What is Business Branding? The Basics

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What is Business Branding? – Fitting It Together

By Lynne A Saarte

Believe it or not, whether you are a small business entrepreneur or a Fortune 500 conglomerate, branding is part and parcel of

your advertising efforts. It doesn’t matter if you’re operating on a very limited budget, your organization and the products and services you offer have a brand.

So what is a brand? It is everything you have that creates that distinct impression in your clients and prospects. Whether it’s in the way you provide customer service, or how you design your full color brochures, or even what kind of brochure printing method you apply – it all boils down to your kind of brand, which makes a positive or negative impact on your readers.

It is that important indeed. To leave out

branding from your marketing efforts is like committing suicide in your industry. Your brand actually helps you succeed or be a total failure in your particular niche.

Expert marketers and advertisers would tell you that your brand is your business’ personality. If you take great care every morning to clean up and make yourself presentable to everybody, that’s also how it is with your brand. Your brand is your personality. Whatever you present to your clients and prospects would be the one thing that would make that impression on them, and the very thing that they would remember for a very long time.

It’s your name, the way you package your products and services, your price, the choice of advertising – whether it’s full color brochures or advertising flyers – and the kind of product and service you offer. This is your brand. That’s why it is so important that you present good quality branding if you want to get a big share of your target market.

So how do you fit all your elements to create just the right brand for you? The very first step is to identify your benefits. This is a fact that you should always remember when creating your brand – it is less of your company and more of what benefits you can offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small one or already known for a hundred years, if you offer a benefit that your clients and prospects need, you’d surely get recognized and remembered.

The next step then is to create your visual palette. Your visual palette is a combination of all your elements to come up with a distinct design that will promote your brand. It’ll be in all your marketing tools, be it print, presentation or online materials. When these elements are mixed together, they form an image that makes you different from the rest of your competition. Once you have it, everything and everyone in your organization should use your marketing tools to help you build the brand that you would want your clients and prospects to remember you with.

The bottom line is to fit all your pieces together to form the kind of brand you need to promote to your target audience. Your brand is your foundation of trust and a lasting relationship that you’ll be building with your clients and prospects. And hopefully, it’ll last you for many years to come.

Lynne Saarte is a writer that hails from Texas. She has been in the Internet business for some years now, specializing in Internet marketing and other online business strategies.

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