Working online can be very competitive, however, by successfully implementing a few branding strategies you can give yourself an edge. What you stand to accomplish by building a business brand is to develop uniqueness that allows you to stand apart from other online marketers. By doing this it will be easier for you to deliver your marketing message more effectively to your customers.
Let’s look at 3 simple strategies to use to establish your business brand and gain a ‘uniqueness’ that sets you apart from other online marketers.
What’s Your Sign?
This is not about your horoscope sign but more about the image, symbol or logo that best suits the identity you want to create. You want to select something that is easily identifiable with the image or reputation you want your business to be known for, your business brand. The insignia or logo you select is something you can use on your website, blog, emails and even at social sites. Remember you want your actions to reinforce what your logo stands for so that people will automatically associate it with you. The use of a visual like this will serve to help you establish your brand.
Connect When Networking
Networking is a very important aspect of developing both a business and a brand and just because it is online makes no difference. It is important to remember that even though you are working on the internet you are still dealing with flesh and blood people! As you develop contacts at social sites or within your niche focus on making ‘real’ connections with the people you meet. There will be other online marketers with whom you will have much in common be it on a personal or professional level. The ‘deeper’ you develop a relationship with these people the further your reputation will travel and this is important when working online.
Pull It Together & Harmonize
The business brand you want to develop needs to be continually reinforced in order for you to successfully establish it. Using the logo you selected along with the reputation you want to establish, take every opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce by action or imagery ‘your’ brand! You want the image and reputation to become synonymous with your business. Building brands successfully can only be achieved through consistency and repetition, there is no other way!
As a rule the more unconventional your methods the more unforgettable they will likely be!
One thing is important to remember when using any branding strategies is that your consistency is the key. The objective is to establish a unique ‘identity’ which will be your business brand, and this can only be done through repetition. Once you have set yourself apart from your competitors, you will be better able to deliver your marketing message. It stands to reason that if you are unique more people will tend to listen to you when you communicate anything. The 3 strategies suggested above are all simple to implement and very effective at helping you establish your chosen identity online. So now when all the other online marketers are ‘drowning’ one another out, your marketing message will be delivered and clearly heard!