If asked to narrate the history of your brand, would you be able to walk prospects through your timeline without skipping a vital detail? Have you ever really taken quality time to ponder on your brand’s story? Do you have an archive dedicated to keeping record of your brand’s progress? There are numerous questions pertaining to proper documentation of an organisation’s history that most founders hardly consider.
In researching different brands for our weekly ‘brand review’ column, we discovered a trait common among over 70% Nigerian based brands, poor documentation of their history. While surfing most of their websites for relevant information related to the general structure of their organisation – brand history, core values, vision and mission statements, brand culture, etc – we found too little or no helpful information. Some business owners may consider the information as private and never see the need to share with outsiders, maybe they fear being copied by opponents, or they simply lack the skill of tracking progress.
In contrast to this norm, we also observed a common practice among most foreign-based companies with branches all over the world; they have a keen interest in history. They could dedicate a whole page on their website to their company’s journey that they update regularly whenever the company accomplishes a milestone. Occasionally they boast of their history being their heritage and often urge prospective clients to study their different timelines in order to get a clearer prospective of the company.
Asides this historical approach by great brands being beneficial to strangers, staff are daily reminded of the company’s history as well. They believe having a firm understanding of the past would inform present decisions that would in turn reform the organisation’s future. To them, every milestone is a dot that connects and leads them to their desired future.
The basic essence of creating an accessible rich historical archive for your company is to gain more connection. The more people, both customers and staff, understand and connect with your brand’s story, it makes it more likely for them to stick around much longer. Studies have shown that most brands with in-depth history tend to last longer as they continue to strive to live up the legacy left by their founders. These companies seek different avenues to introduce an innovative idea as a means of staying relevant.
Apple Incorporation is a perfect example of a company with a detailed historic background which is cherished by every employee. From when it was founded in 1976, by Steve Jobs and his partner Steve Wozniak, the company continues to thrive in the world of technology. Despite the death of its founder, Steve, the company with relentless effort towards innovation runs with the same vision but with an improved and modern sight.
When you begin to see your business as an entity of its own, that its progress needs to be recorded per milestone, you evolve your business into one that should indeed be taken seriously. It is not enough to wish for a brand that will outlive you; you must make steps towards documenting every stage of the business with new improvements, as this would eventually form the company’s legacy over time. Start writing your history today!
Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi
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One brand that has gained dominance as a personal grooming product in different continents of the world is Gillette. The brand’s stability and clearly defined brand proposition has added to its uniqueness. There are so many lessons to glean from this top brand.
Join us and let’s take a tour into the Gillette world…
HISTORY OF THE BRAND
In 1895, Gillette King, a successful travel sales man got irritated by the fact that his shaving blade frequently became blunt and needed regular sharpening. So, he thought of designing a new type of razor which could be quickly used and replaced regularly. He pictured a shaving stick with a handle, having a disposable double-edged blade that could be used and reused until it was dull. And so, he got to work on his idea, drawing different designs and models of safety razors for six good years afterwards.
Finally, on the 28th of September 1901, Gillette founded the American Safety Razor Company which he later changed to Gillette Safety Razor Company in July of the following year. He obtained his company’s trademark registration and began production in 1903 were he sold 51 razors and 168 blades.
Spurred by successes in sales, Gillette introduced the “new improved” Gillette razor superseding and replacing the old-style razor – the silver Brownie razor in 1921. Further witnessing a series of expansion and growth, 68 years later Gillette developed the Sensor Shaving System which had thinner blades and better features. This caused sales to rise as this brand appealed to consumers and thus the Lady Sensor followed shortly.
With further research, marketing strategy, and expansion, a major innovation was introduced in 1998 to drive sales further up. The MACH 3, so called, had a third blade and its blades were set at an angle that made shaving easier with fewer strokes giving a smoother and comfortable feel.
