4 Steps to Begin Branding Yourself
Branding yourself in the marketplace is much more than just a jazzy logo or slogan and it’s certainly more than just a unique color scheme. Branding yourself is a process that is going to require you to utilize some critical thinking skills. Below are the initial steps that and start up business or solo entrepreneur needs to take in order to start creating a successful brand image.
Step 1: Study Your Competition
One of the keys to branding yourself is to separate your message from the competition. You will need to know how the marketplace views your competition. You need to recognize how your competitors differentiate themselves from others. Also, you should know your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses. Once you begin to see a consistent pattern of similar shortcomings that your competitors share amongst one another make notes. Look to see how your services or products can fill that void in the marketplace. Your business can benefit from knowing this information by learning from their weaknesses, and learning how to differentiate your company from the competition.
Step 2: Assess Your Strengths
Now that you know your competition’s weaknesses you can begin to focus on cultivating your company’s strengths. Perform a target market analysis, learn from it, and use it to your advantage. This is a useful tool to confirm your company’s strengths are in fact important to your target market. Once you’ve realized your strengths, and what strengths are important to customers, you can think about ways to successfully market these to the public and involve them in your branding campaign.
Step 3: Think From the Marketplace
It’s time to really learn more about your target demographic. Look at their purchasing behavior. How often do they buy? Do they buy only during sales or promotions? Do they buy an array of products or services or just a select few? These are questions you should ask to better market to your customers. Knowing your customer’s lifestyles, needs, mindsets, and attitudes is going to be very useful information in how you form a successful marketing message. Identifying all of your target customers’ problems, ailments, and dilemmas, are going to be the cornerstones to selling them the solutions and branding yourself.
Step 4: Be Your Brand
This is magical element of branding yourself. It’s the part that education or money can’t buy.
Be authentic. I can’t tell you how many people are out here are selling products and services that they don’t even use or believe in. It’s easy to fake it on the internet, but actually living up to your company’s standards will have your company standing head and shoulders above the rest. Make sure your company truly represents what your brand identifies you with. For example, if one of the traits of your company’s brand is to always be sharp and dress the part; then be sharp and dress nice. This means every employee from the receptionist all the way up to the CEO needs to dress for success every day. No exceptions. Consistently walk, breathe, and embody the essence of your marketing message on daily basis.
Time to get that notebook out and get to work boss ladies! See you on the next post!
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