The delay between the announcement of the new name and the rollout of the rebranding in April will give member companies time to adjust to the changes. The Association will make a toolkit with the new information available to members in March. The full implementation will take several years, McCutcheon reports.
The new name and more aggressive effort to promote the Association and the industry it represents comes on the 10-year anniversary of PLANET, which became official Jan. 1, 2005, as a result of a merger of The Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). Efforts the following year to merge the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) into PLANET failed. PLANET has about 4,200 member companies and represents more than 100,000 landscape and lawn service professionals.
McCutcheon reports the PLANET board of directors has been working on the rebranding effort for the past year with "branding partner," DeSantis Breidel, which conducted industry research on behalf of the Association.
PLANET says that it is continually looking at ways to improve, making sure it provides value to all of our members.
"In addition to the range of services and resources we offer directly to members, our team works with legislators and government agencies to reduce unnecessary regulations and create a business-friendly environment. We also communicate with the media and the public to raise awareness about the important contributions that landscape and lawn care companies make in our lives." says PLANET.
"In order for our message to resonate on Capitol Hill and with the public (your clients), we need to deliver a message that clearly conveys who we are and what we do. Our members are the experts in the field, and we must ensure that the industry is recognized for the contributions we make to society."
PLANET urges members and industry participants to share their thoughts or comments to [email protected]. For more information, read our frequently asked questions. If you have questions about the branding process, feel free to contact PLANET’s PR Director, Lisa Schaumann, at [email protected]