Top Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Brand Strategy

Top Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Brand Strategy

8 Dec 2023

So, you've got this dream, a vision of a business you're itching to bring to life. The thrill of starting a new venture is undeniable, but it comes bundled with every fear in the book, right?

Top Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Brand Strategy

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The unknowns can be overwhelming, and for many first-time entrepreneurs, that fear, coupled with indecision, self-doubt, imposter syndrome and the pursuit of perfection, becomes the roadblock that keeps dreams on hold. It's like standing at the edge of uncharted waters, the mix of excitement and uncertainty often holding back aspiring entrepreneurs from taking that initial leap.

Now, let's say you've done your homework, meticulously identified your niche, and found yourself at the edge, ready to turn those dreams into reality. But where do you even begin?

But here's the real deal—every grand journey begins with a single step, and every successful business springs from a solid foundation.

This is where your brand comes in.

Yes, your small business needs a brand, and we're not talking about any run-of-the-mill brand. It's about cultivating a distinct personality that is uniquely you in the ever-growing small business landscape. In a society that continues to thrive on  “hustle culture,” where everyone seems to be starting businesses left, right, and centre, it's easy to feel like you're just another sheep in the herd. However, this is precisely where a robust brand strategy and thoughtful design can elevate you above the rest.

Most first-time entrepreneurs often think that once they have their logo, they're good to go. But let's throw a few questions into the mix:

  1. How will people identify me when my logo isn't in the picture?

  2. Am I merely selling a product, or am I striving to establish my business as the go-to destination?

  3. What values does my business embody?

  4. Who exactly is my ideal customer?

These questions alone often stump many new business owners. But here's the reality check— according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 20% of small businesses fail within their first year. The stakes climb to 30% by the end of the second year, a staggering 50% by the fifth year, and a whopping 70% by the tenth year.

One of the leading culprits for this high failure rate? A lack of effective location, internet presence, and marketing strategy. Starting to connect the dots?

Without understanding who you're serving or selling to, how do you know what problems you're here to solve? Understanding the core elements of your brand will not only answer these questions but pave the way for the direction and growth of your business.

Consider this: Apple, a global tech giant, didn't achieve its iconic status by making revolutionary changes every year. Instead, they honed in on perfecting their design, even with minute changes, all because they understood the needs of their target audience. Your brand has the power to do the same.

Now, let's dive into branding for small businesses and explore the pivotal aspects that will set you on the path to success.

Define Your Brand Identity

Clearly defining your brand's personality, values, and mission is foundational for creating a unique and memorable identity. Your brand's personality shapes its character, be it playful or professional. Core values and a well-defined mission statement guide your business ethically.

They establish why your brand exists and the problems it aims to solve. By understanding these core concepts right from the beginning, you can start to understand your Unique Selling (or Value) Proposition (USP) which sets your brand apart in a competitive market. When you create a compelling brand narrative, and share the journey, you can start to foster a deeper connection with your ideal target audience. Together, these elements form a distinct, authentic, and memorable brand identity.

Know Your Target Audience

The second part of this, which I feel is the part most businesses leave out, is understanding your ideal customers, their needs, preferences, and pain points which is pivotal for creating a brand that resonates authentically.

We’ve often heard the phrase “But this will make it easier for the customer.” The key aspect that’s being left out of this equation is understanding “who” that customer is and what problems or pain points they have. Instead, there’s a lot of guesswork that’s happening and when the results don’t show, we ask ourselves why. It might seem tedious to go through this process, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of guesswork and help you focus on marketing to the right people.

Once you’ve identified the user personas that you want to focus your brand on, tailor your brand to address the specific challenges and desires of your target audience. By delving into their world, you can create a brand experience that not only meets their expectations but also emotionally connects with them.

Ultimately, aligning your brand with the unique characteristics of your ideal customers ensures that you are not only meeting their requirements but also, staying authentic to your mission and values that you outlined in step 1.

These two steps seem relatively easy, and for the most part, they are. But many small businesses start by posting their products on social media, trying to gain followers and spending countless hours researching algorithms and SEO tactics without ever considering who they’re trying to advertise to.

Final Thoughts

Taking the time to create a detailed brand strategy can save you countless hours and help focus your energy on business growth.

Often, small businesses jump into social media and SEO tactics without considering their target audience.

Remember, working smart, not hard, starts with understanding your goals and how to get there. Creating a brand that aligns with your mission, values, and ideal customers ensures authenticity and sets the stage for success.

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