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How Important is a Strapline?

I've noticed many start-ups and businesses do not use a strapline for their brand, but I cannot stress how important it is for your brand to have a strapline - no matter what sector you fall in, whether you're B2C or B2B.

It may seem quite traditional and old fashioned to have a strapline, and it is - straplines have been used for centuries. This is probably why some businesses choose to disregard a strapline, however just because it's a traditional method of marketing, DOES NOT mean it doesn't work. There's a reason the most recognisable brands have straplines.

In this post we will take a look at what a strapline is, how to create a strapline, when you should change your strapline and ultimately how important it is for your brand to have a strapline, along with a little quiz to show you how recognisable brands are by their strapline.

What is a strapline?

A strapline, slogan or tagline as more commonly known in the US is a short sentence or phrase that sums up what your brand is all about, reflecting your company values and providing a differentiating identity and personality.

Usually straplines are short and catchy, often letting someone who has never heard of the brand know exactly what the brand is about just from a quick glance. Straplines define, direct and communicate the brand that extra step further, adding encouragement with something customers and consumers can relate to.

Straplines go hand in hand with your logo and more often than not are featured alongside your logo in adverts and creative material, in some cases straplines will become apart of the logo permanently.

How to Create a Strapline

Straplines take a lot of thought and you must get it right! If you already have a business, but no strapline - we suggest going through a full brand development process, so that your brand, core values, direction and communication is well understood and perfected, before you even think about choosing a strapline, because of how important a strapline is.

Brainstorming and mind maps. A mind map can assist you to create a great strapline. Write down your company values, features, product types, unique selling points and everything associated with what you do.

Play with words, clever and catchy straplines stick well. Words can have multiple meanings for example 'key' - a physical tool to open a door, a button on your keyboard, something of importance and a key in music.

If you're not a creative type, get help from others - we have a whole brand development team full of creative minds to help produce straplines.

Avoid online strapline generators! Your strapline needs to be unique and authentic - a generator does not know the DNA of your business, thus will never provide you with a strapline that reflects your company.

When should you Change your Strapline?

Straplines should hold their value for many years, but sometimes they may need to be changed. Here's some reasons when you should look at changing your strapline, don't change your strapline for the sake of it.

  • Your company direction has changed. Perhaps your core values are now different from what they were at the start.

  • Your company has entered new markets - Phrases and words don't always translate well and may not make sense in different countries. You will want to adapt your strapline, making tweaks, or even creating a new one for new markets.

  • New audiences. If you're targeting a new audience the strapline needs to appeal to your new audience.

  • Your strapline is similar to others and isn't unique to your brand.

Strapline Importance

To summarise, your strapline helps your brand's authentic identity and encourages consumers to engage with your brand.

Many brands are easily recognised by their straplines, here are 10 straplines. Can you guess what the brand behind the strapline is?

  1. Just do it

  2. I'm lovin' it

  3. Let's colour

  4. Every little helps

  5. Have a break, have a _______

  6. Master Chocolatier

  7. Vorsprung durch technik

  8. Nothing runs like a Deere

  9. Finger Lickin' good

  10. Eat fresh

Need a strapline?

If you're in need of a strapline, contact us and let our brand development team guide you. We'll take you on an inclusive journey to get your brand and business in order.

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