How to Build a Strong BrandDecember, 18 2012
A brand is a consistent message of who you are and should be the same across all branding. It isn’t just about a logo, but something people can relate to, and something that resonate with customers. A good brand delivers its message in a clear and concise manner; it connects with customers, and motivates them to return time and again.
Some brands are more successful than others, but if you want to grow, you need something people will get behind. Recently Nick Nanton and JW Dicks, contributors to Fast Company, wrote an article on how to lead your brand to long-lasting success.
Build an Emotional Connection
A strong emotional connection between your customers and your brand can increase sales volumes, and increase customer loyalty. The best way to create the emotional component is through storytelling. “When you frame your brand’s story in the right way, you reach people on a very deep level,” says Nanton and Dicks.
Employees are an Emotional Engine
Nanton and Dicks say the people who work for you and interact with the public should act as ambassadors of your brand story. Your employees should understand they must be loyal to your customers to receive loyalty in return. Positive interactions, both large and small, delivered consistently and sincerely result in memories that last and create an emotional connection to your brand.
Build Repeat Business
It costs much less to retain a customer than to find a new one. Make sure you truly connect with your customers and continue to expand your appeal beyond your original buyers.
“If you’re not honest enough to confront your brand’s weaknesses and find ways to continually improve your delivery, you’re not giving folks the motivation to keep buying from you,” says Nanton and Dicks.
Every brand faces challenges, but if a brand is carefully built it can be strong enough to sustain almost any negative situation.
How did you build your brand?
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