What type of branding do you use for your business?

There are three types of branding. They can work separately or create one brand. They are sharing the same principle — building the image in clients’ mind. However, they all build a relationship with customers differently. So what are those types?

The first type is Personal Branding.

It builds the image of the particular person in a customer’s’ mind. It often used as a career ladder method for employees. But for entrepreneurs, it’s far more powerful tool than for corporate worker. Personal branding creates a connection between customers and a person that represents a brand. People love to know more and willing to trust to a real person much more. When an entrepreneur had developed a Personal Brand she becomes much more confident, and that, show up through all communication.

The second type is Business Branding

The business branding often used in a case when a company doesn’t require a person behind, or in a case of multiple business owners. Business branding also forms the image in customers’ minds. However, it needs to create an additional personal touch to build a relationship with customers. In such a case the business actively uses a Brand Personality, virtual humanised form of the brand persona. Brand Personality befriend customers via consistent and relevant communication so that buyers can trust to the whole company and feel comfortable about it.

The third type is Product branding.

In such a case Customers build a relationship with a product and perceive the company image via the product. The best example is an iPhone. People love to be known as users of iPhone or Mac. Marketing strategy and branding make iPhone customers loyal ambassadors of the brand.

Large business empires use all these types together to create a powerful experience for their customers and create a strong relationship between their brands and clients’ hearts.

How to Transform your business communication into a brand communication.

Branding makes your business more efficient.

Firstly, it saves your time and nerves because you do not need to explain to your designer or photographer what do you want all the time. You just show them your brand book and they need to follow it.

Secondly, it makes all your communication look in sync, more professional, noticeable and recognisable. So you save money by stop paying for random advertising messages.

How to Transform your business communication into a brand communication.

  • Define your audience. Who are you going to talk about your product?
  • Imagine you’re in a bar. Tell them what you do for a living.
  • Think about the impression you want to create.
  • Help your audience to solve their problems, inspire them to be friendly
  • Do not just give them information, ask questions
  • Be yourself – don’t pretend, they will find out anyway
  • Don’t be shy or too aggressive, give it a time
  • Do not force the action, let it go naturally

The more you involve your client into the conversation, the more they know you, the more chances they will buy from you. After all, they already know you.

How to Name your Business?

“…Name your business with your name and do whatever you want. Change your niche, forget about marketing rules, etc….”

I heard this recommendation so many times that I almost believe in it. But even if this idea works 15% of the time, it’s surely better than nothing. Let’s see when it does work and when it doesn’t work.

It will work for artists, musicians, writers, public people. But it may not work if you build the business and plan to sell it later. When you are going to plan serious businesses, which you can sell later, it’s better to have the name which related and connected with the business.

If you choose to use another name, here is another catch. Is a name supposed to be about the business or it can be abstract?

Here are few thoughts from experience.

The name which has “that’s what you sell” in the name helps you to be memorable as an expert. (Apple Computer Inc., for example, they changed a name after they changed the product line to Apple Inc.) It makes your company searchable online in a better way, especially if your site has the same name as your business. It gives to your potential clients a lot of clarity that these people are in this market segment. Because of the previous points, it’s a bit easier to advertise and promote the business with the very direct name. But with time, it’s harder to get such names.
If your name, however, doesn’t contain the connection with your niche, you can create a powerful explanatory tagline and use it along with the name.

An abstract company name seems like a good solution in the overcrowded market. But because no one knows what does, it means it’s a bit difficult to remember. That mean it will require more promotion, more budget and more creative approach to advertising. I bet you can give me a dozen of the big brand names which means nothing. But I would ask you to remember a few things, how long time ago they become famous and how much money they invested to this popularity.

The another option is to create an abbreviated name. It often works well for large enterprises like PricewaterhouseCoopers known as PwC. You will spend more to promote such names, just like with abstract name.

