Does your brand suffer from a multiple personality disorder?

One of the deadliest issues any brand can suffer from is presenting itself in so many different ways, people don’t know what or how to think about it.

Mentum Article on Brand Personalities

We once helped a medical practice that had been in the same location for 25 years. When we asked people in the area exactly what the practice did, we never heard the same answer twice. In fact, some of the responses described services the practice didn’t even provide. It was not hard for us to turn things around and help double the medical practice’s revenue in a few short years simply by finding the one powerful attribute they could deliver on, then relentlessly staying on point with that message.

The signs and symptoms of multiple personality brands are easy to identify.

One of the first things we do with our clients is “the wall trick.” We find every example in which the brand presents itself. This includes all ads, brochures, social media posts, and the website. Plus, a lot of influential things most people don’t think about. We snap pictures of the lobby. We take screenshots of all online listings and reputations. We print articles and reviews about the brand others have published. We write out their on-hold message. Then we put all of it on a wall for everyone to view.

Our “wall trick” becomes an instant reveal of how disjointed a brand’s message may be and how badly it may be suffering from a multiple personality disorder.

If not corrected, the results of a brand multiple personality disorder to a practice are disastrous.

If patients don’t know exactly whom you are or what you do, they get confused. They won’t care about you. They certainly won’t trust you. Which means they also won’t choose you. Or, if they have seen you in the past, they won’t follow up. They won’t come back. They certainly won’t put their rep on the line to tell others about you. All that is a ton of revenue taken off the table. Fortunately…

 There is a simple cure.


The billion-dollar marketing insight that every Madison or Michigan Avenue ad agency I’ve ever worked with knows is this:

Great brands are consistent.

The most successful brands in the world find one attribute they want everyone to say about them, then never ever waver from telling that story over and over. Volvo cars are safe and they’ve made a point to prove it for decades. Disney’s magic makes people happy and they are unwavering in that message. You’ve been in good hands with Allstate since the 1950s. How many versions of the KFC Coronel have we seen over the years?

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It’s worth asking –

What do patients think of your brand?

Take some time to walk in the shoes of your customer or user. Think about how people who don’t work at your company see you. There should be only one thought, one set of words, or one image that instantly represents who you are. If you come up with a slew of words or images, you may have a brand multiple personality disorder. Don’t panic. You still have the ability to reshape and control your identity. Great brands like Martha Stewart will tell you, “That’s a good thing.” And, as Nike has urged for decades, “Just Do It.”

Pete Griffith

Pete Griffith

President / Founder

Pete started Mentum after two decades of working as a Creative Director at some of the world's largest advertising agencies. His need to create exceptional work is driven 60% by the college tuitions of his three kids, 9% so he can go scuba diving somewhere he hasn’t been before and 1% to be able to afford a good bowl of ramen. The rest equally divided by both the desire to make people laugh and the fear of being laughed at. If you’re interested, his official resume can be gawked at here.

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