Consistency in Your Station Branding is Important

With so many channels available for brand promotion, like social media, TV, podcasting, etc, it can be easy for stations to lose consistency in their messaging and design, especially if different people are updating these channels.  This makes it confusing for potential (and even current) listeners and advertisers.  The average user will decide in the first 10 seconds of visiting a page if it’s what they’re looking for or if they’ll hit the back button.  So if your website or social media sites don’t match the look and/or feel of what originally brought them to the site, they’re likely to go back and try to find something that’s familiar.  The easiest way to avoid this confusion to have brand consistency.

What is Brand Consistency?

The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines a brand as a “name, term, sign, symbol or design, or a combination of them intended to identify the goods and services of one seller or group of sellers and to differentiate them from those of other sellers.”  Your station brand is not all about the logo, it is about the perceived image of your station as a whole or it’s personality.  This means that no matter if you’re looking at a Twitter profile, website, or a business card, you will know that it all belongs to the same company.  You can go from one medium to the next and expect to find the same verbiage, the same graphics, the basic overall essence of the station.

Where to Start

But where do you start when it comes to creating a consistent feel?  One of the best ways is to create a style guide, which you and everyone else in your company can reference when creating new materials and writing posts.  This style guide should contain guidelines for what colors, specific phrases, tone of voice, and overall style that you want to use to represent your company.

Once you’ve outlined everything, the easiest place to start implementing it is your website.  Once you’ve created a cohesive flow throughout the site, you can take those color schemes and tone of voice and take it to your social media, your printed materials and anything else that you have to represent your station brand.

Why it Matters

It’s been surprising for us to see company websites have current logos, but their Facebook or Twitter channels show previous logos and/or colors that don’t match the “current look”.  Having a consistent look and feel throughout your brand’s presence helps a consumer feel confident in you as a brand because they’ve been exposed to your brand messaging on multiple channels.  Creating a consistent brand is a little bit of work at the beginning, but once you determine your brand’s look and voice, it’s easy to create a cohesive and natural look that won’t confuse and turn away customers.

At Skyrocket Radio, we’re passionate about every aspect of your station’s online branding.  We want to help you move the needle in the online space.  Reach out to us.

Jim Sherwood serves as the chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects. Jim is a 30+ year radio veteran with a resume spanning several small, medium, and large markets including roles as Digital Content Manager, Program Director, Production Manager, and Morning Show Host.