How much does branding cost?

Oct 18, 2023

Branding 101: Unpack the costs and true value of branding. Discover its impact on trust, revenue, and memory. Get expert insights from 'heartbeat' and 'Implse' on crafting standout brand identities.

how much does branding cost

Let's get straight into one of the biggest questions on every startup and business owner's mind: "How much is this branding thing going to cost me?"

Branding is like the outfit your company wears for the world. It should look sharp, fit just right, and express who you are. But, as is the case with getting suited and booted,  there's a range of prices. Some might grab a shirt off a sale rack, while others go bespoke. In other words, the cost of branding development can vary. Don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you, especially if you're looking into product design and branding. Stick with us, and we'll guide you through the ins and outs of branding costs, and why it's a worthy investment for your business.

Why Branding isn't just a price tag: the heartbeat perspective?

First things first, before we dive deep into the cost calculations, let's chat about why branding isn't just another line on your expense sheet. At heartbeat, we believe it’s the heartbeat (pun intended) of your business. Here’s why:

Becoming unforgettable: Think of your favourite brands. Got them in mind? Now, think about why they stand out to you. Branding ensures your company isn’t just known; it's remembered. That little spark of recognition? That subliminal imprint? That’s the magic of effective branding.

Trust and loyalty: People shop and support brands they trust. Good branding isn’t just about looking good. It's about making promises and keeping them. It's about authenticity. It's about telling your story in a way that resonates and sticks. That connection you feel with your favourite brands? That's trust and loyalty in action.

The revenue game: While it's not all about the money, let's be honest: a strong brand often leads to higher revenue. Why? Because when people know, trust, and love your brand, they’re more likely to choose you over someone else.

Bringing your team together: Branding isn't just outward-facing. It creates a shared sense of purpose within your team. When everyone's on the same page about what the company stands for, you have a united front. That unity, it's priceless. It means fewer risks, talent retention and a team that stands together through thick and thin.

Now, you might be thinking, "Okay, but branding sounds pricey." And yes, while branding can require an investment, think of it as planting a seed. You water it, give it sunlight, and nurture it. Over time, it grows, blossoms, and gives back tenfold. That’s the true value of branding.

Jumping into the nitty-gritty, branding today is more than a logo or a catchy phrase. In our digital age, branding encompasses everything from your online presence, like your website, to the way your emails look, and even how you sound on social media. And as studies suggest, customers stick with brands that give them a consistent, value-driven experience across the board.

But how much should you set aside for branding? Let's delve into that.

Brand identity cost breakdown

Here's a quick breakdown of average costs:

  • Name development: Starts at $3,000, maxing out at $15,000.

  • Logo design: From $500 to a premium $10,000.

  • Brand messaging: Ranging from $2,500 to $15,000.

  • Visual identity: As low as $2,500 and as high as $20,000.

  • Brand guidelines: Priced between $1,500 and $10,000.

  • Signage design: Between $1,000 and $7,500.

  • Brand strategy: $3,500 to an expansive $25,000.

  • Digital advertising: Monthly rates from $1,000 to $10,000.

  • Website development: From basic $1,500 sites to custom $20,000 platforms.

  • Digital marketing: Monthly campaigns from $1,000 up to $15,000.

  • Social media management: Monthly costs between $500 and $5,000.

Branding and online services can fit a variety of budgets, making it accessible for all business sizes.

Determining your branding budget with precision

The importance of professional guidance in branding 

While a do-it-yourself mindset can be tempting, cutting corners in branding might lead to pricier rebranding efforts and damage control down the line. Branding is dynamic, intricate, and constantly changing, requiring more than just a one-time effort. This is why turning to experts, like the seasoned professionals a theartbeat, can be a game-changer. Their experienced team brings to the table a profound understanding of market fluctuations, competition, societal values, and emerging or evolving trends.

How much should You allocate to branding? 

While several factors can determine your branding budget, a common benchmark among many seasoned marketers is at least 10% of your gross revenue. If you're navigating the waters of a business that's less than five years old or just launching, consider ramping this up to about 20% of your anticipated revenue. Established enterprises might find a sweet spot between 6% and 12% of their total yearly turnover.

Strategically deciding on your branding budget:

  • Market insights and competitor analysis: Begin by understanding the current market trends and fluctuations. This will give you clarity on the specific deliverables essential for your brand. And while it might be challenging to pin down competitors' exact budgets, you can glean valuable insights into their strategies. heartbeat's comprehensive process involves a deep dive into market analysis, so as to position your brand effectively against competitors.

  • Understanding your business lifecycle: Where is your brand currently positioned in its growth journey? Whether you're a startup, a mid-level enterprise, or an established giant, your strategy will vary. heartbeat tailors its approach depending on this very factor, offering bespoke solutions that fit your current phase. 

  • Service prioritization: It's vital to decide which branding services are immediate necessities and which can be considered further down the line. This not only aids in efficient budget allocation but also ensures your branding rollout is seamless. If you're still uncertain where to ‘go’ and where to ‘slow’, heartbeat is always open to workshopping it with you.

  • Choosing the right partner: While heartbeat brings a wealth of experience, if you're a budding enterprise or brand new business looking for a more agile approach, Implse is a worthy alternative.

heartbeat: crafting brands that resonate globally

heartbeat specializes in weaving narratives into brand identities, particularly for innovative SaaS products and digital pioneers. Our expertise extends beyond mere aesthetics; we embed brand stories within robust design systems, ensuring global impact. From supporting world-renowned data platforms in San Mateo to enhancing UX/UI designs for rising EdTech stars in London, heartbeat's signature touch is evident and transformative.

Implse: swift, personalized design for all

For businesses seeking targeted branding solutions, Implse steps in. It merges top-tier design talent and know-how with efficiency while eliminating traditional design hassles. With a streamlined process focused on iterative and impactful design, Implse is the go-to for businesses wanting design precision without an extensive branding journey.