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Posts Tagged ‘Online Branding’

Author: Tim Somers

Business success can be harder than ever these days. With more competition and a difficult economy the stakes behind every business decision can be the life or death of your business. One of the biggest challenges is to get the word about your company out and keep what you offer fresh in your customers minds. These issues can mean the difference between a thriving business and one about to go under, and should never be treated lightly. A great solution and winning move to accomplish these goals is using promotional products!

Here are some tips to consider regarding a promotional product campaign.

* Quick and Effective Advertising. Promotional products are a solid, efficient way to keep you on the customers mind and your name coming out of your customer’s lips. Put some thought into choosing the right sort of promotional product, one that represents your industry well and they’ll pay themselves off a hundred fold. For example coffee mugs may not be the best choice if you market children’s toys but calendars with cool and creative photos of the toys on them on the other hand may be spot on! Think about how many people throughout a work day would look at the images of your product, and the number of potential conversations it could inspire as well.

* Use The Best That’s Available. Be sure to have your promotional products made to the highest quality that your budget can afford. This is a reflection of your company when they are given to clients so not a time to skimp or cut corners. Think of it as an investment in smart advertising, which is exactly what it is.

* Test The Unconventional. Let’s not forget the value of other sorts of promotional products to raise your business’s street profile. Think of t-shirts, balloons or even umbrellas to get your name and logo in the public mind. It’s advertising that will pay off dividends, in many cases for a long time to come.

* Don’t Take Them Lightly. Think maximum exposure and how your promotional products can be a vital part of your overall campaign to spread the word about your business. Clients, people on the street, highly visual products that spread virally – when combined with more traditional methods of advertising all aspects of a common drive with the goal of generating more business. In this age this is what’s required for a successful business – covering all grounds available and exhausting all means of publicity.

* Free Is Key. Don’t forget the perception that you’re giving something away for free helps build a good vibe with your customers and potential customers. You send the message that you’re not money hungry and that they come first in your mind. It’s only the rare customer not charmed by this gesture of good will.

All in all a blistering promotional product campaign is one of the wisest moves a smart business can make in response to a challenging economy. Don’t neglect them if you intend on staying on the cutting edge and clearing out the competition.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/branding-articles/smart-tips-for-promotional-products-6381008.html

About the Author

Bizarre Marketing is a leader in promotional products in Nashville Tennessee with over 20 years of service offering over 750,000 imprintable items to businesses, clubs, churches and associations in Nashville TN and throughout the country.  http://www.promostuff4u.com/promotional-products-tennessee.html

Author: Meagan Hollman

Mobile devices are quickly sweeping the world. Of those who own mobile phones in America, more than half (53%) of those are smart phones. With every change in the communications industry, the advertising industry has had to adapt or die. Most recently, online marketing companies are worried that the global sweep of mobile devices will destroy their business. Due to the smaller screens, lack of advertising room, and entire medium shift, digital marketing companies in Utah and the rest of the world will have to reevaluate the advertising experience of their constituency.

The troubles of adapting to new media have proved difficult so far. As with any disruption of paradigm, agencies have had to dramatically alter their paradigms. Companies like Facebook and Google, whose revenue is made primarily from online advertising, have already held multiple conferences concerning this shift to mobile internet access. To someone outside of the industry, making the shift from monitors and computers to pads and smartphones may sound negligible. However, even subtle changes in communication forum (which this case is not) can destroy the potential of entire conglomerates. Even more dramatically, some market critics are wondering if this shift will kill online marketing. As apocalyptic as this may sound, the answer is surely not as hopeless. Within and without Utah’s borders, new online marketing strategies are being developed to combat the trouble of creating a new advertising experience.

Since smaller screens are not fit for advertising banners and pop-ups have quickly become a disrespected form of advertising, new models must be invented. Some of the new ideas include personalization: ad agencies, with the search history and page views of favorite websites, customize a set of suggested types of advertisements for each group of people. Apps are another media which could be used by companies to urge customers into their service. For example, Amazon has an app which can scan items and give you their comparative online prices. Amazon and even local companies in Utah are formulated clever ways to utilize apps and turn the mobile revolution in their favor. 

