Beginner’s Guide to Branding

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Branding Tips for Beginners

In today’s digital age, people are becoming more technologically advanced by utilizing new branding trends. Keeping up with these digital trends is imperative to staying ahead of the curve. In our new digitally enhanced era, more and more competition arrives daily into already crowded arenas. Branding is a way for a business’s products to capture an audience by showcasing a message with a brand. Learning branding tips from leading experts in the field is an important first step to a successful brand identity launch.

Why is branding important to specific business structures?

Retail businesses include not only to popular shopping mall stores but also to department stores, superstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets. Retailers need to attract customers and show the masses who they are and what they can offer.

Examples of discount stores are the ever-popular Target and Walmart stores, consumers are already aware that these places are one-stop-shops offering customers almost everything under the sun. These two stores are well-known and have great reputations, and are household names.

Types of Branding

A great food branding gives a food industry company, consumers that would be easily attracted to their product. For example, do you ever notice how many Starbucks Coffee stores you see every mile you drive? Starbucks Coffee built a massive empire for its brand of coffee and the dependency for caffeine, as well as the experience consumers, get when they walk into any Starbucks store. The efficient layout, the jazz and occasionally exotic music, and the warm, eclectic design of the seating area are all things that create Starbuck’s powerful brand image. Brands tell stories and engage consumers in a carefully crafted experience.  

Good examples of service branding are the famous Apple and Nike brands. Most consumers already trust these brands so deeply that they can identify with them on a personal level, essentially making them a walking billboard. Although not intentional, word spreads like wildfire and creates popularity through their own personal connections.

These famous brands no longer have to speak for themselves as their history and message are now permanently interwoven into the fabric of our society. They are so ingrained into consumer consciousness, that even before releasing a product or service, consumers are already engaged and aware of the upcoming advertising campaign. Some argue that it keeps brands in check and holds them accountable to higher standards of quality.

Branding Tip #1: Personalized Content

Time and time again, businesses bombard the masses with images, ads, and videos. However, this is not always the most effective way of communication. Companies are either underproducing or producing a surplus of content that, in reality, doesn’t interest many people.  The best route is a reduction in the number of irrelevant ads and an increase of more personalized content based on consumer research.

Branding Tip #2: Identity With The Consumer

If you are trying to convey a message through an image, there is no better way than to tune in to your audience’s interests. When you construct the personality of your brand around what reputation you want, you attract an audience that is similar. For example, a sports brand that conveys a healthy lifestyle would likely utilize more sleek, clean designs and focus on specific colors to help convey their message. By doing so, consumers that can identify with that clear message relate to the aesthetic and pair it with the lifestyle they want to live.

Branding Tip #3: Be The Gold Standard For Your Industry

Set the bar high and treat your business like it’s the gold standard. Most people are receptive to a company or a person who can walk the walk and talk the talk. Many consumers are indifferent about advertisements, as companies pester them with too many ads on a daily basis. Audiences crave impactful change, especially change for the better. Connecting with consumers on a personal level and humanizing your business is a great way to cut through that indifference. Connecting with a potential consumer will eventually turn into an investment of their time and create a stage for you to present what you can do for them. When you set achievable goals, audiences will take notice.

Make a Brand for Yourself!

We hope that these branding tips help you better understand the brand identity process.  At Amped Marketing and Advertising, we specialize in helping companies achieve the ideal vision for the brand they desire and the story they want to tell. Our goal is to make your brand the gold standard in your industry. We are an all in-house company with a highly experienced team who is ready to hit the ground running. Every detail matters, so make the most of your brand. We are here and ready to help.

Contact Us Today at 520.777.8309. We look forward to hearing from you soon and showing you what we can do.