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  • Writer's pictureKayla Stinnett

DIY Marketing: Flexing your brand as your small business's superpower!

Updated: Apr 15

Are you a small business owner struggling to stand out from the competition? Trust me, as a small business owner myself, I know it can be tough standing out can be. You have limited resources and a tight budget, but there's a solution - branding.

Branding is all about projecting your business's personality to the world - and standing out from the competition. It's more than just a logo or a tagline; it's what makes your business unique and connects you with your customers. A strong brand can make a huge difference in driving sales and building brand loyalty.

So, here are some tips on how you can make branding your superpower as a small business:

1. Define your small business’s brand identity.

Think about your business's values, mission, and personality. This will help you create a brand identity that resonates with your target audience. What does your business look like? What does it sound like? Are you on a mission to save the world or maybe to improve your local community? Sit down with this, and don’t be afraid to put pen to paper while you’re developing your brand’s identity. 

2. Create a memorable visual identity.

Your logo, color palette, typography, and other design elements should be consistent across all your marketing channels. This helps your audience remember you and recognize your brand. When you work with a graphic designer, make sure they include not only these elements but also the files you need. You’ll need the font files, color codes, and multiple file types of your finalized logo. If you don’t have the budget for a graphic designer, try using a tool like Canva to get you started!

3. Develop a strong brand voice.

Your brand voice is how you communicate with your audience. It's important to have a consistent tone, language, and messaging. This helps build trust and loyalty and create consistency. For more tips, check out “Choosing Your Brand’s Voice.”

4. Build a strong online presence.

Having a strong online presence is essential for any business, but it goes beyond social media! Make sure your website is user-friendly, mobile-friendly, and optimized for search engines. Have you checked your Google My Business page lately? Make sure it’s up to date - especially when it comes to those holiday hours. And, of course, use social media to connect with your audience and share your brand message.

5. Engage with your customers.

Engaging with your customers is key to building a strong brand. Respond promptly and professionally to inquiries and feedback on social media, your website, and via email. And make sure to offer promotions and special deals to reward customer loyalty.

Branding is a critical part of any small business's marketing strategy. By creating a well-defined brand identity, a strong visual identity, a clear brand voice, a robust online presence, and engaged customers, your business can be unstoppable. So, take the time to develop your brand and watch your business soar!

About the Author, Kayla Stinnett: Kayla Stinnett is a self-described chef, gin lover, and rambling woman. With over eight years in the marketing world, she’s the CEO of Iron City Social, HBIC at Quake Plus Size, and Managing Partner + CMO of Stargazer Brewing Company.


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