In today's over-cluttered market place, businesses are finding it hard to stick out from the crowd and form connections that resonate with people. Along with the immense competition, consumers do not respond well to being sold to as has been done in the past. They feel that traditional promotions are gimmicky and insincere. One way that companies are trying to combat these issues is through the use of brand ambassadors.
In this digital age that we live in, the ability to develop and establish a human connection between brand and consumer is extraordinary and something to be treasured. No longer can marketing teams rely on basic selling tactics to bring customers; those attempts do not work anymore. Consumers today are heavily drawn to things with extreme value, to build a relationship that goes deeper than the surface level can carry a relationship with your customer a long way. Brands are starting to put far more emphasis on developing brand loyalty and creating lifetime customers. One of the ways that they are going about this is experiential marketing.
Deciding to rebrand your company can be an enriching task. Sometimes a fresh start is precisely what your company needs to get back on track. Maybe your business has been struggling from the beginning, and now that you have had some time to get a feel for the industry, you know what you need to do to make yourself a key player. Whatever the reason may be, rebranding can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. By following the following steps, you can get off to the right foot to rebranding your business.
Your company’s brand is the most powerful tool in your toolbelt. As businesses grow and adapt to a constantly-evolving world with new tastes, new innovations, and new customer demands, it’s essential for your brand to reflect the current marketplace, but how do you know if you should rebrand or just refresh?
Everyone has heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In marketing, the stories we share paint pictures and elicit emotions. This is exactly what a case study enables us to do-- tell stories about a brand using the customer’s voice.
Generally, there are three major components to a case study: the problem, different solutions available, and proven results that showcase your product/service as the ideal solution. Primarily, a strong case study highlights the question every consumer wants to know: “what’s in it for me?”.
6 Steps to Build a Case Study
1. Decide which project or campaign is worth developing into a case study. Typically, case studies hone in on a specific goal related to your product or service offering and, as a result, they resonate with your target audience.
2. Determine the purpose. Knowing the target audience and what questions they need answers to will drive the content and format.
3. Establish the example that best fits the goal. Consider a case study from a particularly compelling client and begin with a pre-interview with the client, if necessary, to learn more.
4. Assemble the basics. Core information should be quantifiable and factual. Use a journalistic approach when writing a case study, by learning what’s valuable to the reader and adapting the story to fit.
5. Develop in a compelling format. A well-written case study will only be persuasive if it’s visually appealing. Consider including visuals, video (if you have it) and a testimonial (again, if you have it). For a more relatable piece, quote your customer in their own words.
6. Promotion. Now that you have a shiny, new case study, the world needs to see it! The type of promotion you choose will depend on who you wrote the case study for and the stage they’re at in the buyer’s journey. For a broad reach, you can post the piece on your website, or incorporate it into lead nurture or social promotion to target leads.
In today’s competitive marketing environment, having robust case studies validate the value of your company and serve as powerful testimonials to prospects and leads. With quality content, you can demonstrate that you understand the problems faced by your buyer personas and how to solve them better than your competitors.
People are just obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines, a couple living on a farm in central Texas who spends their days remodeling dilapidated homes. These are just normal folks, flipping inexpensive houses in a small town. They decorate the homes with vintage farm items, decorate with painted exposed paneling (now called shiplap), and have their friend repurpose some old wood into a dining room table.
If I told you five years ago that this would have people glued to their TV waiting for the big reveal, or traveling to a town plagued by bad press to shop at a store in an abandoned rusty silo, you would think I was truly crazy. If I told you this was big business, including real estate, a Bed and Breakfast, a store front, a bakery and branded items, you would want on-board.
If you are an entrepreneur and haven't considered your personal brand and its impact on your business brand, it's time to get started.