Developing a strong brand identity for your business is an extremely important factor in its success. Effective branding can help build your reputation, make you stand out from your competition, and project your values to attract your ideal client.
Your brand is your business identity – the image you wish to portray to the world. It is one of your company’s most valuable assets.
Although your visual brand identity is important, your brand includes more than your logo. A strong brand identity:
- Communicates your business personality and shapes your clients’ perceptions of who you are
- Projects the expectations and promises you extend to your customers in terms of quality, service, reliability, and trustworthiness
- Creates trust and loyalty from those who do business with you
- Helps the audience differentiate you from your competitors
- Positively influences their purchasing decisions, directly impacting your profitability.
Makes your company look bigger
When prospects see a professional brand consistently used on your business cards, website, or social media profiles, they get the image of a company that deserves their business.
Prospects look for a company that has the resources to help them succeed. They will also expect to pay more for a more established company. If you don’t project a strong brand identity in any way, they will think you are small and not worthy of their business or the fees that you feel you deserve.
Creates an identity that is bigger than you
Many independent professionals that offer consulting or coaching services end up building a brand around themselves rather than the business. If your goal is to become a public figure, that may be fine. But if you want to separate the business from you for future growth or sale, develop a brand for the company. A unique brand will be one of the assets that come into play during the sale or acquisition.
Builds loyalty and trust
One of the ways you can separate your business from the competition is to have a unique brand that differentiates you in the marketplace. A strong brand that conveys your values builds an emotional connection with customers. This will attract them to your business if they share the same values. This type of connection makes it easier for you to develop a long-term relationship with those customers, leading to greater customer loyalty.
You may be the best, most experienced person in your field, but no brand or a self-created brand conveys the impression that the company won’t last. A brand helps you develop an image for your business that says “I’m here to stay”. A well-defined brand identity projects a long term feel to those who see it regularly. Eliminate any question about your viability by having a crisp image and clear messages.
Makes your business memorable
Developing a brand identity and using it consistently helps customers remember who you are. The more your prospects see your brand, the more likely they will contact your business for information. Every time you get to interact with your prospect, you have a chance to make a connection and create a memorable brand experience.
Shows commitment and personal pride
Investing in a unique brand identity shows that you take pride in your business and are committed to success. Customers will believe you are more likely to deliver on your promises to them because a business that invests in its success will under promise and over deliver, creating more brand loyalty and trust with every customer interaction.