Why is branding important?

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    Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business. It’s what defines your company and sets you apart from the competition. In this blog post, we will explore why Branding is so important – and how to make it work for you!

    So why is branding important? Branding allows you to shape and impact the customer experience to increase perceived and actual value, drive demand and sales, create loyalty and impact overall customer satisfaction. 

    In short, Branding doesn’t just make you stand out from the crowd; it can impact your business’s profitability heavily.

    You can’t afford not to actively and intentionally engage in it.

    Branding: the intentional process of giving a meaning to specific company, products or services by creating and shaping a brand in consumers’ minds

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    What is a brand?

    Before diving into why Branding is essential, let’s back up briefly. If Branding is a way to shape a brand in your customer’s eyes, then we need to clarify “What is a brand?” first.

    Brands are used to differentiate products and services in the marketplace by establishing an emotional connection with consumers through words, colours/images, symbols & actions. In short: brands help you stand out!

    A brand portrays professionalism that can help you stand out from the crowd. For small and digital businesses, in particular, this is invaluable because you may not have the budget to portray professionalism and trustworthiness in the way larger companies can.

    A brand is an experience. It’s how your customers experience your product or service. It is how people talk, thinks and feel about your business. It’s your key differentiator.

    A brand is a promise. It’s the assurance that your customers will get what they expect from you, and if they don’t, then there will be consequences for not delivering on this expectation.

    As I’ve discussed, a brand is not a logo or a strapline.

    Your Brand is a silent salesman who’s on duty 24/7. As such, your Brand can be your business’s most significant asset, and you should cultivate it and protect it accordingly.

    What is Branding?

    Branding is the identity of your company. It makes you different from everyone else in a crowded marketplace and helps customers find YOU instead!  

    A strong branding strategy can help you differentiate yourself, build trust with potential clients or buyers, and establish an emotional connection that will keep them coming back more time after again – which means increased revenue opportunities down the line too…  

    Branding isn’t just about logos – it encompasses “all aspects of your business, including how people perceive what they buy”.

    The importance of Branding

    Branding is essential because it helps you stand out in a crowded marketplace and makes customers find YOU instead! It also builds trust with potential clients or buyers, increasing revenue opportunities.  

    Without a brand, there’s nothing to differentiate you in the minds of potential customers. You are generic; the only differentiators are price, location, and availability when your product or service is generic. In our online world, if these are the only factors you can compete on, it will be a swift race to the bottom on price, and then you must rely on being the biggest.

    A brand portrays professionalism that can help you stand out from the crowd. For small and digital businesses, in particular, this is invaluable because you may not have the budget to portray professionalism and trustworthiness in the way larger companies can.

    Why is branding important online?

    In today’s crowded world, you can’t afford to not invest in Branding.

    Branding allows you to shape and impact the customer experience by showcasing your company’s strengths, creating a more positive perception of your product or service, which drives demand for sales.

    Branding is essential because, if done correctly, people will associate certain feelings towards your Brand when they see a brand touchpoint and recognise it.

    The benefits of Branding:

    Branding is multifaceted in its impact and offers many benefits far beyond the initial recognition. Here are seven key benefits:

    1) Branding Offers a Competitive Advantage

    Just because you’re not the best at something doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Sally Hogshead, the author of Fascinate, believes that “Different is better than Better”, which means if your Brand offers a delightful experience, you’ll have customers coming back more time and time again, you get to concentrate on your strengths and forget about competing to be the best.

    People can always match features and benefits, but if your differentiator is to offer a different experience, you’ll always have the edge.

    2) Branding Builds Recognition

    Brand recognition can come in many forms: logo design or colour scheme, advertising campaigns to build awareness of who we are as an organization.

    Your Brand uniquely expresses your vision, mission, product/service, visual identity, customer experience, and culture.

    The more people see your Brand over time, the more they will recognise you for your unique contribution to the world.

    Brands like Tiffany understand the value of recognition. The Tiffany blue box allowed Tiffany to turn a diamond from a commodity into a brand. Did you know that 80% of consumers cite colour as a big part of brand recognition?

    Repetition builds recognition. So it follows that by repeating your Branding across multiple channels, you can build recognition, leading to my next point – Trust.

    3) Branding Builds Trust

    Consistency and familiarity create trust and the consistent experience that brands offer helps build trust with consumers.

    Brands like John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and the BBC top the charts as the UK’s most trusted Brands. John Lewis’s ‘never knowingly undersold’ marketing strapline and promise have helped create a consistently excellent customer experience that is synonymous with their Brand.

    If your choice as a consumer is between a known brand that presents itself consistently across all channels and an unknown entity without consistency, you’ll choose the Brand all day long.

