Business 25 September 2018
When you can articulate the difference between you and your competitors and push your superiority to the customers, you are successfully standing out as a brand. Branding strategy requires unique value propositions. It requires you to compete on unique attributes still unserved by your competitors. However, there’s a basic blueprint that every brand relies on. Research any of the big guns out there and their disruptive branding strategy will be based on some basic tactics.
Today, we will slide down through 5 basic tactics to help marketing teams grow their brand identities.
1. Provide Value to Your Audience (show them what you can do)
The most significant and time-honored strategy is to provide value to your old, current, and even future potential customers. You already ooze class from design to presentation to packaging, but it means nothing without offering value to the customer. Start loyalty programs, offer rewards to your old customers with time, answer them on phone as well as on social media, and think more about them than eating on profits.
Most of the big brands don’t flaunt the flexibility to alter their high price tags. Your brand can stand out by approaching people with low price tags and dedicated customer service. Once people start flocking in more and you have an eminent name in the market, it’s easy to get desired prices for the quality.
Another way is through product innovation. When they say “killer application”, it means an innovative idea loved by everyone. For a brand, it comes from social listening. Customers who follow you can provide valuable feedback on your existing products. You can utilize it to offer custom products with a tagline such as: “On the high customer demand”.
2. Be Original
It’s a lose-lose situation when a million brands of a similar product as yours are already lying around the digital space (and consumers are pretty smart these days!).
Being distinctive can attract a bigger mob and if you’re original, you already stand out as a brand. For instance, a bottle of coca cola will differ than every other soda of every other manufacturer. They did not ask for a billion dollar company when they started but here we have a multi-national brand serving nations around the globe just because of their originality.
You do not have to be original just in your product. The visual data, the content, every area of your customer service and marketing should emit originality. Even an original product photograph angle can win you a potential customer.
3. Use User Generated Content (Leverage Testimonials)
Would you trust a random guy bragging about his expertise or instead a guy recommended by a number of different people?
Let the testimonials talk for you- Publish case studies of your customer handling and record the customer's voice. There is no better strategy than leveraging user-generated data. A brand stands out with long, genuine testimonials.
While we have every other, website jotted with crisper testimonials, you can go for long case studies, videos of customer experiences, and even publish their appreciation emails/ personal messages on social media. That is how many creative marketers create brands out of small businesses.
You should solicit customer opinions through social listening. Positive endorsements deserve a ‘Thank You’ message. To make it more genuine, locate the customer and ask for the permission to use their photograph and city name in your testimonial section.
4. Contribute To A Cause
It is important to win over the socially-conscious shoppers in this millennial era and what better way than contributing to a cause. Sincere intentions towards a cause can assist you to achieve a stand-out brand name.
A good contribution is a social responsibility of any business. If we go down to the benefits, well, it encourages shoppers to even switch their brand.
It is important to win over the socially-conscious shoppers in this millennial era and what better way than contributing to a cause. Sincere intentions towards a cause can assist you to achieve a stand-out brand name. A good contribution is a social responsibility of any business. If we go down to the benefits, well, it encourages shoppers to even switch their brand.
Moreover, it improves your corporate reputation, helps you conduct a positive social media communication, helps make more heart-warming customer relation, and most importantly it helps you cut through the noise to make your brand stand out.
While some brands have authentic causes, some turn it into a marketing strategy. And that's what a shopper or client perceives first hand. To avoid this common pitfall, display the contribution as a major part of your business success. Shoppers respond positively when they discover your initiative in assisting your profit charts.
5.) Use Strong Visuals
Spotify is the pioneer of gradient colors. Despite being a music streaming platform, the brand largely utilized the use of album arts. Users fell in love with their strong visuals and Spotify is an app standing tall.
Strong visuals are included in marketing packages of several market giants. Graphic innovation has been a key in emails, websites, and marketing campaigns. Utilize high-quality videos, images to retain customers but first understand your audience. The visuals are not for you, but for the shoppers.
There are certain elements you can work on to address visual branding.
Logo: It is not as easy as opening a site and inserting a name into it. Yeah, there are numerous websites offering you a similar service at a mere price. But do you want to be like everyone else, or stand out? Go through it repeatedly. Alter it until it appeals to you as a customer. The Tailor Brands logo maker provides a full solution for the logo design and branding requirements of any small business.
A consistent color palette in everything: Follow a theme. It is important that a brand follows a theme and use it in relief with all their product images (don’t you think of coca cola, when we talk about a brand with “red”).
Font choice: Font speak volumes about your business type. For instance, a serious business will never include Comic Sans in their product descriptions, but light-hearted and fun businesses might want to portray themselves with it. Use an expert on graphics and ask your mentors, customers about the end-results.
Image choice: Don’t confuse your audience. There are brands pushing irrelevant imagery on their website. Your images should address the audience as well as reflect your brand.
Whether you are a recent startup or an old player, making and maintaining a brand name requires you to stand out from the ever-growing crowd. A previously running business can initiate a rebranding campaign while startups can adjust to a brand-standard campaign execution.
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Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.
It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.
At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.
So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.
Before You Dial The Ex...
First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.
What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?
You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.
Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.
If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.
Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.
Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.
If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.
As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:
- Do: exercise — taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
- Don't: be a couch potato.
- Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
- Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?