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Marketing Your Brand in the Digital Age

QUICK SUMMARY

How do people feel about your small business compared to how they feel about your competitors? What types of emotions are engendered when customers and prospects think about your company? The answers to these questions form the essence of your company brand. In the pre-digital age, when brand promotion required putting ink on paper or picking up the telephone, small business owners had limited marketing options. Business cards. Brochures. Direct mail. Today, you need to promote and protect your brand across the vast digital landscape, building in healthy doses of social responsibility and brand accountability. In the digital age, brand marketing is highly competitive, and more important than ever.

Digital Brand Accountability

Your digital brand is visible across multiple channels on a global scale. This 24/7 exposure requires you to keep your marketing messages tied to your brand ideals in an authentic, transparent way. By managing your brand accountability, you can get people to fall in love with your brand and take advantage of the fact that consumers tend to make buying decisions for emotional reasons.

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Promoting & Protecting Your Social Media Brand

Social media is a powerful marketing tool that lets you put a human face on your brand and personally connect with consumers. If you employ quick, public social media interactions that are consistent and authentic, you can foster the kind of goodwill that creates brand ambassadors, and successfully manage negative online comments, which might otherwise damage your brand reputation.

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Creating a Socially Responsible Brand

The concept of being a “good guy” brand makes excellent business sense because companies that go good generally perform better. Surveys show that consumers like to support brands that are good citizens because it makes them feel like they are also making a difference in the world. To be effective, your brand’s social commitments must be part of your brand’s purpose and seamlessly align with your business goals.

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Branding vs Marketing vs Advertising

Branding, marketing, and advertising are all tools you use to help promote your business, acquire and retain customers, and drive sales and profits. Because they are closely connected in purpose and tend to feed off one another, it’s easy to get them confused. But understanding the differences can help you develop more focused business initiatives, and maximize the effectiveness of each tool.

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