Recently, we became the Branding Sherpas when we wrote our first book, A Guided Journey to Elevated Branding, where we introduced our top 5 branding tips for entrepreneurs. After many years of sitting down with clients to map out their branding journey, we observed that most entrepreneurs don’t know what aspect of their branding to tackle first or where to invest in professional help along the way.
Since we have figured out our own branding journey, and have helped many more along the way, we felt it was time to draw up a map to help entrepreneurs understand the process more easily.
Firstly, let’s define branding so we have a guidepost for the rest of this blog. The simplest way for us to describe it is a brand is a reputation; it’s your customer’s gut feeling about your business. Essentially this means that you do not own your brand, your audience does!
So if you don’t own your brand, what actions can you take to reach your business goals? These top 5 branding tips will give you direct actions to help shape your brand into what you want it to be.
top 5 branding tips
tip 1 - STrategy
Why is brand strategy important? Since your brand lives in the minds of your audience, strategy is your plan to actively influence how people perceive your brand.
Without brand strategy, you have no way to measure whether or not your brand is moving in the right direction. Here are a few things your strategy should include:
Here is an example of one of our client profiles:
tip 2 - Assets
You need a way to reach and communicate with your audience, and this is it!
Your assets are a unique set of elements that make your brand more familiar and distinctive, setting you apart in the marketplace.
Sherpa Tip: in order for your brand assets to be an “asset”, they have to connect an audience to your brand.
Your branding assets can include:
- Sub logos (for use on different platforms)
- Color palette
- Supporting graphics
tip 3 - Website
There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to tackling your website project. Should you attempt to DIY (if you choose to do this, read our blog on 5 Things You Should Know About Website DIY)? Do you use a web building platform? How do you choose a web design agency? How will you maintain your website?
The best advice we can give to achieve an elevated brand is to do your research and then hire a professional. Your website has a lot of jobs to do and as a major touchpoint into your business, you want it running optimally with a smooth user experience. Your website has to:
- Bring you leads by getting in front of the right people
- Take care of inquiries about your products/services
- Showcase your products/services in an attract, easy-to-find way
A professional web designer will use your brand strategy and assets to create a strong user experience based on your target audience, turning users into customers.
benefits of a professional website
tip 4 - SEO
your long term strategy
Let’s start with defining SEO (Search Engine Optimization): it’s the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search results (organic means you are not paying to be found). Let’s break it down.
Search Engine: you enter a search into Google, a bot goes out into the world wide web and returns with relevant websites to your search.
Optimization: techniques to help the bot find your webpages.
benefits of SEO
tip 5 - Advertising
your short term strategy
There are many options for advertising online, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google. Google Ads are the most profitable option, though in some cases depending on the campaign type that you require, a social media ad may be more appropriate.
A lot of entrepreneurs have attempted to DIY Google Ads and have come away with a bad experience. Hiring a Google Ad Manager is a good idea and will save you time and money in the end.
benefits of using Google Ads
let's chat branding
If you’d like to book a branding consultation with us, we’d be happy to sit down with you and figure out where you are in your journey and where you would like to go!
If you’re interested in learning more about the branding journey, please check out our latest book.
Getting your business to the next level of success is going to require you to to show up in the marketplace with an elevated brand and an open mind. With the Branding Sherpas as your guide, you will make your way up the mountain, learning valuable information complete with pro tips and actionable exercises to get you to the summit of your business.
My superpower is holding space for your vision and creating tangible designs. I love crafting solutions, and together we will come up with the best designs to Elevate your business!
Book a consultation today to discuss how we can help you.