The technical definition of branding is the sum total of all functional and emotional assets of the product, service or group that differentiate it among the competition. Ultimately though, a brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service or company. It’s a gut feeling because we’re all emotional and intuitive beings, despite our best efforts to be rational. Each person creates his or her own version of your brand in his or her mind. Thus, regardless of whether the beliefs a customer holds about your company are many or few, good or bad, accurate or inaccurate, they comprise the image of your brand and influence how your customer thinks and buys. We believe that, in the end, it comes down to the simple fact that people hate to be sold to, but love to buy. An effective brand’s job is to create an atmosphere that entices a potential customer to buy without having to ever actually sell.