“Branding is not only about ubiquity, visibility, and functions; it is about bonding emotionally with people in their daily life. Only when a product or a service kindles an emotional dialogue with the consumer, can this product of service qualify to be a brand.” –Marc Gobe, Emotionally Branding
Marc Gobe wrote the book Emotional Branding in 2002 and it has completely changed my view of branding in the personal and professional world. The quote listed above is one of my favorites from the book because of the focus on an emotional dialogue. Personal and professional branding is driven around the idea of an emotional dialogue…bonding with people in their daily lives.
Dialogue is built off the idea of a conversation. Its everyday basis and counterpart is a conversational exchange between two or more people. How do you apply tactics to your overall brand to connect in emotional conversations?
Stories are the basic fundamentals of every brand. There is always a story behind why a company was formed or why an author wrote a best selling book. There are stories behind speakers and consultants… and stories behind their clients.
Brands are hundreds of stories combined to form one universal message… one conversational tone.
This is the story that drives you beyond the competition… these are the stories that push ubiquity, visibility, and function.
People remember stories above all else
Have you created your story? Have you developed your emotional connection?
Now is the time…
Kyle writes a regular blog at KyleLacy.com and is founder and CEO of Brandswag, a social media strategy and training company. His blog has been featured on Wall Street Journal’s website and Read Write Web’s daily blog journal. Recently, Kyle was voted as one of the top 150 social media blogs in the world (on two websites), and produces regular keynote speeches across the Midwest. He also just finished writing Twitter Marketing for Dummies by Wiley Publishing.