A value ladder is a classic tool that helps you map out your products or services in visual way, in ascending order of value and price.
As a designer, have you ever considered how you cater to your client’s needs with a value ladder?
Or if you’re a business, have you considered how much value you’re providing to your customers?
Do you simply have a logo or do you have a strategic brand that your customers can really connect with?
I’ve taken the liberty to show you what a “typical” brand value ladder may look like.
At the bottom of the ladder is the logo. A simple identification device for your brand. Important, but it’s just the beginning.
Up a step… IDENTITY
Here is the identity, the fonts, colors, etc that make up the brand in a cohesive & consistent way.
Up a step… BRANDING
A more cohesive brand building experience beyond just visuals, looking at naming, positioning, brand personas, storytelling & communication.
Up a step… STRATEGIC BRANDING
A strategic brand builds on all of the above and is a more enduring brand that leaves a greater impact on the world, serving a purpose, better connecting customers based on beliefs & emotions, and actually solving greater problems vs just surface level visuals.
The point here?
As a designer, the higher you go on the value ladder, the more you get paid. Aka, the bigger problem you solve, the bigger the pay check.
As a business, the more strategic your brand, the more valuable it can be.
And the ladder doesn’t stop there.
As a designer, you could offer further design collateral or consulting services.
As a business owner, you can create a better culture, more loyal customers and brand evangelists.
Have you ever considered your value ladder?
Give it a shot!
*Please note these elements do overlap but the point here is to illustrate the depth of problem solving and the value it provides to businesses and how a designer can level up, by offering deeper levels of service to their clients.
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