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Mastering the art of brand alignment: a branding agency's view on the importance of external proposition and internal engagement

11 January 2024 3 min read
Written by

Robin Bryant

Mastering the art of brand alignment: a branding agency's view on the importance of external proposition and internal engagement

 

Here at Mobas, in our capacity as experts in branding, we understand the delicate yet profound interplay between a brand’s external proposition and its internal engagement. This dual focus forms the cornerstone of a brand’s success in the contemporary market. Mastery of this alignment, we believe, is not merely a strategic necessity but an art form that is indispensable for any business aiming to carve a niche in its sector and most critically to attract and retain the right talent and the best customers.

So, in this insight, I’m highlighting the importance of a cohesive strategy that aligns external brand proposition with internal employee engagement.

 

Crafting a compelling external brand proposition

A brand’s external proposition is its narrative to the external world – it is the embodiment of what the brand stands for. This goes beyond mere aesthetics such as logos and taglines; it’s a comprehensive expression encompassing the company’s ethos, values, mission and what sets it apart. As brand strategists, we place immense importance on developing a proposition that not only resonates with the target audience but also remains authentic to the brand’s core identity. This proposition forms the initial touchpoint in the customer journey, setting the stage for all subsequent interactions. We assist businesses in meticulously crafting this narrative, ensuring it aligns with their strategic vision while appealing to the emotions and needs of their customers.

 

Internal engagement: the unsung hero of brand success

Internal engagement is often the less glamorised aspect of branding, yet it’s the essence that fuels brand vitality. It is the alignment and motivation of the people behind the brand – the employees. Our philosophy is centred on the belief that a brand’s strength is intrinsically linked to its workforce. Employees who are deeply engaged and invested in the brand’s vision transcend their roles to become the most genuine brand ambassadors. This internal culture of engagement acts as a catalyst, ensuring the consistent delivery of the brand promise, fostering innovation, and enhancing customer satisfaction. We focus on nurturing this culture, helping businesses to create an environment where employees feel valued, heard, and connected to the brand’s larger narrative. Quite often this is developed and delivered through an EVP (Employee Value Proposition).

 

Harmonising external promise with internal reality

The true essence of brand mastery lies in aligning a brand’s external promises with its internal culture. As a branding agency, we specialise in guiding businesses through this complex yet rewarding process. Our strategies include:

 

  1. Transparent and consistent messaging: we advocate for clear and consistent communication of the brand’s core values and vision across all levels within the organisation. This ensures that every team member understands and resonates with the brand’s purpose.

 

  1. Employee inclusion in brand narrative: we encourage businesses to actively involve their employees in the brand’s storytelling and evolution. This involvement creates a sense of ownership and pride, ensuring that the brand narrative is enriched with diverse perspectives and genuine experiences.

 

  1. Uniform customer experience: we guide businesses to ensure a consistent and exceptional customer experience across all touchpoints. This uniformity is crucial as it reflects the brand’s external proposition, reinforcing customer trust and loyalty.

 

  1. Empowering through training: recognising the rapid evolution of markets and consumer preferences, we stress the importance of continuous training and development. This not only enhances skills but also aligns employee understanding and capabilities with the brand’s strategic direction.

 

  1. Cultivating a recognition culture: we believe in the power of recognition and rewards. Implementing systems to acknowledge employees who live and breathe the brand values reinforces a positive internal brand culture and motivates others.

 

The pivotal role of leadership

Leadership is the lynchpin in this alignment process. Leaders must not only embody the brand’s values but also inspire and guide their teams in actualising the brand promise. Our role often involves coaching leaders to become effective brand ambassadors themselves, setting a benchmark for their teams. “Walking the talk!”

 

Metrics of success

The effectiveness of this alignment is measurable through various metrics, including employee engagement levels, customer satisfaction and loyalty ratings, and overall brand health indicators. We help businesses set up and monitor these metrics to ensure that their brand alignment strategies are yielding the desired results.

 

The future

As we look to the future, the significance of this alignment will only grow more pronounced. The digital age has brought about an era of unparalleled transparency and connectivity, making any disparity between a brand’s outward persona and internal culture more visible than ever. Today's consumers and employees are in pursuit of authenticity and purpose, not just in products or services, but in the ethos of the brands they choose to engage with. They are investing in what a brand truly represents. In such an environment, a unified brand narrative that resonates both internally and externally isn’t just beneficial – it’s essential.

Additionally, as businesses navigate the complexities of a globalised economy, the importance of a unified brand voice and culture becomes increasingly vital. A well-aligned brand can effortlessly extend its reach into international markets while maintaining a consistent and authentic identity, achieving global presence without compromising its core essence.

From Mobas’s perspective as a branding agency, aligning a brand’s external proposition with its internal engagement is more than a strategy; it’s a transformative journey for sustainable brand success. It demands a nuanced approach that blends branding expertise with a deep understanding of organisational culture. By mastering this alignment, businesses can craft a powerful, resonant brand narrative that echoes both within the organisation and in the broader market, propelling them towards long-term growth and relevance.

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