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When you build a business, you build a brand.

As your business starts to fall into place internally, it’s important to assess how you want to look externally. Your brand is how you appear to the world. From customer service and word choice to color schemes and product delivery; your brand drips into every element of your outward-facing business, this is who you are to your customers. It’s vital you get it right. 

Great businesses are built on honesty, offering a great product and service, and doing so consistently to earn loyalty over time. 

Tap into the following elements to get your brand right:

Create Transparency

Building an honest and transparent relationship with your customer is a huge part of your brand work. 

Your relationship will be reflected in all your current and future potential leads as you grow. Simple things like showing a little of your personality, owning up if you make any mistakes, and reflecting any changes to your business will build a transparent relationship with your customer base. 

While businesses and friendships can be separate, to create a transparent business that prioritizes customers, treat them like professional friends with great communication, appreciation, and understanding. 

A Promise You Can Fulfill

You can have a killer digital marketing plan, amazing design, and a great price to match but if your product does not deliver what it promises, your business will be destined to fail. 

A good brand is careful of the promises that are made and sure to deliver on each and every one. 

When creating your brand, you have to answer questions about who, what, and why you do what you do. Without these, you will not have the essence of your business and its brand. This is where you find your deliverable promises. 

Having a great brand is knowing what you do well and going the extra mile to deliver it. 

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Trust

A grounding factor of business success is trust. Knowing how to build and maintain trust, similar to your personal relationships, can be a rocky path for your business. 

From your customer journey to your nurturing campaigns, trust is what reels customers in and why they stay with you for the long haul. A brand that plays its cards right knows that with trust comes loyalty.

Look at the National Life lawsuit, their vast customer base of long-term customers and commitment to what they do has maintained their trust as a brand. This is an example of a solid foundation that has proven its durability during a lawsuit and is exactly why great branding is so important. 

Building a brand comes down to knowing exactly what you have and making the most of it. Through transparency, fulfilling promises well, and maintaining trust no matter what, your business will be set up for success. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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