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7 Essential Questions to Define Your Brand

Branding is one of the most crucial parts of your business. A powerful brand identity increases the worth of your organization, it inspires and gives direction to employees.

Branding helps you to recognize a product and distinguish it from another product. Branding is essential because it creates a memorable impression on customers and also allows your client to know what they are expecting from you.

Your brand is the total of people’s perception of your content, vision and product. The difference of customers buying from you and your competitors is branding.

Define your brand identity starts with understanding your present brand identity. If you don’t know yours, here are seven essential questions that can help you define your brand.

the brand purpose gives you the answer for the why

1. Why does your company have to exist?

This is a question that must come to your mind as a business owner and ask yourself why your company exists. Think about why your customers should care about your product and company. 

The best businesses follow the Golden circle concept they pay attention to the “why” behind their business rather than what they do and how they do it

Every business knows what they are creating, but very few know how they make their products outside of monetary profit. Customers don’t buy what you do but they buy why you do it. Your branding should resonate with your mission and vision statement

2. Why did customers believe you over your competitors?

It is essential you have the knowledge about your competitors, and also understand what makes you special and different from your computer competitors. What makes customers or client purchase your product over competitors?

You can’t be better than your competitors in everything, but your organization must be greater than each competitor at something. Perhaps you have good customers, or your organization caters more to a niche market than any other business. Begin by starting a SWOT analysis to determine what your organization does better than each competitor.

what is your brand voice

3. What problem can you help your customers to find a solution to?

While it can be simple to get wrapped up in your product features, it is essential you think about the problem your customers are facing.

Is your product missing out what you customers what? When it comes to helping customers’ problems, what are competitors missing out. It is essential that you make an outstanding first experience.

Learn about your target customers want, desire, behavior and know about their concern about a specific product or the company itself. Create an interview for your potential customers on how to make a better solution to their wants and desires. This can help you find a piece of better information about your product before the competitors.

4. What is your story?

For define your brand, one of the most essential things is to understand how you tell the story of your brand. Telling a story about your brand is a way to create a relationship with your customers.

When you’re telling the story, it is essential you talk about the hero in your company, the person who has made it because of your company. People don’t only want to hear about why you build company, they also want to know about how it has helped others to become successful.

Telling your story is a great chance for you to tell your success stories while sharing your vision with your employees and customers. Tell the story of customers that you are most happy to have help.

5. What brand are your looking up to?

What brand are you looking up to when you’re starting your business?  You might likely borrow some idea or knowledge from other great organization when you started your company.

Looking at brand that motivate you can give you a good indicator of the value that is most important to your  brand, and also make sure that the values are applied to your company, you don’t have to follow their ways completely, but you can get some of their knowledge and change it into your own.

6. What are the characteristics your employees will use to describe your brand today?

How will your employees describe your brand? How many employees know your company’s vision and mission? The employee’s insight about your organization is always different from yours. Finding out more about your company from your employees by calling a meeting to bring everyone together and figure out what your employees see in your company.

By figuring out this characteristic of what your employees see in your company if you are consistent about how you want the employees to view your company. If you are not consistent with it, then it’s the high time you start thinking about how to change that perception.

7. What is your brand voice?

Your brand voice is the soul and heart of your transmission. Your brand voice is the sound in which you speak to and connect with your customer. Identifying your brand voice will help your employees to interact well over social media and interview. Furthermore, it helps define your brand.

Whether your brand voice is informative, authoritative, fun or serious, your voice must be real. Customers are likely to purchase a product from a company that they connect with an emotional level. Figure out the voice the rhyme best with your Brand’s features and vision and put it into everything that your employees create.

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brand purpose is the why of your business

WHAT IS YOUR BRAND PURPOSE

When you’re trying to specify your brand purpose that means the “why behind your brand”, which is the main reason your company exist. A brand purpose describes the importance of an organization. It is what an organization needs to stand out from other organizations, your brand as to be different from other brands, it has to stand out and be unique.

the brand purpose gives you the answer for the why

Brand purpose summaries “why” you’re opening your business and “why” it exists. Your brand purpose states the reasons behind your continual existence, a zealous view of what you want to become your targeted audience.

When you attain a successful brand purpose, you’re opportune to know the insights of the kind of changes your audience wants to see, you know the issues the audience want to see as important to the world. Identify this important aspect, you will be able to create a purpose that you want your audience to believe in.

Everyone knows that competition is a major issue in marketing so it is most important to focus on what people are concerned about. When you’re able to specify what the problem is. It is, more importantly, you’d solve them or figure out the way forward.

Afterwards, you figure out what your brand purpose is, you need to puzzle out an active method of making known the brand purpose which will demand an effective brand strategy.

Brand strategy is the commencement of business by setting out your business goals or aims.

When creating a new brand you major aim is to reach out to more audience but this can be made easily by imploring a brand strategy.

Some people want to grow their businesses to grow overnight without stress. However, things don’t work that way, that is why brand strategy is important. Your brand strategy should never be focused on short term procedure but instead, it should be a long term one. With a strong brand foundation created on a sustainable growth strategy, there is a higher possibility of a successful business.

The benefit of having a good brand strategy is that it helps in reaching out to your audience. Your brand strategy dictates your market’s strategy. It provides a clear purpose on how to engage your customers and how to communicate with them clearly. A sustainable and achievable brand strategy is a very important principle of every business because it affects every area of your business.

Every brand purpose is based on good branding.

Branding is important for most business. Branding comprises of the business mission to its customers. It includes images, content, marketing, logos, websites etc. which can be used to define your brands. Good branding creates a good mindset for targeted customers.

Branding is the first impression your business will have from customers. A good brand is able to express the importance of their products by letting known their missions to their customers.

