When Branding Your Business…Don’t DIY

All too often small to medium businesses (and sometimes large businesses too) take a DIY approach when it comes to maintaining or creating their brand and marketing. What they don’t realise is the power of the subconscious mind. Over 87% of purchase decisions are made on appearance. By not taking this into account businesses lose potential new customers and possibly trust with existing clients. If a such a business invested in their brand they could gain greater trust. It can give the mistaken impression that the business owner doesn’t really care about their business. It’s a bit like turning up to a black tie awards event in dirty clothes. 

The subconscious mind is incredibly powerful. Our visual sense is one of our strongest senses. And while people do research before buying a new product or service, often they use the research to rationalise their initial emotional response. 

Getting From Your Subconscious to Your Conscious Mind? 

Your subconscious mind absorbs what it sees and forms basic opinions about whether it is positive or negative. It is only when these thoughts enter into your conscious mind that it becomes structured into a sentence (or an action). This all happens in under 3 seconds, and the sentence that is formed in the conscious mind is the one that was in your subconscious mind three seconds earlier. Your conscious mind then rationalises the opinion formed in the subconscious mind.

To give you an example – imagine it’s a hot day, you’re walking somewhere when out of the corner of your eye you see a van drive by with the logo of a drink on the side. You suddenly realise that you are thirsty and find yourself heading to the fridge in the nearest shop or taking out your phone to arrange to meet someone for a drink later. The sight of the logo flashing past nudged your subconscious to remind you that you enjoy that specific drink especially on hot days like this one. 

Attracting Customers’ Attention?

In a study carried out by the American Association of Advertising found that the modern world bombards individuals with over 3,000 marketing messages in an average day. Yet we only have the capacity to consume approximately 100 of those messages. 

In my world I hear people saying things like…

  • I need to name my business, any ideas? 
  • I need to get a website, can you help?
  • I need a logo, is that something you do?
  • I can’t get my colours to look the same on my signage, do you know why?

The answer is yes to all of these. However, while all of these are needed they do not exist on a standalone basis, they must work together. Consistency of your visual communications is key to becoming seen, known and trusted by your market. It is crucial for building engagement with your potential customers, and for getting noticed by new clients. You want your business’s brand to be the one that stands out from the other 2,999 marketing messages they see each day! How do you get that consistency? Getting that consistency goes back to why you started the business in the first place, what are your values, why does it matter? 

Discover Your Brand and be Consistent

Ask yourself what journey do you want to take your customer on? Plot that journey, and decide how you are going to engage your audience along the way. Compare this with your brand values, is everything marrying up as it should? What are the traits of your audience, who are they, what do they want from you and why? Why do you do what you do, and why does that matter to your audience? What is different about your offering?

Being able to answer these questions will help develop and maintain your brand. The next step is to translate these qualities and values into a visual format through the clever use of colours, fonts, imagery and messaging. For existing brands this is sometimes a challenge as your business has developed over time. Perhaps through many iterations your core values have been lost, or perhaps you just can’t reproduce the same colour in your communications. Keeping consistency when you use your brand will build on recognition, and when it looks professional, existing and potential clients will trust you. Inconsistency leads to an unprofessional image which damages trust, even with existing clients.  

You don’t need a separate website, logo, or business name…you need a brand which is the foundation to all your communications. Your brand is the seed from which the other shoots of your business will grow. Once you understand your brand then you can develop your website, and other marketing materials to help you to sell your products or services. A well designed brand is a long term investment for long term gains to the business.

Expert advice on your brand strategy

If you are a growing and changing business trying to rebrand, or struggling to get consistency for your existing brand, or are trying to start a new brand, we can help you. Have a look at our brand strategy workshops For rebranding or new brands, and our brand audit service for existing brands who struggle with consistency. These workshops can be done face to face in our studio or online, using whiteboard apps and Zoom. You will get one to one, undivided attention from me, the award winning lead designer at CUBE Design. With  over 31 years in the design and branding business I have helped many businesses with their brands. These sessions are a deep dive into the values and motivations of your business’s brand. After you work with us, you will leave with a strategic plan for your brand, which guides you on using it effectively and consistently. 

Would You Like to Talk First?

If you would like to have an initial 15 minute Zoom conversation around your brand, please book here.  

Our brand strategy workshops and brand audit service can be booked on these links;

Brand Discovery Workshop // 2.5 Hour Workshop

Brand Success Workshop // 2 x 2.5Hour Workshops

Brand Audit Service // 2.5 hour workshop and design work