Your business’s brand lets you speak directly to your target audience and be seen and thought of in exactly the way you wish – it is the personality of your company and vital for business success. To create a positive image, collaboration is key.
By working with your employees to define and build your brand, you can create a strong and impactful approach for your organisation both internally and externally.
Why Is Collaboration Key For Building A Brand?
Working together as a team means improving how the team works – how it achieves deadlines and delivers to a high standard, how it solves problems and finds solutions.
The old saying ‘ together we can achieve a great deal but alone we struggle to achieve only a little’ is true when it comes to business too. To establish your brand, your company has to be united and work collaboratively on the project for it to be successful.
To build a brand that delivers the right message in the right way to your target audience, you need to adopt an inside-out approach. Be fully inclusive of all team members as well as fully engaged with all employees at every stage of the whole process.
Collaboration enables feedback and feedback is essential to start building a successful brand. By using external and internal data, you get to fully understand the starting point for your brand – where it is now and where it needs to be to have the perfect personality for your business. It is only when you’re open with staff and encourage their views that employees feel engaged with your organisation and know the role they have to play in the bigger picture to achieve the ultimate goal.
The greater the inclusion of employees, the greater the level of innovation and the ability to build an inclusive brand that communicates effectively with the target audience.
Why Does Working With Employees Lead To Innovative Brands?
Working with employees makes it possible to understand how the brand is seen from the inside, what it means to staff and how they feel about being part of the brand. It is vital to have these insights together with other information from external parties, as it ensures that the final version of the brand is able to deliver what is expected of it from everyone inside the business, outside customers and stakeholders alike.
Involving employees ensures they connect to the brand – this helps to create brand ambassadors that believe in the company’s vision and mission, and are able to spread the brand personality and values to others, influencing people’s views for the positive.
How Can You Achieve Effective Collaboration For A Positive Brand?
To achieve collaborative teamwork, you need to work with teams across your organisation to generate a complete picture of where your brand is currently and where you want it to be.
A good place to start is by giving employees a sense of ownership. By asking for feedback, employees will feel valued and more likely to engage with the business. To encourage honest opinions, you can use surveys and open discussions. Another good idea is to select a smaller group of employees from across the business, to participate in the entire branding process from start to finish – from the initial workshops through to the final brand proposals. Let the staff know you value their input and respect their views.
As you proceed along the branding process, encourage teams to share their thoughts on your intranet and other internal materials – it’s vital that your employees engage with the new branding and can relate to it, so all thoughts at every stage of the brand build are vital.
When you successfully include staff and encourage employee engagement, there will be more opportunities to celebrate successes and further fuel a positive brand for your business. You should celebrate any interesting stories where employees really take onboard the company values on your website or social media channels to strengthen your brand and boost its value in your target market.
When people feel valued, they are more committed to the business and inclined to work harder. By using collaborative teamwork to define and build your brand, you’ll unite your employees and create a positive and strong brand that is liked both internally and externally, contributing to the overall success of the business.
Author: Sara Poljak – Brand & Editorial Lead at RCCO (https://www.rcco.uk/) is a brand expert, with deep experience in strategy and activation for B2B and technology brands.