How to Choose the Right Brand Identity for Your eCommerce Store

eCommerce is a rapidly growing sector. Every year it carves out a larger share of the retail market than the last. Generally speaking, this is a good thing. It’s helping develop an entirely new sector of the economy that makes it easier for people to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working online.
Yet the downside of all this activity is that competition is ramping up. Consumers are constantly bombarded with marketing and advertising, so it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out.

Strong branding can help you cut through the noise and be heard. This means developing good, consistent messaging that resonates with your target audience. And it also means creating great content.

But branding is one of the few places where what you say is actually just as important as how you say it. Off-message content will underperform no matter how good it is. But a great message will also disappear in mediocre content. To decide brand identity, you must decide what to say, how you’ll say it and who you’ll say it to.

Consider these tips to help you choose a brand identity that’s right for your company.

Choose Your Target

The best thing you could do would be to conduct surveys and focus groups. You would want to ask questions about what your target audience looks for in a brand, how they interact with companies, what they value, how they live their lives, etc. The goal is to identify pain points and then to figure out ways of communicating to them how you can alleviate this pain.

However, this type of market research, although very valuable, can also be very expensive. Something you can do instead or alongside surveys and focus groups is to map out your Ideal Customer.

This activity has you create a fictitious person based on the type of people you are targeting. You go in-depth with your analysis, brainstorming what this person might be like. In many ways, you’re asking similar questions on a survey but reasoning how people might answer for yourself. Make sure to do this in a group so that you can bounce ideas off each other and more accurately describe this audience member.

Once you have a better idea of who it is you’re trying to reach, you can begin to dive into what you’d like to say.

Choose Your Message

The message you choose to send is this something.

You need to get it right so that it will resonate with your target audience. To determine your message, you need to consider three things: your brand vision, brand values , and brand personality. Here’s a little more about each one to help you make your decision.

Vision

Good businesses solve problems. Your vision needs to somehow be related to a world where this problem has been solved. And you need to have a good understanding of pain people feel because of this problem, and how this radiates out into their lives. In other words, you have to communicate a vision of a world your target audience would want to live in.

So whether you’re a skin care products store committed to creating a world without dry skin, or a coffee supplier who wants to bring the world together for a cup of Joe, you need to be clear about what you are working to achieve by offering your product to the world.

Values

Your vision might be:

To create a world where people live in better harmony with nature

  • Environmental conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental justice

So, as you go through your branding strategy, you need to create messages that are focused around these values, helping you communicate your vision. When you do this, you help convey your purpose to audience members. This makes you different. And it also increases your chances of resonating with people and recruiting them to be loyal customers.

Personality

This humanization of the company is essential. It will help people connect with you and it increases your chances of them becoming loyal to your brand.

Choose Your Image

That being said, you need to recognize that each visual interaction you have with someone has a powerful effect over how they view your brand. It’s critical each and everything they see from you is in support of the message and image you are trying to create and communicate.

Colors

Web Design

Images

Choose Your Name

The important thing to remember when choosing a name is to not overthink things. It’s impossible to come up with a name that 100 percent communicates your brand identity. But it does communicate something to people. Figure out what you think you can most emphatically say about yourself in one or two words when choosing a name.

And you also want to pick something that will stick. People hear hundreds if not thousands of different brand names each week. You need to come up with something that is easy to remember and that is also closely related to the other aspects of your brand identity. But ultimately, it’s the messages you send alongside the name that will help build up people’s understanding of your identity.

Choose Something You Can Stick To

So, when you’re choosing your vision, values and personality, pick things that will resonate with your target audience. But also pick things that matter to you. If you’re able to put your own interests and passions into the brand, its authenticity will shine much brighter.

By focusing on these series of decisions, you’ll be much better prepared to choose a brand identity that will help your company gain loyal and engaged customers.

How to Choose the Right Brand Identity for Your eCommerce Store

Author Bio:

Raj is the founder of JavaPresse, a specialty coffee service, and eCommerce store. After many years of researching his audience and making many mistakes, Raj has learned a lot about building brand identity and affinity. He sees this as a critical component of any small business’ success. So, to help others and share his story, he writes frequently about his experiences and lessons learned. You can follow Raj on Twitter here.

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