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Branding Strategy and Your Internet Marketing Investment

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You have probably done your research and have noticed that there are several companies competing for a single product that you intend selling or offering.  For instance, in sports shoes alone, you will be able to count a huge amount of competitors.  In the airline industry, there exist loads of competitors in providing air travel services for travellers both inside and outside the UK.

How will you distinguish one competitor from another competitor?  That is where branding comes into action.  In fact, this is one of the important yet unappreciated aspects of Internet Marketing.

Before you will be able to understand the goal of branding on Internet Marketing, let us first discuss the branding in traditional businesses.  It is an advertising method that is used to identify the products or services of a seller or a group of sellers and differentiates them from those of other sellers offering the same products or services.  Establishing a brand for your own products or services will help you achieve the following:

•  Deliver the message clearly to the public about your intention of marketing your products or services

•  Confirm your credibility as an independent and reputable seller

•  Motivates your buyer to buy your products or services

•  Build a concrete and loyal clientele base

The goal of branding is to give your products or services its own identity which raises it above other sellers offering the same products or services.   You will only succeed with your investment for your company, if you have established yourself as an independent and reputable seller through branding.

What are the results of branding in your investment?

•  The brand of your products or services will reach out to your clients and potential customers.   This will influence the way they view your products or services that may even result in the expansion of your clientele base.

•   It is what the people will remember about you.  For instance, you have branded your pet products as “Pet Lovers”.  Once the brand is consistently recognised by the people that you are targeting, you will be able to achieve success and your products will certainly have an edge over unbranded products.

As previously mentioned, branding is one of the most important yet the most unappreciated aspects of Internet Marketing, particularly in terms of website advertising.   Since most advertising programs are focused on click-through rates (since it is the basis of earning through online-based affiliate programs), Internet Marketers often neglect the important of branding in terms of Internet Marketing.  This is relatively unfortunate since the success of Internet marketing is also dependent on branding awareness. In other words, branding is essential in promoting the brand of the product or services of the affiliate.  Without branding, there is no sense that the product or services you are endorsing will be popular to your clients or customers.

Think of companies like Nike, Coca Cola, McDonalds, no one has to see the company name to know who they are, the logo is instantly recognisable.

What is your Internet Marketing Goal

What is your Goal?

Keep in mind that your goal here is to earn more revenue and not to lose any money. Therefore, it would be better if you invested on branding-based Internet Marketing. It is easy to promote products and services that are already well-known to the public rather than unbranded ones.

However, you can also help building brand awareness of not well-known products or services that will help a lot in making your online advertising successful.  Here are some of the strategies that you can use:

  1. You may think of a brand name that will suit to the products or services of your clients.  The brand name should not be too formal yet too complicated to the eyes and ears of your clients.   You may include interesting words that will produce the needed “twist” to the name of the product or service.
  2. The first thing to do would be to check whether the domain name is available for the brand name that you would like to use.  It is no good deciding on a name, and then finding out that it is unavailable.  If it isn’t available, sites like Go Daddy or domain name providers will suggest names that are like the name that you have searched for, which are available.

Branding must not be taken for granted. It is one of the factors that will help you achieve success in Internet marketing.   Keep it as your goal and follow through with your investment.

Plan, Action, Response—Basic yet the Best Internet Marketing Strategies

Which is better, a traditional pet shop or an online pet shop?  By comparing these two specific examples, you will be able to figure out why Internet Marketing is very popular among entrepreneurs and aspiring Internet marketers.  Take a look below and see what the difference is.

A Traditional Business

When you choose a traditional pet shop as your business investment, there are certain things that you need to consider.  You need to get business permits from the local Council through its business licensing division.   Since you are operating a pet shop, you need to secure necessary clearances from the Council that all of your pet products came from a reputable source.  You also need to have physical premises that will serve as your shop.  You will either rent or buy the premises.

For your shop to be popular to the people, you need to advertise it through local newspapers, place some large advertising signs in front of your pet shop and find ways of advertising it locally.  All of these things require a large financial investment before you can operate your traditional pet shop.

An Online Business

Establishing an online pet shop requires you to have a website registered in your own domain name, which will cost you far less compared to buying or renting commercial spaces.  Your website will now serve as the pet shop itself—you will provide catalogues containing brief descriptions of your pet products along with its corresponding price tags.  Your customers can use the online shopping cart to place the pet items they want to purchase.  All payments can be made through credit cards or PayPal, thus no cash to be handled and taken to the bank.  Once you have a products uploaded to your Ecommerce store, it is there and only has to be adjusted if you offer special prices or sell out of the product.

You can advertise your site through several ways—you can either submit your site for online ad serving programs or you may promote it through blogging on your website or writing and submitting articles to article directories.  You can also pay for advertising through places like Facebook ads, Google ads or other platforms, which are relatively cheap compared to traditional advertising.

Which do You Think is The Best Option?

By just merely looking on these two examples, you will say that Internet Marketing has the edge over traditional running of a business.  Your products and services will be available 24/7 unlike a traditional business.   You will not only save time and effort in marketing your products over the Internet, but you can also run an online Ecommerce Store or website alongside your shop on the high street.

