Marketing vs. Brand

Brand is usually associated with the marketing world. For some the definition of brand means your logo or logo type. Today brand has come to encompass much more than marketing to include your product or service, the quality you provide, how you treat your customers and the total experience provided by your company. It goes across all business functions and is determined by your employees, customers, suppliers and stakeholders.

Effective marketing activities are key in developing your brand but they are not the same as your brand. Marketing activities are things you do, brand is how you or your products are known or perceived in the marketplace. I’m always amused when someone says “We do branding” – to me branding is something you do with a piece of hot iron to the backside of a cow. Remember, others tell you what your brand is.

While working with my Artrepreneurship students at the Center For Innovation, I found that more often than not that a good visual can explain a concept much better than pages of text. If you understand what brand is then the strategies behind your marketing activities become much clearer.

I ran across a great visual to explain marketing versus brand. I have also seen it in text form and decided to modify it for people in the creative sector. I first started with free clip art to create the visual before I stopped and thought to myself, “What in the heck are you doing, aren’t you the one encouraging people not to use stock art and photography?”

I enlisted the help of Brandon Roth, one of my talented students, to create the graphics. He is a young and talented entrepreneur who runs a graphics design studio while pursuing a degree in fine art. (You can find out more about him on his webpage Rothworks).

Okay, here it is. I hope it explains the difference between marketing and brand, makes you smile and say, “Now I get it!”

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About Neil McKenzie

Neil McKenzie is an author, educator and consultant to artists and arts organizations. He is the author of The Artist’s Business and Marketing ToolBox – How to Start, Run and Market a Successful Arts or Creative Business available in softcover from Barnes & Noble and Amazon and as an eBook from iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He has developed and teaches the course “Artrepreneurship” at the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is also a visiting professor at University College at the University of Denver. Neil has over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant and marketing executive, working with some of the world’s top brands. Neil is a frequent lecturer to artists and arts organizations, a guest columnist for Colorado Biz Magazine, where he covers the creative sector of the economy, and the author of several articles for Americans for the Arts, a national arts organization. Follow Neil on Twitter: @neilmckenzphoto