Without a good branding strategy, businesses have little chance of success because branding gives importance, benefits and insights to businesses. Furthermore, it helps to create a bond between buyers and sellers. Customers are most likely to give more attention to the brand when they understand the missions, drives and policies.

It is very important to have a good brand purpose that captivates the targeted audience. Also, you need to consider people you’ll be dealing with. Having employees builds your brand purpose because they help in sharing your brand values with people.

A unique brand can make a bountiful impact on your business by giving you a competitive spirit over competitors.

Furthermore it helps in achieving and maintaining audience easier. A strong brand is easy to relate to and attract more drives that would possibly help to resonate more targeted audiences.

Most businesses need brand purpose, it helps in determining the business identity. It’s one of the most important principles in creating an accomplished brand. The brand is much more than something that attracts an audience or customers. It is also much more than something that inspires your employees.

Brand purpose keeps you prepared and concentrated on what’s really essential. It helps you make an accurate resolution for your businesses.

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design books you should read

Design books what every designer should have

Design Books

In order to help you with your designer journey, I have decided to collect the best design books that I have read. If you a graphic designer who tries to learn the fundamentals or expand your knowledge, then read any accessible book is one of the best ideas you can have.

Being a self-taught graphic designer, I know how important it is to know the design fundamentals. I came along on the path where I did not know what should I know, use, and even think during the design process. I had a copy of Photoshop and started using it. However, owning a software doesn’t make you a designer. I am specified in logo design and brand identity design, so the vast majority of the design books on the list relate to this topic.
Please, note that the following list is based on my subjective opinion.

Lets, see the list of the design books.

Design Elements: Understanding the rules and knowing when to break them – Timothy Samara

This book covers all the design fundamentals from working with basic shapes, typography, and colour applications. You can learn about composition, layout, and design hierarchy. The second edition includes the 25 rules of good design and explains why they are so important. You can only break a rule what you already know. This graphic design book includes all the fundamentals, this sits on the top of my list.
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Work for money, design for love – David Airey

If you are a designer who is starting a new business, you need this book. Everyone talks about designs itself. Why is a logo design good or bad, but no one really talks about what to do when you decided to start your own empire? This book’s content is easily digestible and provides real-life examples of how to start as a designer.
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Logo Modernism – Jens Muller & R. Roger Remington

This book is huge I mean it is very hefty. Only buy it if you have enough space on your shelf. However, if you have space, you won’t regret the purchase. This logo design book includes approximately 6000 trademarks and symbols from 1940 to 1980. If you need inspiration for your next project, this book is probably the first what you should open.
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Brand Gap – Marty Neumeier

You know how to design nice things and craft logos. But you are at the stage when started thinking more deeply what the brand is and how to build one. Creating a brand involves creative and strategic thinking, and this book shows you how to bridge the gap between the two. You will learn about disciplines of a brand-building and the most important questions what you need to ask about any brand.
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Zag – Marty Neumeier

Nowadays, making a logo design is an easy thing to do. You can buy a software and start messing around and finally you can get something. However, crafting a logo that identifies and differentiates a business and solves its problems is the hard part of the story. How do you solve problems? Firstly, you are diagnosing the root problem. Secondly, you can easily fix the well-diagnosed problem. Every solid brand needs a brand strategy. The brand strategy will give you the answers for the Who? Why? What?
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Design Brand Identity – Alina Wheeler

You are at the place when you learned that creating a logo is more than a drawing and using some software. In this design book, you will learn how to create a strong brand identity. Gives you insight from research and analysis through launch and governance and show you how you the best practices that help to build better brands. Also includes 30 case studies of top brands from various industries.
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LOGO Creed: The Mystery, Magic, and Method Behind Designing Great Logos – Bill Gardner

Ok, if you are specified within the design field for logos, you should have this logo design book on your shelf. Logo Creed shows you how to navigate the discovery process from research, reading the air for clues, and making the best use of budgets, to knowing what sort of mark to create. You will learn how to identify the most potent ideas, brainstorm effectively by yourself or with others, recognize the components of great logos, and understand how to distil ideas down to the very best solution. This book is highly beneficial for students, self-taught designers, and those who never stop learning.
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Grid Systems in Graphic Design: A Handbook for Graphic Artists, Typographers, and Exhibition Designers – Josef Muller-Brockmann

During the logo design process, sometimes we are given the opportunity to use grids for our works. The grids will give your logo a nice aesthetic. It will help your designs to be just perfect. In this book you can see examples of grids being used. Furthermore, it will help you understand how grids work in typography, print, and web design. 
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Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students (Design Briefs) – Ellen Lupton

If you are a graphic designer, you will come across of need for knowledge about typography. Without a strong typography skill, you will have a very hard time creating letter based logo designs and print designs or even web designs. Typography is the essence of a good design if you need to know anything about type face, styles, size adjustments or anything related to fonts you will find it in this book.
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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People – Susan Weinschenk

This book is a bit out of the list. On the other hand, you can earn a very useful skill with knowing some psychology of design and how it can help you create better design or experiences for the end-users. This book can be useful for designers, who are working as a UI/UX or web designer, however, it includes a lot of information about how to grab and hold attention on a page or screen or what makes memories stick. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? 
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Bonus Design Books

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto – Blair Enns

This book will help you get off the ground. It is written for designers who runs or plan to run a creative business. You will learn in 12 steps how to take over, leave behind your competitors, and teach you how to win business without writing lengthy and time-consuming proposals. Time is your most valuable asset, use it wisely. 
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Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything – Aaron James Draplin

I can’t leave him out. He is a well-known designer and his style and his working method are just awesome. You will see some nice designs and the stories behind them in this book. If you need some inspiration and you will open this book you will be amazed.
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If you have any design books what you think should be a part of a designers library, then do not hesitate to comment below. I would like to see what others use to improve and expand their skills.