WHAT THE HELL IS STRATEGIC BRANDING ANYWAY?
The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Small Business into a Sharply-focused Brand Your Customers Will Want to Return to Again and Again
FREE 75-page guide to strategic branding for small businesses
Learn why your business needs to be a brand
Discover what a brand strategy is and how to create one
Understand the difference between branding and marketing
what each step is
why it’s essential to building your brand
what it covers
how you’ll use it
detailed instructions, exercises and real-world examples
Learn what it means to specialize in small business branding
Find out what to look for when working with an agency or consultant
"When I say 'branding', most people think of a logo or a famous brand name. They don’t actually fully understand what branding is, how deep it runs or how essential it is to the long-term success of even the smallest company in the most obscure niche. That's what inspired me to write this guide. I want to help small businesses understand that branding is the thing that will separate your small business from the pack and set it up for long-term success."
– Brian Fleming
CEO & Founder of Mongrel
WHAT STRATEGIC BRANDING WILL DO FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
Strategic branding means building and positioning your small business brand in a systematic and strategic way with specific goals in mind, executing your brand according to a strategic plan designed to meet your goals and communicating your effectively and consistently to your target customers.
Understand what your brand is about
Define what exactly your brand stands for and why people should care about it, what problem it solves for whom and how it’s different from other brands.
Build your brand with directed purpose
Clarify, direct and focus your branding in the most advantageous way possible, based on your brand’s vision, value, benefits, target analysis and positioning.
Execute your brand for maximum effect
Create a clear, comprehensive and detailed action plan for marketing your brand to potential customers in a way that connects with them emotionally.
WHAT SOME OF OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
"Brian is a true star! He was able to zone in on the most important ideas in my head. It was like I did 80% of the work to express only 20% of the idea, while he did the remaining 20% of the work to add the other 80% of the idea and realize its full potential!"
"Brian's strengths are his big strategic and creative ideas, holistic perspective and customer-centric thinking married to a keen stylistic sense and an unfailing ability to cut to the meat of the matter."
CEO Present With Power
"Brian has an automatic sense for the big picture and how the details fit – or don’t fit – within it. He sees clearly through an idea to its core expression and then focuses and executes that expression with creative thought and style."
THE MONGREL METHOD
Created by Mongrel Strategic Branding & Marketing, the MONGREL METHOD is a comprehensive 10-step system for strategically developing brands and brand activation strategies for small businesses. Each of the ten steps is designed to build on the previous steps.
By working through the steps, you'll not only build your brand and create a purposeful activation strategy, but will also gain essential clarity and insight into every aspect of your brand.
Define vision, values, purpose, promise, emotions and perception
Create core offer – define problem it solves, how and for whom
Define core features, direct benefits and ultimate benefits
Research competition and conduct keyword analysis
Research target customers and create customer profiles
Determine and develop positioning strategy
Define brand personality, core message and voice
Create unique value proposition and unique sales proposition
Create visual identity, incl. logo and style guide
Develop brand activation and execution strategy
WHO THE HELL IS
As a strategic branding and marketing agency especially for small businesses, startups and solopreneurs, we build brands from start to finish and everything in between using our specially designed MONGREL METHOD.
Small business priorities
Small business strategies
Small business budgets
It wasn’t so long ago that Mongrel was just one person working out of a co-working space with a vision of helping other small businesses bring their own unique stories to life and help them achieve their business goals.
That vision has turned into a tight team of creative directors, strategists, copywriters and art directors with decades of experience serving the marketing and advertising needs of large multi-national corporate clients.
Except, instead of serving, we decided we wanted to start helping by putting our years of experience to a more satisfying and meaningful use helping small businesses make their mark. And that’s made all the difference.
To learn more about Mongrel or to speak with someone directly about how Mongrel can help you build and market your small business brand, please visit www.mongrelstrategic.com
Get to the heart of your brand
Dig deep into the heart of your brand to define its core values, focus its vision and tell its unique story in a way that connects viscerally with your audience.
Connect with your customers
Bring your brand's values, voice and story to life by creating concepts with clear, impactful messaging that customers will notice, remember and return to.
Outshine your competition
Make sure you stand out from the crowd by standing for something that matters to your customers – so you can rise to the top of your market and make a lasting difference.