April 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Once a Day Marketing, LLC

Enhancing Your Brand Through Transparency

Strategy

By James Glover

Once a Day Marketing

James Glover, That Branding Guy, provides the inspiration and ideas for you to build more mindshare and capture marketshare with your customers in his Once a Day Marketing blog. Tune in often to his short, entertaining and practical marketing and branding tips and watch your organization become more successful and profitable.

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Hello, I’m Jim Glover, That Branding Guy, for Once a Day Marketing™. Today we are looking at the trend to enhance brands through transparency.

Given the advent of the Internet and social media, it's difficult today for a brand, even when desired, to stay below the radar of its customers and critics. Stories, good or bad about the company, are shared, liked, retweeted or commented on instantly around the world.

Rather than sidestepping or avoiding this information-sharing capability, some brands are actively engaging such transparency. One company in particular, Everlane, is taking market openness to a whole new level.

Everlane is an online apparel retailer that believes consumers have the right to know what their products cost to make. At Everlane, they reveal their true costs, and then show customers their markup. They call this approach "radical transparency" and it positively reflects on Everlane’s desire to keep customers informed.

I firmly believe that Everlane's openness will transform pricing in the future, adding another strategy to the 7Ps of Marketing. Keep your eyes open for more companies sharing their manufacturing process and pricing with their customers. As you develop branding strategy, ask yourself how your brand can be more transparent to customers. Openness is "in" and embracing this trend may increase the strength and stature of your brand.

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