    4) Branding Adds Value

    Luxury brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Chanel understand that their logo can turn a  $50 handbag into a $1000+ collector’s piece. So these brands spend millions yearly to promote and project their carefully curated brand image. They’ll even go as far as burning unsold goods to protect their Brand’s scarcity and value.

    Brands are not just about the products that you sell either. A study by UK agency MediaCom showed that 49% of consumers are willing to pay more for a brand with positive values.

    5) Branding Can Increase Sales

    A strong brand will make your company more trustworthy and reliable in consumers’ eyes, leading to increased sales of products or services and higher conversion rates on websites where trust is essential for conversions (e-commerce sites).

    As Apple, Coke, Nike and Cadbury can attest, build a strong brand and watch your sales go through the roof.

    A strong brand can drive demand for even the most homogenous products and services. For example, Starbucks notably built an empire valued at around $84 billion from an item nobody had previously imagined would create a profitable empire.

    6) Branding Can Increase Customer Loyalty

    With trust and expectation comes loyalty.  70% of buying experiences are based on how customers feel they are being treated. If you can craft an incredible brand experience, your customers will return. It’s that expectation that will bring them back time and time again.

    If you can build a community around your Brand, all the better; 37% of people surveyed said they would stick with a brand if they were part of a community, which is why Apple’s ‘Think Different’ brand strapline that inspired a generation has helped to make it one of the most successful businesses of our time.

    7) Branding Can Improve Employee Satisfaction

    The human drive for connection and belonging is powerful; a strong brand can improve employee satisfaction, reduce your cost per hire and even reduce employee churn. Why Brand identity is important
    Brand identity – the visible elements of a brand – colour, fonts, logo, imagery etc.- help distinguish your Brand in a customer’s mind.

    Your brand identity is essential because these visual elements often provide triggers and clues for customers along their buying journey.

    The importance of Brand Colours

    Colour and colour psychology plays a huge part in customer recognition and whether they choose to buy. In fact, according to a study by the University of Loyola, Maryland, colour can increase brand recognition by up to 80%.

    Customers subconsciously judge a product within the first 90 seconds, with colour accounting for 62% and 90% of that assessment.

    Colour psychology is universal and can even override cultural influence and meaning. Colour can convey hidden meaning and subliminal messaging – but choose the wrong brand colour and put customers off before they’ve even given you a chance.

    The importance of Brand Fonts

    When it comes to Fonts, they also carry hidden meanings and influence. Although far less has been written on the subject, fonts have individual personalities that can amplify your message and may also impact your ability to understand what is being written.

    I’ll often share my ‘Fonts Matter’ example when discussing the importance of Branding. This simple illustration shows how you can seemingly change the meaning of the text simply by changing the font.

    Still don’t believe me? Check out the Type Surveys at TypeTesting.com and see how universal type personality is.

    In the mobile era, the legibility and readability of fonts matter more than ever. If your audience is viewing your fonts on a tiny screen, they need to be able to read them. So choose your brand fonts wisely.

    The importance of Brand Imagery

    So many brands rely on stock photography for their website, newsletters and social media. However, if you’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, you’ll understand they’re missing a big opportunity.

    Bespoke brand imagery and visual storytelling can elevate your Brand and convey complex messages about how you work, your Brand’s personality, your brand values, and so much more, all without you having to say a word.

    This is why brand photography, once the reserve of multi-million-pound brands, is becoming increasingly popular, even for smaller businesses that understand the value of branded images.

    The importance of Brand Logos and Icons

    Many people make the mistake of thinking that your logo is your Brand. Whilst this isn’t the case – your logo should be a symbol that is a recognisable reflection of your Brand.

    Logos and brand marks can add value to otherwise low-value items. Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate and former Ad agency queen talks of how one focus group assigned a $400 price tag to one pair of sunglasses and a $10 pricetag to an almost identical team – the difference? A Chanel logo.

    The importance of Branding Elements

    You can use various branding elements to help you build and maintain your brand identity. Think about how you can use these different elements to support your Brand.

    • Logo
    • Marketing tagline
    • Colour palette
    • Fonts
    • Visual imagery – photos, graphics, charts & infographics
    • Design
    • Textures and patterns
    • Marketing and promotional materials
    • Business cards & letterheads
    • Signage
    • Messaging
    • Emails
    • Customer Experience
    • Brand Story
    • Website Design
    • Content Marketing
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    The fact is, your Branding is vitally important to your business. Everything you do (or don’t) carries a hidden message to your customers and potential customers. It’s up to you to ensure that the message you’re putting out is what you want your customers to see.

    Time to get your Branding on track? Check out my range of brand design packages.

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    Danielle Garber

    Brand designer and strategist with 20 years experience. I create and develop strategically aligned, stand out brands for coaches and consultants in the health & wellness, spiritual & personal development space. I help heart-centred entrepreneurs scale their impact and income through my integrative brand approach that encompasses strategy, design and brand-aligned SEO.

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