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What are Brand Attributes? + Examples & Tips to Design Yours

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The best way to get brand attributes examples and really understand them is by thinking of a party you went to.

You probably went home and thought about all the people at the party and even talked about it with other people you know who were also there.

“The lady in the pink dress with a hearty laugh.”

“The soft-spoken man who was only drinking whisky on ice.”

So, people you meet have certain qualities or characteristics with which you perceive them and remember them later.

It’s the same for brands.

What are brand attributes?

Brand attributes are the core features or characteristics of your brand that make up its identity. They are what people think of when they hear or see your brand.

Brand attributes can be physical, like color or shape. Or they can be more abstract, like personality or tone of voice.

The top brand attributes make your brand unique and also help your audience to remember it. That is why your brand’s attributes should be aligned with your brand’s target audience and positioning.

You should select brand attributes that support your brand story so you can create a strong and differentiated identity for your small business brand.

For instance, think of a brand you know and have interacted with. To take a generic brand attribute example, let’s go for Coca-Cola.

coca cola brand attributes

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When you think of the brand, what do you immediately recall? Like the first few things that they think of?

Here are a few brand characters that come to mind:

• Red

• Black

• Zero-sugar options

• Different and new flavors launched regularly

• Consistent taste

• Global

• Pepsi rival

While the brand defines some of these associations, some are just perceptions in my head.

Accordingly, there can be 2 kinds of brand attributes. But more on that later. Let’s see why they matter in the first place.

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Why are brand attributes important?

Maybe you have never heard of brand attributes before or have always wondered what they are.

The bigger question is, why do they matter?

1. Create more brand awareness

If you are a small business, and especially a new one, you need people to know about your brand.

Not only that, you also need to be different from your competition and stand out.

Strong brand attributes help to make your brand story more unique so that your audience can know and remember you.

2. Enable better brand recall

No matter how unique you think your product or service is, you are not the only one. There are plenty of other brands with similar offers, and it’s easy to get lost.

That’s where brand attributes come in. They help you create a strong impression in the minds of your audience, which helps them remember your brand without confusing it with your competition.

3. Encourage more brand engagement

A brand is about emotions. If you want to grow your business, you need people to love your brand and connect with it.

When your audience likes your brand, what it stands for, and how it makes them feel, they engage with your brand more and eventually buy from you.

Your brand attributes make your brand more attractive to your audience and drive more connection and engagement.

4. Drive business growth

While brand attributes don’t directly grow your business, by making your brand unique and attractive, they help your audience connect with your brand more.

To choose it over your competitors and buy from you. Which means sales.

5. Build brand loyalty

Brand attributes not only help to directly or indirectly get your audience to choose your brand for purchases, but they also encourage your customers to keep buying from you repeatedly.

After all, if they like everything about your brand, like the experience of buying from you, and also like your product/ service, why would they choose a different brand later?

They will stick to you (brand loyalty) and buy from you again and again.

why are brand attributes important

Brand attributes vs brand personality

Humans are not the only ones with personalities; brands have them too!

Brand attributes are the characteristics that consumers associate with a brand, like quality or affordability.

Brand personality refers to the character or nature of a brand, such as a fun or quirky personality or even a chic and modern demeanor.

The key difference between brand personality and brand attributes is that the key brand attributes consist of many physical and perceived elements, and brand personality is just one of them.

Brand attributes list

Your list of brand attributes contains the characteristics that help your customers perceive your brand as unique and memorable.

So, your list of key brand attributes contains two types of brand characteristics:

  • Sensory brand attributes
  • Subconscious brand attributes

Physical/ Sensory brand attributes

The sensory brand attributes, also known as the hard brand attributes, are those that can be perceived with your senses. These are the tangible attributes of a brand that you can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste.

Your sensory brand attributes list includes the following elements:

  • Brand imagery
  • Brand logo
  • Brand messaging
  • Audio
  • Smell
  • Touch & feel

You should try to make all your individual sensory brand attributes as unique as possible to help you build your competitive positioning.

