“What’s the best way to go about rebranding, whether you’re changing your current business completely or adding a new direction?”
This question comes up a lot in masterminds and forums, but rarely gets attention in courses, videos and blog posts. Usually, the questioner seeks an answer to, “Do I need a new logo and color scheme?”
That’s a good question. But it’s more productive to begin with, “Do I need a new story?” followed by, “How will the story change my message?”
Prefer to listen? You can listen to my podcast episode, For A Successful Rebrand, Choose Your Story.
For example, a business owner I’ll call Louise had been quite successful in helping stay-at-home moms increase productivity as they juggle the demands of family and business. A business coach suggested she expand her business by targeting female corporate executives who are also juggling family and business.
After some research, Louise realized this new target could be quite lucrative. But she knew she needed to rebrand — and that meant a messaging makeover as well as a website makeover. She dreaded all the work involved.
When I worked with Louise, she originally expected to continue her brand with the Role Model story archetype. Role Models brand on their own experience with stories about their own struggles. Their message takes some form of, “I’m just like you. If I did this, you can too.”
That archetype worked well for Louise when she targeted stay-at-home moms. But she’d be relating differently to her new audience. For one thing, she’d never been a corporate executive.
For the new website, Louise needed copy that reflected the Educator archetype. That meant her website would focus on demonstrating her knowledge. Her blog posts and email marketing messages would include tips and information leading to “aha” moments. Her “how I got started” story would most likely be irrelevant; she’d use stories to showcase her successes and explain complex concepts.
If Louise had developed a program exclusively for her clients — something they couldn’t get anywhere else — she might have chosen the Innovator archetype. But the Educator seemed to be a good fit and Louise felt comfortable identifying as an Educator. She was excited to get going on the rebrand.
Of course, we went into considerably more depth (and descriptive details have been disguised because the real Louise is still in the exploratory stage). As often happens, finding her story archetype can simplify a tough marketing challenge. And once you’ve got your message, your logo and graphics will follow.
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