To have your own business is something but to convert your business into a brand is a whole different thing. In today’s market, it is easy to find many businesses that are similar to yours and offer the same product or service. What differentiates your business from the others is how it stands out.
One of the ways that can help you stand out is starting to treat your business as a brand and not just a business.
The question here is how to turn your business into a brand. It is not an easy process and it will take some time and effort.
1- Think of Your Business As A Person
If your business was a person, imagine how it would be.
The first thing you can do is set the characteristics of the personality; how you want it to be according to the type of your service or product.
So, before anything, imagine the personality with its traits then start from this point.
2- Create A Persona
Depending on the service or product you’re providing, create your business’s persona.
After setting the characteristics of your brand’s personality, start creating the persona. For example, if you’re providing cosmetic products, then the characteristics you have put should be funny, cheerful, and feminine; therefore, your persona will be a female so it can reach your target audience.
This persona will be the main method you use to communicate with your audience.
3- Create A Consistent Tone of Voice
Your Brand’s tone of voice needs to match the identity and persona and needs to be consistent.
Every brand has a certain tone of voice depending on its persona. This tone of voice doesn’t change unless your brand’s identity can allow some adjustments. For example, we have seen some banks turn from a formal tone of voice to a friendly one and more modern to be able to keep up with the whole sector.
Put in mind that not every brand can afford to change its tone of voice and when you start creating it put in mind the type of business you own.
4- Start Forming A Relationship With Your Customers
Communication is the key to a successful brand-customer relationship.
Part of turning your business into a brand is the virility; you need to gain recognition for the high-quality of your product or service; being a popular business and owning a popular product will step by step turn you into a brand, especially if your customers base is getting bigger and you earned their trust.
In order to gain their trust, you have to be able to communicate with them properly. Treat your customers as a priority and meet their needs; this will help start building a strong relationship with them.
5- Social Media Is The Key
Social media is one of the essential factors that can help you transform your business into a brand.
Your existence on social media is important as it is one of the factors that will help you communicate with your customers and also help you to present your brand’s identity. Social media will help you gain the popularity you need; in fact, there are many small businesses started on social media and with time they turned into a brand due to their effective business and the customers.
Becoming a brand doesn’t happen in one day; you have to be really patient and have a very smart plan.