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Amway and Autos – Lessons in Branding, UnBranding and ReBranding for Manufactured Housing

October 13th, 2013 No comments

Perhaps the best time to write a column on branding, unbranding and rebranding is prior to the Fall Leadership forum of the National Community Council (NCC) at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Their workshop on that topic will be one of the items yours truly plans to take in with keen interest, as it is something we deal with routinely in our marketing, sales training, website building and consulting.

The Business Dictionary defines branding like this:

“The process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product in the consumers' mind, mainly through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. Branding aims to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market that attracts and retains loyal customers.”

Let's begin with a fundamental principle to rapidly drive home the point for today's topic.

The value of branding a product or service is dependent in part on the perception and demand of the product or service in question.

For example, autos are in demand. Branding your car company or dealership makes sense, because Ask reports that in 2011, 12,778,885 cars, trucks, SUV and other automotive types were sold in the U.S. alone. Branding your product and/or service to grow your piece of the automotive pie in such a huge market makes perfect sense.

The Free Dictionary defines rebrand as follows:

rebrand [riːˈbrænd] – (Business / Marketing) (tr) to change or update the image of (an organization or product).

As an example, if your company's brand in automotive is suffering, you'd want to consider rebranding.

Let's imagine for a moment that an import auto company like Yugo wanted to change their image, rebranding combined with improved quality controls, marketing, service and sales training could have made the kind of sense that could have saved that automaker from 'crashing and burning' in the U.S. car market.

Almost no one in our industry (besides us and some of our select clients) grasp and use the powerful concept of parallel paths and unbranding, along with when it makes sense to use this principle.

Macmillan defines unbranding as:

Unbranded goods are not marked with a name of the company that makes them.

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What if your dealership, community – or the industry at large – has an image issue? Does rebranding make the most sense? Or would a possible combination of unbranding and/or rebranding make more sense?

Before you answer, consider this fact. Manufactured housing has tumbled from having 21% of the new home starts in the last 20 years to some 8-12% in more recent years.

So rebranding in a shrinking market is like deciding to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. Wouldn't you rather go after the large housing marketing place, by whatever strategies are necessary to get you there profitably?

Lessons from Amway and Unbranding

As an example to drive home the point, think about Amway. How many people do you know that have run out to sign up to sell or buy vitamins, home cleaning products etc. from a multi-level marketing (MLM) distributor or company?

The image of MLM in general isn't that hot and hasn't been for many years! So what does a savvy MLM distributor or company do? Answer: they teach their marketing minded distributors to avoid the company name and the marketing method in their initial contact.

In no small measure due to their dual campaign of unbranding and branding, Amway became a multi-billion dollar empire for its founders and made millions for key 'direct distributors.'

At MHC-MD.com and in part via our LATonyKovach.com – websites, marketing, training and coaching platforms – we have garnered dozens of recommendations and hundreds of endorsements by using a proper combination of branding, unbranding and rebranding, along with other proven strategies.

Which of these – branding, unbranding and re-branding – does your operation need? The answer to that question can be worth millions to you and billions to our industry. ##

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Factories increasing sales in a down market

June 27th, 2012 No comments

We have all heard the old saying about taking and using the best of the old and new.

Professional sporting teams practice the basics daily, the tried and true. But they also watch video on themselves, get scouting reports on competitors and test and use new plays and technologies too. Savvy business professionals do the same. How can manufactured housing professionals profitably apply those principles?

Let's look at a visual example.

First, we know the power of words. But using images to communicate effectively is as old as the drawings done by cave dwellers ages ago. Communication is crucial to all success. Businesses must communicate internally. Manufactured home business and associations also have to communicate externally to their target market and members too.

Cartoons never faded away from style. In fact, they are back stronger than ever.

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While these cartoon messages are directed to our readers, think about how this concept could be applied to your target market. Examples of some cartoons pointed toward the MH home owner are found at MHLivingNews.com that target the MH homeowner or shopper.

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I've worked with dozens of manufacturers, log homes, pre-cut and panelizers over the years on sales training systems. But I confess that coming on board with MHMarketingSalesManagement.com has been eye opening for me too.

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Don't get me wrong, I've had a website for years, and stay up on trends. But there is such a different dynamic when you are working with a team of professionals who make good results happen for their clients.

Plus, Tony and company give back to the Industry daily through MHProNews.com and informational articles, blogs and ideas. Now, they are giving back through MHLivingNews.com – a new, fast growing online resource dedicated to promoting the manufactured home lifestyles value and appeal.

When sales increase, when professionalism increases, amazing things take place for everyone involved.

  • When factories sell more, then more association dues are generated.
  • More revenue for associations means they can do an ever better job Protecting, Promoting and Educating the Industry.
  • Retailers and Communities do better.
  • Lenders, Insurance and vendor/suppliers of all kinds benefit as well.
  • The Image of our Industry improves.
  • Customer satisfaction rises. More referrals.
  • The circle grows…

When you need professional web, marketing, sales, management or other outsourced solutions for your manufactured housing needs, who are you going to call? One email or call starts it all. ##

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