Shopping today is more accessible, convenient, and speedy than ever before, thanks to increasingly innovative online and in-person channels. But with brands saturating every space—from billboards to social media—how do you ensure that you stand out? The key is branding, or the distinct identity of your business.
Statistics find that having a consistent brand identity can increase revenue by up to 23% and that 55% of customers are more likely to buy a product if they love a brand’s story. While these benefits are substantial, fostering your brand image requires highly specialized skills. And to harness these, your business needs to partner with an experienced brand manager.
What does a brand manager do?
A brand manager is crucial for every business since they ensure that all your products or services follow a running theme and identity that resonates with and appeals to your customers. The brand manager’s responsibilities include monitoring marketing trends and being vigilant about other competitor products in the marketplace. They develop, implement, and execute marketing initiatives and activities and coordinate with clients, senior management, and junior marketers to oversee all branding-related operations. A skilled brand manager can help you create a strong and consistent brand that solidifies your business’s identity in consumers’ consciousness.
Why is a brand manager vital for your company?
They can streamline branding operations
Branding is more complex than marketing individual projects. Ultimately, every effort should cohere with your brand identity—from the conceptualization of products and services to its execution and marketing. To illustrate, Coca-Cola has cemented its brand in public consciousness worldwide by contextualizing promotions in the regions they’re aired to resonate with the target market. However, an initiative like this requires strong collaboration throughout the company to ensure cohesion. A brand manager can be crucial since they direct the visual and messaging guidelines and facilitate inter-department collaboration. This streamlines branding operations so they all work toward a consistent brand identity.
They set your brand apart from the competition
An experienced brand manager knows which aspects of your product can appeal to customers owing to up-to-date insights on industry trends. As such, they can highlight unique and positive features that emphasize your band’s selling points and make it stand out. You can see this in Apple’s marketing: the tech giant specifically highlights the privacy features of its voice assistant, Siri, to set it apart from competitor brands that sell consumer data to improve algorithms that address common customer pain points. Likewise, a brand manager can help you identify and market your offerings’ unique offerings to establish authenticity and simplicity while elegantly setting you apart from top brands.
They elevate your online presence to boost your brand
Your online presence is crucial to elevating your brand since websites, mobile apps, and social media focusing on aesthetics, functionality, and quality content can invite trust. For example, Sephora’s e-commerce sales grew from $580 million to $3 billion from 2016 to 2022 thanks to its digital marketing strategies involving partnerships with influencers and user-generated content that heightened its visibility and credibility. Brand managers can help with this, too, since they boost your branding efforts by using the right digital tools to elevate your online presence. They use content management systems to manage and publish high-quality content across all channels and improve your website’s SEO to make you more visible. In doing so, they make you more accessible and consistent, helping solidify customer trust.
In today’s fast-paced world, your brand needs to stand out to succeed. With the help of a brand manager, you can set yourself apart from the competition with the latest strategies.
Article exclusively submitted to BLU DRAGONFLY
Written by Rae Jessa