Is Your Brand Bland or Remarkable? Whats at Stake for You?


By: Ron and Alexandra Seigel of Napa Consultants, International

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

It is generally agreed that the best attributes of luxury real estate marketing professionals are integrity, market knowledge, listening and negotiation skills. Quite often these qualities are considered to be what differentiates one agent from the others. But, these traits and talents are merely the price of admission into the top tier of the real estate field. If your competitors all embody these characteristics, using words like integrity to set you apart from the pack, simply fail. They become bland and do not define your brand.

You may be great at what you do! However, being great is not enough, if you are not perceived as being great by your target market. In the world of perception "remarkable" is what your are reaching for because remarkable sparks word-of-mouth advertising. Here are some questions to consider:

  • How does the market perceive you? Are you remarkable?
  • Does your brand identity package truly stand out?
  • Does your website look like a luxury store? Does it reflect the prestige of your marketplace?

Like it or not, your website and your marketing materials reflect your superior marketing savvy or your lack thereof. A stunning, consistent brand identity, that makes your competition pale in comparison at first glance, is your best weapon to gain an immediate edge in a listing presentation. It instantly becomes obvious to potential clients that you pay attention to details and you are eminently capable of showcasing their home, which is perhaps theirmost important asset, in the best light.

The old adage, “never judge a book by its cover” may be good advice when making friends. But, it does not hold up in the business world. Many book publishers spare no expense when designing book covers that are embossed and gilded with attention grabbing colors and titles. They know that the vast majority of people buy books entirely based on their covers. In the United Kingdom approximately 130,000 books are published in one year. In the U.S. the number is 190,000. Brand or Bland? What is at stake?

The question of Brand or Bland? is also asked repeatedly in the wine industry. The overwhelming majority of people buy wine based on the label alone. In Napa Valley and the surrounding region, the design of a wine label can cost as much as $80,000 for a 3” X 5” symbol of good taste. With a glut of wines on the market, and competition heating up from all corners of the globe, wine makers know what is at stake! Consumption of red wine in the US alone is 1.47 billion liters with endless choices.

One of the most notable labels in international wines is Château Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux, Pauillac. Since 1946, the Rothschild family has commissioned well known artists and sculptors to design their labels. Each vintage year features a new label by a famous artist such as Miro, Chagall, Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. This became a remarkable differentiator of the brand. At auction, comparable wines sell for far less than Chateau Mouton.

The label says it all. What an extraordinary promise of value! Not only is the wine ambrosia, the label keeps giving because it appreciates in value.

Is Your Brand Bland or Remarkable? What’s at stake for you?


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