Adapting has never been an issue for Utah’s online marketing agencies. After all, the shift to online business didn’t abolish the industry or even cripple it. In fact, online marketing is now more advanced and more utilized every day. Agencies who haven’t adapted have fallen into the oblivion of irrelevance. Those agencies who have survived have done so willingly and have flourished because of it. This new revolution of media offers just that opportunity for new agencies to emerge.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/online-promotion-articles/the-times-they-are-a-changing-6222878.html

 

Author: Maria Elena Duron

As a small business owner, you’re probably happy about where you currently are. You’re chugging along like a slow train, targeting mostly your family and friends and the local community, and you’re happy with the small amount of success your brand is getting. You don’t really want to make it big. You just want to relax and enjoy having a small business…

Or maybe not. As a small business owner, you probably dream about making it big. You want to be able to compete with the big brands, to become as well known as they are. Perhaps you want to become a big brand as well…

But you’re disheartened. How can you compete with the big corporations? How can your small business brand compare with these giants? They have unlimited capital, unlimited resources, and unlimited manpower. You’re practically a one-man (or woman) show, with maybe one or two employees. You’re up to the neck in debt since you borrowed money to start your small business.  Do you even have a chance of competing against these big brands?

The fact is, no matter what you do, you simply can’t compete with these big corporations on the same terms. As a small business brand, you aren’t capable of doing that because you just don’t have the means. But don’t lose hope, because there are other ways you can compete with them – it’s all about planning and strategy.

Here are some tips to help go up against the big brands:

     1. Offer value

Honestly, you can’t compete with the big guns in terms of price. You’ll just end up burying yourself, since people may think that the products and services you offer are not up to par with the big brands. Instead, always offer value – sure, your products and services may be a bit more expensive, but it’s because you’re offering something unique, worthwhile, and valuable to the consumers.

     2. Focus on what you do best

Maybe it’s customer service, maybe it’s storytelling, maybe it’s social media… but as a small business brand, you need to focus on what you do best in order to shine and be noticed. Don’t just copy what other businesses are doing. Focus on what makes you unique and the things you can best offer to people.

Providing excellent customer service is one of the best ways to reach consumers effectively. As a small business brand, you can ensure that someone always checks your email and answers your telephone line in order to address any customer’s concerns.

Storytelling on social media sites is another way you can stand out and be noticed. People love rooting for the underdog, and if you’re going up against a big brand, then you’re definitely one—so tell them the stories that will give them cause to sympathize or cheer. In short, tell them whatever will help them identify with you and wish for your success.

     3. Be more personable

As a small business owner, you can really represent your brand in a personal way that big corporations cannot. Show off your personality, put a face behind the name, go the extra mile for your customers. This really makes your small business brand stand out. Remember that people enjoy connecting and engaging with real people, not businesses. They want to know you, and become friends with you. They want to like and trust you.

People don’t just buy from anybody anymore. They’re a lot more vigilant when it comes to evaluating businesses, and they either love a brand or they hate it. When you become personable and likeable as a small business owner, you can really connect with your customers – they will definitely prefer talking to you over a big brand. After all when they contact a big brand, they usually just talk to a random, faceless,  nameless person.

     4. Utilize social media wisely

Social media is a great equalizer – it’s really changed the way people connect with brands, which is why both small and big business brands seem to have an equal chance in this regard. Sure, big brands may have the big bucks, but most social media platforms allow you to engage with your fans and followers for free – all you need to do is devote time and effort to your page.

Maintain a blog, create a Facebook and Twitter account, and don’t forget to update them regularly and interact with your audience using these platforms. Social media marketing is an excellent way to promote your small business brand, since a single update can spread like wildfire through these sites if it’s interesting enough.

Concluding Thoughts 

As you consider how to get ahead as a small business, don’t even try to compete with big corporations on their own turf… Without their money and resources, you can never win. Instead, offer value on the products and services that you sell, focus on what you do best, be more personable, and remember to use social media wisely. These are the simple ways small business brands can compete with the big guns.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/branding-articles/small-brands-up-against-big-brands-6103082.html

About the Author

‘Maria Elena Duron, CEO (chief engagement officer), buzz2bucks | a word of mouth marketing firm, is skilled at making networks ‘work’ and harnessing powerful online and offline buzz, she facilitates online visibility services and word of mouth coaching and workshops – taking companies and professionals from buzz-worthy to bucks-worthy, http://buzz2bucks.com.’

Author: Gabrielle Jeans

Today, all real estate professionals must create their own business identity through their branding.  Long gone are the days when we could rely on our company name for our branding.

One of the most important aspects of branding is consistency.  You should be using the same wording (eg. business name, slogan) and graphic design elements for your business identity in all areas of your promotional material.

Domain Name – your domain name should be synonymous with your core business branding, so use it everywhere in your promotional materials.  The goal is having your website name easily remembered and top of mind with prospects when they need a real estate professional’s services.  So have it prominent in the letterhead on your 8.5′ x 11′ print stationary, sticky notes, note pads, business cards, quotation and invoice templates, and any fliers you send out.