Internet Marketing is a pure home-based business that does not require an office and several employees.  You do not have to commute for several hours and face hordes of traffic and the associated costs of travelling to an office.  All you need to have is some spare room or space in a room that you currently have that will serve as your “office” and a computer connected to the Internet.  You will have the potential to earn hundreds or even thousands of pounds by just working in front of your computer.

It is All in the Business Strategy

However, before you will be able to earn a substantial amount and build an Internet Marketing empire, you must also have the best Internet Marketing strategies that will help you achieve your financial objectives.  Without these strategies, the chance of earning more will be slim. 

There are many “best Internet marketing strategies” that you can use, yet they are summarized in three simple yet effective strategies.

  1. You need to plan for your Internet marketing activities.  There are certain questions to help you arrive on a concrete and effective Internet Marketing plan.  
  • What do you want to do?
  • What are you offering for sale?
  • How you will market your products or services?

Once you have figured out the answers to these questions, you will be able to create a plan for your Internet-based business.

2.  You need to take action.  Do not just let the plans that you formulated remain as plans forever. You need to convert the words of your plan into actions so that you will see if the plans are working or not.

3.  Lastly, listen to the feedback and concerns expressed by your clients and customers.  Learn to respond immediately to their feedback so that you will determine if you are getting negative or positive results.   In case that you are getting negative results, there is a need to change your approach.

The secrets of success on Internet Marketing lie beneath the best strategies that you employ.  If you feel that this is not your strength or that you do not have the experience to formulate an Internet Marketing Strategy for your business, employ someone who does have the necessary skills and experience and spend your time doing what you are good at.

If you would like an informal chat about how I can help you to expand your business, please email me at ali@alimcoaching, or call me on +44 7968 134048.

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Building an Online Presence for your Business

Branding, as a whole, is essential for any serious business because a company’s brand is what distinguishes it from its competitors.  In today’s internet global age, it is necessary for most businesses to have an online presence to stay competitive.  An effective internet branding strategy, just like its offline counterpart, helps bring awareness to your unique business offering and drives customer demand.

While Internet branding offers huge opportunities for business, in order for it to be effective one needs to attract and engage its customers.  This isn’t easy on the internet. Branding is not as easy as putting up a website and adding your company logo and slogan.  Your internet branding strategy should make your online brand noticeable and apparent.

Why Should You Worry About Branding Your Business?

Branding utilizes hi-tech tools to create an online presence for your business.  Graphics and animation, a compelling web copy and overall website design that reflect your company are some of the important elements that will bring your online brand alive.  An attractive website that helps customers easily and quickly find the information they need is the key to getting customer interaction and eventually, business.  Your branding plan should include good design elements and ease of use to create an effective overall impression.

What Will Make Your Company Stand Out From the Crowd?

A strong online image will make the difference between a customer who buys from you online or switches to your competitors.  Remember, that online customers can just leave your site and go to your competitors at the click of a mouse.  A lot depends on the impression they get from your site.  Branding seeks to convey an immediate unique message about your business to your target clients.

Basically you may know what your vision and offer are, but do your potential customers understand and will you immediately be able to capture their attention before they click away and go to your competitors. 

As you can see, there are many requirements for a successful branding strategy. Hiring a branding specialist might be helpful to give you focus on your efforts in creating an online presence that will become a valuable asset to your business and make you stand out from the crowd.

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Living Your Company Brand

Not everyone is your buyer.  There may be a large amount of people that purchase your product, but that’s not everyone.  You need to research your audience and be really clear of who they are.

Find out the answers to the following questions:

  • What are their spending habits?  
  • Values?
  • Concerns?  
  • Needs?  
  • How does your product/service fit into their life?

By answering these direct questions you will begin to win over your key customer.  The closer the focus, the more connected the buyer will feel with your brand.  You want them to think that you designed the brand specifically for them.

It is imperative when communicating that you exchange information about the product in the same way your buyer talks.  For example: if they are high class, intelligent and wealthy speak to them with sophistication and parallel their first-class style.  Or for the free-spirited young adults don’t confuse them with words that they won’t understand or metaphors; simply connect with your audience on their level.

Employees, customers, friends, and clients must know the personality of your business.  Everyone needs to be familiar with and understand the persona inside the brand.  Some great ways to do this are to hire those you believe already possess the desired traits, attend company parties, being a part of community events and relaxed company meetings on implementing the brand through its employers.

How do you use your Branding?

Next, use your brand, logo and tagline on company material.  These are: web sites, Social Media accounts, marketing, advertising, public relations, e-mail, letterheads, business cards, and product packaging.  Place your brand on any objects related to your products or services.

Society is always changing.  With that said, it’s important to evaluate and re-evaluate your brand. Simple changes without changing the overall message are needed for survival.  Grow with and ahead of your buyer.  Don’t let your brand get left behind.

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How to Sell With Branding

How can Branding help you to sell your products or offers?

