Often we get calls from people that are planning on starting a new business. One of the first things that we always have to ask is what are you doing about your brand? Typically of course because it is a new business we’re told that they don’t have a brand. So of course the first step in getting the word out about a brand is to create that brand.
Part 1: Create Your BrandStep 1: You Need a Logo
A logo is a starting point in building a brand. In many ways it can become the face of a company. When you think of Coca-Cola you don’t necessarily think of all the people that work there you think of their logo which represents their brand. Many people when they think of Nike think of the swoosh which is representative of their company and brand. So when you create your own logo you want to create something that makes a lasting impression. So your first step in creating and spreading a brand is to create your logo.Step 2: Develop a Tagline
Taglines are meant to capture the essence of your brand. So creating a memorable tagline is another key ingredient of your brand development. So when you create your logo you should at the same time be creating a tagline for your company.Step 3: Develop a Color Scheme
When you create your logo you also need to consider the color scheme. Between your Digital materials and your print materials you’re going to use a lot of color and the colors you use can become synonymous with your business. For example Coca-Cola’s is red and white and Pepsi’s is red white and blue. So when we think of either product we also think of the color scheme.Step 4: Develop a Voice
Give your brand a voice. Is your brand an upscale brand the needs an upscale voice? Is it more down-home and a bit relaxed? Or is it somewhere in between? Every business has a voice but you can determine what is.
Part 2: Spreading Your BrandStep 1: Print Materials
Every business uses a number of print materials. From business cards and brochures to postcards, flyers and letterhead. Your logo should be on everything and your color scheme and tagline should be incorporated. If you invoice customers your logo should be on your invoices. Everyone uses business cards and your logo and colors need to be front and center. If you print it, your logo, colors and tagline should be on it.Step 2: Digital Materials
If you have a Website, a Facebook page, a LinkedIn profile or a Twitter page your logo, colors and tagline should be on them. If you send out email then your signature line should include all three elements as well. If you have an e-brochure the same thing applies. Every time you interact with someone you have a chance to reinforce your brand. And 3 of the biggest elements of a brand are logo, colors, and tagline.Be Consistent
The most important thing in brand development is consistency. Your logo, colors and voice need to be spread out across your market in a consistent manner. That way wherever someone sees you they immediately know who you are and what you do.If you are interested in building a brand for your business and need help please call our office at 615-890-3600 or email us. All of our consultations are free and we always love meeting new people.