What is a brand and why is branding important?
Some entrepreneurs may believe that the word brand is reserved for big businesses and corporations, while others could believe that brand is defined as a name, symbol or design that identifies your goods and services. The truth is even small businesses need to think about their brand. Your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors’. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be. Who you are should be based to some extent on who your target customers want and need you to be, focus on the benefits of using your business. Think about which of the benefits are emotional – the most powerful brands tap into emotions. A strong brand is fundamental to your business, and must resonate with your existing and potential clients.
Including a branding strategy in your marketing plan is crucial. Why? Because it personifies your business, delivers your message clearly, increases your credibility, motivates your clients, and creates loyalty. Branding allows you to take a strong stance within your niche market. Don’t you want your business to be recognised as the best? Applied correctly, your brand can help you achieve that.