You’ve created a product, picked a business name, had a logo designed set up a website and maybe have some business cards. This is how many brands typically start out, reacting to what is happening rather than developing from a well-thought-out, or at the very least a basic branding strategy. And whilst this approach will see you through the early start-up days and months there eventually comes a time when you think ‘hang on a second, this is getting very real and I need to get clear on my brand’.
Branding is about more than having a logo or some pretty visuals. A brand is a vehicle that connects your business, product, service, or even yourself to your customers and audience. My previous post What Exactly is A Brand? goes into more detail. A brand is made up of many things including your logo, the messages you send out, the design of your products, the experience of your service. Your brand is what gives you visibility, and is what your audience uses to make assumptions about you and what you do. So it is no surprise that one of the biggest challenges creative entrepreneurs face when it comes to branding their business properly is knowing where to start.
If you are a start-up who is serious about your business and want to create a brand that will take your business to the next level here are some basic branding strategy elements to consider.
Know your why: the story of
- Who you are
- What you have to offer
- Why you do what you do, and why it matters. In other words your mission, values, purpose, and motivation.
Know your market
- Who are your audience – what do they do, like. How do they behave where do they live, shop, play
- Know your customer – who are you selling to and why should they buy from you
- What is your market like – trends, competitors, pricing, expectations
Your brand personality:
- What your brand looks like – your visuals
- What is says – how it sounds, the messages you share
- How it behaves – your brand experience and what you want people to feel when they come into contact with your business, products or service audience
These are all important stages in building a brand, and ones I personally walk you through in my Define Your Brand course. Specially created with start-up and pre-startup businesses in mind. If you are building a brand, or thinking of starting one and need some guidance to get you on the right track Define Your Brand will give you the confidence to make the right decisions. And guide you in starting and developing a brand that truly reflects your business and to position it for success in a crowded marketplace.
You can find out if Define Your Brand is right for you by visiting the course page.
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