To create a brand strategy, you need to know what a brand is.
So this is the definition of a brand by Will Kenton (Investopedia; March 24, 2022):” A brand is an intangible marketing or business concept that helps people identify a company, product, or individual.”
Follow these six steps, and you will create your brand strategy easily.
1. Define Your Brand
When creating your brand strategy, the first step you need to take is to define your brand. In this phase, you need to think about your product, its purpose, why somebody will need to buy or use it, and what it represents for your customer.
Using answers to these questions, you can define your brand. Once you have the brand definition, you can think about a logo representing it, a color palette that will be appropriate to use as a visual identification with your brand, slogans, and messages that will explain your brand definition to your customers.
2. Target Your Brand Audience
After defining your brand, explore who your customers will be, meaning the target audience interested in your product. You can use your knowledge about the local community, is there a need for your product or service, who is most likely to use it, etc.
Social media networks are an excellent way to learn about your community interests, or if you are considering an eCommerce business, about the global feel and needs for your product.
3. Brand Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
“Unique” is something that every business is seeking to achieve. With branding, you need to establish a USP that isn’t a copy of your competitor but makes your brand different from other products.
By recognizing your uniqueness, you can connect with your audience, and they can join this uniqueness with your brand. These differences will make them think of your business when they need to use or recommend a product or service.
4. Brand Message, Value, and Behaviors
You have defined your brand, recognized your target audience, and established your brand USP. It is a time to come up with your brand message, one that will contain all that you defined in previous steps but summered up in one slogan, a short message that connects with your brand.
Value and behavior are essential when creating a brand strategy since everything you stand for will be connected with your product. Think about the value you will bring to your customers with your brand. How it will affect their way of living, and will it positively change their behavior.
5. Brand Visual Identification
Humans are visual creatures. Visual content has almost 70% more chance to be remembered and recognized than anything written or spoken. That is why you need to connect all your brand identity and identify it visually by its logo, colors you use, fonts, pictures, or drawings you connect your branding identity.
Visual identity isn’t only about the logo and website color scheme – it’s about you, the owner as well. Make sure you’re making a fashion statement appropriate for your brand (sustainable, luxury, etc.). If you want to look like you mean business, head down to your local jewelry buyer for a rich selection of luxury watches, diamonds, and jewelry.
Don’t try to save money by doing this by yourself; use professional designers as they are not only trained for this job but have a talent to transform your ideas and words into visual content.
They will make sure the visual content is appealing and tells a story about your product. Your customers will instantly recognize and appreciate the effort and means that you invest in your brand visual identification.
6. Brand Marketing
Once you create your brand message and visual identification, it is time to develop the marketing step of your branding strategy. Marketing is essential, and today there are numerous ways to promote your product or service.
You can use social media channels, and one thing that you must have in mind when using this as your marketing option, have all your accounts unified.
You need to be present on more than one social media site, but every account you create needs to represent your unique brand message and visual identification.
Blogs that you can post as a guest writer on other sites are also good marketing, and you can run a blog section on your website with exciting topics that will drive positive attention to your brand.
When creating a brand strategy, don’t try to save time or money. If your brand is successfully created, it will increase your income and launch your product successfully.
Take some time to rethink your brand and, if needed, improve it to be accepted and recognized over the years to come.