That is the question many organizations are asking themselves. If your organization is considering adding a blog to their website, you may be asking yourself:
Is anyone interested in what we have to say?
Is blogging worth it?
Is it time well spent?
It’s official: Instagram has rolled out tests in the USA to hide post likes from followers. This change has already been implemented in places, such as Canada, Japan, Italy, and New Zealand. It is likely to have a large impact on brands that market through Instagram, but good news, there are a few other metrics to keep tabs on that are potentially even more valuable.
Your brand is your company’s identity – differentiating you from your competitors and revealing to the world who you are and what you’ve set out to do. But while many people think their logo is their “brand,” it’s just one component – albeit an important one – in a much bigger picture. Your branding is also comprised of your company’s messaging and brand voice, which, ideally, work collectively to help people identify with you. Here are a few ways to create a brand that resonates with the right people.
Get to Know Your Audience
Before defining who you are as a company, think about who you’re trying to reach first. Pick one person from your primary and secondary audiences (i.e. stay-at-home moms, CEOs, animal owners, etc.) and create a profile in your mind of who this person is and what they look like. While people are as unique as their fingerprints, there are some commonalities based on the “roles” they play in life.
Go on a Speed Date As Your Brand
Imagine you’re on a “speed date” … as your brand. This means “you” will only have a few minutes to make a good first impression. In the real world, your target audience might not be so generous with their time.
Consider these questions:
Introduce Your Brand to Others
Now that you’ve role-played to get to know your audience and brand better, it’s time to get feedback from the real deal: Actual people. Organize two different test groups, one comprised of members of your primary audience and the other for members of your secondary audience.
Afterward, have them take a survey about your brand, but also include open-ended questions, such as: “What emotion, if any, did you experience while reading our website copy?” Questions like that can help to ensure that your goals align with actuality.
If you’re still in the development stage of your branding, consider bringing two to three options for your logo design and brand messaging to these test groups. This can help you identify which version resonates with the test group before making your final decision.
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