Your brand identity is the image your company portrays to the world at large, to your customers or clients. When people look at your online presence, they should know what you do and that you bring value to the market. Your brand identity should be appealing to your target market and should be consistent in every printed piece you produce and across every online platform.
In addition to authenticity, consistency is key because it brings instant name recognition. If people see your logo and/or your brand colors online, they will recognize instantly when they see you in person or your other printed marketing materials. When people recognize your brand, they recognize you and that builds your know, like, and trust factor exponentially.
Let’s examine the five most important places to perfect your brand identity:
Very often your business website is the first element a potential client will see. It's were most people will make a 3-second decision whether or not to explore further than the home page. Needless to say, your identity should be clear and impactful so your potential clients will explore further and contact you.
Your use of brand colors, fonts, and your logo are vitally important and should clearly reflect your brand identity. If your message is sobering and you handle tough problems, using whimsical fonts and cutesy graphics doesn’t represent the serious issues your business handles. The opposite is also true; if your identity and mission are more light-hearted, using deep, dark colors and traditional fonts might turn people away after they make a quick judgment call. So be mindful of using those things that not only represent who you are and what you do.
Not everyone in your target audience will use the same social media platform and those reasons vary widely. It's best to post across multiple platforms to reach more of your audience until you can narrow it down . However, if your name, colors, and logo are different on all these platforms, when someone jumps from Facebook to Twitter, they may not think yours is the same company because the profiles look different. Or if they receive a an email that looks different than the social media profile, they may also be suspect. Remember, consistency and a branded message brings recognition and also helps to build trust between you and your clients.
Letterhead, invoices, printed marketing pieces; these should all have the same colors, fonts, and logo as your website and your social media platforms. Just one more way to show your professionalism and attention to detail and your clients will certainly notice.
Contrary to popular belief, email marketing is still one of the best ways to keep in touch with clients. It keeps you and your company name in their memory. The key is to be relevant with your messages and offer valuable and engaging content. On top of these, create a template that incorporates your brand colors, fonts, and logo. Don’t miss a chance to build that trust between you and your audience.
While you're getting your digital house in order, don't forget your personal branded image. It's often the most overlooked aspect of building a brand. Sure your colors, fonts, and logo are in order, you're consistent across social media platforms, email and other marketing materials, but then you show up and it all falls apart. Is your business creative, health focused, innovative, practical, classic, high-end, or some combination? Be sure your wardrobe and how you show up is supporting your brand and the message you want to communicate.
It takes a 1/10th of a second to make an impression. If you don’t capture someone’s attention in that time you could potentially lose out on exciting opportunities. Ignore this or get it wrong and there goes your credibility. Just like that, your first impression has become a lasting bad impression. And all before you even said a word!
Seven-figure business owners Marie Forleo, Lisa Sasavich, Natalie Ledwell, and Marisa Murgatroyd, as well as multiple 6-figure earner Rosetta Thurman have each hired people to help them up level their image. Moreover, each of them speak to how the change in their image also changed their business.
This is my area of expertise. If you're lacking cohesion and consistency in your brand in the digital space then we need to talk. If your personal brand is not strategically aligned with your vision, reinforces your confidence, attracts your best clients, or helps support your long-term plans, then let me share the benefit of my expertise on how to get it right for you.
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