Branding Your Business

Written by Elena Fawkner

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Now that you've written your mission statement, you can begin thinking about creating a brand that reinforces and supports your mission. So, getting back torepparttar fundamental questions of who you are, what you do and how you do it, you can now begin to think of your business in these terms. You're a webhosting provider, you host websites of small businesses and you do that by offering cost-effective webhosting solutions, guaranteed 99% uptime and 24/7 telephone technical support.

When you create your brand, you need to keeprepparttar 117448 who, what and how firmly in mind but also userepparttar 117449 brand to establish your relevance to your target market and build credibility with that market.

Let's turn now torepparttar 117450 nuts and bolts of creating your brand.

=> Describe What You Are Branding

List out your business's key features and characteristics, your competitive advantages and anything else that sets you apart from your competition.

Using our webhosting example, you'll focus primarily onrepparttar 117451 objectives from your mission statement namely, reliable, cost- effective webhosting solutions supported by 24/7 technical support.

=> Identify and Describe Your Target Market

Decide whether you want to targetrepparttar 117452 entire webhosting community or only a segment of it such as small business websites. Describe your market.

=> List Names that Suggestrepparttar 117453 Key Elements from Your Mission Statement

The key elements from your mission statement were reliability, cost-effectiveness and customer service. List names that are suggestive of these elements. Let's use Reliable Webhosting for our example. (I don't claim to be a creative genius.)

Don't limit yourself to real words, though. A coined name with no obvious meaning is a perfectly legitimate name provided it conveys something about your business. You will find coined names easier to trademark and secure domain names for too - a definite plus!

=> List Tag Lines that Reinforce Your Mission Statement

We'll use: "Outstanding reliability and technical support at a price your small business can afford". I know, I know. You can do much better, I'm sure.


=> Create a Logo for Your Brand

Your logo is NOT your brand but your logo should allow your brand to be instantly recognized by those familiar with it. To this extent, your logo helps create and reinforce brand awareness.

The logo you create should be able to be used consistently in a variety of different media. It should be suitable for corporate letterhead and business cards, as well as for your website and corporate signage (if any). You do NOT want a confusing mishmash of logos and banners and heaven knows what else. Everything you produce needs to userepparttar 117454 same, consistent style of logo so that, over time, your logo becomes synonymous with your brand. Instant recognition is what you're going for here, so don't dilute it by using several different logos for different purposes.

=> Consistent Usage of Company Name, Logo and Tag Line

Going back to our webhosting example, puttingrepparttar 117455 brand name and tagline together,repparttar 117456 physical manifestation of your brand will be:

RELIABLE WEBHOSTING Outstanding reliability and technical support at a price your small business can afford.

To establish brand awareness, this branding needs to be used consistently and frequently in everything your produce, whether that be letters to clients, business cards, brochures, quotations, invoices, advertising, promotion, on your website, onrepparttar 117457 front door of your principal place of business and on your products. And don't forget to be consistent in your use of color schemes. These can be powerful brand reinforcers.

=> Marketing and Promotion of Your Brand

Once you've created your brand, you need to market and promote it, in addition to your products and services. This is how you establish your credibility and relevance to your target market. You can hopefully see why your brand needs to be suggestive of your mission statement. If, atrepparttar 117458 same time as you're selling your products and services you also push your brand, your brand becomes synonymous with your products and services. And vice versa.

A properly descriptive brand and high brand awareness amongst your target market will allow you to more easily introduce a wider range of products and services when they're developed without having to start by again selling who you are, what you do and how you do it first. Your brand has already presold YOU. Your job then is to sell your products and services.


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You At A Dead End? Look Deeply Into My Eyes!

Written by Richard Vegas

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I can hear someone saying now, poo poo I'm not going to talk to some silly picture. I'm not a nut. Ah…….you talk to things allrepparttar time. Sure you do. Don't believe it? Stop yourself next time you find yourself saying to your computer, why aren't you working right you sorry piece of junk?

Talking to a computer, how crazy can you get? But, yeah, we talk to things allrepparttar 117447 time, but mostly inrepparttar 117448 negative vein. So, let's start talking to things that will help to shape our future inrepparttar 117449 direction we want and not pay any attention torepparttar 117450 nay-sayers that would make you feel silly.

So, What do you really want?

Do you want to go aroundrepparttar 117451 world in 80 days? You want to play in a James Bond movie? No, well how about lassie? Nah I'm kidding. No matter what your dream is, you will find that it will materialize through visualization and imagery much easier.

Rolling Snowballs uphill?

Yep, that is what it is like to try and materialize your goals and ambitions through happenstance or some kind of hokey-pokey. You have heardrepparttar 117452 slogan, "whateverrepparttar 117453 mind can conceive and believerepparttar 117454 mind can achieve." Well, it's really not your mind; it's your body that doesrepparttar 117455 work. But, your mind can make your body's work much easier.

In fact, if you don't learn to use your mind and emotions you will put excessive and undue stress on every muscle in your body. Stress will cause all kinds of illness. Like ulcers and tape worms. :>)

This is a strong statement, but, I have found out from many years of business, that things just go much easier when my mind and emotions are congruent with my activities. When your mind and emotions get out of sync withrepparttar 117456 forces ofrepparttar 117457 Universe that bring health, prosperity, and success, your life will be miserable.

Ok, here is your homework. I'm going to tell you a technique that is very powerful and effective. Find your image that you feel deeply about and creates powerful emotions inside you.

Then, find a quiet place sit down get comfortable, close your eyes and see that image floating inside of your mind. If you don't have an image, use powerful words like; success, prosperity, health, healing, so-on, and see those words floating into your mind and let them surge allrepparttar 117458 way through your body. Feel it going through your body. Keep doing it till you feel electricity like sensations surging through you. You will. Guaranteed.

Don't underestimate this. Some ofrepparttar 117459 simplest things in life arerepparttar 117460 most effective.

Richard Vegas © 2002

Richard Vegas is a popular recording artist and internet marketing professional. He invites you to subscribe to his FREE weekly ezine "Wing-Tips" Teaching The Success System That Never Fails, at: You may also hear and follow Richard's music career at:

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