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Why Today’s Businesses Need the Help of a Professional Branding Firm

A well-defined brand identity is crucial for your business to attract customers and generate leads. However, crafting a comprehensive branding strategy can be daunting, especially for smaller concerns with overly stretched resources. There is a solution. Partnering with a reputable branding firm has shown to skyrocket B2B growth and drive sales.

This article examines the pitfalls of neglecting professional branding for your B2B SMB. It explores the drawbacks of DIY or slipshod branding and ways to differentiate good from bad. And most importantly, it shares what you can do to succeed in your B2B brand or rebranding journey, whether in-house or with the help of a branding and marketing agency.

But first, let’s unpick the common confusion between marketing and branding.

Untangling the Marketing and Branding Confusion

It’s a common misconception that marketing and branding advice is the same, but it’s not true. Each relies on a distinct strategy. Branding dives deep into your B2B business’s mission, values, target audience, and emotional connection. (Yes, B2B buyers are driven by emotions. [1]) So, a well-thought-out, solid brand sets the foundation for your strategy by offering clarity, direction, and purpose, covering way more than just graphic design and logo creation.

Marketing involves delivering your brand to attract, captivate, and convert customers. Branding and marketing strategies work in tandem to enhance your company’s online visibility. A professional B2B agency can help establish that foundation for you.

This table summarizes the points well:

Defines mission, values, audience, emotionShowcases brand to attract and convert leads
Lays foundation for strategyExecutes strategy, promotes products/services
Focuses on identity, reputation, perceptionTargets specific audiences, drives sales
Creates deep customer connectionUses branding elements for effective messaging
Crucial for comprehensive B2B strategyShapes customer perceptions and growth

Weak Brands and Consequences

A weak B2B brand lacks a strong and distinct identity. It fails to effectively communicate your company’s value proposition and struggles to be seen as a unified entity and differentiate itself from your competitors. Consequently, a weak brand does not resonate with your target audience.

The typical components of a powerless brand are inconsistent messaging, unappealing visuals, or a general lack of reputation and brand awareness. Today, 84% of successful B2B firms say brand awareness is their most important goal. [2]

An unconvincing B2B brand undermines trust, which hinders marketing efforts used to attract and retain clients. This hindrance restricts business growth, imposing limitations on opportunities. And there is rarely a single cause for why B2Bs fall short on their branding.

Overcoming these challenges needs a strict focus on brand development or rebranding. That means better resource allocation and strategic planning. If you have issues with any or all the above, consider external assistance from a reputable B2B branding agency.

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Caveat Emptor: The Risks of DIY & Cheap Branding Offers


Many shortcuts in business pay off, but branding is not one of them. The DIY approach only works if you’re an expert at branding. 

The brand concept is simple to grasp. It tells your B2B story, revealing your identity while balancing richness and simplicity. But DIY and budget branding efforts rarely communicate the right messages. Often, they are unclear, misunderstood, unmemorable or very memorable—in a negative way. The consequences are lost business and possible damage to your company status going forward. Still not convinced?

Here are six reasons why DIY or cheap branding firms are risky for B2B businesses:

  1. Lack of differentiation, i.e., generic and unoriginal
  2. Perceived lack of quality and professionalism
  3. Limited scalability; lacks strategy
  4. Branding that doesn’t captivate your target audience
  5. Rebranding costs to fix a weak or damaged brand
  6. Reputational damage caused by inconsistent branding

Clearly, shortcut branding is not only a bad idea but potentially harmful.

How to Distinguish Good B2B Branding from Bad

Bad branding fails to check some, or all, of the good branding boxes—that’s it. We have touched on a few of these already and will expand on them next. This section delves into the seven factors for a strong B2B brand. If you want to do your branding in-house, it’s vital to understand all that it entails.

1. Clear and Consistent Messaging

It sounds obvious, yet many B2B firms lack clear and consistent messaging in their branding and marketing. Consistency across all your marketing channels establishes brand identity, builds trust, and communicates value propositions to your target audience. It’s a straightforward concept that enables your business to differentiate itself from competitors.

Your brand messaging is clear and consistent if it checks the following boxes:

  • Clear value proposition
  • Aligned brand positioning
  • Consistent tone and identity
  • Distinct from competitor branding
  • Coherent brand story
  • Adaptability across platforms
  • Relevance to target audience

Bad Branding: Lacks clarity and consistent messaging and therefore struggles to establish a distinct identity and effectively communicate its value proposition.

