Your business’ brand identity is what sets you apart from your competitors. When you get it right, it can help you reach beyond your customer base and into the wider world. However, creating a strong identity is a challenge.
On this page, we’ll look at exactly what makes up identity and why you need an effective one. We’ll also look at how March can help you craft a brand identity that works.
Brand identity is the name given to the elements of a brand that you can see. It exists to help customers recognise a business when they see it. Effective identities stay in customer’s minds long after they have interacted with the brand, sometimes forever. The identities of Apple, Coca-Cola, Facebook and Nike are easy to recognise, whether you use their products or not.
A company’s identity is made up of several different elements, including:
It’s important not to get confused between brand identity and brand image. Brand identity is the elements that create a brand image; a brand image is the result. For example, your identity could create an image amongst your customers that your products are more affordable than those of your competitors.
As mentioned before, the most successful companies in the world have identities that make them instantly recognisable, whether you’re a customer or not. However, you do not need to be Apple to build an identity that creates a positive image and wins customers.
Your identity tells your audience what to think about your products or services. Therefore, if you have a quality brand identity, people will think you are a quality business. When you look excellent, your audience will think you are excellent. This will help you win customers, enable you to charge more for your products or services and retain them over a longer period of time.
Your identity will also help you differentiate yourself from your competitors. It will help you stand out from the crowd and allow you to create a position for yourself in the market.
Building a strong identity is a challenge that causes you to think deeply about your business, your goals and how you want to be seen by your customers and the wider world.
Here are three aspects you must consider before you start:
Once you have this in place, you need to think about identity design: colours, shapes, fonts and more. It’s essential that your brand identity is consistent. Wherever someone sees your company, you want them to see it in the same way.
The colours and fonts you choose will appear in your logo, on your website, on your marketing materials, maybe even on your staff’s uniforms. Think carefully.
If you need some expert help, it’s time to talk to March.
As a brand identity agency, March helps you define your brand. Everyone has a great story to tell; we help you to tell it effectively.
Together, we’ll shape your identity, including:
All of these will help cultivate a unique brand image in the minds of your audience.
By sitting down and talking about your business, your customers and your plans for the future, we’ll build an identity that can help you get where you want to go.
Brand identity isn’t just for Nike and Ferrari. Any business can create a brand identity that sets them apart from their competitors and conveys a positive message to their audience.
In a crowded marketplace where customers do their research online before they call you, having a strong brand critical has never been more critical. It’s your opportunity to show your customers what they can expect when they buy from you. Don’t pass up this chance.
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