But that is not always possible.

It is just important that the combination of all your sensory brand attributes is as unique as possible, to help your audience differentiate and recognize your brand.

Psychical/ subconscious brand attributes

Subconscious or soft brand attributes are all about how a brand makes its audience and customers feel. They could be even more important than the sensory brand attributes.

To quote one of my favorite teachers, Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

So essentially, they get that gut feeling when they think about the brand.

While the physical attributes make a brand easy to remember physically, the subconscious attributes drive the feelings and emotions.

It can inspire thoughts like “I will only buy from them” or “Let’s see what they have to offer”.

Or in some cases, it could inspire a feeling of “nah, that brand doesn’t get me” or “not in a million years am I buying from them”.

Your subconscious brand attributes list includes the following key elements:

  • Brand personality
  • Brand behavior
  • Customer service
  • Brand trustworthiness
  • Brand values
  • Consistency
  • Credibility
  • Uniqueness
  • Customer-centricity
  • Simplicity
  • Authenticity
  • Fulfillment of the promise

It could also include these negative elements:

  • Boring
  • Difficult
  • Confusing
  • Outdated
  • Overpriced

Let’s look at the complete list of brand attributes in more detail.

1. Brand Imagery

Good brand imagery is one of the top attributes of brand identity that helps your brand or product to be recognized and remembered.

The most important brand image attributes are:

  • Brand color palette
  • Logo and typography
  • Design elements unique to your brand

1.1. Brand color palette

Color is one of the most important attributes of your brand: it helps increase brand recognition by 80%.

But many brands can have similar colors, at least in the same family.

Usually, it is your specific brand color palette, so a combination of 2 or more colors helps your audience remember you.

See below the brand signage. Hard to miss this strong and bold blue-yellow combination, right?

brand attribute example brand color ikea

Also, check out the color palettes of the brands below. You probably recognize at least 25% of them, even without a logo.

brand attribute color palette

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1.2. Brand logo and typography

Look at the text below and tell me you don’t know the brand.

brand attributes brand font

Besides the actual message, it also stands out because of the specific font.

In fact, Apple customized the Garamond font to create this look as part of the Apple brand attributes.

And it became so popular it even got established as a different brand by itself: Apple Garamond.

Besides color, a font can also be one of the most recognizable brand attributes.

This brings us to the next element of visual identity.

1.3. Brand design elements

Design elements used repeatedly in the marketing material of a brand (like flyers, brochures, etc), and/ or in the products can be a very powerful way for a brand to build differentiation.

Take the brand Desigual for example.

brand attribute brand design element

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Their colorful floral prints and abstract patterns make them instantly recognizable and memorable in the clutter of a zillion fashion brands.

Another example of a brand design element that helps audiences remember a brand is a brand mascot.

Big brands like Michelin, McDonald’s, and Duracell have all used their mascots in various marketing and PR campaigns to increase brand recall and drive sales.

brand attributes brand mascot

2. Brand messaging

Your brand messaging is like the heart of your business.

It’s what speaks to your existing and potential customers, shapes their expectations, and effectively communicates why you’re the best choice for them.

So, your tagline, brand promise, and website content are all elements that will help your audience recognize and remember your brand.

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For instance, see below some famous brand taglines and the feelings that they inspire.

Brand tagline examples

3. Audio

Over time, a sound or music can become an integral part of a brand.

An audio brand attribute can be a tune, a song, or just a sign-off logo.

See below some examples of audio branding and audio logos to understand how big brands use sound to improve their brand recognition.

4. Touch and feel

Materials and textures can also be specific brand attributes.

They can create unique sensory experiences for consumers and shape how they perceive and interact with your brand.

For example, a luxury fashion brand might use premium leather or silk to evoke a sense of luxury and sophistication.