Surviving, three takeover attempts, the company continued to grow and expand into various brands such as the Bic pen, Duracell batteries, Oral-B and other toiletries. Finally, on October 1st 2005, Gillette and Procter & Gamble merged companies. This ended the existence of Gillette Company as a business entity but culminated in creating the biggest brand in personal grooming and house care products in the world.
THE BRAND VISION
To build total brand value by innovating to deliver consumer value and customer leadership faster, better and more completely than our competition.
THE MISSION STATEMENT
A globally focused consumer products marketer that seeks competitive advantage in quality, value-added personal car and personal use products.
Gillette offers a wide range of products such as 2,3,5- bladed disposable razors, trimmers and blades, shave preps like foams, shave gels, shave lotions, after-shave balms and personal care products which includes deodorants, anti-perspirants, and body washes.
Subsequently, the company witnessed growth in sales and expanded to different parts of the world. In 1917, Gillette had the contract of supplying safety shaving blades to American soldiers during World War I which was funded by the government. Successive years saw the company evolving through a series of leadership profiles with men like John, Giasman, Gerard, Samuel, Stampleman, Spangler Jr., Gilbert and Colman Mockler at the helm of affairs.
The brand could be said to be a male product since it is mostly used by males for different shaving purposes. One culture this brand has retained over the years is their position on grooming more responsible men. Following a recent campaign against the usual “boys will be boys” attitude that encourages the nasty behavior of some male folks, Gillette made its stand clear. They believe and are working towards instilling better manners in the males.
With all these, the brand’s growth can be linked to the quality of its product, its leadership and also strong publicity. This way they have remained in the hearts many consumers all over the world.
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Written by Rejoice Emmanuel
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Logos have always been a vital part of a brand. They gradually become the company’s identity as time goes on. Deciding on an emblem that would represent your company could be quite a daunting job and would sometimes go through several refining process before getting the final piece.
Even after the final craft is done, it continues to undergo reviews from time to time. This has been the case for the oldest drink of all time, Coca-Cola. Tag along as we take a ride through time from how the famous brand got its logo and how well it has represented the brand so far.
For a brand that has journeyed for 130years, Coca-Cola has gone beyond being a mere brand to becoming a legend. Without a doubt it has become one of the most prominent drinks accepted all over the world. Nonetheless this great brand has been through many transformations from the shape of its bottle, to its CEOs and also its logo. For the purpose of this article, we will dwell on the logo transformations.
Though the Coca-Cola brand has been recognised worldwide for its outstanding logo which is simply the combination of two words, “Coca” and “Cola”, it will be interesting to know that the logo has been modified severally. Its famous name was given to it in 8 May 1886 by Frank M. Robinson who happened to be Dr John S Pemberton’s bookkeeper.
Frank M Robinson felt the blend of the two “C”s would be good in terms of advertising the product. Robinson’s idea worked exactly as planned and the logo gradually became easily recognisable by consumers.
The Coca-Cola logo was first scripted by Frank M. Robinson in 1886. It was written in a popular writing style called Spencerian. Since then the logo has undergone series of changes and may continue to transform as the years go by.
The following year being 1887, a slight touch was added to the logo. The words “Trade Mark” were added to the tail of the first ‘C’.
Moving on to 1890, the logo was redesigned with extra swirls added which made it a bit dramatic. This little twist gave the logo a face lift.
The logo further transited in 1914 to gain a new identity. In this new logo the words “Trademark Registered” was written below.
In 1947 a red disc shape version of the logo was used to advertise the brand and afterwards became an outdoor signage. This red disc images were strategically used to decorate business places to boost advertisement.
The next form the logo took in 1958 was a fishy shape. The script was inserted in an Arciform shape which was similar to an arch. The Arciform sign is also known as the Fishtail sign. This design was used as the company’s identity and was used in copy, signage and on vending machines.
The logo took a wavy appearance in 1969. The Coca-Cola script was now underlined with a white wave design also known as Dynamic Ribbon Device.
In 1982 the logo was redesigned to a slab serif font. This happened exactly when Diet coke was introduced to the market. Also in that year slogans such as “Coke is it” was used.
