The Best Brand Promise Examples We’ve Seen

April 24, 2015 by Kevin LeiferComments

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A brand promise is: "This is what we will deliver to you." Pretty simple, right? Maybe.

We’ve collected some of the greatest brand promise examples we’ve ever seen. Some of these brands you’d expect to make the list, and others may come as a surprise, but it just goes to show that a successful brand is a lot more than a logo, icon or memorable slogan.

Geico: “15 minutes or less can save you 15% or more on car insurance.”

This brand promise has become the basis of Geico’s entire marketing strategy, leading them to the top of the auto-insurance industry. Though a time-based promise can be tricky to keep, it’s easy to measure. Geico has done a great job at maintaining their image and keeping their promise.

Coors Light: “The World’s Most Refreshing Beer”

This straight forward brand promise is both simple and informative, easily capturing the spirit of the company in one sentence. While “refreshing” may mean different things to different people, it’s overall concept for a light beer is generally agreed upon - and an amount of exaggeration is implied (and accepted) with the claim of “world’s most.”

Coca-Cola: “To inspire moments of optimism and uplift.”

Coca-Cola’s brand promise takes a bit of a different route. It does not mention the product or service, but instead aims to convey a mindset held by all of those that are a part of the company. With a brand promise like this, Coca-Cola positions themselves as a lifestyle brand that is about much more than just manufacturing popular drinks.

BMW: “The Ultimate Driving Machine”

This bold statement is the driving force behind BMW’s brand. They aim to produce only the most efficient and elegant vehicles and their brand promise states this with confidence.

Nike: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

Similar to Coca-Cola, this brand promise doesn’t even mention Nike products, but instead tells the consumer how they think and what they aim to do on a much larger scale than sports clothing and equipment.

Harley Davidson: “We are Harley Davidson.”

Harley Davidson have had a number of different brand promises through the years, but all of which revolve around the simple fact that there is nothing like a Harley. The cultural icon needs little explanation, and so their most recent brand promise doesn’t attempt to be anything but simple and to-the-point, promising a consistent experience with their company every single time.

Apple: “Think different.”

What started as a shrug to IBM’s “Think,”, Apple’s brand promise is arguably the most famous slogan of all time and  the key to Apple’s wild success in the computer industry. Apple’s brand promise is two-sided - their guarantee to create products based on seeing the world a little differently, and their promise to inspire their customers to do the same.

H&M: “More fashion choices that are good for people, the planet and your wallet.”

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M says, "We have set ourselves the challenge of ultimately making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable.” This is a promise the brand achieves with sustainable materials in their product and consistent low prices.

Starbucks: “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

With a following as iconic as Apple, it’s no surprise that Starbucks provides a great brand promise example, and one they continue to deliver on. Like many company, Starbucks distinguished themselves as a lifestyle brand looking to bring much more to the world than a great cup of coffee.

Wegmans: “Consistent low prices.”

Wegman’s promises its shoppers something they can rely on - consistent low prices. Committed to customer satisfaction with every store experience, this company believes that families should be able to buy what they want, when they want it, instead of relying on coupons and what’s “on sale” each week.

Marriott: “Quiet luxury. Crafted experiences. Intuitive service.”

This brand promise example is all about a consistent experience. Whether you stay in a Marriott in New York City, California or Utah, you expect the same experience and service. If Marriott did not live up to this promise, they wouldn’t be one of the most successful companies in the hospitality industry today.

Walmart: “Save money. Live better.”

It’s no surprise that Walmart makes the list of great brand promise examples. By combining the obvious promise of low prices with emotional benefits, Walmart offers its shoppers a better quality of life with easy access to the necessities.

Creating Your Brand Promise

Now that we’ve taken a look at brand promise examples from some of the most successful companies, let’s discuss discuss what aspects make up a strong brand promise.

Make it Measurable

With many brand promise examples, the promise becomes too many things in an attempt to be everything to everybody, and ends up being nothing to anyone. For your brand promise to be effective, it must be measurable.

What does friendly mean? How do you measure that? What does safe mean? Does safe only mean that the driver has never been in an accident? We all know people who don't necessarily drive safely, but have not been in an accident - yet.

If you can't define what your promise means, you can't measure it. If you can't measure something, you can't manage it.

Take FedEx for example. When FedEx first started out, their brand promise was, "We will get your package to you by 10:30 am the next day." Time is a measurement we all agree on. If the package arrives prior to 10:30 am, the brand promise is kept. Starting at 10:31 am, the promise is broken. A strong brand promise is easy to measure against.

Make it Meaningful

This is where the old cliche “actions speak louder than words” is particularly true. A brand promise is nothing if it’s not followed through with action. The one thing strong retailers do well is deliver on their brand promises consistently. You make a commitment to your customers, and if you don’t deliver, you’ll lose them.The problem is that many companies have one big barrier to consistently delivering on those promises - their employees.

Your store associates are the faces of your business. They are the ones who interact with your customers daily and they make the strongest and most lasting impression on your customers.

It’s their job to be the point of contact between your brand and your customers. But you know what’s scary? Most employees don’t even know what their company is promising. Instead of helping to improve your brand, they may be harming it.

Educating your employees about your brand message is the key to ensuring that your company keeps its promises to your customers. Training programs should include clear messages about what your brand stands for, what you are committed to delivering to your customers and why it matters.

When you give employees a deeper understanding of what you promise your customers, and how their performance fulfills that commitment, your employees are better able to consistently provide the great brand experience your customers expect

And that’s how you deliver on a brand promise.

Many other brands have created great brand promises over the years. What other companies should be on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Brand Experience

Written by: Kevin Leifer

Kevin is passionate about retail, specifically aligning a brand's expectation of their customers' experience with consistent execution in-store. Having managed national touring programs for the National Basketball Association, Nabisco, Coca-Cola and AT&T, Kevin joined ICC/Decision Services in 2000 as an account executive managing the retail apparel business. Kevin earned his Business Administration degree in Marketing and Management from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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