Materials and textures can also reinforce a brand’s personality. The image below is a typical example.

A rugged outdoor brand such as the North Face uses durable, weather-resistant materials like nylon to convey a sense of adventure and ruggedness.

The North Face Rugged Outdoor Clothing and Gear

5. Smell

A smell can also be a powerful brand attribute. It works best in retail locations and can also be referred to as scent marketing.

For example, ever been near a Dunkin Donuts store?

The sugary, sweet smell is powerful enough to drag in most doughnut lovers, my husband included. I am not their audience, sadly 😉

I swoon over the lovely aroma in Lush stores instead.

To conclude, you should remember that even though most of these brand attributes can work in a silo, ideally, they should go hand-in-hand.

A brand should have all the sensory brand attributes work together to provide a complete experience. This will differentiate the brand and also increase brand recognition and recall. Share on X

6. Brand Personality

Let’s say you meet a new person. Either you click with them, or you don’t, or it’s in-between.

Let’s say you really click. Your personalities match. You would want to interact with them again. Because it makes you feel good to chat, interact, and build relationships.

It’s the same with a company brand.

Somehow, this reminds me of the Mac vs PC ads. They are old, but I love them! The contrast between the two could not be clearer.

Mac used these to show themselves as cool, young, and energetic. No wonder they quickly gained a huge following.

7. Brand behavior

Brand behavior is how your brand interacts with its audience and customers.

Brand behavior is a set of different elements that you can define:

Tone: The tone in which your brand talks with its audience. It includes both the actual words used in communication as well as the body language.

Attitude: The attitude your brand (including your customer care) gives its audience. Respectful/ accommodating/ superiority…you choose!

Note: An aura of pride in a brand is not always bad. Luxury brands often have an approach of ‘the customer is not always king.’ For example, they would not always accommodate the needs of every customer.

They could have an attitude of ‘this is what our brand is, take it or leave it.’ And this approach often works to make them aspirational, coveted, and extremely desirable.

How you follow up on sales, repeat purchases, attract new customers, and provide delight for your existing ones are all examples of brand behavior.

8. Consistency

If you have a brand you like, you want it to stay that way.

You want it to make you the same promise, provide you with the same consistent value regularly, have the same relationship, and behave the same way over a period of time.

In other words, you need it to be consistent.

If it changes any of its aspects, like message, imagery, or service quality, from point to point, it will paint different pictures, you, as the audience, will get confused, and your interaction with the brand will decline.

Nike’s consistency of ‘Just Do It’ across channels helped it gain 25% market share and $8.3B in 10 years.

Consistency is one of the top attributes that should be present across all brand elements that build brand equity, even at the smallest touch point with the consumer.

For example, if FedEx promises ”the world on time’, you need to depend on the brand to fulfill its promise and deliver your packages on time every single time you choose them.

You won’t trust them if they let you down a few times. This brings us to the next point.

9. Trustworthiness

Trust in a brand, like in any person, is built over time and is needed to drive small business growth.

Here are some things you can do to get the trust of your audience

  • Have a compelling brand message
  • Consistently communicate through valuable content
  • Engage and interact often with your audience
  • Maintain your brand positioning and promise
  • Deliver value even when they’re not buying from you or after they already have

10. Brand values

Your brand values can make you really connect to a brand or swear off them.

Usually, they are not the most crucial factor for people choosing or connecting to the brand, but there could be cases where this becomes the single most important factor and impacts the brand reputation as well.

For example, millennials rushed to buy Nike shoes when they stood by Kaepernick.

brand attributes brand values kaepernick

Or, in today’s world, people distancing themselves from brands that continue operations in Russia.

To conclude subconscious brand attributes: it is much easier to create sensory attributes than these subconscious ones.

Subconscious brand attributes are intangible, hard to design, and heavily dependent on your audience’s perceptions, leaving you less in control.

But if you remain authentic to your core brand essence, over time, you will become a loved and go-to brand.

