Jimmy Maler

Interior Design [ Place Making

"BRANDING is NOT Marketing..."

What is Marketing? What is Branding?

 

Marketing is actively promoting a product or service. It’s a push tactic. It’s pushing out a message to get sales results: “Buy our product because it’s better than theirs.” (Or because it’s cool, or because this celebrity likes it, or because you have this problem and this thing will fix it, etc.

 

Branding should both precede and underlie any marketing effort. Branding is not push, but pull. Branding is the expression of the essential truth or value of an organization, product, or service. It is communication of characteristics, values, and attributes that clarify what this particular brand is and is not.

A brand will help encourage someone to buy a product, and it directly supports whatever sales or marketing activities are in play, but the brand does not explicitly say “buy me.” Instead, it says “This is what I am.

 

Branding is strategic. Marketing is tactical.

 

Branding is as vital to the success of a business as having financial coherence, having a vision for the future, or having quality employees.