The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding
March 6, 2011 § 2 Comments
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Reis
The power of a brand is inversely proportional to its scope
A brand becomes stronger when you narrow its focus
The birth of a brand is achieved with publicity, not advertising
Once born, a brand needs advertising to stay healthy
5. THE WORD
A brand should strive to own a word in the mind of the consumer
The crucial ingredient in the success of any brand is its claim to authenticity
Quality is important, but brands are not built on quality alone
8. THE CATEGORY
A leading brand should promote the cateogry, not the brand
9. THE NAME
In the long run a brand is nothing more than a name.
The easiest way to destroy a brand is to put its name on everything
In order to build the category, a brand should welcome other brands
12. THE GENERIC
One of the fastest routes to failure is giving a brand a generic name
13. THE COMPANY
Brands are brands. Companies are companies. There is a difference
What branding builds, subbranding can destroy
There is a time and a place to launch a second brand
A brand’s logotype should be designed to fit the eyes. Both eyes.
A brand should use a color that is the opposite of its major competitor’s
There are no barriers to global branding. A brand should know no borders.
A brand is not built overnight. Success is measured in decades, not years.
Brands can be changed, but only infrequently and only very carefully
No brand will live forever. Euthanasia is often the best solution
The most important aspect of a brand is its single-mindedness