Smash Your Brand

So what is a brand? The American Marketing Association says that it is a “name, term, sign, symbol, design or combination of them intended to identify…” This really means that your brand is what someone recognizes as you. In 1915 the Coca-Cola Company asked a designer to design a bottle that consumers could still recognized as a Coke bottle, even if someone shattered it. The term “smashable” has survived since to determine what a “smash-able” brand is.

If you took away your logo, or even your name, would people still know your brand? Would it be “smashable?”The idea behind branding has two basic purposes: (1) It establishes credibility, and (2) It makes your marketing efforts easier and more effective — making your business “smashable.”Building a brand can be done effectively, even if you don’t have a Coca-Cola budget; you just need to know where to start.

Logo

Even though the logo isn’t the only focus, it is the first thing that you start with. It is the foundation of the rest of your brand from the design to the colors that you use. Once you establish your logo, from there outline a style guide that will lead you easily through establishing the rest of your collateral and even future advertising allowing you to stay consistent.

Feel

The feel of your logo then needs to be a part of an overall composition of your company. Letterhead, business cards, presentations, signs, banners, brochures, websites, Facebook, etc. — Everything someone comes into contact with needs to be easily recognizable as and strongly representative of you just by looking at it, with and without your logo.

Personality

What is the personality of your business? Are you modern, quick to the point and always stay within the facts? Are you more about conversation and forging relationships? Then the language on everything that you produce should match that.

The voice is part of the sensory of your brand. So, follow your personality and the personality of your practice in your branding.

Positioning

What differentiates your practice should be communicated through your branding. Choose a motto that is easily recognizable and is concrete in explaining why your company is different. For example, “Imported from Detroit” that Chrysler established in 2011. It communicates that sense of pride from being an American made car. Developing a simple tagline like that allows people to associate a story with your brand.

This is the basis of all marketing and advertising. As you continually establish your brand, you will see the difference that it is making in your business.

11 Important Tips for Making Better Landing Pages

Your website is the hub of all your marketing efforts. All of your emails, social posts, and search ads lead back to your website, and when they do, they need somewhere to land. You can build as many landing pages as you want — pages for sales, specific campaigns, particular channels, and even unique products — but the most important thing is to convert the visitors on those pages to paying customers. Here’s how to do that.

Creating a Better Customer Journey Map

It can be a challenge to get inside the minds of your customers. But developing a successful marketing strategy requires non-stop effort to understand how your customers make decisions, what they prioritize, and what factors lead them to purchase. A crucial part of that process is understanding the buyer’s journey — the series of steps that your customers take between first becoming aware of your product and making the final decision to purchase.
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