Rebranding After Renovation
If you’re considering renovation, then the rebranding process will take a little bit more time as there will be more factors in play. However, the payoff is potentially higher. First, just like you’ve hired or will hire a renovation team consisting of a project manager, construction company, architect and interior designers, you’ll need a team to create and then dispatch a re-launch of your new brand.
At the very minimum you’ll need an agency to produce the basics:
- New logo
- New brand colors
- New brand language and voice (the personality of your hotel)
- A guideline document to direct all marketing on the approved use of imagery, the logo, etc.
Many agencies suggest going deeper and including a look at your current and future guest demographic, research into the area, drive market and flight market, and more to drive the creative and the strategy after launch. A good team will take inspiration and cues from the new exterior and interior design of the hotel for a cohesive identity. Settling on an objective, budget, style, and timeline will greatly simplify the process, giving you the time and confidence to pull off a successful rebranding.
Rebranding Without Renovation
Without a renovation in the mix, a hotel will have a much shorter timeline to a rebranding launch. The drawback is that the marketing team will have to work that much harder to gain the attention of potential guests to notice the hotel’s new brand. There are ways to offset this potential issue.
A few ways to engage potential customers after a rebranding without renovation:
- Save your change of ownership announcement until you’re ready to launch the new brand
- Hire a PR agency or arrange a press release with imagery
- Have a new brand sale or create a trio of packages to promote to generate interest and excitement
- Consider a new website to show off your new brand in the best possible light
- Consider a change in soft goods throughout the hotel as well as a new paint for a budget-friendly refresh without a renovation hassle
- Consider new photography to showcase the property’s best assets
To Keep in Mind
These are just a few of many considerations to keep top-of-mind when rebranding a hotel. No list should be considered exhaustive or applicable to all properties. In fact, one of AHA’s guiding values is to place top priority on a hotel’s unique qualities alongside each hotel owner’s individual values and preferences when formulating a plan or strategy.