How Important Is Branding To Your Business?
Brand & Branding
Have you ever wondered what branding is, and how important it is to your business? For many, when they hear the term branding, they think of logos, tag lines, key images and business colours. But branding is so much more!
The term ‘branding’ is talked about regularly today by business consultants, marketing, and social media experts. It’s difficult not to use the word when talking to business owners – for good reason!
“A brand is a customer experience represented by a collection of images and ideas; often, it refers to a symbol such as a name, logo, slogan, and design scheme. Brand recognition and other reactions are created by the accumulation of experiences with the specific product or service, both directly relating to its use, and through the influence of advertising, design, and media commentary.” (Added definition) “A brand often includes an explicit logo, fonts, color schemes, symbols, sound which may be developed to represent implicit values, ideas, and even personality.”
The word brand or branding is a term familiar to cattle ranchers who at one time, and in some cases still, ‘brand’ their cattle stock by using a hot iron to burn their mark of ownership on their livestock. It is a term and practice that has been used for thousands of years to permanently mark and make it easy to recognize ‘ownership’ of animals and, at various times throughout history, humans. This seemingly barbaric practice is the root of the term ‘branding’ today.
The Mark of Ownership
While branding of animals may seem barbaric in the twenty-first century, it does provide a simple yet stark image of what branding is meant to do: mark and prove ownership.
Branding can be bad, good or blurry … branding in and of itself does not guarantee anything. But when your business branding is clear, concise and recognizable across all of your online and offline platforms, it will help your business stand out and be more easily recognizable by those you hope to reach. It will create a positive first impression as it is viewed over time, before customers think about or contact you.
Your brand, as indicated in the AMA definition, and especially in today’s visual-focused world, includes your logo, your colours/colour scheme, your fonts and any other design pieces that mark your brand for your business. When these design pieces are included consistently in your online and offline marketing pieces they help build your brand name recognition.
But, branding is much more than your logo and colours. While the aforementioned pieces play an important part in developing the recognizably of your brand, the next part of building your brand is just as critical: building the reputation of your brand.
It’s one thing to have a pretty face, a recognizable face. But now that I recognize your brand when I see it, what do I think of when I see it online or on a digital signboard? What do I think and feel about your business when I see your marketing materials or an advertisement, clearly marked as your brand?
What’s Behind The Brand?
And this is the next challenge in branding, making sure your business is building a reputation that will make the recognizability of your brand a good thing. So that there is congruence between who you say you are and who you are in fact.
Think of recognizable brands, local competitors and other profit and non-profit organizations that you are familiar with. What is their branding like, and do they live up to their image?
How about your business? Is it easy for customers to visit your website and social networks, view your marketing materials, see your business card and see that it is all the same business? And if the branding is easily recognizable in all of these areas, are you developing a reputation with your customers and in the marketplace that makes the recognizably of your brand a plus for your business?
Let Your Brand Speak
A well designed brand will help you increase qualified sales leads, improve profitability, and build and sustain trust with your customers. More specifically, we guide businesses through both the strategic and tactical aspects of branding or rebranding including:
- Redesigning your small business’ name, term, design, or other features that distinguishes your product or service from those of others.
- Extending the brand identity and internal messaging to environments and internal communications.
- Extending the brand identity to the corporate website, social media, and external communications.
Our branding program is a great place to start if you can benefit from any of the following:
- A reinvention or adjustment of your visual identity and language
- Clarification of your business values and fresh thinking about your market position
- An outside perspective, free from your organization’s internal biases
- Advice on your external communications language, compared to trends and terms that truly resonate with your audience
- A roadmap for where your brand should go – and how to get it there
ThePixel is a website design, seo and digital marketing company located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our website designs are custom designed for your unique brand and online presence. Since 2008, ThePixel has worked with hundreds of businesses to design, develop and launch their perfect website that lasts for years.
All Pixel websites are backed with a powerful content management system, search engine optimization and a modern mobile-friendly design. Let’s start building the website of your dreams – one that generates traffic, leads and conversions. Contact ThePixel and one of our representatives will guide you through the website phases and how the process works either by a Zoom Meeting or phone.