Welcome to the first lesson of the Small Business Branding Made Easy Crash Course. Over the next few days you will receive several lessons that will help you learn how to successfully brand yourself and your small business for success.
In this first lesson, we are going to talk a little bit about what branding is and what it can do for your business.
You know, gone are the days when an ad in the newspaper, a billboard and a stack of well-designed flyers are enough to get you noticed. These days if you don’t take the time to establish your business brand online, chances are you’ll be quickly overshadowed by your competitors or even worse, never get noticed by consumers.
Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business; big, small, retail or B2B in other words Business to Business. When done right it will give you a major edge over your competitors and help you stand out in even the most competitive markets. Effective branding is all about the image of your business and contrary to popular belief it’s much more than just a fancy logo and a catchy tagline. It’s about the perceived image of your business and what it can do for your customer.
It tells customers what they can expect from your products and services, and sets you apart from your competitors. It’s derived from who you are, what you want your business to be, and what people perceive it to be. Think of it like a promise you’re making to your customer.
A good branding strategy includes multiple aspects that paint a picture of your business to consumers across multiple channels. This can include your website, social channels, content, marketing creatives etc. Marketing creatives like your logo, your banner, and different things like that you design.The goal is to make it easy for consumers to recognize your business the instant they see it no matter where they’re looking.
*It’s anything that gives your company an identity that consumers know, like and trust.
The goal is to differentiate your business from your competitors. This process should start as soon as name your business and factor in on every decision you make from your logo and tagline to your content and advertising. You want to come up with something memorable that explains your brand promise.
For example, M&M says, “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands” and Nike says, “Just Do It,” and we immediately know what they’re all talking about. You can go anywhere in the world, see their logo and know exactly who they are and what they say.
Now I realize you may not be that big yet, but try and think like you are and it will help you come up with creative ways to brand your business so that it’s easily remembered by potential customers. Remember that – even though you’re not big, think like you are.
Distinction is a very important part of your brand strategy. It lets people know that you have something unique to offer that’s above and beyond what your competitors have. What makes you different? What sets you apart? Keep in mind that your branding will impact sales and when you create a one that is easily recognized and remembered (in a good way), then you’ll see much better results overall.
The first step for a successful business is taking the time to let people know who you are, what you do, and how you do it. So, before your next lesson I want you to take some time to think about how you want your customers to perceive your business.
You can start by asking yourself these questions:
1) – What is your business’s mission?
2) – What are the benefits and features of your products or services?
3) – What do your customers and prospects already think of your business?
4) – What qualities do you want them to associate with your business?
Now here’s what’s next:
- Do some research on your competitors and see how they are presenting their brand. It’s very, very important that you do this and even though you might feel like you shouldn’t have to do it or don’t want to take the time to do it, you should do it.
- Brainstorm some ideas that will help you effectively communicate your vision.
- Jot down some possible taglines that you think will tell your story.
That’s it for today’s lesson. We have a lot to go over in the next few days, so make sure you look for your next lesson soon. We’ll be talking more about consumer perception and how you can create a campaign that will help you increase brand loyalty.
This is Dave Glick with G6 Web Services
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P.S I want to thank you again for joining me for this short course. If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact me.
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