Spreading It Everywhere

Branding is psychological.  With branding you’re trying to influence the way people think, not just make your brand memorable.  To some extent your ability to influence people is a function of the quantity of your branding.  The more you advertise, the more likely you’ll be remembered.

Practically speaking, you don’t have a Fortune 500 sized marketing budget, so you need to make the best of what you’ve got.  On your website have your site’s name and logo prominent but not obtrusive on every page.  Have your website link in your email signature.  Write guest articles for popular real estate blogs so you can demonstrate your expertise in a forum recognized as less biased than your own blog.

Comment on blog articles related to real estate and include your website link every time.  Engage in real estate discussions on forum sites like Active Rain and include your website link in your signature when ending each message.  These are great ways of leveraging what you’ve already got in terms of expertise and promotion and making them go even further for you for little or no additional expense.  All of these things will help a lot with your ranking in major search engines like Google.

You can get the most bang for your marketing buck these days by advertising online.  Purchase online banner ads on real estate related websites.  Launch a pay-per-click campaign with a major search engine like Google.  Purchase premium placement for your ads on highly popular classifieds sites like Kijiji and ones local to you.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/branding-articles/branding-for-success-in-real-estate-6046714.html

About the Author

Gabrielle Jeans is an iconic Real Estate Trainer in the North American real estate industry. Founder and CEO of e2000 Training Institute Inc. and Web Tech Dezine Inc., Gabrielle has helped thousands of real estate professionals across North America take their business to new levels of profitability, market penetration and brand recognition. Serving as a coach, mentor and management consultant to everyone from new agents and seasoned veterans to large multi-office real estate brokerages and regional real estate boards, Ms. Jeans empowers real estate agents and sales managers with the tools and strategies to realize exponential growth in business, and it is not uncommon for her clients to enjoy 100to 200 increases in revenue streams within months of retaining her services.

Author: Stephanie Aiello

Your organization’s brand is essentially a relationship built with the consumer. And just like relationships between two human beings, it requires constant maintenance to keep it alive. Re-evaluating your relationship doesn’t necessarily indicate something is wrong – it just means some changes will make it stronger. The same goes for your company. The branding strategy used today may not work as effectively as when it was established 15 years ago. Planning a rebranding strategy is a critical and smart move for any industry.

How to Determine if You’re in Need of a Rebranding Strategy

Organizations rebrand all the time – it’s part of the natural business cycle. If you are unsure of whether your company needs a rebranding strategy, read these common reasons. If you answer yes to one or more, it may be a good time to speak to your team:

1. Your products, services, or business as a whole have changed

2. You want to change the consumer’s perception of your organization

3. You need to distinguish yourself from the competition

4. You are losing your share of the market and/or employees

5. Your marketing message is inconsistent or unaligned with your business strategy

If you don’t know where to begin, a branding firm can help you develop a new branding strategy with a fresh pair of eyes. Any branding strategy begins with research and brainstorming, followed by brand differentiation from competition. After that, the branding strategy development and execution is led by ideas.

Remember that branding is not forcing your presence into the consumer’s lifestyle; it\’s more of a conversation. Consumers have complete control of where, when, and how they receive information about products, so as a brand your goal is to simply make an impression in the right places.

New Branding Strategy: Changing Channels

Rebranding strategies are especially important today with the advancement in technology. The channels your company used even just a couple years ago could use some updating. A branding firm will examine your target audience and how they receive information, and then formulate the best marketing platform based on the findings. Companies must take into consideration the influence of mobile, video, Internet, and interactive marketing in today\’s society. If your marketing message is not represented through these channels, you could be losing market share.

Branding firms work closely with their clients’ visions to produce innovative marketing messages through these newer platforms. Videos, for example, are a huge marketing tool that can potentially attract a new audience. A branding firm can create a visually and contextually compelling video in line with your business strategy and other marketing collateral.

At one point or another, every organization must step back and evaluate how the core functions of your business line up with how consumers perceive your brand. Change through rebranding is natural and beneficent – keep your message fresh, relevant, and well executed by periodically creating a new branding strategy.  

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/branding-articles/time-for-a-company-makeover-revisit-your-branding-strategy-5497862.html

About the Author
Stephanie Aiello is a freelance writer for The Merz Group, and full service branding firm with experience in virtually every industry. To learn more about a branding strategy or rebranding strategy for your organization, visit our website at Themerzgroup.com.

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