Say Sri Lanka and the world imagines a beautiful tourism hotspot with pristine beaches, lots of cinnamon, tea and jewels. To say that it is also an ICT/BPM powerhouse would be, perhaps, met with surprise by most. Landor Mumbai unravels the surprise for you, read on.
Teejay (formerly known as Textured Jersey Limited) is a leading Sri Lankan textile manufacturer catering to a wide portfolio of international clients like Calvin Klein, Marks & Spencer, Victoria Secret and others. The company had been growing rapidly and had recently made two new acquisitions – Ocean India and Quenby Sri Lanka. It was now necessary for Textured Jersey Limited to build an inspiring corporate brand that portrayed the group’s differentiation as well as their collective strengths. The new brand would serve as a rallying cry to galvanize all current employees and attract new talent
As Sri Lanka entered the international eye as a holiday destination, so did it become the destination for many international hotel chains. With the influx of competition in the hospitality space, Cinnamon had to prepare to compete with global standards. We helped them find what they stood for, and to craft a brand portfolio story that could be the leading tourism brand in Sri Lanka.
By Lulu Raghavan and Ruchi Gunewardene
Many brand owners think of their brands as logos or labels. Their discussions on branding would revolve around colours, fonts, layouts, designs, sizes and locations of the logo on various touch points. Seen through this traditional and limited lens, branding is equated with producing advertisements to build equity in the brand.
Whilst logos and labels are one aspect of what a brand is, it is an extremely narrow view. This approach to brand management severely limits the potential value of the brand when it is being financially evaluated as an asset that is adding value to the business. Yet, most brands in Sri Lanka are being built this way.
This article was originally published in FT Daily Sri Lanka (December 2015)
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