Brand + Marketing = Branding

By now most, if not all of us, in the business world have heard the term “branding” tossed around here and there like croutons on a salad. What the heck is it though ? Well, I am so appeased that you have summoned me for this answer !

Branding is a little more than just a cool logo and a couple hashtags. Your brand is a compilation of everything that makes up your representation  Your brand is essentially the soul or nucleus of your business. So when you verb it, branding is the clear, consistent and coherent experience communicated through your storefront, print items, online ambiance, content and customer service.

Building your ideal brand is definitely a process and it isn’t going to happen over night by any means. The grind and hustle you put into it, however, will steadily increase sales, land you more projects and referrals and essentially make all your wildest dreams come true.

Keep in mind that a large part of your brand is based on customers overall perception of your business. To help mold their perception you want to be well aware of and bring awareness to the purpose behind your brand. Every successful brand has a powerful purpose. Why did you initially get into business ? What problem are you solving ? Who did you have in mind when you developed your product or process ? Ask yourself how your purpose differentiates you from your competitors.You really want to dig deep for these nuggets of truth as it’ll be the foundation for everything else you do.

Once you have the main details of what makes up your brand you’ll be able to better assess who your target audience is. Trying to target everyone is a great way to reach no one so you want to certainly take your time with this one. If your brand were a person how old would she be ? What does she do for fun ? Where does she work ? Is she married ? Does she have kids ? Really ask yourself as many questions as you can and get as specific as possible with it.

Once you have all of this figures out, LIVE AND BREATHE IT ! You permanently represent your brand. Enjoy !