Brand Strategy: Everything You Need to Know in 2021
Brand Strategy: Building a brand is an important part of having a successful company. Having a strong brand can have several different benefits. It can help you get better Google search results, stand out in your field, and build loyalty.
Unfortunately, building a brand isn’t always easy. There is a lot of competition for the attention and support of customers. Thankfully, there are some advanced branding techniques and tactics your business can use to get (and stay) ahead. This article is going to look at a few of them.
Master the Art of Visual Content
While both text and visual content have their benefits, many consumers prefer visuals. As a result, videos can be a great way to build your brand and get your messaging across. They should be short, grab the viewer’s attention immediately, and always be sure to provide them with some sort of value.
The video could be about how your company can help solve a problem, can introduce a product, or answer common questions and concerns in your industry. Of course, be sure to optimize your video with keywords in the title and description for better results. You could even transcribe the video and add it to your site as a blog post, so you can reach both those who want to watch and read.
However, a video isn’t the only type of visual content worth creating. Photos, infographics, charts, and other visual tools can be great additions to your marketing strategy. Visual content is also great for getting more shares, receiving more comments, and potentially going viral, all of which are great for expanding the reach of your brand.
Use Social Listening
Among the most valuable techniques for branding is social listening. This is all about looking at and analyzing how your brand is perceived by the public and your customers alike. If you notice the public doesn’t like an aspect of your branding or products, you can quickly offer a change or response.
Many companies will rely on alerts and other tools to let them know when their brand has been mentioned. Another thing that can be very valuable for social listening is online reviews, so always keep tabs on what is being said, and how that information can be used to your advantage.
Also, social media is a brilliant tool for social listening. With all different types of people using social media, it is a great way to keep up with the thoughts and feelings of your audience, no matter who they are.
Engagement is Everything
The way your brand engages with customers or the public is very important. If you simply engage with your audience or the public like every other brand, you will be perceived as the same. You need to find ways to engage in ways that are fresh and unique.
You could do this through increased personalization, sending out your messaging or content in unique ways, or generally doing anything you can do to separate yourself from the norm. Also, when it comes to how you engage with customers, don’t let it get too stagnant or predictable.
Sure, you want to have a brand voice and identity, but don’t be afraid to give off a bit of variety. This can keep your customers on their toes and ensure you remain in their minds and don’t become an afterthought. Also, brand refreshes every couple of years can be a great tool. Customers are always evolving and reevaluating their needs. If you are not growing, changing and adapting with them, they might simply leave you behind.
If you follow the branding steps outlined in this article, you will be well on your way to building a strong brand. Getting proficient with video, using social listening, and focusing on engagement can all be hugely important branding steps in 2021 and beyond.