The Black Hole of Hotel Branding
By Naseem Javed Founder, ABC Namebank International | May 2010
The term "Le Branding" started out in the Dark Ages, where marks were burned onto cattle. On ever-so-slowly-evolving minds of the Homo sapiens this word also made a solid impression and provides a daily dose of comfort. Belonging to a product and a brand name, offering taste and vanity offers a security blanket. A warm fuzzy feeling when a huge name is printed on the chest. The mind and body just craves to carry something with a logo, color and stripes, wear anything as long as it's identifiable, get tattooed with names or razor lines on skinned heads or name babies after brand names. "Hey Rolex, come to mama and play with Infinity." The hungry souls want something, just about anything, as long as it is a name, one could brag or chat about. Companies created great items and developed great name identities. The businesses were delighted and supported artificial shortages, presented addictive designing while pricing them very high, all as qualifiers to make a real expensive brand. It was wonderful. Everyone contended. Everyone became a brand carrier, infesting the herds and paying dearly.
Three Major Branding Eras
1) Starting The Romancing Age
In the earlier days, great new products were created leading to powerful marketing and branding strategies. Everything required distinct packaging, colorful logo-design and a solid name. Mass promotion at any cost was a must. The creation of frenzy was the rule and watching the consumers drool during the hype was the norm. It really worked.
2) Leaving The Coercing Age
Later, when the dilution factor kicked in and thousands of new copycat brand names flooded the markets, it forced new twists and required new methods of persuasion. This time, strange and crazy gimmicks became the standard while customers started getting fussy, and became wolves in sheep's clothing. Branding became a serious challenge, partially for lack of originality of the products wrapped with ineffective blitz advertising and missing of unique brand name identity.