Issue 5, Winter 2007
A. Like a financial or communications audit, an internal brand audit is an independent review of an organization's brand, which, if done properly, provides the organization with a baseline for how clearly its brand is defined, how well it is promoted and what policies or systems are in place to protect it. For the sake of objectivity, the audit is best performed by an outside professional who has a clear understanding of what good branding is all about.
If yours is a small- or medium-size organization that thinks it doesn't have a brand, think again.
Anyone who has ever come into contact with your organization — its programs, products, services or staff — or has heard of you through other sources, already has a "brand" impression of who you are and what your do. But is that impression accurate and complete? And is it the impression you want them to have? The answers to these questions are determined by an external brand audit, which we will save for the next issue of Branding Bytes. Your first objective should be to obtain an accurate snapshot of where you currently are internally with your brand.
Below are sample questions for what a good internal audit should probe for with respect to:
The above are only sample brand audit questions. A thorough audit is designed to delve deeply into your organization's core values to ensure that your brand accurately — and honestly — reflects who you are, what you do, how you do it and why anyone should care enough to support you. Keep in mind that a brand is not a cosmetic you apply to make your organization look pretty. Your brand is nothing less than your organization's DNA!
As always, I look forward to receiving your feedback, questions, success stories and branding challenges. Also, if you are in need of a motivational speaker, trainer, branding consultant/coach, or management consultant who can help you answer the questions: Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? And should anyone care? I invite you to for more information.
In the meantime, good luck with your branding! — Larry
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