11. Customer-centricity

“You can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people, some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time” – John Lydgate.

A brand must clearly identify its target audience and focus on communicating with them. It has to match its core offer with the needs of this specific audience, communicate a clear message in their language, and provide a kind of experience that resonates with them.

For example, Axe became a multi-million dollar brand by clearly targeting ‘nerdy, insecure’ teenage guys and building the brand message accordingly (that all guys can look good and attract the opposite sex).

12. Simplicity

The core offer, positioning, and story of a brand have to be simple, clear, and easily understood. Recent studies indicate that the consumer attention span is decreasing, and that of an average internet consumer is 8 seconds (it’s 9 seconds for a goldfish!).

In a fast-moving world and marketplaces crowded with brands, it could be a big risk to hope that consumers will spend time deciphering a brand’s true offer, so a brand message has to be easy to decipher.

13. Uniqueness

Almost every industry has several brands that offer relatively similar products. Needless to say, it is thus key to have a Unique Selling Proposition that makes a brand more attractive to its particular target audience, even if the niche is extremely small.

Uniqueness is not always about the features of your product or service. It could also be in the delivery, the distribution, the environment, or the price.

Domino’s USP of pizza ‘delivery in 30 minutes or less’ made it an immediate success in the USA, with the company valued today at >$1 Billion.

14. Authenticity

A study by the agency Cohn & Wolfe on important brand attributes across 12 global markets indicated authenticity to be a top priority, especially for millennials.

60% of consumers would purchase and recommend a brand they perceive to be authentic. So a brand needs to be honest, transparent, meaningful, true to its stated values, and overall, prioritize people.

15. Credibility

In their paper on Brand Credibility based on various research, professors Tulin Erdem and Joffre Swait write that ‘Credibility is broadly defined as the believability of an entity’s intentions at a particular time and is posited to have two main components: trustworthiness and expertise.’

These elements affect both brand choice and consideration. So a brand needs to have a reason to believe why it can claim particular expertise (i.e., why it can deliver what it states it can) , and it needs to continuously deliver on its promise to build up trust over time.

16. Fulfillment of the promise

A brand is a promise perceived as an experience by the customer.

A Gallup study indicated that consumers feel brands deliver their promises only 50% of the time. But the top companies deliver 75% of the time.

So, to gain and retain strong brand equity, keep your brand word.

17. Empathy

Empathy is a powerful attribute a brand can have. A brand can understand and connect with the emotions, needs, and values of its customers on a deeper level.

Brands that practice empathy go beyond selling products or services to establish a strong emotional connection with their audience. They demonstrate genuine care and concern for their customers’ well-being, actively listen to their feedback, and strive to address their concerns in meaningful ways.

Popular brands like Dove, Nike, and Patagonia have shown with various campaigns how they empathize with their customers.

18. Social responsibility

Some brands are committed to operating in ways that benefit society, the environment, and stakeholders. They prioritize social responsibility and believe profit maximization shouldn’t be done at the expense of the environment.

Socially responsible brands uphold high ethical standards in all aspects of their operations, including sourcing, manufacturing, labor practices, and business partnerships.

You can see social responsibility in the way brands like Ben & Jerry’s operate. Their commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability, and ethical business practices is what endears them to their audience.

For example, the brand targets a 100% renewable energy operation and a 40% greenhouse reduction by 2025.  This shows how intentional they are about the environment.

19. Leadership

As some people exhibit leadership qualities in everything they do, so do some brands. This is a vital brand attribute that reflects a brand’s ability to drive innovation, set industry standards, and influence consumer behavior.

Brands that embody leadership demonstrate excellence in their respective industries, shape trends, and lead by example in addressing societal challenges. Some names must already be forming in your mind as you read this. And yes, you’re right.

Leading brands like Apple, Tesla, Google, and Nike are on this list, as their influence robs off on every other brand in their respective industries.

