Most startup owners are quite worried about their business surviving the start-up stage that they delay branding for too long.
However, one of the things that can effectively help your business survive its startup stage is branding. Having a brand helps your business stand out from the others, as well as help your business become more memorable.
It’s important for any startup to attract and retain as many customers as possible and that’s where your startup’s visual identity plays a vital role. Creating a stunning visual identity that is pleasing to the eye of your customers may prove challenging.
Nevertheless, it’s a challenge you should be more than willing to take on because overcoming it will grant many benefits to your business. Here are a few tips on a visual identity for any startup business.
First things first, you have to understand that you’re not creating a brand based on your preferences. As a matter of fact, you’re creating a brand to elevate your startup in the business world and that means you’ll have to create a brand according to your target audience’s preferences. That’s why you need to have a deep understanding of your potential customers.
Everything from demographics to your audience’s personal likings is vital information. The more information you manage to collect, the better your branding will be.
That knowledge will help you create everything in your brand’s visual identity ranging from colors, your company’s logo, all the way to your marketing campaigns and promotions. You need visuals that will truly capture your customer’s attention and anything less than that simply won’t work.
It’s not just about understanding your target audience that’s essential to your visual identity, but understanding your competition as well. In order to stay one step ahead of your competitors, you must research what they do about their branding, and what methods are they using.
It’s important to remember that you’re not doing this research so that you can effectively copy your competition in hopes that your customers will like you more. Instead, you’re doing the research so that you can do things differently and create something unique that will make your customers like you more. Also, so that you can give your customers something better and something that your competition hasn’t thought of yet.
Your visuals must correspond with your company’s message and with the tone of voice you use when communicating with your target audience.
For instance, choose a color pattern for your brand that will instill emotions in your customers but that will also work well with your brand’s identity; 90% of customer’s opinions about your visual identity is based on colors alone.
Furthermore, make sure you choose the right font for posting your messages and updates, and also that your visual content is relevant to your target audience. Visuals play a huge role in engaging with the audience.
In fact, 60% of customers prefer to do business with brands they’re familiar with. That’s why it’s important to design your visuals the right way and stay true to your visual identity at all times.
You must represent your brand’s visual identity in person aside from promoting it online. As a startup owner, you’ll undoubtedly have a network of business associates and potential customers that you’ll meet in person sooner or later. Whether you’re meeting your network contacts at a business meeting or at a social gathering, you’ll have to be ready.
That means that you have to treat your contacts with respect and take them seriously so that in turn they’ll treat you the same. For instance, you should have a business card with you at all times; it will make you look more serious, as well as help you promote your business.
However, your card is a great way to promote your brand’s visual identity in person as well, so it has to be designed well. Make sure you leverage quality business card printing services, so you can leave a good impression on your contacts.
Once you design your brand’s visual identity make sure you stick to it. Your audience will get used to your visuals and it will help them familiarize with your business. If you change your visual identity, then your audience may not like it and or abandon you.
Once you have decided on your visuals, they will become the face of your brand. However, if you do in fact ever feel the need to rebrand your business, make sure you do it properly and that you consult with your audience. Every change has to be accepted first so that your audience can adapt to it.
People prefer brands with good visual identity because they help them engage with a company on a more personal level. If you want to capture the attention of your customers and make them loyal followers, then you’ll have to create an astounding visual identity for your brand.
Alex Williams is a journalism graduate and a blogger. Blogs are the perfect opportunity for getting the chance to showcase my expertise and receiving recognition. I am a regular contributor at Bizzmark Blog. You can follow Alex on Facebook and Twitter.