I talk a lot about branding. I am a web designer and brand strategist, after all! But why is brand consistency so important? How do you achieve it? Here are some tips.
You want to be recognizable in your business! You want people to remember you, refer you to others, and come back to do business with you over and over. One of the best way to do this (apart from your customer service) is by being consistent in your branding. This is important because when your customers or clients are scrolling through their news feeds, they will easily recognize you, especially if your visual branding is on point. When they recognize your brand they are more likely to stop and read what you have to say. You want them to stop on your page and get to know you, so you can begin to build a relationship with them.
Branding your business successfully will not only cause your customers to recognize you and your brand, but it will help them to remember you as well. When they remember you, they are more likely to buy from you or refer you to others. And repeat buyers are huge for your business, so stand out and be remembered!
Branding is not just about the visuals, although that’s what most people thinking of when they hear the word branding. Visuals are important, but first you need to know and have a consistent brand message. If you haven’t already done so, take some time to sit down and write down your brand’s mission, vision, goals, values, etc. These are all going to play a part in your brand message. Make sure you know your “why” and what your business stands for. What do you hope to accomplish with your business? How can you serve your customers/clients? What problems do you solve? You can even think about your personality and how that is incorporated in your brand. Is it fun, light-hearted, humorous? Is it serious and professional? Make sure whatever it is, it is authentic! Authenticity is huge, because that is how you will connect with people!
Read How Branding Your Direct Sales Business Can Grow Your Business
Know your niche
A lot of people talk about knowing your niche, your target market, and “ideal” client, and there’s a reason why! It is important! If you try to market your business to everyone, you will end up appearing watered down and appealing to no one. Know exactly who you are targeting, then “talk” to them in your posts and emails. Be specific when you are coming up with your ideal client. Is she single? Married? A mom? Younger? Older? Working? What kind of problems does she have that you can solve? Write down the answer to all of these questions and more, and figure out exactly who you are going to be creating content for and marketing to. This does not mean that only those people will buy from you, but you will have greater value on your page and in your content if you know your niche.
This is where the visuals come in. They are an important part of your brand and are typically what people see first. If you don’t yet have a logo, find a professional to help you with one if you don’t have the skills to create it yourself. Investing in a logo and brand elements is a good thing for your business. You will also need to have consistent colors (think three to five), patterns, brand elements, and fonts. Be sure you think of your target market and your brand message when you are coming up with these. If you realize your brand is going to have a very professional image, you probably don’t want lots of bright, neon colors!
Read Dos and Don’ts of Visual Branding
Now that you have figured out your brand visuals, you are going to want to create some branded graphics! Make sure you stick to your brand visuals for every graphic you make! If you want to create your own and not pay to have someone else do it for you, Canva.com is a fantastic and easy-to-use site to create graphics! There are others, such as PicMonkey, and lots of phone apps you can use as well, but Canva is my go-to site for most all of my graphics. You can use the free version, or you can upgrade to the paid version to save your brand colors and fonts (my recommendation). You will want to make sure your graphics have a consistent look, style, and feel to them so that when people see them, they start to immediately recognize them as yours.
These are just a few tips for achieving brand consistency. Which of these ideas have you already implemented? Which are you going to work on? Tell me in the comments!
7 Things I Stopped Doing In Order To Grow My Business
You often hear people talking about what they did to grow their business. But sometimes there are things you are doing that you need to stop doing in order to grow your business. Here is my list.
- Doubting myself. Ah. This is a big one! It is so easy to let those thoughts of doubt creep in. You wonder if you are good enough, have the right skills or the right personality, you think maybe you can’t do it and are afraid you will fail. Guess what. Those doubts are holding you back from what you can accomplish! I ran across a quote recently that I love that says, “You are braver than you feel, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” I love that, because you ARE! We all have moments of doubt, but when they creep in you need to kick them to the curb and not let them define your success.
- Listening to my fears. This one kind of goes along with the last. Along with doubts come fears. Many times it is the fear of failure, but sometimes there can be a fear of success, as well. And that fear can hold you back from growing your business. Don’t let fear get in the way. Do it scared, just do it.
- Comparison Do you ever look at another consultant or competitor and compare yourself to them and their success and just want to give up? Yeah, that happens to all of us at times. It is so easy to look at what someone else is doing and how great their business seems to be going and think we can’t do it, get jealous of their success, or feel inadequate. But just like an iceberg, we are only seeing part of what is going on and not what is underneath all of that success. We don’t see all of the hard work that has gone in to getting them where they are at now. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!
- Copying and pasting others. Do you ever see what someone else is doing great and want to copy them so that you can get the same results? They post a fun graphic on FB and get lots of engagement on it, so you are tempted to steal their graphic and use it as well. Yes, I said steal. Because it is stealing! Don’t do this! Not only can it land you in FB jail and piss someone off, but it is illegal! You cannot just take graphics you find online (or on google!) and just use them for yourself! Don’t get yourself in trouble and/or get put in FB jail, or worse, sued and fined! Yes, it most definitely happens, so that is not a risk I am willing to take! Get yourself a free account on Canva.com and make your own graphics! There are also lots of phone apps that you can use to create cute graphics as well. Stand out and brand yourself! And while we’re at it, try to stay away from using your company’s graphics as much as possible. Yes, they are created for you to use, but if everyone in your company is using the same graphics, then you are not branding yourself and FB may decide to block you (put you in jail) because you are “copying” and not being original. Check out my post on Dos and Don’ts of Visual Branding for more branding tips.
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- Sell, Sell, Sell. Is selling your products all you are trying to do with your business? There is so much more to a business than just selling a product! Don’t just sell, sell, sell. Build relationships! Engage! Be authentic! Get to know your audience! Make sure they are able to get to know you, like you, and trust you before you try to hard sell them anything. Work at building authentic relationships and the selling will follow. If you are in direct sales, check out my post, How to Sell as a Direct Seller, or my post on Resources for Direct Sellers!
- Doing it alone. Do you ever think you have to do it all alone in order to succeed? Most of the people who have thriving businesses did not get there by themselves. They had other people alongside them encouraging them and giving them advice along the way. Don’t have someone like that? Find someone! Is your upline not helpful or non-existent? Don’t let that stop you, find someone else. Maybe it’s another consultant, a different upline/team, or your downline. Maybe it’s a business coach you find or a friend or someone in a FB group for direct sellers or entrepreneurs. If you don’t have any support in your business, I would encourage you to check out two groups on FB: The Socialite Suite with Brenda Ster and Social Super Group with Jilleysue. They are both fantastic groups with lots of advice and encouragement.
- Negative talk. Your mindset and self-talk can really make a difference in your success. I didn’t used to really believe it, but I do now. When you believe in yourself and think and speak positively about yourself and your business, your positivity will affect your outlook, your confidence, and your business. Come up with some positive affirmations and mantras (even if they are not yet completely true) and start speaking them every day. Write them down somewhere will you will see them every day to remind yourself. Mine is, “I attract motivated direct sales leaders who want to do business with me. I am the direct sales website woman.” Check out Inspired Ivy on FB for more on this topic.
So there you have it. 7 things you need to stop doing in order to succeed in your business. What are you going to do about it? Did one (or more) of these 7 items stand out to you? Which one are you going to stop doing? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to help you along your journey!