Building A Corporate Brand
Creating a brand identity is one of the most important aspects of building a successful company. Your brand identity is how your customers are able to identify your business, and is achieved by any images, lingo, philosophy or other details about your company. It’s what makes your business unique, and in a world of billions of other companies, it’s crucial that you have a great brand.
Building Your Brand
It starts with your overall philosophy. What is your brand all about? What does your brand represent? Then think about your brand as its own entity, separate from yourself and your business partners. How does your brand talk? How does it act? Who would it hang out with on a Saturday night? Most likely your brand will be a lot like yourself, and that’s the way it should be. It would be pretty hard to try and create a brand you don’t truly believe in.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE BRANDING
Own your brand, don’t let customers own it. Pay attention to what your customers want but don’t let them get in the way of what YOU want your brand to be. Maintain control of what you want your brand to mean.
Just as mentioned before, your brand should be something you truly believe in. If you don’t believe in your brand, how do you expect anyone else to?
Make sure your brand is clearly communicated. Every thing about your brand should communicate your philosophy.
It’s important that your business partners also understand and believe in your brand. Build the brand as a team.
It is said that it takes up to 12 times of a person seeing, hearing, or reading of your brand for it to really make an impression. Find as many ways as you can to make your brand visible to potential customers.
Have a strong, well defined logo that symbolizes your brand. Also having an overall complimentary design for your company will ease the consumer in believing in your brand and willhelp them understand what you are about aswell as identifying your brand the moment they see it.
Keep employees involved by regularly taking the time to discuss your brand and how your business is doing.
Remember that your brand represents the whole customer experience, not just your signage or stationery, and cannot be changed overnight.
Regularly review your customers’ experiences of your business. This will provide an early indication of any elements of your brand that are underperforming.
Take immediate action to correct this underperforming element. It might save a lot of money and maybe even help you decide if you need to rebrand your whole business.
Keep a blog on your website. Updating your blog often with your everyday adventures lets customers know the lifestyle your brand represents.
Keep the brand alive! With these tips you should be on your way to developing a lovable brand that’ll skyrocket your business.
*Note – some of this content was taken from a post by AJ at http://t-shirtmagazineonline.ca