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2. Alignment with Target Audience


Aligning your B2B brand with your target audience helps you understand your client’s business needs. That makes it much easier for marketers to tailor messaging and build strong connections. Alignment fosters trust and drives long-term customer relationships. A Harvard Business Review found that 64% of brand relationships are formed on shared values. And did you know that Millennials now influence 73% of B2B buying decisions? [3] [4]

Bad Branding: Failure to align with your target audience makes your brand less relevant, disconnected, and ineffective in its communication efforts.

3. Professional Visual Identity

A strong visual identity is essential for B2B companies. It improves your brand perception, establishes credibility, and aids recognition, setting your business apart from rivals.

Bad Branding: A lack of professional, cohesive visual identity makes a B2B appear unpolished and inconsistent. As a result, it will most likely struggle to establish a strong brand identity.

4. Thought Leadership and Expertise

Thought leadership and expertise position you as an authority in your industry. By offering valuable insights and solutions, you build trust. And trusted firms attract new customers, retain existing ones, and help foster long-term relationships.

Bad Branding: Without exhibiting thought leadership and expertise, your company may be perceived as lacking authority, credibility, and industry knowledge.

5. Customer Testimonials/Case Studies

Positive customer testimonials and case studies provide social proof, help build credibility, and showcase real-world success stories. By demonstrating the value and benefits of your B2B product or service, they influence purchase decisions and enhance brand reputation.

Bad Branding: A lack of customer testimonials and case studies or too much negative feedback undermines your B2B credibility and trust, thus hindering effective decision-making.

6. Long-Term Relationship Building

Long-term relationships help customers and clients feel more secure and connected with a solid brand. Quality relations foster trust, customer loyalty, and repeat business. They bring opportunities for collaboration, driving sustainable B2B growth and competitive advantage.

Bad Branding: Overlooking long-term relationship building in business limits growth and success by hindering trust, loyalty, and sustainable partnerships.

7. Brand Consistency

Brand consistency establishes a strong and recognizable brand identity, enhances credibility, and fosters trust with prospects and buyers. Consistency helps differentiate your business from its rivals, ultimately driving loyalty and long-term success. Consistently presenting a brand across all platforms potentially boosts B2B revenues by up to 23%. [5]

Bad Branding: Neglecting B2B brand consistency(mixing old and new branded materials) leads to confusion, weak brand identity, and missed opportunities for effective communication and differentiation that leads to buyer recognition and remembrance.

The Power of a Professional Branding Firm


Branding firms can deliver a great ROI for B2Bs. Expert agencies offer fresh perspectives and objective analysis that internal staff may lack due to their close involvement. Outsourcing all or part of your B2B branding endeavors to professionals has these benefits:

  • Fresh perspective and objectivity
  • Extensive experience, expertise, and specialized skills
  • Efficient utilization of time and resources
  • Diverse industry experiences
  • The latest, most powerful tools, trends, and strategies to enhance branding strategies

That last point is worth special mention. In addition to experience and continual education/training, powerful tools and software are pricey and often require paid updates to remain industry standard. They include branding and design software, market research tools, selected social media management platforms, brand monitoring and analytics tools, and project management tools. Reputable branding firms have already invested in these tools and programs, so you don’t have to.

Wrap Up on Professional Branding Firms

A strong brand identity is crucial for businesses, especially small and mid-market companies to attract clients and generate leads in the competitive B2B landscape. However, companies with limited or stretched resources can find crafting a comprehensive branding strategy daunting and time-consuming.

Partnering with a respectable B2B branding firm can yield valuable investment opportunities. Expert agencies know how to differentiate your brand from competitors and establish a strong brand foundation. So investing in professional expertise unlocks the power of your branding. And that brings clarity, direction, and purpose, ultimately leading to enhanced online visibility, customer connection, and business growth.

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/b2b-sales-strategy-evoke-emotions/
  2. https://contentmarketinginstitute.com/brand-awareness-most-important-B2B-goal/
  3. https://hbr.org/64%-of-brand-relationships/
  4. https://ceoworld.biz/millennials-73%-of-B2B-buying-decisions/
  5. https://www.smallbizgenius.net/brand-consistency/
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