With the new year in full swing now, changes in both our personal and professional lives prompt business owners to contemplate how to ensure their brands grow, thrive, and shine. Is your branding keeping pace with your audience? Is it adapting to your brand growth and evolution? Are you putting your best foot forward for the remainder of 2024?
We’ve compiled a list of our top ten branding must-haves to ensure you’re ready for your best year yet!
- ONE. A firm understanding of who YOU are and who your clients are (now!)
- TWO. A strong and complete brand language + consistent touchpoints
- THREE. A branded website that converts leads to sales
- FOUR. Social media content that is authentic, aspirational and wholesome
- FIVE. Consistent brand fonts and colours + accessible, on-the-go tools
- SIX. A brand that is consistent and strong enough for multifaceted marketing
- SEVEN. A realistic and sustainable pricing structure
- EIGHT. Rather than waiting for opportunities, create them
- NINE. A brand experience people can’t help but talk about
- TEN. A community based on support and mutual cheerleading
ONE. A firm understanding of who YOU are and who your clients are (now!)
Offering a great product or service is essential – but it’s not enough. One of the most important elements of business success is standing out for all the right reasons, and to all the right people. Do you know why a client would choose you over one of your competitors? What makes you unique? Is your brand still in alignment with what you’re selling and who you’re trying to attract? Do you know who your clients are, now? You need to be up to date on who your target audience is, what they are looking for, what their pain points are, and what values and messaging they respond to. When you
truly tailor your messaging to who you’re selling to, that genuine connection is what leads to conversion into sales. Remember that an outdated brand can’t drive your business into the future!
TWO. A strong and complete brand language + consistent touchpoints
You already know that you need a captivating logo, distinctive visuals, and emotive colours – but remember that your brand identity is about more than that. It’s about drawing people in, and then continuing to tell your brand story through a complete picture of consistent touchpoints. In the world of branding and marketing, consumer expectations are higher than ever, and it’s essential that their customer journey with you is a branded, seamless, and premium experience from start to finish. Consistency in your brand elements, messaging, and interactions across various touchpoints is key to building a strong and memorable brand presence.
THREE. A branded website that converts leads to sales
Retail and sales have changed dramatically over the last decade – taking all of our businesses and shop fronts online. Learning how to be found on the internet is a challenge in and of itself (hello SEO!), and, on top of that, you need to also make sure that your website is truly helping you SELL. If customers find you, but then have a frustrating or confusing experience on your website, you may be losing business from precisely those ideal clients you’ve been trying to target all along. A user-friendly, clearly organised and compelling website is a necessity for establishing a strong online presence! Use easy calls to action like ‘buy now’, ‘download now’, or ‘enquire with us’ to enhance
the customer experience. It’s also key to help your website bring in fresh traffic by regularly adding content like blog posts, landing pages, and FAQ sections that answer questions that your customers might be looking for. Even when you or your team are not personally working in your business, your website should be working for you, ensuring a seamless and positive customer experience.
FOUR. Social media content that is authentic, aspirational and wholesome
While your website may be your shop front, think of social media as your business card. It needs to feel cohesive, positive, and full of personality – while still hitting that perfect note of professionalism that is unique to you. In addition to your imagery, make sure you’re also bringing in consistent brand colours and fonts on your graphics, as well as interactive posts and videos that reflect your work ethic, your values, and your aesthetic. You are your brand, which means customers want to see real behind-the-scenes, authentic snippets of you.
FIVE. Consistent brand fonts and colours + accessible, on-the-go tools
We all know that creating branded content for our website and social media frequently is helpful – and often what stops us is how time-consuming it can be to create perfect graphics. Make sure you are making it as easy as possible for yourself by having your colours, fonts, and logos saved on the cloud and easy to access – and also having them pre-uploaded to easy template-based websites, if you are using any. While such tools can be helpful for quick designs, the expertise of a professional graphic design and branding agency is invaluable. Their unique understanding of branding and the ability to craft bespoke visuals tailored to your specific needs set them apart. Once you have a cohesive, bespoke brand design you love, ask your design agency to create custom templates to make it really quick and easy to keep your content fresh and consistent on the go.
SIX. A brand that is consistent and strong enough for multifaceted marketing
Elevating your business to the next level means leveraging all the marketing tools at your disposal: it’s your social content, emails, ads, referral programs, influencer partnerships, brand collaborations, and PR opportunities. Your business needs to have multiple consistent ways for clients to discover you. Your brand needs to adapt to video, photography, animated graphics, while also being self-aware and strong enough that investments in adverts and PR are truly worthwhile for you.
SEVEN. A realistic and sustainable pricing structure
With overheads, living costs, and inflation all on the rise, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your profit margins and the market rates in your industry. This is the time to either improve your margins or raise your rates – or both if you can! Invest in systems and processes that decrease your overheads and free up revenue for you, so that you can continue building a business that can weather the years ahead. Are there areas you can optimise cash flow by automating, systemising, or strategically reallocating resources, perhaps?
EIGHT. Rather than waiting for opportunities, create them
Your business evolves, changes, and grows – and it needs to be fed with opportunities and new connections. Brand growth involves building on your visuals, ongoing SEO, marketing, PR, strategic partnerships, and consistent customer experiences. Make sure your brand is getting seen, talked about, referred – which can happen naturally, but sometimes needs YOU to get out there and create those opportunities. What new connections, networking opportunities, or collaborations could you be exploring for this year?
NINE. A brand experience people can't help but talk about
While delivering products and services quickly and professionally is vital for success, it’s not enough. Having your brand talked about means over-delivering, surprising, and engaging with your audience in ways that go beyond their basic expectations. For example, hosting exclusive events or sending out personalised thank-you gifts can leave a lasting impression, fostering positive word-of-mouth and enhancing your brand’s overall appeal. Elevating your business means creating truly memorable experiences. Generate brand awareness to make sure you’re not a best-kept secret!
TEN. A community based on support and mutual cheerleading
This is one of the most important brand and business strategies – this year, and always! Be willing to consistently show up, create value for others, and form lasting relationships. It’s not about creating a network and expecting them to send business your way: it’s about forming connections that are mutually valued and appreciated and creating business through organic growth and genuine recommendations. You never know just how far your kindness and support will go, and being a part of a supportive community is essential for staying busy, healthy, and mindful through all that this year will bring.
I hope you enjoyed these ten tips to help you grow and elevate your brand in 2024; we hope you will use this post to create a compelling brand experience that people will love talking about!
We offer a full branding and marketing package for luxury brands of all sizes, styles, and industries – so if you’re looking for an expert to guide you and support you in having the best year yet, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Until next time,