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Aug
21

BNI Branding – The How To Guide

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“No Nike without the Tick, no Apple without that Fruit”

If you run a successful, thriving business (and as a BNI Member, that’s almost a given), I bet that you have spent a good deal thinking about what your company and brand stand for.  You are consistent in your message, so that through whichever touch-point your potential and existing clients connect with you – they will get a clear, unwavering sense of what your brand stands for.

Successful Brands Have Consistent Branding 

Think Nike, Coca Cola, Apple… the list goes on.  What if these brands suddenly use a completely different logo? Nike without that famous tick – unthinkable. Or the recognizable Cola Cola-red was replaced with, say, purple in one advertisement, and – why stop there! – they used the font you are reading now instead of the Coca Cola script in their logo?

Confused?  I bet you would be!

Unrecognisable branding?  Most likely.

Bad, bad marketing – leading to plummeting sales?  Without a doubt.

Your Core Values Make Your Branding

At BNI, we understand the value of our brand and systems, and the benefits they offer our members.

BNI members join (and stay with) our organisation, because of our core values:

  • Members build business through meaningful relationships
  • Training and education are at the core of the organisation
  • Tradition + innovation = success
  • Members should always have a positive and supportive attitude

The core values listed here are a large part of how and why BNI is able to generate billions in business for its members across the globe each year.

With the BNI key branding messages coming from these central values, it is important that our chapters’ and leadership teams’ marketing efforts reflect these values through the correct branding elements used.

Your “How to Guide” & Resource: BNIBranding.com

We are fiercely protective of keeping this valuable asset – the brand “BNI” – untainted and clear, so our members get the most benefit our of being part of this brand.  And now you can easily help us to do so.

www.BNIBranding.com is the official online marketing resource for BNI Members and Directors. Here any member can access the latest versions of the BNI logo, branding standards and other artwork to help you market and grow the BNI brand – which will ultimately lead you to attracting more and better visitors and members into your chapters. You can contact your local BNI Director for login information.

If you are in charge of the Facebook page and your chapter’s website, www.BNIBranding.com is the site you should turn to every time you are creating a new piece of marketing or updating your chapter’s web-presence.  But all members benefit from being aware of this great, easy-to-use online resource, as you might want to include the BNI logo on your website, email signature or other appropriate communications, for example.

Some Useful Tips

Consistent Branding => Great Visibility & Credibility => Great Profitability

Whatever marketing and branding work you do regarding BNI, remember that BNI stands for professional, quality business networking and connections.

This and the BNI core values should be consistently reflected in your marketing to make the most of having such a powerful brand behind you.

Ensure you use the correct:

  • Tone of Voice (aspirational, exciting, positive, driven, focused and dynamic.)
  • Language Style (constructive, honest, upfront, confident)
  • Document formats / layout
  • Logo Type (which), Use (how, where) and Supporting Elements (e.g. maps)
  • Colour Palette (approved colours only)

Get Started!

Read more in the useful guide to the BNI Branding Standards, and visit www.BNIBranding.com today to get started creating the most credible, professional and profitable marketing your whole chapter can be proud of!

The site keeps growing, so make sure you pop in regularly for updates – and especially every time you create some new BNI-related marketing material.

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BNI Logo

We are very excited about BNI’s adoption of a new and worldwide Brand. The Branding material was designed to express that BNI is the world’s largest business networking organisation.

What’s in it for you?

A consistent brand throughout the world will help your Chapter be recognised as a part of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organisation of its kind. This will certainly lead to more referrals and income for members as BNI achieves even greater Brand recognition over time.

In order to make this a reality a process is now in place to ensure what you do at Chapter level is consistent with the Branding Guide and Standards issued by BNI. This is why it is important for members to understand the process and what to do when producing any new material that involves the Brand.

So how does that work?

BNI Brand and Chapters – Approval process
1. Requests for approval to use the BNI Brand in all materials, websites, etc are to be passed to your local Executive Director, who in turn will get approval from the National Office. Please email with your proposal directly to your Executive Director who will then deal with the National Office direct. This applies to new and existing uses of the BNI Brand.
2. Response to your request will be provided within 7 days. The exception may be in the rare instances when the request cannot be handled locally in Australia.

Please note any material, website and social media related branding templates available from BNI in Australia since November 2010 is compliant with BNI Branding Guidelines.

Please ensure that BNI has issued a written approval for use of the Brand in all areas of your Chapter’s operations.

If you have any doubts, please communicate with your local BNI Director.

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