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Distinctive Brand Assets
Research & Measurement

  • Gain practical insights on which brand assets to maintain, nurture or further develop
  • Based on Byron Sharp’s leading research from ‘How Brands Grow’
  • 5 days Project Completion


The latest research on what makes brands grow reveals that the primary mechanism behind market success is mental availability. Powerful brands have in common that they own a great degree of mindshare in the brain. More people think about them, more often. Byron Sharp describes in his book How Brands Grow how Distinctive Brand Assets are the hub in the networks that brands leave behind in the brain.  

Distinctive brand assets increase mindshare and are therefore the engine behind brand growth. From the recognizable Nike logo to McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" slogan and from Cadbury's iconic purple to Nespresso's George Clooney - all these distinctive brand assets help the brand stand out into the mind of the consumer. Resulting in market success.

Unravel Research helps you measure, monitor and develop your brand’s assets.

Brand Asset Measurement & Monitoring

Unravel’s Brand Asset Monitor periodically monitors the strength of your brand assets on their Fame (% consumers that link the asset to your brand) and Uniqueness (the asset links to your brand, and not competitors).

Based on an asset’s performance combined on fame and uniqueness, you learn the most fruitful course of action for your brand to grow further. For more info, see ‘How it works’.

Consultancy on Brand Asset Development

Distinctive elements do not become assets overnight. Great creative execution and consistent delivery are essential when forging strong asset connections. Unravel can help you to create, develop and nurture powerful distinctive assets. Our leading experts on consumer psychology and neuroscience help you apply the latest scientific insights to get most out of every asset.
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How it Works

Our Distinctive Brand Asset Monitor uses evidence-based research techniques to capture the power of your brand assets. 

Unravel's Brand Asset Monitor

Unravel's Brand Asset Monitor measures the strength of your brand assets based on their Awareness (Fame) and Uniqueness (Uniqueness). We therefore measure not only the extent to which the asset links to your brand, but also the extent to which this link is exclusive and therefore does not link to competitors. Based on the performance of your distinctive brand assets on Fame and Uniqueness, you will receive practical recommendations from us for further growth.

The methodology can be performed reliably by means of an online survey. Projects can be completed quickly and affordably.

Gain Practical Insights

The results of a brand asset test are highly practical and give immediate strategic direction. Based on their performance on Fame and Uniqueness, each asset is categorized in one of four quadrants with a specific recommendation on how to go forward: ‘Ignore or Test’, ‘Avoid Solo Use’, ‘Investment Potential’ and ‘Use or Lose’.

Types of brand assets

A brand asset is anything that can trigger the brand in consumer memory. The most widely used brand assets in marketing are logo’s and symbols (Nike’s swoosh), slogans (McDonald’s “I’m lovin’ it”), packaging shape (Coca Cola’s bottle), color (Cadbury’s purple), music, sounds and jingles (Kit Kat’s ‘Give me a Break’), advertising execution (Mastercard’s recurring priceless campaign), characters (Ferrero’s Kinder boy) and celebrities (Gillette’s many athelete’s endorsements).

Distinctive Brand Assets: the Engine behind Brand Growth

Brand assets are a driving force in brand sales. A strong set of assets makes more people think about the brand more often – which dramatically increases its presence in the consideration set. More specifically, owning powerful brand assets helps to:

✔ Reinforce advertising-brand linkage – get more out every ad exposure

✔ Being able to replace brand logo in creative ways

✔ Increase in-store attention, consideration, and therefore sales

When to conduct Brand Asset Research?

Doing brand asset research is especially worthwhile when:

  • You're redesigning brand identity. The data shows you what to change and what to keep.
  • Your brand awareness is sub-optimal. You want to learn where the problem lies and how to fix it.
  • You're considering new brand identity elements and want to assess their potential value.

Tim Zuidgeest

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Project Timeline

Unravel Research has extensively optimized and automated data collection and analysis. This allows us to offer unparalleled 5-day project lead times for brand asset research in the market.
  • Day 1: Kick-off

    During the kick-off audit, we list all the brand assets that should be included in the study. This can include current assets, new assets or former assets that are under consideration for reintroduction.
  • Day 2-4: Fieldwork

    Respondent recruitment and data collection. We recommend 200 respondents for each cell.
  • Day 5: Data Analysis & Report

    We analyze each asset’s performance on fame and uniqueness. The insights will be clearly presented in the final report, including actionable recommendations on how to go forward.
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Extra Research Modules

Our brand asset test runs directly in Qualtrics and can be integrated with other research modules, either offered by Unravel or your own.  Brand Asset measurement is often combined with the following modules:

  • Top of mind (category ownership)
  • Brand preference (conscious and subconscious)
  • Brand health tracking
“The Neuro Research proved to be very valuable to us. We made a deliberate choice for neuromarketing research. We don't want socially accepted answers, we want real insights.”
Ingrid de Jong - Brand Manager Pearle

Example Output

Below, find some example output of Brand Asset Measurement: Overview in the distinctive brand asset grid and an in-depth asset analysis.

Curious what a complete report looks like? As the reports for our clients are confidential we made an example report.

You can download it below:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the purpose of measuring brand assets?

Measuring brand assets gives insight into what makes your brand distinctive in the customer’s mind. Different brands have different reasons to monitor brand assets, among others:

  • Tracking campaign effects on important assets
  • Learning which assets are most important for brand recognizability
  • Learning which assets will benefit from broader usage or greater repetition
  • Learning which assets unintentionally trigger competitor brands
  • Testing new assets for the potential to enhance brand equity
Which metrics are measured in brand asset research? Are they validated?

Brand asset research measures each asset’s respective score on Fame and Uniqueness.

Fame is the proportion of people who link your brand to the asset.

Uniqueness is the proportion of responses your brand gets relative to competitors.

Together, Fame and Uniqueness provide strategic guidance on how to move forward with each asset. It points to which course of action will enable the asset to achieve its highest potential for the brand: use it as is, invest in its exposure, make the asset more distinctive or discard it.

The importance of mental availability has been empirically established by Byron Sharp and described in his book How Brands Grow (Sharp, 2016). Mental availability increases the likelihood of the consumer noticing, recognizing and thinking of your brand in a buying situation. Your brand assets’ Fame and Uniqueness are the building blocks of mental availability.

Development of the methodology:

Romaniuk, J., & Nenycz-Thiel, M. (2014). Measuring the Strength Of Color Brand-Name Links: The Comparative Efficacy Of Measurement Approaches. Journal of Advertising Research54(3), 313-319.

The importance of mental availability:

Sharp, B. (2016). How brands grow. Oxford University Press.

How often should I measure brand assets?

Depending on your research objective, you can measure brand asset strength once or multiple times.

One-time brand asset measurement

  • You want to change brand identity and want to learn which assets should stay the same
  • You are about to introduce new assets and want to test which ones will be most beneficial to your brand (i.e., have least competitive interference)
  • You want to gain deeper insight on which assets are capable of effectively replacing the logo in creative ways, without hurting brand recognition
  • Brand awareness doesn’t meet your expectations and you want to uncover the underlying weaknesses

Recurring brand asset monitoring

  • You want to objectively measure campaign effects on brand asset strength
  • You want to monitor your brand’s current standing within a competitive market in order to detect opportunities and pitfalls early on
What is the typical project lead time for brand asset research?

Regular brand asset projects are completed within the same week.

What types of brand assets can be measured?

Assets can include:

  • logo’s
  • symbols
  • slogans
  • packaging shape
  • color
  • music, sounds and jingles
  • advertising execution
  • characters and celebrities
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