The branding of your business is something that has to be done right. While it’s tempting to quickly develop a logo and allow social media to do the rest, memorable and high quality branding is what will truly connect you to your customers.
Successful branding takes time and with the right approach, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a recognisable brand, including:
- Better customer loyalty
- The ability to stand out in a saturated market
- Increased customer referrals
- Credibility within your industry
- Larger market share
- An enhanced customer journey and stronger connections with clients
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In this post, we’re going to examine some effective strategies to help you build a stronger brand. Read on to find out more.
Consider Your Core Values As A Business
The core values of your business should be a driving force behind your branding identity. The key to developing a stronger brand is to ensure that everything you do is a direct reflection of your company values. Branding isn’t just about a flashy logo that looks memorable, it’s about cultivating your business message and getting it out there. Whether your values are honesty and trust, passion and fun, commitments to customers or integrity, every facet of your branding from your logo to the wording on your website, your social media content and advertising materials should reflect these principles perfectly. It sounds trivial, but this kind of marriage between your branding and your core values won’t go unnoticed by your customers.
Avoid Mimicking Big Brands or The Brand You Want to Be
We all dream of success as big as Amazon, but you won’t get there by mimicking their look or branding approach. As an independent business, you already have an advantage in terms of branding and company voice – as consumers are turning off from larger brands and investing more money into family-run, independent entities instead. When developing your brand, create your own identity.
Establish Your Brand Guidelines and Communicate Them
A strong company identity is much more attainable when you have a robust set of brand guidelines. These tools are used to ensure your brand identity remains constant across all platforms, communications and materials. Setting the standards for your logo, your typography, colour palette and tone of voice, all of these elements are used consistently across all your marketing materials and communications. It’s also important that your employees are familiar with these brand guidelines, so your brand can be effectively communicated at every stage of the customer journey. Developing brand guidelines means better customer loyalty and trust.
While it’s tempting to simply put your logo on everything, effective branding requires SMEs to work a little harder to gain the trust of their customers and to build a reputation for excellence. Consider the strategies above to get a head start on building a stronger brand.