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Branding, Schmanding: What's in a Name?

April 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 94

We hear them all the time and recognize them. Some evoke an emotion, maybe a smile or laughter. What are they? They are slogans, which are subsets of brands and they are some of the key concepts that most marketers will encourage you to create. But there are many misconceptions about what a brand actually is and their importance in your business. Specifically let's talk about slogans, and the ones that stick with you and the majority that do not.

If I shared the following tag lines, which would you identify and possibly evoke some thoughts or feelings?:

  • "Got Milk"
  • "Just do it"
  • "The ultimate driving machine"

Some of these have been around for decades and others are more recent, but as much money as companies and advertisers spend on creating these tag lines and inscribing them into your brain, most never stick. History has proven that it takes lots of repetition for anything to resonate with you and for Big Brands it can take thousands of exposures over years to really become part of your brainwashing. And that really is what it is. By the way, the #1 winner in the above list is "Just do it" which 58% will identify with Nike.

As a general rule the shorter the slogan, the better, so keep that in mind if you are creating one for you or for your company. Human beings generally have a very poor retention and generally can't recall a 7-digit number if you ask them to repeat it back. At one time we had dozens of phone numbers in our heads, but now they are in our phones. Many of us do not even know our best friend's and most frequently called numbers! And that is getting worse in this over saturated, over stimulated world we live in.

The take away here is that if you try to play in the Big Leagues it may be more frustrating than not. Some of the slogans that I grew up with and remember as a child I can recall immediately. They will in some cases recall younger days, simpler times or even using that product. Morton Salt says "When it rains, it pours," and even though we have no idea what that means we probably visualize that drawing of the young girl under the umbrella. Right? It's been around for 101 years so it certainly has legs.

Cal State Fullerton professor Dr. Chiranjeev Kohli has some great material on line if you'd like to dig deeper. The conclusion he reached: shorter slogans will have substantially better retentive power and can last over five years longer. His advice is "don't get too creative. Be descriptive and once you have a slogan, stick with it."

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