For many small businesses, getting more people to remember their brand can be a tough challenge. Building brand awareness is often a combination of wits, appeal, and luck. If you want your brand to become a household name, it’s all about marketing it in a way that’s memorable and iconic. Without brand awareness, your product just isn’t going to sell. Here are some tips to increasing your brand awareness and get everyone out there saying your name.
Identify what sets you apart from other brands
Sure, you might sell the same product, but that should be where the similarities end. Finding a unique niche for your brand can help more people remember you and differentiate you from other brands. Do you offer a higher quality product? Do you sell a novel and unique product or cater to a niche audience? Do you have better service or provide more sales and deals? Whatever makes you different and unique from other brands is an asset that can help your brand flourish.
Do your research on your competitors and find out what they don’t have that you do or can have. Making your brand memorable is all about standing out from the rest. Once you find that unique identifier, you’re already one step closer.
Know your target audience
Just as you would research your competitors to see what you have that they don’t, it’s essential to know the audience that you’re selling for as well. After all, they’re the ones buying your product. They’re the ones who’ll be using it the most and who’ll be judging its actual worth and usefulness. Knowing your target audience is one of the most basic principles of brand marketing. If you don’t know who you’re selling to, you won’t know how to market it.
Specific demographics react differently to different products. You wouldn’t sell children’s toys and clothes to single adults, nor would you sell expensive suits and watches to teenagers. It also offers insight into what your target audience can afford. Young adults and college students aren’t likely to afford anything too expensive, while working middle to upper class adults might be willing to spend more on quality luxury products.
Most importantly, get to know your target audience’s wants and needs. What do they look for the most? What can help them in their everyday life? What can convince them to take a chance on a new brand like yours?
Come up with a creative design and slogan
How many times have you found yourself singing or humming that catchy commercial jingle you hear on TV? Or remembering the slogan or catchphrase of another brand because of its cadence and wording? How about testing your ability to recognize iconic brand symbols like the McDonald’s golden arches and Apple’s bitten apple? You can do the same with your brand if you play your cards right.
Graphic design is an essential facet of branding and one that you should take advantage of. The right graphic design can make your brand instantly recognizable among countless others and, therefore, more memorable. More than just creating a logo, you can create a slogan that best encapsulates and conveys your brand’s mission and vision, as well as a promise to your audience.
Think of all the great slogans and banners you’ve heard before and try to go for the same effect. Catchier isn’t necessarily better, although it does help your audience to remember it. A good slogan makes a promise and holds you to that promise. So make sure to not only pick a good one but pick one that you can keep.
It’s all about marketing
As with all things involving businesses and promotion, it all comes down to the marketing strategy that you use. To build brand awareness, you can try different marketing strategies and see what works best.
For example, take content marketing. It is all about making creative and relevant content for your target audiences, such as articles, videos, and other media. They promote your business, connect with your target audience, and establish your brand as a trusted source.
Connecting to your audience on a personal level can help your brand appear unique and different from others and more approachable and more consumer-friendly. It might not come with immediate results, but it succeeds in making your brand more familiar to the audience and can effectively endear it to them.
You can use content marketing in things like blog posts and aesthetically pleasing Instagram photos. You can hire a company that makes animated explainer videos. Even a viral meme can be the thing that launches your brand to internet fame. At the very least, having an active social media presence is one way of getting your brand’s name out there.
Other than content marketing, you can also try influencer marketing. Paid sponsorships or advertisements drive traffic towards your site, and any promotion from trusted sources like influencers can help convince people to buy your product.
Building brand awareness all comes down to how well you can market and sell your brand. As long as you know who you’re selling to, what they want or need, and understand your brand’s through and through, you have all that it takes to create the next big household name.