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Brand attributes examples

The best examples of brand attributes are from brands that have been able to perfectly integrate sensory and subconscious brand attributes.

Here are some brand attributes that can inspire you.

1. Starbucks brand attributes

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In each element of their brand touchpoint, they have the same look and feel, design element, color, and messaging.

The physical brand attributes are:

  • Green and white
  • Distinct logo and brand motif
  • Brown paper
  • Names on cups

So, the physical brand attributes are very clear, and these elements also point to the subconscious elements of the brand:

  • Modern
  • Urban
  • Personal touch
  • Stylish
  • Social

2. Little Dutch brand attributes

There is also a local brand that I love, called Little Dutch.

Whether big or small, all their products have the same feel, and these are their top brand attributes:

  • Natural
  • Minimalistic
  • Organic
  • Pastel
  • Subtle

brand attributes examples

brand attributes examples little dutch

The physical attributes also integrate well with the subconscious attributes of the brand

  • Caring
  • Environment-friendly
  • High-quality materials
  • Learning with play

3. Amazon brand attributes

One of the best examples of brands that combine all the brand attributes to give a consistent brand experience is Amazon.

 

brand attributes examples amazon

Their positioning is all about providing the best customer experience. So they bring everything together:

  • Design/ logo element of a smile
  • Friendly color of orange
  • Large selection of physical and online products like music and video
  • Smooth and easy logistics like delivery and returns
  • Supportive customer care officers who make the buying process easy
  • Consistent brand experience

Yes, they get a bad name for putting small businesses out of business, for destroying the economy, for favoring their own brands.

But they never say they are the best for businesses that sell through them.

They say they offer the best to customers.

So some people wouldn’t buy anything from them, but that’s also okay. Because no matter how big you are, you cannot sell to everyone.

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4. Apple brand attributes

brand attribute example - apple

When we think of Apple, we immediately think of the logo, Steve Jobs, and innovation.

They are always pushing the boundaries of technology and coming up with groundbreaking products that redefine the industry.

Apple also excels in simplicity, making its products user-friendly, minimalistic, and good-looking. And, of course, quality is another attribute associated with Apple.

So, in a nutshell. Apple’s brand attributes are:

  • Innovative
  • Simple
  • High-quality
  • Apple logo
  • Stylish

5. Nike brand attributes

brand attribute example - nike

Nike is all about inspiring athletes and individuals to push themselves beyond their limits.

In its communication, the brand always indicates its high-performing sports apparel and footwear that helps you perform at your best.

With its ‘Just Do it’ slogan, Nike also tries to encourage people to believe in themselves and their abilities, empowering them to chase their dreams.

Nike’s brand attributes are:

  • Swoosh logo
  • Just do it
  • Inspiration
  • Powerful
  • High-performance
  • Empowerment

6. Tesla brand attributes

brand attribute example - tesla

Tesla is not just innovative; it is revolutionizing the world.

It has become synonymous with electric cars and autonomous driving, and it is not for the masses yet. It is, however, setting the future trend in cars and a more sustainable environment. It has evolved into an icon.

Another unique attribute of the company is Elon Musk.

Putting them all together, we can summarize the brand attributes of Tesla:

  • Sustainability
  • Futuristic
  • Luxury
  • Elon Musk
  • Sharp logo

How to set your brand attribute strategy for your business

Whether you’re launching a new business or revamping an existing one, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of your brand attributes and an effective brand attributes strategy.

If you’re wondering what your top brand attributes are, they are all the elements of your brand story that can make your brand unique.

So, the best way to define your brand attributes is to start with creating your brand story:

  • Know your audience
  • Define and design your brand
  • Bring it together and keep it that way.

In other words, identify your competitive positioning and what sets you apart from other brands to your audience, and carve out the attributes that seamlessly integrate to make your brand unique.

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Let’s see how to set the brand attributes of your business step by step.

