, it is actually about making sure your target market see you as the one therapist or practitioner who is able to deliver a particular solution to a particular problem.
How Can A Brand Help?
If you are able to effectively brand your practice and services then you will:
· Ensure your potential clients understand your philosophy and approach
· Re-enforce your credibility, standards and ethics
· Motivate potential clients (buyers) to contact you
· Create user loyalty and positive word of mouth
The basic idea behind successfully branding your complementary therapy practice is to build a solid identity that the public will:
· Identify with
· Fall in love with