Definition of on brand
Our definition of on brand: Consistent with a brand’s image or expectations created by a brand.
Definition of on brand from other sources around the web
“Conforming to the image or identity that a particular company seeks to associate with its products or services” – Oxford Languages and Google
“Appropriate to, typical of, consistent with, or supportive of a particular brand or public image or identity” – Merriam Webster
“Something characteristic for the personal image (your brand) you are trying to project. Usually used to say something is ‘not on brand’ for you.” – Urban Dictionary
“Fitting with the image or brand of someone or something. This phrase can refer to a company brand or (perhaps humorously) to someone’s personal interests or image.” – The Free Dictionary
“…that whatever you’re creating is consistent with the look, feel, messaging, tone, voice, etc. of everything else you’ve produced to date.” – The Institute of Leadership & Management
“…that you’re creating content that is in alignment with your brand.” – PF
“Serving the public image which a company seeks to associate with its product” – Wiktionary
Media titled “On Brand”
- On Brand with Nick Westergaard (podcast)
- On Brand, by Wally Olins (book)
“On brand” and “off brand” began as industry terms, used to identify aspects of a brand (e.g., design elements, ads, packaging, celebrity endorsements) or business activities (e.g., supporting a philanthropy, launching a new product) as either consistent or inconsistent with the ethos and expectations set by that brand. More recently, the terms have seeped into popular culture, colloquialisms usually to identify actions that are consistent or inconsistent with a person’s identity or persona. For example, one might opine that launching a cannabis company is “on brand” for Seth Rogen or slapping Chris Rock was “off brand” for Will Smith. Clothes or other items could be described this way, too: “OMG, that outfit is so on brand for you!”
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