Saturday, May 17, 2014

Branding and Self Promotion

facebook business
facebook business (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Why Brand Your Business

Just like in any business, getting the word out about your services and or products plays a major role in how successful your business becomes. The same applies to an executive flagging for a higher position within a corporation, a freelancer working towards expanding his client load, and it applies to blogging as well. 
These days we are lucky, we go online, Google different networking sites, sign up and start friending people. But which sites who offer this exposure, are best suited for your needs? One of my favorite sites,, has done a little research on this to help us clearly understand how important Branding your Business is. 

The Importance of Branding Your Business 

Accessed May 17th, 2014

http://www.creativecommons.comAdvertising is a great way to earn customers, but it is important that you look beyond the ads and think about creating a lasting impression in your field of work. You can do this by branding your business. Branding your business is important, whether you are a one man operation or a multi-million dollar cooperation. Creating a brand will help you stand out in the sea of similar companies, and help increase your sales and customers.
What Is a Brand?
A brand is more than just a name or logo that you give your business. It is your identity, and shares with the world who you are, what you can offer, and how you offer it. It also helps establish credibility with future customers. If you earn a good reputation for your brand, you can break away from your competition. Strategic branding will allow you to be more flexible and in control with the most important factors of business, namely pricing. When you have a good brand established, people are more likely to pay more for your services. This is because they believe your services will be more beneficial than other, lower priced options.
Stand Out from the Crowd with Your Brand
The most obvious reason for a brand is to differentiate your business from all the rest. People begin new business ventures every day, launching a new website and handing out bundles of business cards. One of the main goals you should continually set for yourself is finding ways to step outside the box. You want potential customers to notice you, and your brand will help accomplish this. 
Strategic Branding Allows for More Effective Marketing
Also, with a brand name and logo, you can market your business more efficiently. Developing a reputation for yourself will allow you to skip the introductions with potential clients, as they will already know who you are and what you can offer them. This will decrease the amount of time you spend discussing yourself, which will give you more time to land new customers and reach out to even more.
Market Your Name and Your Products                  
The Coca-Cola logo is an example of a widely-r...
The Coca-Cola logo is an example of a widely-recognized trademark representing a global brand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The time you spend making a name for your business does more than just increase awareness for the business itself. By promoting your brand, you are indirectly promoting your products and services. Once you become a household name, what you offer will be very familiar to your customers and maybe even potential clients. 
Branding your business is an important consideration that should not be overlooked when starting out with your venture. Keep in mind that its about more than just business cards and a logo. Your brand will reach out to others and share exactly what you do and how you can help them. It will help you get ahead in the game, make your marketing and advertising more efficient, and help you expose customers to your products. Even if you are just starting a one person work-at-home business, it is important to consider branding your business.

Until Next Time, Bye Bye

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