What Is Product Branding? (Pros, Cons, Types & Best Examples)

What Is Product Branding?
(Pros, Cons, Types & Best Examples)

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For most of us, when we think about branding strategy or brands, we think of company branding.

Apple, Nike, Harley Davidson, Levi’s…

Yet often, the business brand under which a product line lives isn’t enough to be uniquely distinctive in the market.

You might be in the market for a new phone, yet an “Apple Phone” might not have the distinction, relevance, capabilities, sense of novelty or social standing that the “iPhone Pro Max” would.

This is where product branding takes centre stage.

In this article, you’ll learn what product branding is, why it’s so effective, as well as the pros, cons and best brand examples.

What Is Product Branding? (Design vs Strategy, Pros vs Cons)

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What Is Product Branding?

Well, the easy answer is that it’s the branding of a product. But you didn’t want a surface-level answer, did you?

So let’s dig into the bones a little.

Product branding is the discipline of actively building a positive reputation for a product. This type of branding focuses on the distinction of a product rather than a company. This is achieved by using effective positioning, distinctive brand assets and tailored brand messaging.

In other words, product branding is exactly like branding… but for products.