Watch This Episode of Mwah TV
On this episode, I reveal my best secret on how to maximise your brand power. This trick saves time, money and is the most effective way to take your brand to the next level. Do you have a brand guidelines document? You need to watch this video so you know how to take your brand to the next level.
Can you remember?
I recently mentioned that the terminology the branded headshot is having a real moment right now, within the headshots photography space. I also mentioned that it’s often very misinterpreted.
Are you this person?
If you’ve always wondered what everyone means when they’re going on about a branded headshot, or maybe you might’ve seen one of your colleagues or contacts post look at our new branded headshots online, but then when you’ve gone to look at them you can’t really see where the branded bit is, fear not. I’m actually gonna be revealing some of the secret ways I consult with my clients before entering into a headshot session, to make sure that their branded headshot is up to the next level.
Can you De-Brief a Photographer?
It’s fair to predict that if you don’t have a well thought out and considered the brand, you’re probably not gonna be in a great place to be able to debrief a headshots photographer, to make sure that your headshots come out with an essence of your brand in them. Now a great headshots photographer is gonna turn you away, or put you in touch with someone who can help you work out what your brand is actually all about. But let’s face it, a lot of the time a photographer’s gonna take the booking, they need the business, and they’re gonna try and fudge their way through it for you.
TOP TIP TIME
Any good brand ought to be surmised in a wonderful brand guidelines document. Now a brand guidelines document is often created, in the first instance, by a business owner working with a graphic designer to create the basic frame and graphical image of a brand. You’re gonna see fonts, colours, style, maybe some buzz words in there.
How to Maximise your Brand Power
But what you need to do to take your brand power to the next level along with your brand guidelines document, is to make sure that every single creative you hire to do their own special thing, uses that document as a basis, but then also contributes to it. So that you can keep passing on this growing, living document to all of the creatives you work with, so that everyone works in a coherent way.
How I Contribute to your Brand Guidelines
So as your branded headshots photographer, I’m gonna be adding my mood boards, my research, the overall aesthetic debrief that I give to my crew, to your brand guidelines document, so that when you give that document to your Web guy, or to your video editing person, they’re gonna know what the look of the brand is from a photographic point of view, as well as a graphical point of view.
But in Reality…
In reality, I can count the number of times that I’ve done this on one hand, with real-life clients. More often than not, business owners often make this mistake, often subconsciously, of deciding to hire a new creative and starting from scratch with them, explaining every single thing about what they do, and how they do it, and what makes them so special.
The mistake you are making
So that all of the creatives end up being extremely siloed, and they’re not able to collaborate with each other, and nobody has any real basis of where to create from. And this results in a really disjointed brand that doesn’t flow together. In the long run, you’re gonna waste a lot of time and money in trying to get your creatives to collaborate effectively, going back and redoing work that could have been right from the beginning.
TOP TIP TIME (#2)
I always recommend having a great brand guidelines document. I also recommend, when you’ve found the right creatives to work with, that you let them work for you, without you there. And this actually saves a load of time, and it actually improves the creative results of all of your suppliers.
Get your Pens at the ready!
Next week, we are beginning my three-part doodle along special. Have paper and pens at the ready to create along with me. I’ll break down how I help my clients ensure that their branded headshots work better for their businesses.
This is how to maximise your brand power on your own. You’ll be meeting fictitious clients Valerie and Marg, who have come to me without a great branding guidelines document. Let’s be honest, the poor lambs don’t really have much of a clue about how to make their next headshots branded. Join me, Valerie, Marg and Monkey next week.
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