Learn how SMEs can use Porter’s 5 Forces to assess marketplace viability when planning

Right now, Porter's 5 Forces is the most useful tool for owners and managers to stay one step ahead of the competition in a challenging market. Earmarked as the best marketing model to help small businesses analyze the competition in the marketplace, balancing these 5 forces is a must for your 2020 marketing action plan. [si_guide_block id="21479" title="Download our Free Resource – Business marketing plan guide" description="Research has shown that companies with a plan succeed more than those without a plan. In this guide, re recommend frameworks and examples to review your strategic capabilities and options and to create a well-considered plan."/]

What are Porter’s 5 Forces?

Porter’s 5 Forces is an analytical model that helps marketers and business managers look at the ‘balance of power’ in a market between different organizations on a global…

Effective communication and thoughtful design generates huge success for gaining new customers and improving retention rates

Have you ever wondered how brands grow as large and as well known as they do? From companies like Google to Starbucks, their names are known, and users know exactly what services and products they provide. Branding is how this happens, and it is no small feat. It takes time to cultivate a brand, to the point that a company has universal recognition like Gillette and Coca-Cola. [caption id="attachment_149461" align="aligncenter" width="640"] [Image Source][/caption]

What’s the importance of branding?

What’s the most important thing about branding? Some may argue having a campaign that aligns with the business’ ethics while others say how effectively that campaign communicates with the consumer. While both are generally right, most companies have greater success when they…

Insights, tips and advice on personal branding from Rita Clifton CBE

For many people within the marketing world, Rita Clifton is regarded as one of the definitive ‘brand gurus’. Her authority in the field of branding is impressive, with previous roles including Vice Chairman at Saatchi & Saatchi and London CEO and Chairman of global brand consultancy Interbrand.  However, whilst Ms Clifton’s expertise has been dedicated to building corporate brands, I was interested to hear her talk recently about how these brand-building skills can be applied to ourselves.  As digital marketers, it’s becoming increasingly important to identify and exploit a point of difference. While some of us may specialize in a particular area, others may take on a broader, more overarching role. Whatever field we work in, it’s essential for us to make it clear to others what…

Brand logos are highly memorable and become a symbol of your company, service and products. This is why you need to create a good one

All famous companies have a trademark. It increases recognition and sometimes even determines the success of the company. A special combination of colours and symbols can capture the brand for decades or become another faceless corporate sign. So how do you find a balance between brand involvement and recognition? How do you create a logo that will work for your business? In this article, we will introduce the rules and a step-by-step guide to developing a corporate symbol.

What is logo and why does your brand need one?

According to psychological experiments conducted at the University of Amsterdam, 67% of two-years-old and older children are able to recognize the brand by the logo. A well-designed sign means brand recognition, which…

A brand is the face of a business, it's what the public sees when they look at your company and it's incredibly important

When it comes to understanding how to effectively market a business, it can be helpful to get back to basics. That means not only knowing what having a brand fundamentally means but also having a clear grasp of what makes a brand successful. In this post, we’ll take a look at the essentials of branding that are easy to know intuitively but difficult to articulate, and explore why a brand is not just a synonym for "business."

What is branding?

A brand is defined as the image that a company or entity showcases in order to portray its services and core values. In essence, a brand is the face of a business. It’s what the public sees when they look up your company and what they think about when they contemplate…

If your brand logo or brand message is not connecting with your ideal consumers, the chance of brand recall in the future are slim

Branding is equivalent to telling a story, a story that resonates with your ideal buyers. Visuals form the core of this storytelling. In other words, visual branding is the first step to building a successful brand image and developing your business. First impressions matter and this rings true even with visual branding. If your brand logo or brand message is not connecting with your ideal consumers, the chance of brand recall in the future are slim. There are many examples of branding going haywire and the reasons can be anything - a bad logo or poor brand name or inconsistent visuals, and so on. While each brand has a different story, there are a few little design errors that every brand should avoid.

1. Creating a controversial logo

A logo is…

When your employees fail to understand your brand identity, it is nearly impossible to communicate it effectively to your consumers

Establishing a strong brand identity is like building a healthy relationship - you have to believe in yourself before anyone else can do the same. However, getting your sales team, customer service team and every other department on the same page can easily become an uphill battle. When your employees fail to understand your brand identity, it is nearly impossible to communicate it effectively to your consumers. [si_guide_block id="109627" title="Download our Premium Resource – Brand vision and identity playbook" description="This playbook will enable you to define your branding approach. Branding expert Debbie Inglis explains a structured approach to review and define your brand identity to make it more appealing to customers."/] To make matters worse, it only takes a single slip-up to lose your customers forever. A simple disconnect between your stated values and the…

Some of the best brands set themselves apart in their industry by coming up with creative brand names. Here’s what we can learn from them

If you don’t believe that having a good name will impact your business, maybe you should. After all, catchy names outperform long and complicated names on the stock market by 33%. Sometimes, being bold when naming a business pays off. These can be the names that stick in people’s heads and set up your business for success. A name is an outgrowth of a business plan. The right name will support the growth of your business and can help improve your chances of becoming successful. [si_guide_block id="109627" title="Download our Premium Resource – Brand vision and identity playbook" description="This playbook will enable you to define your approach, branding expert Debbie Inglis explains a structured approach to review and define your brand identity to make it…

Whether it’s the strategic partners, customers or employees themselves, digital branding relishes the all-encompassing feeling of a digital businesses profile

Digital Branding, as a term, has been coined as the cornerstone of modern marketing technique, where various digital channels and assets are used to communicate a brand’s positioning in the ecosystem as part of the multi-channel brand communication or engagement programmes. The competition across nearly every industry is becoming more fierce by the minute. For this very reason, developing an identity for your local business and devising a plan to reach out to your audience has never been more important than it is today. Your local business no longer needs intermediaries in order to have a direct interaction with customers. With the onslaught of digital branding, a message well-delivered has the potential to impact real-life experiences that can be transmitted through multiple networks.

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6 Keys to building a better online brand experience for your customers.

Online brand experience and customer experience is a widely discussed topic amongst brand managers and marketers, and for good reason — customers who have a better brand experience with one brand over another will naturally veer toward the brand they favour when making a purchase. It’s not rocket science.

Put simply, the customer experience includes every touchpoint between customer and company. Marketers usually break this experience into three categories: pre-purchase, purchase, and post-purchase.

These experiences extend from online forums to in-person interactions, but in today’s connected world, pre-purchase often begins online with researching a company, reading reviews, and browsing blog posts — so optimizing your brand experience across all things digital is essential.

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The Problem With Perfection

The mistake many…