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Making your business, product or service stand out from the pack as a trusted name is the key to success. When people automatically purchase your products or services and try new offerings because they have learned to trust what you have to offer, your path is assured.
Putting yourself on this path calls for building your brand. This is more than a logo. It involves building up an inherent trust and an instinctual belief in the quality of a product or service based on the brand name behind it.
Consider some of the products you purchase in everyday life strictly because of the logo on the label. When you recognize a product from its logo or are willing to go out on a limb and try something new because a company you recognize sponsors a product, that’s a result of successful branding. It is a proven, effective way to build rapport with customers and gain repeat business.
While branding does involve a number of facets, today’s Internet-based world has given rise to a new tool to get the word out and make the connection with clients. A blog can serve as an “in” to help you reach out to customers on a more personal level as you seek to gain and build upon their trust.
Many companies large and small have turned to the Web to boost their own branding efforts. Blogging is one of the most powerful ways available on the Internet to add to branding efforts for a few key reasons. When these often conversational vehicles are used to reach out to customers and potential customers a sense of connection is gained. When the general public feels “connected” to a product or service, they tend to bring repeat business.
Creating your own blog to boost your company’s brand is not a terribly difficult task. It does require a minimal amount of technical savvy, solid planning skills and a willingness to reach out beyond the traditional boundaries of conventional advertising.
Blogging itself has gained immensely in popularity over the last few years. Where only a few blogs existed on the Internet in the 1990s, the blogosphere is now filled with thousands of sites. Blogs today are written for a wide variety of reasons. Some bloggers write simply to connect with their own friends and family, others share political views or discuss
hobbies, still others use this unique tool to promote their brand and foster a connection with readers (customers). When the latter is the focus, a well-defined plan can ensure that this less formalized means of reaching out to people serves the purpose and builds the brand, its reputation and its popularity.
It honestly does not matter what type of brand you are trying to build, blogging can serve as a vital component in a marketing plan. When a blog is well written, updated on a consistent basis, promoted properly and contains useful information for visitors, brand recognition will go along with it. Businesses of all sizes are using blogs in growing number to connect with their own clients and you can, too.
If you’d like to learn how to create a blog to promote your own brand, you’re going to need a plan to make it happen successfully. In this eBook, we will go over the basics of what you need to do and why. We’ll also discuss how to make blogging fit into branding plans no matter what type of business you happen to have – even if your business is blogging itself. In addition, we’ll get into some of the technical details and cover some of the options you have available to you for launching and maintaining a blog. While a brand blog will take dedication to really pay off, you do not necessarily have to do all the work personally.
To fully understand the potential power of a well-developed blog, it does help to have a handle on some of the key components of this format. When a blog is used to its full advantage it will not only enable you to reach out to clients and potential clients, but it will give them the ability to reach back. This two-way communication can serve as a powerful means for developing rapport, trust and repeat business.
Blogging is a very effective way to boost an overall branding plan. If you’re ready to learn more about this communications tool, we’ll show you step-by-step how to make it work for your business.
WHAT BRANDING CAN DO BUSINESS YOUR BUSINESS
Take a look around your house at some of the products you purchase on a regular basis. Why do you choose a particular brand of maple syrup or toilet bowl cleaner? Chances are you recognized the name on the label or the logo and on the packaging and were “presold” because you connected that name or logo with quality. You may not have even read past the name to make the decision to purchase.
That’s the power of branding. When you can connect your product or service with a reputation of quality and trust, you catapult yourself into household-name status. It doesn’t matter whether your business targets only a small geographical area or if you market on an international level, the power of branding can be immense. Blogging can help this effort along greatly, but it is not the only thing you need to consider. There are several other components that must go into a successful branding effort to make it pay off.
INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL BRANDING
Blogging and other marketing efforts can build up the hype behind a brand and really get people talking about products and services, but more is needed to make this kind of effort pay off. To establish the kind of trust that is required to create a positive reaction in clients or customers, the products or services behind your line must also offer:
Quality – Branding builds recognition for a product, but that product must still have the quality needed to impress customers. You simply cannot gain positive brand recognition unless your products and services offer the kind of quality needed to elicit trust in your customers.