Branding – Business Identity By Design

Small Businesses and Solo Entrepreneurs need to build their brand identity just like the large companies. People are more likely to do business with you if they feel comfortable with you and feel like they already know you.

When you sneeze do you ask for a ‘Kleenex” or a tissue? Are you thirsty for a ‘Coke’ or a cola? Consumers buy these products just because they are familiar with them. When you’re a small business owner or solo entrepreneur the product/service is you. It is imperative that you build brand identity that creates familiarity of you within your ‘niche’ market. Building your identity is important because people support businesses and products that they are comfortably familiar with and avoid the unknowns.

Here are some successful strategic branding ideas.

Personal experience creates a strong bond between you and your customers. Your customer service needs to be extremely personal so it creates an viral cycle. The personal experience your customer receives will lead to ‘word of mouth’ publicity.

Create a consistent and repetitive association of you in your prospects mind. This can be achieved by using jingles in audio advertising mediums, and logos, photos, slogans and/or positioning statements in print advertising mediums, press releases, brochures and especially your business cards. Remember there is a back side to your business card and that is valuable space to be used for brand marketing. Be consistent in the look of your marketing/advertising so it brands you and your company. People will be acquainted with you based on that alone.

Get a professional web site with headers and footers that continues your business identity using the same logos, photos, slogans and/or positioning statements as you use in print.

Write articles with content that is educational and valuable for your customer. Put each article on your website and invite visits to your site through your resource box. Use your resource box to build brand identity.

Use article directories to publish your articles, with your resource box pointing back to your website, to build name recognition. This is absolutely FREE advertising and a must for branding your business and yourself. When you sign up as an author you have an opportunity to add your photo or logo in your profile. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity for increased identity branding.

Real Ways To Make Money From Home For Free

In today’s tough economy, more and more people are looking for a way to make a few extra bucks. The problem is that many of the things they stumble upon are often scams.

When someone comes across a few scams, their level of confidence often goes into the toilet. They feel that every opportunity is a scam because so many of them have turned out to be. So, if you have been scammed, please know that you are not alone and it is not your fault. Now, if you are looking for real ways to make money from home for free, you are in the right place at the right time. I know you may have heard that before. I really mean it though. I have been involved in making money online for many years. I have done everything from typing to working as a virtual assistant to making phone calls to building my own websites. Trust me, you can make a living online doing what you love to do.

The problem as I see it is that no one has taken you by the hand and shown you the roadmap of real ways to make money from home for free. I know because I have looked for that magic bullet myself to no avail. However, I have put together a few roadmaps in my day and I know that there are places when you can do just that, make money from home. Yes, you can do it for free sometimes. Often it could cost you just a small amount of money. For example, to host your own website or online business you may have to pay for a domain name and hosting. This cost is around $15 a month or so. I would say that it is well worth an investment of fifteen dollars a month, $180 a year to have your own business online.

I know you want to find real ways to make money from home for free and they are around for sure. You may also want to look into your own website at a point too. Why? Simple… because it is the one thing you have control over. For example, a few years ago people put their stock in a site called Squidoo. This site was amazing and peopleused it and built un incomes around it. One day the owner did away with it. It was taken over by what is now called hub pages. The problem is that HubPages works differently than Squidoo. So everyone who put their eggs in that basket got them all cracked when the website shut down.

If you want real ways to make money from home for free, we can help you with that. Just do some tasks included in one of our guides and at some point, start your own website. Trust us on this one. We have been around the block a few times and want to save you the headache of trial and error and being scammed. We don’t want to promote items that are going to sell for a few days and not make you any money or help you learn new skills. We understand the need for everyday people like you and me to be able to support our family with money we make online. What would an extra one hundred dollars a day do for you? I know, it could certainly help. Let’s go even lower, what if you only make $50 or $100 a week online? So what right? Money is money. If you can find real ways to make money from home for free, that would be amazing. Don’t you think? We do.

Building a Better Branded Business Card

Everyone knows the business card is your first introduction to a new client. Most even understand the importance of making the most of your promotional documents, and what it says about you. But recently there’s been a lot of chatter about Brand Recognition and how the Business Card represents your Brand.

Recently, I was handed a card for Real Estate in a mountainous area of the community and the Realtor’s name was Giselle. The card had the image of a Gazelle on the back, with her information on the front. Either way, you’d know whose card you had. An amazing woman, she represented properties in the highlands and her card represented that very well.

Another card, had black markings and a red “check mark” indicating that she’d CHECK OFF her list of strategic processes. The card was as amazing and memorable as the woman. The woman’s business was well branded and easily recognized by the first promotional document she handed you.

Yet another, sported pink markings on one side and a well presented head shot photo on the front with an appointment blank at the bottom. The Mary Kay consultant represented fit the card, and could easily be identified and remembered by the award winning smile on the front.

These three business cards represent women who know that branding successfully means being identifiable among the crowds, and specifically in the masses of cards collected daily by business owners. Building a better branded business card means putting your personality and identifiable properties on the card.

• Use a high impact graphic that says “YOU”

• Include identifiable characteristics of your business

• Include a photo – head shot of yourself on the front

• Add your logo to the back of the card and say something with color

• Impact the audience with a difference that is recognizable in a stack of cards Your Business Card is the first contact your clients have with your business.

Make it memorable. Effectively brand your business with Logo Designs that speak volumes without saying a word.