by Marcus Lansky
There's a lot of contradictory advice when it comes to branding, but there's no denying that small businesses need to create a clear-cut, identifiable brand to survive — especially in the online marketplace. Consider the following three best practices when determining the best branding strategy for your company.
- Determine Your Audience
Reaching your target market may take some trial and error in the beginning. You may already know your demographic, but if you don't, consider where your customers live, how old they are, and which social media they most frequently use to get a basic sense of what your marketing strategies should be. Choosing a branding strategy will depend heavily on whose attention you are trying to get. Use a demographic mapping tool — or hire a professional to do it for you — for fast analysis of your customers' metrics.
It's important that you (or whoever you hire) regularly check these metrics and key performance indicators to analyze how your customers are responding to your marketing tactics and see if they are meeting expectations. If they aren't, it's time to pivot and switch strategies. A professional branding marketer can help you if you tire of trying to figure out these details by yourself.
- Create a Narrative
According to numerous digital marketing experts, the best brands tell a story. Perhaps you're running a family company that your grandfather founded, or maybe you lost your job and decided to bounce back by turning your hobby into a full-fledged online business. Whatever your background, you'll see the most connection from customers and likely the best sales results if you connect with your audience by telling them a story.
As you think about what to include in this narrative, let your customers know more about your passions, hopes, and goals for your business. This helps your customers feel a sense of connection to you, which is crucial if the business you own is online-based. Shy away from obvious sales pitches, guilt appeals, or anything that doesn't feel ethically right to you.
- Know When to Hire a Pro
While you may be able to build a simple website with a template platform such as WordPress, you may not have the skills (or the time) to create an appealing and functional site and run the site and your social media platforms by yourself. Consider working with a digital marketing agency who can optimize your website, handle SEO, and manage Google and Facebook ads.
When it comes to designing a logo that represents your brand, you can DIY this project by using an online business logo design tool. Choose from many expertly designed templates and then customize it to include your desired font, colors, and design elements.
If you're new to marketing your business in the digital space, branding can be a tough concept to tackle. Before throwing yourself into the task, take some time to research what you need and reach out to other small business owners to learn how they branded their businesses. Get in touch with professionals with branding experience if you need help with the concept or the practicalities such as web design, logos, and social media engagement. The clearer the concept and the more engaging the narrative, the better identity your company has.
article courtesy of Marcus Lansky, www.abilitator.biz
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