An Introduction to Marketing and Branding

Creating a brand and coming up with a brand strategy is a long term play. In order to sustain measurable success in any business, you are going to want to rely on your branding to get you there. The first thing you must understand is that your brand is not your product, website, logo, or even your name. In fact, your brand is an entire compilation of all of that. While it is intangible, it is something that you must be fully aware of in order to create a successful brand that can compete within the marketplace. Below, we will be going over some of the components that you are going to want to have in place in order to have a successful brand strategy.
Top Components:
1. Purpose.
The first component that you are going to need to have in place is a purpose. Every brand makes some kind of promise. However, in a marketplace that has low consumer confidence, it is not enough to simply make a promise to a consumer. Instead, you must define a clear purpose for your brand to exist and platform on. Your purpose should be specific and it should serve as your primary differentiating theme between your business and your competition. For instance, if your brand is based on ‘doing good’ in the world, you are going to want to be sure that your entire brand lends itself towards positioning your business as a ‘do good’ company.
2. Consistency.
Another important component of creating a successful brand is maintaining consistency with your approach. The biggest key to being able to maintain this kind of consistency comes from knowing what your brand is trying to achieve and sticking to it. Every single aspect of your business should lend itself to being as consistent as possible. From your social media pages to your website, it should all dictate the same brand message and the same brand promise. You need your message to be entirely consistent throughout all of your marketing materials and mediums.
3. Community.
Another thing that you are going to want to do when you are crafting a brand strategy is focused on the community. You want to build a community that is going to be able to thrive in the marketplace. By having a community in place and implementing emotion into your marketing strategy, you should be able to achieve great success as a brand because you are going to generate a lot more customer loyalty than you would without it. Customers love to be able to relate to and feel something about the brands that they purchase products from. By providing your customers with a chance to feel as though they are part of an even larger group and close-knit community, you should be able to achieve better overall brand awareness and loyalty.
4. Adapt.
It is also important to be able to constantly adapt to the changes that go on within the marketplace. A brand that is not flexible is a brand that is likely deemed to fail in the long run. The thing is, with the adaptation of the Internet and the rise of mobile, a lot of brands are struggling to adapt and pivot to the new marketplace. As a result, they typically falter under significant changes. However, if you are positioned to be ready and able to adapt quickly to the marketplace, you should be able to achieve great brand success and overall success within the marketplace.
5. Loyalty.
It is critical to focus on brand loyalty and employee loyalty when it comes to crafting a sustainable brand. You want your customers to feel as though they are apart of your brand. The best way to do this is by constantly thanking them and by getting them involved in some of the important decisions within your business. For instance, asking customers for their valuable feedback about new products or services is a good start. You can also run campaigns where they can be a part of your marketing material which will make them feel as though they are really apart of something special.
Overall, there is a lot to consider when it comes to branding and marketing. By focusing on all of the tips above, you should be able to create a successful brand strategy. It is important to remember each and every component of creating and sustaining a successful brand. You need to make sure that you are positioning your brand in the marketplace to compete with your competitors in a sustainable fashion. Also, be sure that you are remaining as consistent as possible with your branding and your brand message. By doing all of this, you should be able to successfully create and maintain a successful brand that can compete within just about any market.