Say My Name, Say My Name: 4 Branding Tips for Small Businesses

You may think only large companies have a “brand” that makes them readily recognizable in the marketplace. But even small companies can develop a brand that helps easily customers understand what they do and how their needs can be served. Here are a few tips to help you develop your own brand.

Create a Buyer Profile

Finding the essence of your “brand” can be made easier if you have a clear picture of who buys your product. Many businesspeople find it helpful to construct an entire profile of who their customers are likely to be. It may be a man or women, single or married, of a certain age group with a history and pattern of habits. This rounded persona will help to fashion a message that speak to that customer’s particular needs.

Know Your Values

Your company may be a leader in innovative products or services. Or you may be particularly adept at customer service, constantly finding ways to educate, inform and satisfy. Maybe you work hard at sustainability to preserve the health of the planet. Whatever your values and special qualities are, make sure all your marketing efforts mention them clearly and consistently.

Create a Tagline

A tagline is a memorable phrase that is uniquely associated with your business. Wheaties cereal had the tagline of “Breakfast of Champions.” Kentucky Fried Chicken had “Finger Lickin’ Good.” If you take a little time thinking about how you want your customers to think positively about your business, you will be able to come up with a short phrase that allows them to remember you easily. Use this tagline in all your advertising, until it is readily associated with who you are and what you do.

Associate Your Company with Positive Imagery

Using images helps to make your company more memorable and accepted by the public. People react well to certain types of imagery. Always consider your market demographics when choosing images for your branding. An older demographic group will respond more favorably to images of reliability and security. A younger demographic appreciates a more edgy, relatable image that speaks to their experiences. Choose high-resolution images, with bold, bright colors that attract attention.

Every business is different and serves their customer base in its own special way. Creating an effective brand for your business takes some thought about what makes your company unique. You can then implement these four tips to ensure potential customers understand what your business is about and how it can serve their needs. If you find yourself a little overwhelmed with everything you have to do, be sure to get in contact with a branding agency with plenty of experience in your industry.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.