Brand Building Process Tips

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You want your brand to be recognized globally. Or maybe just in the local area. That doesn’t happen by accident (unless you are fortunate), it happens with hard work, dedication, and knowledge. As a small business, you are competing against more prominent companies, local and global, plus freelancers. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be seen. It just means you have to do more with less. And that is no bad thing. Learning how to turn a shoestring budget into a well-branded company is going to pay off when you do have big money later on.

Let’s talk about the basics:

What is a brand?

A brand is everything that people will use to identify you and your business. It will be everything from your logo, and your website to your stationery and your content. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, says, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” 

It is your reputation, and what that looks like on paper. 

Building Brands

This is the bit where you begin to generate press and recognition. Awareness about you and your brand will drive sales. Sales mean profit. All of your marketing campaigns should have goals attached to them, and there should be no money spent where it won’t give you a decent ROI. Ideally, you are looking for the following activities in your building model:

  • Social media marketing
  • Email marketing
  • PPC
  • SEO & Content generation and marketing
  • UX – on your website or apps

The combination of these is a potent way to see your channels gaining both brand awareness and growth. 

Process:

Audience

Before you start building, you need to know who or what you are building for. You can’t sell to everyone, or at least not in the early stages. You need to get in depth over who you are talking to and trying to attract. And be specific too:

  • Talking to young women who want to work in the tech space
  • Working with family men who want to side hustle
  • Selling to executives who have a lot of disposable income and none/one child

Who is it, and what do they want from you? 

Mission

What is it that you brand whats to accomplish? Again go into detail about your brand mission. “My company is designed to bridge the gap in childcare for families where both parents work,” or “My company will provide the freshest salads delivered to the office.” It defines your purpose. 

Research

Start looking at what brands like your brand do. Who are they targeting, what are their most famous ad campaigns, what kind of content do they produce? Don’t copy them, but find a way to replicate their success in your own way. 

Logo & Tagline

Visuals matter. After all, you want to be recognizable and distinguishable. The logo will appear on everything that you produce and should be something that over time, people see and know it’s you. Think of the icon sports brands – simple but effective. You might want to hire in help from a designer and a sign company to get this done to the highest standard. 

Voice

This is how you communicate with customers and potential customers. It should be in keeping with the persona that your company has and hold tight to the mission too. Authenticity will win people over faster than being a fake. 

Stay True

The logos and brands that you know best are the ones that stick fast to their mission, they always think about the future of the business and how they can make what they do work for more people. Always be your brand’s most prominent advocate too. 

Building a brand is a process that deserves the time and effort to get it right. Once you do, you will feel confident as you go forward and will see the rewards too.

Working Remotely? Here’s How to Get to Know Your Clients

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If you are a Millennial, you might be enjoying the lifestyle of a remote freelancer, even run a company using workers from all over the world. Being an entrepreneur requires a clear direction and a plan. If you are clear about what you want to achieve, what you offer, and who your ideal clients are, you can develop your business into something big. Below you will find a few tips on how to get to know your ideal clients.

Market Research

The first thing you will have to do before you position your brand in the marketplace is your market research. Find out what people are looking for. If you work online most of the time, you can utilize social media research and join related groups to find out what the most painful problems of your audience are. The good news is that you don’t even have to invest in industry reports; most of the data you need is freely available.

Finding Your USP

If you are working remotely, you will need to find a way to create personal connections and communicate your unique selling proposition. One of the things you should do is compare your brand and offers with the competition, so you can identify what makes you stand out. Once you are clear about this, you can create a social media strategy or a sales funnel built around your USP.

Identifying Your Ideal Client

One of the most challenging tasks you will have to complete is identifying your ideal customers. When you start a business, you might think that you have to please everyone. This is not the case. You don’t have the budget for marketing trial and error, so it is best to focus on the people who are the most likely to buy from you.

Branding

When building a brand online, your main challenge will be to get people to stop and listen. There is simply too much white noise and distraction, so your brand has to be interesting, engaging, and unique. On social media, for example, your main job is to get people to stop scrolling past your posts. Consistency is also crucial, so your prospects can recognize your brand on every platform.

Asking Qualifying Questions

If you want to stop wasting time chasing after cold or dead leads, you have to find a way to get to know your customers. Asking qualifying questions before you arrange an interview or follow them up will save you a lot of time and resources. There are some great business intelligence software solutions out there designed for remote workers, like you. Click here to visit this website to find out more about the benefits of getting to know your customers and asking the right questions.

Remote workers and companies face a lot of challenges when it comes to branding and getting to know their ideal clients. To stand out from the crowd, you will need to have a clear direction and a strong USP.

Why You Shouldn’t Grow Up

Imagination

Being a parent these days, there’s more pressure to help your kid advance than ever. Start applying to a good preschool once they’re born, research the best elementary and middle schools early and what high school gives them to best chance to get into a good college?

Slow down. There’s things that kids do much better than adults, such as imagination. Kids don’t need to be told to dream big because they already do that. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we were told our dreams need to be scaled down to realistic. Maybe it’s from rejection, failure or being told “you can’t do that.” Whatever it is, it needs to stop.

Some people ask me, what does your ideal client look like? Honestly, it’s someone who has an open mind and is willing to try new things even if they don’t fully believe it can work. It’s the “right brain” that has to be opened up in order to imagine big possibilities. So if you’re struggling to find the free time to dream again sign up for my 8-week online bootcamp geared towards work-life balance. Just because someone told you to stop dreaming doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. Let’s go back in time and start dreaming again.