What Are The Fundamentals Of Branding? Read this article.

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A company’s brand is a vital element of its identity, indicating how the organisation positions itself but also what makes it stand out from the competition. In essence, a brand is a promise which the company makes to the consumer. That’s why branding is such a vital tool for a business. If the company wants to make a great name for itself, its brand is very important. Branding strategy, thus, is one of the most vital parts of establishing a company’s identity.

However what makes for good branding? Here is a round-up of the most important aspects.

Establishing Identity

The most important part of branding is creating the identity which is being branded. After all, you can’t convey a constant message about something which doesn’t exist yet, right? That’s why you need to start by asking some basic questions about your company including what are your:

  • Services;
  • Target audience;
  • Existing marketing efforts;
  • Business personality; and
  • Business objectives.

You will also want to know in general, how do you want people to think of you? What do you want to be known – as well as – remembered as?

Take A Stand

Individuals connect with your brand when you have a powerful point of view or belief about an issue, particularly if they have similar beliefs as well as values. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be political or say something controversial in order to connect with your audience. Rather, identify something you strongly believe in and that you want your brand to stand behind.

Taking a stand behind a belief may be disruptive as it helps people notice your brand and also gives people a reason to differentiate you from the competition. In order to identify what you stand for, begin by looking at why you began your company in the first place. Is there something which you believed in? Is there something you wanted to change in the industry?

Research Competitor Brands In Your Industry

You should never emulate exactly what the big brands are doing in your industry. However, you should know what they do well (or where they fail). The aim is to differentiate yourself from the competition. Convince a customer to buy from you over them!

We’re constantly thinking about how to make a brand stand out from what’s already out there. Make sure that you don’t skip this step in the brand building process. Research your main competitors or benchmark brands. For example, study how well they have gone about building a brand name.  For a brand name to be effective, it needs to be easy for consumers to recognize and remember.

Embody Your Belief

It’s one thing to say that you believe something, however it’s another thing to represent that belief through your brand. Consumers are very savvy. They can tell if a brand is fully invested in their beliefs or if it’s just saying something because it’s trendy. Fully representing your beliefs takes place through the brand experience you create (in your copy, brand visuals, product design, advertising, etc). The more you embody your beliefs throughout the brand experience, the better.

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