1. Understand your target audience

At the heart of all your branding elements should be your target audience.

So, before working on your brand attributes, try to understand your audience as deeply as possible.

  • What are your audience’s demographics and lifestyle?
  • What are their challenges, needs, and desires?
  • What kind of attributes will resonate with them?

One way to understand your audience is to create a buyer persona.

You could also think about creating a brand attributes questionnaire. You could ask a small set of your audience what they value most in a brand in your industry and how they perceive your brand to be.

2. Identify your brand’s unique value proposition and core values

What sets you apart from other brands in your industry? This could be anything from your company culture to the products or services that you offer. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have a purpose-driven brand?
  • What are your brand’s core values and messages?
  • What does your brand stand for?
  • What do you offer that nobody else does?

Conduct competitor research.

Take a look at what other brands in your industry are doing. What qualities do they communicate? How can you differentiate yourself? Why should someone choose you over your competitors?

Related: Brand purpose examples

3. Identify possible brand attributes

Once your brand positioning is identified, it’s time to start working on your attributes!

You could think about them on your own, or even brainstorm with your team members (or friends/ family), about some plausible attributes that could work for your brand.

Consider both the physical characteristics of your brand and the intangible values that it represents.

For example, if you are marketing a luxury car, some possible brand attributes could be “expensive,” “elegant,” “powerful,” and “reliable.”

On the other hand, if you are targeting budget-conscious consumers, some possible brand attributes could be “affordable,” “practical,” and “reliable.”

Write down anything that comes to mind, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Keep in mind what makes your brand unique and what would resonate most with your target audience.

Once you have brainstormed a list of potential brand attributes, you can start to narrow down which ones are most important for your brand and which ones will resonate most with your target audience.

4. Apply your brand attributes to your brand messaging

Your brand attributes should be reflected in all aspects of your brand, including your brand and marketing messages.

Talk about your brands and products and interact with your customers in a way that upholds your brand attributes.

For example, if one of your brand attributes is “friendly,” make sure that your marketing materials use language that is warm and inviting.

5. Apply your brand attributes to all designs

Implement your brand attributes in all the designs that you create for your brand and marketing campaigns.

In your colors, for example.

If one of your brand attributes is being environmentally friendly, you might use green and brown colors in your logo and brand website design.

Or, if you want to convey a premium feel, you can use gold elements in your brand designs.

You could also use shapes and patterns that represent your brand attributes.

For example, if one of your brand attributes is ‘fun’, you might use playful shapes and patterns in your design.

Another element of brand imagery you should apply your brand attributes on is to your typography.

For example, if one of your brand attributes is ‘professional’, use a clean, modern font in your design.

Pro tip:

A brand kit is a document that outlines how your brand should be presented visually and serves as a reference when you design your marketing materials. Here are some branding kit examples.

Once you have identified your brand attributes, add them to your brand kit to ensure consistency across all brand touchpoints.

You can create an online brand kit on Canva, to help you easily and quickly apply your brand attributes to all your brand design projects.

Related: What is Canva

Are brand attributes and brand characteristics the same?

Brand characteristics are traits that people attribute to your company on an emotional level. These could be values like trustworthiness or helpfulness, which are based on customer experiences with you.

Both brand attributes and brand characteristics work together to shape how people perceive your brand.

What are brand characteristics?

Brand characteristics are the unique and identifiable qualities that distinguish a brand from competitors. These characteristics help shape the brand’s identity and influence how consumers perceive it.

Understanding and effectively managing your brand’s characteristics will help you develop a strong, differentiated brand that resonates with consumers and drives long-term success in the marketplace.

Brand character examples

As your brand’s personality, your brand character can take any form or shape, including cartoons, anthropomorphic animals or objects, or fictional people. Here are some brand character examples you can draw inspiration from:

Tony the Tiger

Tony the Tiger

Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger is another brand character example that shows how memorable and engaging brand representations resonate with their audience.

