The world is moving faster than ever with constantly evolving technologies, emerging social media platforms, viral videos, trending topics, streams of memes, algorithm updates, increased mobile adoption, apps and so on, making it easy to forget about one of the few things that stays constant through it all…the brand.
Online marketing fast. Very fast. And that means that as a brand, you need to define and separate yourself from your competitors smartly and distinctively.
What Is A Brand?
A brand is the one thing that everyone has, even if they don’t realise it. Yes even you…a brand can be as simple as how people describe you.
A brand is something that’s given to a product/ service and in your case, (and the case of any individual), your brand starts with your name. Something people identify you by. It’s something that people remember you by. How they connect to you & your character.
So when we refer to a company’s brand we are referring to their product name, their image, their identity, reputation, and what they stand for through the promise they make to their consumers.
Branding is an emotional connection with your consumers, it is building a relationship and nurturing it constantly. Creating an awareness that keeps your brand top of mind in comparison to your competitors.
People want to do business with other people, not machines, and audiences (and target markets) want to know that a brand has character.
How To Get Online Branding Right
The digital space offers a variety of ways to get your brand out to the world, and it can often escalate the impact of the brand even more than traditional media can, because it gets to the consumer more rapidly.
Whether they’re on their phones, their tablets or their personal computers, the digital environment reaches them wherever they are, and provides opportunities for far better engagement, because it’s real time interaction.
- Digital media helps brands build a community for their consumers, allowing them to share their journey in a more personal way, thereby humanising the brand. It’s about an experience more than anything else. And it can help brands connect with existing & potential consumers.
To get to your consumers then is the first important component. You need to create social media presences for your brand, and get connected with your consumers through channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+ where you can open a space for interaction between consumers & your brand. This can help you understand what you can do better as a brand, and also what works for you target audience.
- Understand what your business objectives are and align your social presence with them. What is it that you want to achieve through building your brand online? What is your position? Who do you want to target, why do you want to target them, and where is your target audience in the social media sphere? How do you talk to them?
These are important questions a brand should ask themselves when beginning their journey online, because this will establish how they will go about penetrating the social space. Once you know who you are as a brand, who you are targeting and why you are targeting them, you can then find ways to connect with them.
- Choosing the right platform for your business is essential when delivering your brand to the masses. What does your business do? How can people interact with your brand? Is it necessary for your brand to be on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc? Answer these questions by going back to your objectives. First understand what you are trying to achieve by having your brand online.
Choosing the right platform for you is a critical part of getting ahead of your competitors. When you sell a product, and have a story to tell, creating a page on Facebook is a great start. Understand your brand and then put it on platform that supports your identity, and that your clients, or potential clients, are using.
- Finally, you need to curate what you are going to put out into the world through your brand. Make sure that the content you’re putting out there is aligned with your objectives & goals. Aspire to be a thought leader by sharing information that is valuable and insightful, and align it with your brand.
Content is an important part of the process, because it will form part of how people perceive your brand. What you say, and how you say it, is going to speak to people about your expertise, your level of knowledge, and the trust people will develop in you.
Your content should be relatable, and it should deliver what your brand does best to build up that all important trust & credibility.
Creating a digital presence is important because it creates awareness and opens up a space for your brand to live online.
It gives you a platform to gift wrap your business in a stunning new image while staying true to who your business is.
Create a character, a voice, an identity and image that people can recognise you by. Align your product or service with your business’s expert knowledge of the industry and give life to your brand.