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Building a Remarkable Brand Identity

December 16, 2023

Setting Your Business Apart from the Competition

In today’s hyper-competitive business landscape, standing out from the crowd is more critical than ever. To achieve lasting success, you must create a strong brand identity that resonates with your audience and sets you apart from competitors. I’ve spent over a decade in marketing, balancing the art of building powerful brand identities that capture hearts and minds.

Know Thyself

Before you embark on your brand-building journey, take a moment to reflect on your business’s core values, mission and vision. Your brand identity should be a reflection of your business’s soul. It’s not just about logos and color schemes; it’s about conveying what you stand for, who you stand for and why.

Like most entrepreneurs I’ve had more failures than successes. Any success has come when I’ve built a brand on a rock-solid foundation of values that I stand by. When I first started my agency, I knew there was one thing that would make me stand out: following through on anything I said I would do. It was as simple as that. Why? Because I’d heard far too many times from clients who were tired of being told someone would do something for them, yet nothing happened.

Define Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Your USP is what sets you apart from your competitors. It’s that one thing that makes your business unique. To discover your USP, ask yourself: what can I offer that others can’t?

Create a Compelling Story

People love stories. We connect with them on an emotional level. Your brand’s story should be an authentic narrative that draws customers in and makes them feel like they’re part of something special.

I once worked with a client who developed car seat safe jackets for kids. Educating customers about the danger of buckling a child in a car seat was her mission, and a notable one at that. But when it came to crafting her brand story, the one that resonated with most parents was the frustration behind having to bundle a kid up only to have to take everything off to get them safely in their car seat. Once we figured this out and wove it into her marketing, we saw an increase in engagement and, ultimately, sales.

Consistency is Key

Once you’ve defined your brand identity, consistency is your best friend. From your website and social media profiles to your packaging and customer service, ensure that every touchpoint reflects your brand’s personality.

Engage and Listen

Your brand is not just what you say about yourself; it’s what others say about you. Actively engaging with your customers, listening to their feedback and being responsive to their needs is paramount. In this endeavor, leveraging social media as a powerful tool can yield substantial benefits when wielded wisely.

Adapt and Evolve

In the fast-evolving business landscape, adaptability is key to survival and success. Don’t shy away from making necessary pivots while remaining true to your core values. Embrace change, for stagnation is a recipe for obsolescence. A prime example of this principle in action is Apple, which transitioned from a computer company to a tech juggernaut while keeping simplicity and elegance as their unwavering brand values.

Build a Community

Your customers aren’t mere transactions; they can serve as your brand’s most ardent advocates. Cultivating a sense of belonging and community around your brand is a potent strategy. Encourage your customers to share their experiences and generate user-generated content. This not only fortifies your brand identity but also fosters trust among your audience.

Invest in Design and Visual Identity

Your visual identity—encompassing elements like logos, color palettes and typography—wields substantial influence over brand recognition. It’s crucial to allocate resources to professional design to ensure your brand’s visual components are not only memorable but also align with your brand’s persona. Consistency in visual identity can significantly impact how your brand is perceived, attracting both new customers and rekindling the loyalty of existing ones.

Building a strong brand identity takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a remarkable brand. Stay patient and persistent and don’t be discouraged by setbacks or slow growth. Keep refining and improving your brand identity as you go.

Your identity is a continuous journey that requires self-reflection, authenticity, consistency and a deep understanding of your customers. By knowing who you are, defining your USP, telling a compelling story, staying consistent, engaging with your audience, adapting, building a community, investing in design and practicing patience, you can create a brand that not only survives but thrives in a crowded marketplace.

Remember, your brand is not just a logo; it’s the emotional connection you forge with your customers.


By Ayesha Qureshi; originally published in SBAM’s November/December 2023 issue of Focus magazine

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