When you think of branding, you likely think of logos, websites, and social media. These are all elements of branding that are necessary for your business. Let’s dive in to understand how to get started on each.
A logo is important for your business because it evokes a certain emotion or idea surrounding your brand. If your logo is boring and non-memorable, people may not be as excited about shopping at your store or your website. But if it’s bold and uses exciting colors, people will quickly be able to recognize it anywhere they see it (and they should see it in many places).
Consider what messaging you want to portray with your logo. Would a retro feel get that message across? A very ornate logo? A simple one? Look at other logos for inspiration.
Consider the role color plays in your logo. There’s a reason health food companies use green in their logos: it evokes health and freshness. On the other end of the emotional spectrum is red, which can symbolize passion and vitality.
I’m adamant that hiring a good graphic designer is well worth the expense for a small business. But there are also DIY options if it’s not in your budget just now.
Once you’re got your logo down, move on to the branding behind your website. It should contain or complement the colors used in your logo for consistency, and your logo should be at the top of each page. Again, consider messaging. What are you trying to portray with your website? Many companies think a cutesy Flash site is what their customers want, when in reality they want simplicity and functionality.
I feel the same about web designers as graphic designers: you don’t want to skimp on your website. Although there are many content management and blog-based options that you can use yourself, it’s worth it to find out how much a good website will cost (likely less than you think).
Your Social Media Profiles
Social media profiles provide you with another opportunity to brand your company using your logo and colors that match your website. You can now get customized Twitter pages and enhance your Facebook page with photos so that you create an attractive place for social media users to hang out.
Create customized Facebook tabs to connect users with your current promotions and coupons. You can set up a customized landing page so that all new visitors to your page view the promotion when they click on your page.
Keep in mind the communications you share via social media also counts as branding. Make sure the person in charge of your social media accounts speaks in the voice you want your company to have. If you want to maintain a professional image, using slang or off-the-wall updates on your wall won’t help you appeal to your audience.
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