by Dan Crask, Creative Director & Co-Owner, Brand Shepherd

Brand development is an exercise of examining what the brand is and is not, and then codifying the discoveries in a way that the brand owner(s) and stakeholder(s) can easily leverage to grow the brand.

Here are what I know to be the second of the 5 key ingredients for building a brand:

Part 5: The Chef

These 4 ingredients we have covered so far are vital to brand development, but there is a 5th ingredient that needs to be mentioned as well:  A chef (aka, guide, shepherd) to help work through the process of brand development.

That would be us, Brand Shepherd.

Having a chef to guide brand development is obviously important from an expertise level. Brand and business stakeholders use experts for anything, from HVAC service to CPAs to facility maintenance and, yes, brand development.

Yet a guide is also important because having a mind from outside the brand will give the development process the perspective it needs to be successful.

I’m sure you’ve heard a presentation, ad, or promo for a brand that uses language that leaves you wondering, “What did they just say?” This is because they have too many in-house people working on the brand. There’s no outside perspective and push-back to help the brand communicate in a way that makes sense to people outside of the brand.

When I and my team help develop a brand, it’s always a collaborative process. It makes no sense for us to walk in and tell the stakeholders what a brand is. The process demands collaboration, and to-date, we have had nothing but success.

After the process, those we work with have a fully-developed brand that they believe in and are energized to grow.

Whether you hire us, or any other creative “chefs,” you need to know how to get the best work from these unique branding experts. I’ve written a set of short, easy to understand tips on how to do just that as a follow-up to this series. Check out the 5 ways to get the best work from your creative team here.

If this has helped you identify that your product brand needs to define its voice, please get in touch. Brand Shepherd would be delighted to consider working alongside your product brand.

The Full Key Ingredient Series

Part 1: The Brand’s Voice

Part 2: Customer Personas

Part 3: Brand Identity

Part 4: The “Why?”

Part 5: The Chef