10 Ways to Build Your Business Brand from Scratch

A business exists to serve its customers. Before deciding how your business can best serve its customers, you’ll need to figure out what your company stands for and how you’ll represent yourself in the public sphere. This is your brand.

Your business brand will be shaped by your initial planning, but it will be refined over time by the way the public perceives your brand. In other words, you can—and should—build your business brand with as much planning as possible, but inevitably your brand will evolve over time as you interact with customers.

Building your business brand from scratch requires three main steps: knowing your business, creating a visual identity, and establishing yourself online.

Knowing your business

You need to know your business inside and out before you can try to define its personality. Consider what makes your business unique, and figure out how you can emphasize that distinction to your customers. Most businesses with strong brand are known for a unique characteristic—Apple’s secrecy, H&M’s stylish affordability, or Whole Foods’ uncompromising dedication to local and organic food.

One way to identify what makes your business unique is to establish your core values. By determining the principles that will guide your business decisions, you’ll make a step towards figuring out what your business stands for. Whether or not you directly convey these principles to your customers, they will certainly affect the ultimate shape your business brand takes.

Creating a visual identity

Once you know what your business stands for, you’ll need to spend some time creating a visual identity that communicates your message. Most of your customers won’t take the time to read your core values, the history of your business, or the though process that guided the creation of your unique brand. Instead, they’ll make a flash judgment about the value of your business based on the visual identity that you forge.

Most important, of course, is a memorable logo. Spend whatever you can afford to produce a high-quality logo that your customers will be able to identity. A well-designed, memorable logo is worth the investment.

After producing a logo, consider the colors that will represent your business, the style of photography that you’ll use to depict your products or services, and the fonts that will carry the message you’ve crafted. Once you’ve made all of these choices, you’ll need to focus on consistency—frequently changing your visual identity leads to a fragmented brand.

Establishing yourself online

Finally, create a hub for brand by building an online presence for your business. Your efforts should focus primarily on a compelling website, but establishing yourself on social media is important as well. Your website should have a strong home page that quickly explains what your business does.

We have tons of tips on this blog for refining your website and social media presence—poke around and see how you can further improve the brand you’ve created.

 

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Aeramis Fularon

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As a Customer Support Geek, Aeramis strives to help Jimdo's customers by sharing her web expertise. She is a talented graphic designer, and she works on a number of web projects in her free time. When she isn't answering your questions about Jimdo, Aeramis loves to travel and eat good food.
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6 Comments

  1. Building your business brand is important. But naming your business is also not easy. I recommend using Frozenlemons for finding business and company name. While naming my company, I took help from them and they provided me with an effective company name. A well-chosen name can embody the benefit you offer customers and make it possible to get across an appealing marketing message in less space.

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    • Thanks a lot for the feedback, Chris. That’s a great point about finding the right name. One of the reasons we chose the name Jimdo is because it sounds great in most of the world’s languages. I also recently heard a great episode of the 99% Invisible podcast on the subject of naming that I think you’d enjoy. Check it out here: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/title-tk/

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  2. One of the important things when creating your brand is getting real honest feedback. Don’t source your feedback from friends and family as they’ll always tell you what you want to hear. Having a focus group of people you don’t know will help you identify where you need work harder and thus have a more successful brand. Then once you have this, stick with it. Don’t change your brand too often or else suffer from customers who don’t know who you are.

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    • Really great point. Do you have any experience with finding a focus group that you could share?

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  3. Super post. I’ve been thinking about this topic. This is great post on 10 Ways to Build Your Business Brand from Scratch.Having a focus group of people you don’t know will help you identify where you need work harder. Brand Harvest creates a brand identity that represents the very values of your brand.

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    • Hello! – You are absolutely correct. Creating your own impromptu focus groups of people you know is an excellent tip.

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