2003 came with a new feel to the Dynamic Ribbon Device as some touch of yellow and some bubbles were added to the logo.
While in 2007 the logo was made simpler and bolder with just a touch of a white ribbon added to it.
To celebrate the brand’s 125years birthday in 2011, the logo was modified with bubbles bursting from the contour bottle. This was used to describe a celebration of the different seasons, past, present and future, the brand has gone through.
In 2013, to promote a campaign called “Share a Coke”, the logo was again adjusted. The Coca-Cola logo was replaced with a typeface was named “You”. This was a marketing strategy to connect with the consumers better.
It was the first time the company’s packaging changed. Gradually it evolved with different names customised on the bottles.
Finally in 2016, with the theme “Taste the Feeling”, a synergy was created for all the products of the brand. This campaign initiated “One Brand” for all Coca-Cola’s flavours from Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coke with Stevia.
The new logo design united all the flavours under the classic Red Disc and also brought about the use of the contour glass bottle. The idea behind the new design was to indicate that no matter how different the flavours may be, they are all under the main Coca-Cola brand.
The regular colours used in most of Coca-Cola’s logo and products are red and white. These two are applied to simplify the designs and appeal to the eyes of customers. There is also a welcoming feel to it.
The red colour is also used to represent the brand’s powerful marketing position. Little wonder why it has remained a giant in its field.
Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi
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From the stable of Nestle factory came one of the most nutritious chocolate malt beverages in the world, Milo. And it is consumed by virtually every member of society regardless of social status or class. Due to both its popularity and fast preparation with either hot or cold water, Milo can be referred to as your go-to drink.
HISTORY OF THE BRAND
Developed in the year 1930 by Thomas Mayne in Australia but launched in 1934, Milo has since then retained its relevance in the beverage industry. The brand has spread its distribution chain across different continents such as; Asia, Africa and Oceania. Though a foreign brand, Milo has dug its tasty root deep into the Nigerian market and has earned a reputation as one of the best in its category.
Milo is a nutritional supplement enriched with vitamins and minerals. It is made from malted barley, and cocoa, and is high in protein, calcium, and iron amongst others. Overtime, the brand has been seen as a drink for mostly children and athletes.
MISSION OF THE BRAND
Like all Nestle products, Milo runs with the general company’s mission which is to become, ‘the world’s leading nutrition, health and Wellness Company. Their mission of “Good Food, Good Life” is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions, from morning to night.’
VISION OF THE BRAND
Nestle sees itself becoming “a leading, competitive, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company delivering improved shareholder value by being a preferred corporate citizen, preferred employer, and preferred supplier selling preferred products.”
Like many world standard brands that have solid values, the Milo brand under Nestle isn’t left out. Here are some of its values;
- Health and Wellness
- Quality Products
- Rural Development
Milo is a youth centered brand, expressed with so much energy and vibrancy. It is a sporty and also a health conscious brand.
- The product has positioned itself as an active brand in sports using strong elements like athletes and sporting personalities on the body of the tin and sachet. This is the reason why most adverts try to promote the importance of sports.
- It is regularly promoted as a drink that enables healthy growth in young people especially children.
- It has become known for its rich green colour which is used for all their advertisement, from TV to billboards.
- The Milo brand is produced in different sizes in order to make the product affordable and purchasable to people of different class.
Though Milo’s dominance in the beverage industry is high, it is however not flawless. Based on our research, we have identified some weaknesses related to the brand. The following are some;
- Its target market is restricted to an extent since it is popularly seen as a drink for children and athletes
- No popular social media presence
DID YOU KNOW?
That Milo has no unique global taste; the recipe varies slightly in order to suit the taste and expectations of a particular region.
The Milo brand has consistently built a solid reputation from its rich delicious taste to its sport awareness campaigns and down to the regular adverts. This keeps them in the minds of most consumers and continues to increase their visibility. With their business approach, we are sure Milo will remain in the market for long.
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Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi