Companies spend millions of dollars on brand development, to position themselves competitively and to be unique. Being unique, in this day and age, takes a lot of work and resources, but it does pay off to be the tenor among the white noise, to be the memory.
And yet, event branding is one aspect of the planning process that is frequently overlooked by the planners. Why do some spend millions of dollars to maintain a brand while others don't even pay attention to it? That's an interesting question for another time.
The question to answer, however, is this: Do you develop the brand for your event or do you let the crowd develop it based on assumptions?
The difference between the two is control. Having control over your event brand gives your target market a foundation to use to judge your event. Once you position your brand the way you want it to be seen by the public, you gain the competitive advantage over the event sentiment.
Tweets, Facebook updates, blog posts, and even media coverage will all be based on your brand positioning; it gives you indirect (yet direct) channels to influence the public sentiment of your event. Why wouldn't you want that control?
#eventprofs chat 7/19 @9PM ET: Event Branding
What is branding? How do you develop a brand? How do you position a brand? And much more!
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