There are numerous things a business can do to create that sense of uniformity and seamless brand delivery is so important for a customer base which may have a national or even an international presence. One of the ways to create that consistency is branding through the uniform.
Uniforms build brand awareness, arouses company pride and builds confidence in your clients for your brand. Here are a few points highlighting the importance of uniforms:
VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY - Think of your company’s uniform as free advertising. Using the company colours and logo on marketing materials creates an immediate visual representation of your brand. Every staff member should be aware of the image they express while wearing their uniform. They are your brand ambassadors.
COMPANY PRIDE: Employees who wear an appealing uniform are proud to be recognised as part of a unique team. A uniform tells them that they are representatives of the brand. They’ll feel some responsibility towards that image and because of their roles as brand ambassadors, their actions will often determine whether your clients continue to feel confident in your brand.
TEAM SPIRIT: People in the same uniform often feel an affiliation with one another, especially when they are out in public. Even if they are from different locations there is often a sense of companionship upon meeting and recognising a fellow employee. It builds an instant connection and bond. That team spirit can help people work well together, and a happy team usually equates to ROI.
LOOK AND FEEL: When a franchise or multi-location business develops a consistent look-and-feel throughout locations, it lets their clients know that this is the same product that they have come to know and trust. The franchise brand is representing that it understands that its clients want them to deliver a reliable quality product across all locations. This kind of consistency builds confidence in the brand and tells your customer base that they’ll get the same experience and the same product no matter which location they buy from.
UNITY: Providing your employees a uniform sends them the message that they are equally important and have a vital role to play within the organisation. In a business environment, a uniform creates brand awareness among your target audience and ideal clients. The uniform creates unification and consistency within your brand.
Everything that represents your company should be well maintained. Dirty vehicles with poor signage carry an equally poor impression (as does bad drivers). Uniforms must be kept neat and tidy and the ambassadors wearing those uniforms need to represent the brand through their image and presentation. Your clients will judge your business on presentation and representation, and seeing smart, friendly staff in uniform in or outside of the work environment can form a lasting impression.
To Recap, uniform branding results in the following ROI:
- Consistent Look-and-Feel
- Unity among Co-Workers
- Brand Identity for Brand Ambassadors
- Company Pride and Brand Pride
- Team Spirit