When you think of the Coca Cola brand, what comes to mind?  Does an image of a red can with words Coca Cola written in white display in your mind’s eye, or perhaps a coke bottle? Of course it does.  Possibly a huge proportion of the globe know what the Coca Cola image and brand are.

Other incredibly famous Brands are companies like Apple, Nike, Microsoft, Disney, McDonalds to name just a few.   The instant that you see their logo you know exactly who they are and what they do.

Following their example, we must pick our niche on the internet and brand our company name accordingly.  Having a Brand that is easily identifiable and which tells your potential customers of clients what you do without them having to read a lot of text or to contact your company is essential if you want to succeed.

Here are the things that you will need:

1) A website that belongs to you.

2) Auto Responder and Opt In box. Your visitors will most likely not make a purchase on the 1st attempt and when they leave your site, you will not see them again. So do capture your visitors details with an auto responder opt in box and follow up with a series of emails. Follow up emails reinforces your brand name in the mind of your readers. Respectful persistence wins sales.

3) Photograph & Signature. Scan a groomed, smiling photo of yourself and your penned signature. This adds that personal touch to let your audience know you are a real person.

4) Audio. Do you have a nice speaking voice? If so, combine this with your photograph and signature to humanize your website and establish rapport with your audience.

5) Blog. A blog can be an add-on to your main website or be used as a free alternative to a website, at least until you are generating profits. You can combine every aspect of name branding mentioned in the above points into your free blog. Update your blog at regular consistent intervals with content specific to your vision. Refrain from writing about off topic content so as to keep your message and theme consistent. One way to keep your readers posted about your content is to use RSS feeds.

6) A Domain name. You can register a domain name and forward it to point at your Blog. Use the domain masking feature that allows your website to have a professional look.

7)  A logo that represents your colours and theme and that people will instantly know what you do.

8)  A clear image that are your colours and theme that you carry on to every Social Media account that you have.

Be specific on what your offer is and how you are trying to portray yourself as a company to fulfil the needs of your potential customers and clients. 

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Building An Online Presence

Branding, as a whole, is essential for any serious business because a company’s brand is what distinguishes it from its competitors.  In today’s computer age, it is necessary for most businesses to have an online presence to stay competitive.  An effective internet branding, just like its offline counterpart, helps bring awareness to your unique business offering and drive customer demand.

While Internet branding offers huge opportunities for business, in order for it to be effective one needs to attract and engage its customers.  This isn’t easy on the internet.  Branding is not as easy as putting up a website and adding your company logo and slogan.  Your internet branding strategy should make your online brand noticeable and apparent.

Branding utilizes hi-tech tools to create an online presence for your business. Graphics and animation, a compelling web copy, and overall website design that reflect your company are some of the important elements that will bring your online brand alive.  An attractive website that helps customers easily and quickly find the information they need is the key to getting customer interaction and eventually, business.  Your branding plan should include good design elements and ease of use to create an effective overall impression.

A strong online image will make the difference between a customer who buys from you online or switches to your competitors.  Remember, that online customers can just leave your site and go to your competitors at the click of a mouse.  A lot depends on the impression they get from your site.  Branding seeks to convey an immediate unique message about your business to your target clients.

As you can see, there are many requirements for a successful branding strategy.  Hiring a branding specialist might be helpful to give you focus on your efforts in creating an online presence that will become a valuable asset to your business

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Logos for your business

Marketing Logos

Let’s Make You Stand Out from the Crowd

If you have a business whether it is Internet based, in a face to face industry or you are working from home, it is really important to be easily recognisable and for your ideal clients or customers to be able to identify what your offer is and how you can help them.

The easiest way to do this is by having a logo.  Once your logo is designed and you are happy with it, it can be used in a considerable amount of ways.  On your website, on your Social Media branding, on your business cards, on your shopfront, on your shopping bags, pens, letterheads, invoices etc, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

There are so many businesses out there who are offering the same kind of services that you are, so you have to stand out from the crowd and be instantly recognisable.  People’s attention span nowadays is extremely short and they are totally visual.  You literally have seconds to put your message across, before they move onto someone else.

I offer logos for every type of business from Beauty and Fitness companies, to Agriculture, to Architecture, to Crafting to Internet Marketing and any kind of business that you can think of.  My logos will be designed specifically for your business or brand encompassing what your offer or service is and what your passion is.

If you would like to discuss your requirements, please email me at ali@alimcoaching.com or call me on +44 7968 134048 and let’s put your message out there.

Please find some examples of my logos below:-

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Teaching small business owners how to be successful in both their business and their life

  • Are you a business owner who is exhausted, anxious and frustrated because you don’t sleep at night?
  • Is your head full of ideas, targets and To Do lists, which are overwhelming you because you are struggling and failing to achieve what you want in your life? 
  • Are you worried why your phone isn’t ringing no matter how much time and money you spend networking?
  • Are you a small business owner who is tired of working long hours on your expensive hobby rather than running the successful business that you dreamed of?

These business owners can appear to have it all from the outside looking in, but in fact they are actually exhausted and not sleeping at night because they worry that they are not spending enough time with their children, growing away from their partners and not having any time to have fun in their lives.