From time to time I have business owners approach me for feedback on a new logo. The truth is that there is no end to creativity and the possibilities of creative logos. However, the bigger (and more important) question is this: “What do you want your logo to represent?” Or, in other words, what’s your brand?
Logos in and of themselves are not really as significant as some may think. They really have nothing to do with the establishment of your brand. They are only important after you establish your brand.
People will not look at your logo and see the essence of your brand. Consider the Starbucks logo. It communicates nothing about the coffee experience. In fact, some would say that it is really not even that creative.
However, once you have established your brand, your logo becomes the visual identity of that brand. So what is a brand?
On June 12th, 1987, Ronald Reagan made his famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall where he issued that historic challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The rest is history.
This speech was actually loaded with powerful lines, but they are all overshadowed by this emphatic message. Two reasons this statement was so powerful is because it was concrete (not abstract) and emotional (not just intellectual). Geoffrey James in his book How to Say It: Business to Business Selling uses this line as an example of how we as business owners and sales professionals can and should craft our selling messages.
Getting new customers doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, winning new customers can be the opposite…low-cost and high return! I want to share with you 3 low-cost marketing strategies that will help you win new customers that you can implement immediately.
What is the purpose of your business? What is the purpose of any business? You might say, “to make money!” Well, you’re not wrong. But how does any business make money, let alone make a profit? This is how: Every business must find, satisfy, and retain customers in a profitable manner!
One of my favorite business bloggers is Seth Godin. Frequently on Saturday’s I like to pick my favorite post from Seths_Blog that week and push it out to my readers with my commentary. One of my favorites that I bookmarked long ago was “Getting Confused About Causation and Correlation.” This has particular interest to me when it comes to small businesses and how they analyze their marketing results effectively. Here’s Seth’s insight:
Have you noticed that in most cities, every time there are lots of umbrellas, it’s raining?
From this analysis, the obvious way to make it rain is to be sure that everyone has an umbrella, preferably a black one, since that seems to be the kind that’s most visible during big storms. Read more…
Over the past couple of months I’ve written a few times about branding. I keep coming back to it because of what I see in myself and in my business community. Branding is central to everything we do! I’ve said it before, but let me say it again:
Your brand is your PROMISE!
Today I want to give you 5 critical things to keep in mind around this subject.
A Super Bowl game can be an awesome experience for someone like me! Not because my team wins but because of the quality of play and the closeness of the matchup. What makes it even better is when we get to see some outstanding commercials!
Super Bowl commercials have become almost as entertaining as the game itself (some might say more so!) Recent years have been some of the best. I found myself going to YouTube and watching the commercials even before game day! Then I was watching them again after the game. Very entertaining!
But why do companies put so much into these commercials and why do they spend so much money on them? Do you think their sales increase after the Super Bowl? Do you think they get a good R.O.I. from them in terms of sales revenue?
I have read some reports in the past about companies getting an uptick in sales after the Super Bowl, but I have a hunch this is not about direct sales R.O.I. at all. It’s purely about branding! And I might add, it’s a powerful medium & concept for that purpose! But what about the small business?
When you meet someone new at a networking or community event, and they ask you what you do, what do you say? Typically I hear “I’m a CPA” or “I’m a financial planner” or “I sell flowers” or “I’m in insurance.” Get the picture? That’s about the most uninviting, non-engaging, boring way for you to position yourself! Isn’t there a better way?