How to Create a Brand for Your Business

Online Brand Identity Marketing Grand Rapids Mi

To create a good brand for your business, you need to think deeply about your mission, message, and audience. Strong branding can be the difference between gaining or losing customers.

At WTP Media, we can help you create and maintain a brand that will help your business stand out from your competitors. Let’s take a look at what steps you can take to create a brand for your business.

What Is a Brand?

A company’s brand is made up of both the tangible and intangible things that make the business what it is.

The tangible elements of a brand are often referred to as a brand identity. Brand identity is made up of things like slogans, taglines, logos, and the face of your company.

The intangible things about a brand are more related to the feeling, message, and purpose of the business.

When you pull everything together, you create a brand. As an example, consider Apple. Apple’s brand is clean-cut, professional, and mainstream, but also easy to use, ever-evolving, and aesthetically pleasing.

When you compare this to Microsoft, you see how Microsoft’s brand is nitty-gritty, high tech, and behind the curtain, while also focusing on performance, power, and the future of tech.

Both brands sell computers, but they target different audiences.

Your business doesn’t necessarily have to steal clients from the company down the street. There are plenty of consumers everywhere to do business with. You just need a message that your audience understands and cares about.

Rhetorical Branding

When it comes to branding, we like to look at it from a story perspective

Story branding is a powerful term that helps people see their brand through a different lens. It helps identify your mission, struggles, voice, and more.

Try out these with your business:

1. Purpose

Your brand purpose relates to why you do what you do and what makes you the best at what you do.

Whatever the case, your marketing plan should have something people think about when they think of your business.

This will then connect to your mission and why you want more people to hear about it.

2. Emotion

Relationships are essential in establishing brand loyalty. Your clients are more likely to remain loyal to your company if your brand’s message resonates with them on an emotional level.

Your company’s brand must forge a connection that is both natural and authentic. Remember that if the emotional connection seems forced or artificial, it will have negative repercussions for your business’s reputation.

3. Consistency

Every aspect of a brand must align. This is often called synergy.

You don’t want to have a really clean cut brand that then has really poor take-home pamphlets for potential clients.

Consistency helps to create a unified brand for your current or prospective clients and helps to avoid brand confusion.

Style guides, which we’ll cover in a later section (scroll to learn more), help establish and maintain standards for branding.

4. Evolution

Understanding that your industry and marketing strategies are constantly changing is key because your brand must be flexible to meet tomorrow’s standards.

As the years go by, it is inevitable that your website will become outdated if not consistently monitored and updated.

Every few years, your website should be completely updated, meaning if you looked at a version now versus five years ago, the changes would be obvious. A good thing to do is watch web development trends to see what other popular sites are doing.

It’s okay to brainstorm ideas off of others or learn from what other sites did successfully or not. Remember that if your company doesn’t evolve, it’ll get replaced.

5. Loyalty

Loyal clients are extremely valuable to your company and brand.

A great way to harbor and promote brand loyalty is to acknowledge and reward clients’ loyalty.

This may mean the first time they buy something from your website, they get a discount code. The second time, they get a small branded item for free. The third time, they get an even larger discount.

This sort of branding technique builds a bond between you and your customers. It’s also in line with the notion that doing something three times helps build behavioral consistency. Behavioral consistency ideologies are practiced in things like going to the gym. People say if you can go at least three times consistently, you’ll start going regularly.

Ideas like this are what we can help you figure out. Whether it’s getting people to return, finding new clients, or growing your brand’s reputation, we’re here to help.

Main Components that Make Up Brand Identity

A brand identity is made up of the more tangible aspects of a brand. These are often the things clients can quickly recognize and associate with your business such as:

Having a distinguished brand identity is important because it’s what grounds the emotional side of branding to the tangible or visual side of branding.

As a business, you’ll want both the tangible and emotional sides of your brand to be strong so that people both trust and respect your company. This is especially important if you offer important or emergency services, such as emergency plumbing repair. You’ll want to be a company your customers can depend on when they’re dealing with a crisis.

Importance of a Style Guide

A style guide is one of the best ways to establish a standard for your business and brand.

For a newer business, a style guide can help you get ideas on paper for what you want your brand to represent. As your business continues to grow, style guides assure your brand standards are maintained no matter how many different people work on your branding, internally or externally.

Style guides are needed for businesses of all sizes and incorporate things such as:

  • Tone and voice
  • Web writing guidelines (structure and SEO standards)
  • Social styles (social networking interactions and behaviors; different platforms = different styling)
  • Imagery
  • Color scheme
  • Logo consistency

Since style guides provide structure for creating content, they shouldn’t be too restrictive. They’re meant to help guide people to create content that matches your brand, not restrain creativity from pushing your business forward.

Need Professional Branding Help?

At WTP Media, we make it our mission to help professionals achieve their communication goals through powerful branding strategies. If you’re looking for branding experts, feel free to reach out and contact us online for a free consultation or call us by phone at (877) 658-1473. As a professional marketing company, we’ve helped shape and lead hundreds of brands toward success, and we can’t wait to do the same for you.