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Creating a (Proper) Brand Identity in 6 Simple Steps

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Building a strong brand identity is more than picking colors or designing a logo. It’s about creating a full experience that truly shows what your brand is about, its mission, its values, and its vision for the future. This helps set your brand apart in a crowded market, making it memorable and trustworthy. Today, a clear and strategic brand identity is crucial for standing out online.

How to create a strong brand identity
Creating a brand identity

1. Define What Your Brand Stands For

Getting to the core of your brand is the crucial first step. This involves:

  • Start by pinpointing what your brand stands for, what makes it different, and its mission. Align these elements with what your audience is seeking.
  • Have conversations with employees, customers, and even past stakeholders to gather a broad view of perspectives about your brand. (if not applicable, analyze competitors or businesses in the industry.)
  • Use these insights to create a mission statement that clearly communicates your brand's purpose. This is about being authentic and building trust.
  • Identify and start writing the unique attributes that make your brand stand out. Consider your brand’s history, its unique approach to customer service, or innovations.
  • Conduct a workshop with key stakeholders to refine your brand’s vision, ensuring it is aspirational and broadly supported within your organization. (if not applicable, you can consult on online forums or communities like Reddit, Discord, TikTok or friends and family.)

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2. Know Your Audience Inside Out (or not)

Developing a brand identity that connects requires a deep understanding of your audience so if you do not know your audience here is where you can start. This includes:

  • Reflect on your target audience's preferred communication style and tailor your brand's voice to match. It should be engaging and feel natural to them.
  • Create surveys, social media listening, and direct feedback to deeply understand your audience. Google Analytics is invaluable for learning about your audience’s preferences and behaviors.
  • Observe your competitors and the industry to identify where your brand can uniquely position itself.
  • Maintain tools like Google Trends, Analytics, Social Media (Instagram, TikTok, etc).
  • Employ segmentation techniques to categorize your audience based on behaviors and engagement levels.
  • Use tools like behavioral analytics to gain deeper insights into how segments interact with your brand, informing more personalized communication strategies.

3. Make Your Visual Identity Stand Out

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Your brand's visual identity is important for making a strong first impression. Focus on:

  • Your logo, color scheme, and typography should express your brand's personality and aims. Choose elements that tell your brand’s story at a glance.
  • Consistency in your visual elements across all brand touchpoints helps in making your brand quickly recognizable.
  • Conduct A/B testing on key visual elements with segments of your target audience.
  • Develop a detailed brand design system that guides you and future employees with all visual assets and their usage guidelines. Our go-to tools to keep assets and company information are Figma, Notion and Google Drive.
  • Improve your Website and focus on the user experience of the site. Ask yourself: When was the last website that I said "Wow, that's a unique design". Read about the importance of a good creative process in web design.

4. Being Relatable

How your brand communicates can significantly impact how relatable it is to your audience. This includes:

  • Determine the human-like qualities of your brand. Is it authoritative, friendly, or innovative? These should be evident in all your communications.
  • While maintaining a consistent voice, the tone of your brand's communications may vary depending on the context.
  • Regularly review your brand’s communications across channels to ensure voice consistency. This can vary if you're writing a post for LinkedIn vs a trending post for TikTok.
  • Analyze engagement metrics for your content across platforms to refine your communication strategy. Track with the built-in analytics of each app and write it down somewhere.

5. Consistency is Key

A consistent brand experience across all customer touchpoints builds a robust brand identity. To achieve this:

  • Organize all branding materials in one accessible place to ensure uniform use across all platforms and materials.
  • Regularly review how your brand is presented across different channels to maintain brand integrity.
  • Map the customer journey across all channels to identify and address inconsistencies.
  • Implement training for your team on maintaining brand consistency and if you're a solo founder or start-up, start laying down the foundations for future documentation.

6. Tell a Story That Connects

Stories have the power to build deep connections with your audience. To leverage this:

  • Talk about how your brand came to be, the challenges it's faced, and the victories it's celebrated.
  • Build emotional connections by sharing stories and values that resonate with your audience.
  • Encourage the sharing of customer stories and testimonials in a 'storytelling' way.
  • Organize workshops to align your company's culture within your team.

Wrapping It Up

A unique brand identity is created through understanding your brand’s personality, knowing your audience, developing impactful visuals, engaging communication, maintaining consistency, and connecting through storytelling. It’s about creating an authentic experience that draws people in and keeps them engaged over time. Curious to see how we work and the finished products? Check our work and projects ranging from world class athletes to corporations.

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