Refreshing Your Brand? Not So Fast.

December 1, 2010

By Adrienne Tallacksen

A new look going into the new year may seem like a good idea. But there's more to it than just updating your logo and slapping it onto your website and packaging. Remember Gap and Tropicana? The brands ended up reverting back to their old logos after debuting their new looks. In both cases, consumers revolted against the new designs.

Xilinx is an example of a brand refresh done well. The 25-year old high tech brand undertook this process in 2009 starting with extensive research about Xilinx's reputation in the marketplace and with its customers. Its marketing team knew that the brand's proliferation of sub-brand logos was not sustainable and worked to get support from senior management for the rebranding effort. Xilinx opted for subtle changes to its parent logo and more extensive updates to logos and naming conventions for its sub-brands.

Xilinx rebranded itself "from the inside out." This meant working closely with its employees who have a tremendous impact on the brand. It was important to let them know why the change was being made and what they could expect in terms of changes to the company's culture. To make sure employees fully understood the rebranding, Xilinx's marketing team held lunch and learns, presented at company-wide meetings, and redesigned the intranet portal.

This brand refresh was successful because Xilinx invested in a few key areas. The brand took the time to do research, get buy-in from senior management, and educated employees on the rebranding effort.

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Mark Galliher

August 27, 2011 6:28pm ET

Nice redesign. I like the drop shadow on the hero logo and the updated colours. The extended letters in a slimmer font are a tremendous improvement. The copyright symbol also gives it nice weight.

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