So what to choose? Your name or some business name. If you do not plan to sell your company you can experiment with your name. You can even add the indicative market word to it, like “Joe’s Jewellery”. If your name is not pronounceable or very ethnic, it will work the same as abstract business name (people will have difficulty in remembering it). Then maybe use the name which people can remember.

I would choose the name which reflects what you do, and if you want to use your name yet add an indicative market word to it. Something like Jackson’s Computers may be boring but use both the function and the family name.

P.S. Don’t be confused or stopped by the business naming.  Many large companies changed their names and logos in the beginning. Just go with the name which seems appropriate and efficient enough at the moment.

Good branding costs no more than the bad one

The only difference the bad one can harm your communication. I saw many people who created really bad brand communication for their business. Then they spent a huge amount of money to publish it in newspapers.

I wish I could say it doesn’t work.

But I’ll not lie to you. It works. If you put any advertisement in a newspaper, on the first page, it will be noticed somehow. If you put even the best advertisement, on the last page or elsewhere, it may be lost. The question is if you put a good advertisement on the first page, and you will do it consistently during the month…what will happen?

You may ask, how is these newspaper examples are related to us? Well, it works in the same way in any media. Let’s say you post random images irrelevant to your brand time to time in 10 Facebook groups. Guess how soon people will notice you? Never. What they will notice is your social skills, and then they will like or ignore, your posts, just because they know you. However, if you go with consistent messages and provide clients with rich content (value, visuals, copy) on a regular basis. They will notice you even if you do not talk to anyone. They may like or not like you, but that’s the personal choice after all.

So effective, strategically build brand and brand communication make you noticeable and create the image in customer’s mind. As a result, you get more clients and more money.

Think about it.

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Build your tribe with the right branding

People love brands. They follow the ideas; they share the sense of being a part of a brand community. If you ever loved the brand, you would know who are other customers. Long ago Apple aimed at creative young people; they knew they had a need for the different aesthetics and approach, so they created their products based on their client’s perception about a good UI or good device. If you ever talk to advertising creative teams, you would find that many of them are proud Apple product users. Yes, no mistake, they are proud. They got that community idea from the old times and still follow it.

Check the internet and see how many people talk about the shifted from iPhone to Android. For this type of category, it is a powerful controversy headline. Which means “how dare you switch”. But Apple is no longer so exclusive. It becomes an average expensive product, innovations are in their past as of now they are playing safe, and the charm and magic of the Job’s Apple almost vanish.

Another example is Hugo Boss, Hermes, Burberry, Jimmy Choo. All these brands convey the prestige. People choose them to get into the different world, to be a part of the success community. Sometimes they may have nothing to eat, but they will buy a branded bag or car. Well, that’s extreme and illustrates a dark side of a brand, (big brands in particular).

When you build your brand, you create a centre, an attraction factor where your tribe will gather. They will believe your message, your actions, your promises and they will recommend you to other people. With no reason, just because they love your brand.

Why is nobody buying if I paid for my site logo, and now I’m a brand?

This issue is more common than you think. There are too many people who think their products will sell themselves.  First of all logo and site do not mean that you are a brand. Even a registered trademark doesn’t make you a brand. This is important to know. The truth number two. You do not need a site, a logo and a brand when you have just started (unless you sell physical products then you may need a temporary logo to be put on them because you are going to change it anyway). So what do you need to start your biz? If you have a product and you want to share it with people, all you need is a Facebook page, a Facebook group and several social media accounts. And well they are all free. Eventually, you will need an emailing program and maybe a few others, all within $10 per month.

If you have physical products, you can add them on Etsy or Amazon.

It is always harder to advertise a personal site than a place on a popular platform.
Those who tell you that Facebook has its rules and those are not yours, well, I lost three sites because of my provider’s mistakes. Sites also do not belong to you, so there is not much difference except that you do not need to pay in the beginning.

And remember it’s the test stage of your business and all you need to do is to start selling. All you need is marketing at this stage and you DON’T NEED A BRAND at this stage! Money first — brand later!

Here is one of the many FB live sessions about it from my group. (It’s a phone quality video do not judge it hard)