Tony the Tiger is a friendly and enthusiastic anthropomorphic tiger. It’s confident, energetic, and optimistic. Often seen promoting Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal with his catchphrase, “They’re grrreat!” it creates an emotional connection that endears Kellogg’s to its customers.

Mr. Clean

Mr Clean brand character

It’s difficult to use a cleaning product from Procter and Gamble without knowing their mascot, Mr. Clean.

The muscular and bald cleaning mascot symbolizes the cleaning power and effectiveness of Procter and Gamble’s cleaning products.

Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald brand character

Ronald McDonald was the mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food company. It had a cheerful and clown-like character that endeared the brand to its consumers.

The fun-loving, outgoing, and entertaining characteristics of Ronald McDonald embodied the family-friendly atmosphere of McDonald’s restaurants.

Though McDonald’s has officially retired Ronald, the emotional connection it built between the brand and its customers remains valid to date.

Brand promise examples

Brand promise refers to the unique value proposition or commitment that a brand makes to its customers. It communicates what customers can expect from the brand and sets expectations for their experiences with its products or services. Here are some examples of brand promises:

Nike

Nike’s brand promise is “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

It emphasizes inspiration and innovation, showing Nike’s commitment to providing high-performance athletic gear and motivating athletes to push their limits.

Starbucks

Starbucks’ brand promise is “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighbourhood at a time.”

It emphasizes community, connection, and quality and shows the brand’s commitment to providing high-quality coffee and promoting a welcoming environment where customers can connect with others.

This promise reflects on everything Starbucks does, from taking your order with a smile, talking to you by name, writing your name on your cup, and ensuring you get your order exactly how you want it.

What are the attributes of a product?

The attributes of a product are the specific characteristics or features that describe it. These attributes can be tangible or intangible and directly reflect the brand’s overall attributes.

Tangible product attributes include size, color, quality, taste, smell, touch, etc. While the intangible attributes

Some notable examples of product attributes examples include product name, product ID, price, custom features, smell, reliability, marketing claims, packaging, and more.

For example, Apple products are consistently made from high-quality materials and designed to showcase innovation and excellence.

Brand attributes – Concluding Tips

1. Prioritize your target audience

Your brand attributes should be a perfect match for your niche audience. It need not appeal to everyone. In fact, you can’t be universally appealing.

One of the first steps to creating your brand story is knowing your audience. Spend a lot of time on this, and continuously keep gaining insights to refine your attributes further.

2. Keep it simple

While you design your brand attributes, follow a policy of less is more.

Don’t overwhelm your audience with too many elements.

It should be easy and effortless for your audience to interact with your brand and remember it.

Pro Tip:

Use a branding checklist as you go through each branding step.

It can be very handy in identifying all the essential steps of developing your brand strategy and attributes.

3. Keep it integrated

All your brand attributes should blend smoothly together. When you create sensory attributes, for example, keep subconscious ones in mind as well.

Take the example of Uniqlo.

It is a high-quality,  fast-fashion brand known for its simple designs in clothes.

It also applies this simplistic, minimalistic approach in its stores and communication.

brand attributes example uniqlo

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It even has labels on clothes that mention the source country of the fabric.

Uniqlo has retained its promise of high quality at an affordable price for decades now and has gained global likeability and trust.

Does it seem overwhelming to set so many brand attributes?

Relax and remember:

  • Take baby steps. Don’t try to do everything together
  • Refine and tune based on your learnings. Not everything needs to be cast in stone from day one.
  • Know your story. That really is the starting point

Now, over to you. Did you already define your brand attributes? What challenges did you face? Are your attributes working for you?

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Lisa Sicard
2 years ago

Hi Poulomi, I really liked this one as I haven’t thought of my own brand like that. I’ve changed my typography a few times but have kept my orange color. You really have given me more to think about going forward as I just redesigned my website. Thank you.

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