Eight Steps to a Successful Rebrand

Brian Bennett

STIR | President
Jun 12

When is it time to rebrand? Companies look at a multitude of factors, such as market research, market share trends and changing demographics, to determine if it’s time to reposition. But what many don’t realize is that a rebrand is more than just a new name and logo. It’s an opportunity to redefine and improve every aspect of your brand: messaging, how you talk about your company internally and externally, design, social media pages, customer engagement and more.

Each rebrand situation is different, but follows a similar process. Here are STIR’s eight steps to rebranding:

  1. Brand/Company audit: Look at what you’ve done in the past, what you’re currently doing and what your challenges have been. What problems can a rebrand solve for your company?
  2. Marketing plan review: Analyze past and current marketing plans, messaging and consumer touch points to have historical context for your business’ growth and evolution. What are the challenges? Where is your equity?
  3. Messaging audit/evaluation: Evaluate internal and external messaging, personas targeted and engagement with consumers. How has the conversation evolved, and where should it go? Why?
  4. Market research: Market research can help you find new insights about your competition and your current and prospective customers. There are two categories of market research that can give you different types of insights:
    • Quantitative – close-ended questions that allow you to reach a large sample group to identify overarching trends
    • Qualitative – open-ended questions to help you determine behaviors and reasoning behind current and prospective customer decisions
  5. Executive meetings: Meet with key individuals who drive the company’s direction to learn more about their priorities and what they believe should be accomplished. They often have valuable insights but don’t always know how to leverage them in a strategy.
  6. Strategic direction: Summarize your findings in a directional strategic planning document that includes:
    • Positioning statement
    • Marketing and messaging objectives
    • Broad strategic objectives (and investment levels)
    • Creative brief
    • Segmented audience personas
  7. Workshop: After we present our findings, we like to work with a group of key stakeholders to gain a consensus in the vision and key steps in the process.
  8. Develop an integrated marketing plan: After achieving strategic agreement among stakeholders, outline specific plans for executing the objectives in detail. These plans often include recommendations for:
    • Media (traditional and digital)
    • Public relations
    • Social media
    • Creative refresh
    • Inbound marketing efforts
    • Digital updates

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