August 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The Importance of a Community Brand

Recon Thursday/Place

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 is Recon Thursday and we are concluding our series on community branding focusing on why a cohesive brand is essential.

Recently we had the opportunity to lead a working session on community branding at the 2013 Rural Forum, New Mexico's top economic development conference. The following day we were interviewed by an Albuquerque business reporter who asked why a community brand is important. A great question which was the main focus of our presentation at the forum.

We are a society that is brand-driven. Virtually every purchase decision consumers make is based on their knowledge, trust, loyalty, confidence and expectations of a brand. This process doesn't change when people are considering where to live, work or recreate.

Like any marketed product or service, a community that has little or no brand recognition will be passed over and not considered by desired targets including new residents, businesses and visitors. It's imperative for a community to share a clear, consistent and compelling message of what its brand is all about as well as the benefits it provides such as quality of life, outdoor attractions, and how it allows citizens to achieve the America dream.

Establishing and managing a unique brand will put a community on the map and drive future inquiries and opportunities.

Once a Day Marketing™ positions brands to become #1 in the minds of target customers. Visit our website at www.onceadaymarketing.com. Contact James Glover at (505) 501-1330 or email glover@onceadaymarketing.com. Listen to Ask Those Branding Guys™ every Monday at noon (MDT) streaming live on SantaFe.com KVSF 101.5 FM.

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