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The 5 laws of nonprofit branding

For my final posts this year, I’m featuring some of my favorite interviews on marketing from my book, Robin Hood Marketing. Today, I quote five laws on branding from my talk with Raphael Bemporad of BBMG.

We’ve found that most successful organizations follow five laws of branding.

1. First is the law of the word. Own a word in the mind of your audience that differentiates your organization from all others. It must be a clear, simple word that no one else owns.

2. Second is the law of focus. The power of a brand is inversely proportional to its scope. Identify the one thing you do better than anyone else, and focus your brand on that unique value proposition.

3. Third is the law of leadership. Successful organizations are perceived as being the leaders at what they do. How can your organization be the first to develop a unique approach or service? What is the category in which you can uniquely claim leadership?

4. Fourth is the law of authenticity. Does your brand truly reflect who you are and what you do? Is it relevant to your clients and the community they you serve? Do you walk your talk? Authenticity is the proof behind your promise.

5. Fifth is the law of consistency. Trends come and go, but brands should stay the same. A brand cannot get into the mind of your audience unless it is communicated clearly and consistently over time.

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