Starting a new company or thinking about updating your branding because you have grown or adjusted your business to better suite today’s climate? Where do you start? What key elements do you need to consider when creating a brand? We will discuss a few key elements in this article to help you get started.
First of all you really must understand how you are perceived by your customers, or how you want to be perceived when starting a new company. What creates that image in your customers minds? Is it through the products or services you provide? From interactions with your employees? Whatever the case, you need to decide what image you want to project.
The first thing to work on is your internal elements. As a business the best way to do this is by creating a your “Brand Strategy.” Your brand strategy takes into account the skeleton of your business including what your company does, what value it provides, and what your competitive advantage is. Think of your brand strategy as the roadmap that identifies the soul of your business and how to let everyone know.
Once you have decided your strategy, you can start working on your ” Brand Identity.” This is how you convey your strategy to the public. This is done through visuals, messaging and ultimately the customer experience. Your brand identity must be consistent across all channels and mediums used to present your business to your potential customers. One of the key components is your logo. Just like Nike, Apple and Jordan brands, it will become the face of your company. Colors, fonts and shapes play a big part in how your logo will be perceived. Your logo should appear in everything you do. Published media, your website, advertising, signage and more. Creating a branding guide is crucial to maintaining a consistent brand identify throughout the life of the brand. Consistency creates comfort to the viewer while creating a memory stamp that is harder to forget.
The next step is “Brand Marketing.” Now that you have all this work done, your company philosophy, your company identify and all the visuals and content that goes with it, you have to create awareness. There are many channels to get this task accomplished, and it is important to pick the right channels that meet your goals and budget. Websites have become a must have. Most potential customers that have not experienced your company yet will look you up. That experience on your website is many times the first experience of a potential customer. You will want to consider social media outlets as well as SEO and Content marketing. These typically go hand in hand with each other. Email marketing and paid advertising can be other outlets that work well for certain types of businesses.
For your company to be successful creating a cohesive and well thought out branded experience is a must! While we are only briefly over viewing elements to include and tips to accomplish them, our team excels in helping to establish your brand. If you are considering creating a new brand or updating your existing brand to better reflect your business today, give the experts at Paramount Signs a call for a free consultation.
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