We all know that a good branding strategy is an important aspect of success in the business world, but often it seems like an impossible task. Small businesses often feel this more so than large businesses, but in today’s competitive world it is even more crucial to their success.
Branding your small business lets the world know the benefits, products and services of your business.
In addition, it also gives your business an image that will be effective in the marketing world.
Often, small business owners do not think it is necessary to portray a corporate image to their customers.
Even if your business is a one man show and it is run out of your home office, it is important to have a good branding strategy.
It is important to develop a website, business cards, letterhead and other related business tools with a consistent theme. This helps create a level of confidence in your customers, because it portrays you as a professional.
When you are developing business tools it is important to make yourself appear unique. This will help you stand out among a sea of other small and large businesses within your same industry.
Create a logo and slogan that you use consistently on all of your business tools both online and in print.
Doing this allows customers to develop an understanding and recognition of your services.
When you create your brand it is important that you maintain a solid level of consistency with all of your business tools. This means that your brand should be unique and recognizable.
When you create your brand use the same logo, slogan, colors, statements and overall theme in all ads, websites, e-mail and any other business correspondence. Avoid using free images, cheap clip art and other elements that are used elsewhere for other companies.
This won’t help brand you. In fact, it will make you blend in more than stand out.
When you have contact with customers and business associates, make sure you leave them with a lasting impression. In many instances, you will only get one opportunity to create a lasting impression.
Make sure you act professionally and represent your business in the right light. Gather contacts if possible and follow-up with all contacts immediately.
A follow-up doesn’t have to be over the top – a simple “It was nice meeting you” will do.
Knowing your demographic is essential to effectively branding your small business. When you create your brand you will need to know what style of branding is more likely to appeal to your customers.
For example, logos, letterhead and even fonts should be selected with your demographic in mind.
Some demographics are more likely to find fun logos and fonts appealing, while others may be more drawn to something more professional and elegant.
Regardless of your budget, you can create a good branding strategy for your small business. Pulling it all together with consistency and professionalism is key.
Once you have done your research and you know your demographics, you can select business tools that effectively represent your products and services.