You may have heard the proverb, “The right tool for the right tool” and its cousin, “It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.” When it comes to using social media to promote your MSP and develop your brand, social media tools are not interchangeable. While social media is designed to be used as tools of engagement, they each achieve their goals in different ways. Read on to learn to choose the best social media tools to develop your MSP marketing funnel, promote your brand, and drive traffic to your site.
A picture is worth 1,000 words, but when it comes to pictures that represent your company and brand, we’d argue that those pictures are worth so much more than that.
The word ‘logo’ is derived from the Greek word ‘logos,’ which directly translates to ‘word’. In the world of marketing and design, creating a logo is like creating a visual word that will be used to identify your brand. Your logo should be treated as the foundation for messages coming from your company as it sets the stage for all branding efforts.
How much of your marketing focuses around your accomplishments? How great and successful you are? Your accolades? Your achievements? How much skill you’ve crammed into one business, and how great the services that your business provides are? While there’s nothing wrong with talking up your abilities in your marketing, you need to be sure that you don’t cross the line into being egotistical - for quite a few reasons.
A logo is one of the most potentially powerful elements of a company’s branding. We say “potentially” because there are many ways that a logo can be designed, and a misstep or poor choice can make it ineffective. However, how can you make the right choice if you don’t even realize that there’s a choice involved?
Many small and medium-sized businesses have a mistaken impression of marketing activities. Either they’ll shrug them off as something that only the really big businesses do, and that it’s not really something they need, or they figure that what they’re already doing is enough. The fact that you’re reading this blog says that you aren’t with either group, which also means you understand how important it is to market, and that there’s more you could be doing.
In our January newsletter, there was an article entitled When Rebranding your Company Might Be a Good Idea, outlining a few warning signs that signified when and how to go about a company rebrand. We discussed a few reasons that a rebrand may be considered necessary and recommended a few strategies that would be helpful in determining if a rebrand was in the cards.
Today, we’re operating under the assumption that you are, in fact, gearing up for your rebranding activities, and so we wanted to offer some advice on how to actually go about doing it. Make no mistake, a rebrand is not an easy process, and a formidable adversary will be fighting you every step of the way: your former brand identity.
If you were to show someone on the street an image of a arching yellow “M,” they would almost certainly recognize the brand that the iconic symbol represents, and could probably name many of the marketing initiatives and products that the associated business releases to the public. That’s the power a logo can hold--a single stimulus that can bring complete recognition of a brand, which is a significant tool to wield in pursuit of a successful marketing strategy. However, as a company ages, its logo may eventually need to be redesigned to better reflect the sensibilities of the company. When this becomes the case, there are particular best practices that should inform the design process to develop the most effective logo to represent the business.
How many times have you heard “built by people like you, for people like you” or “we do this, so you don’t have to.” These taglines are worn out, over-played and have fallen into the cliche pile. They lack branding and uniqueness. However, when we hear “just do it” we automatically think Nike. It doesn’t matter if you’re telling someone to just do something, you’re subconsciously thinking Nike.
What is the difference between a good brand, and a great brand? Consistency.
What is one thing that all big name companies have in common? They are consistent across the board with all of their marketing initiatives. All collateral, all print pieces, all advertisements, and all graphics, together reflect a cohesive, unified image.
You may have realized that marketing and advertising tactics are shifting toward reaching mobile leads. Even superstar companies like Google and Facebook are delegating more marketing dollars to their mobile marketing budgets after a discovery that nearly one-fifth of Google’s revenue comes from mobile searching. Here are three ways your company can start up your mobile marketing initiative.