Ever since 1908, when Henry Ford first started rolling out model T’s, Americans have been in a serious relationship with their cars. Whether viewed as a status symbol, a form of self expression, or an essential mode of transportation, there is no denying that Americans are in love with their cars. This relationship did not come about by accident. The automotive industry is a perfect example of how companies can create a deep personal relationship with their customers.
Car companies don’t just sell a product, they sell a lifestyle. Every automotive brand has a personality. When an organization can align its personality with the lifestyle of its target market, that’s where the magic happens. Every brand should strive to make this connection and really get to know it’s consumer.
The first and most important step in creating this connection and building a brand is to understand your brand personality. This is determined through the extensive process of creating a brand platform. This is the foundation of core principles that a successful brand stems from. A brand platform says, “This is what we, as an organization, stand for”. Next the identity package is created. Having a comprehensive brand identity will allow a brand to grow. These branding essentials paired with a marketing strategy are the keys to creating an emotional connection between customers and your brand.