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    How to Build Your Brand: 5 Steps for Creating a Killer Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

    The year was 1962.  John F. Kennedy was President, the Soviets were meddling in Cuba, and the Avis car rental company was struggling.  For more than a decade, Avis, whose chief claim to fame was their number 2 status vs. Hertz, had posted annual revenue losses.  In 1962, Avis was on the ropes....

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    Designing The Right Brand For Your Startup

    You are a shiny new startup, paperwork freshly signed and getting ready to open your doors to the world. You and your initial startup team already have the beginnings of a company culture and you've got a pretty good idea of who your target audience is. Now all you need to do is put together an amazing opening marketing campaign to get the word out and open for business. But who will your customers see when they look at you? A respectable firm following old traditions, a cozy family-friendly establishment, or trendy millennial associates? The way you brand your company matters, from the color scheme to the logo. People will try to judge how well you can serve their needs based on the relatability and reputation you project with your branding and marketing designs.  ...

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    Emotional Appeal is Brand Appeal

    Dry, stale logic and analysis do not in any way promote or sell a brand. While you stand there with your annual forecast in your hand, based on last year’s statistical analysis, be prepared to watch your readers fall right to sleep. That is not the first thing people want to know. Oh, there may be a few left standing because they are so left-brain oriented that they only need stats and analysis to make a decision. That's alright. No one shoe size fits all. But you are trying to reach the largest percentage of your target market as possible. Promoting brands without first appealing to the emotions of a prospect is a sure sign of a death knell.  When promoting a brand remember to keep the cards close to your chest. It’s tempting to want to say more than what you need to say because you wonder if you have said enough. Too much information confuses people. Too much information precludes sales. Bullet points are a sterile method to present information. Again, too much information in a sterile easy to read format. Which the Google search engine spiders use as criteria for authoritative content and which help optimize your site but… Let’s agree that bullet points and lists do serve a purpose in promoting a brand but they lack personality and emotional appeal....

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    Branding and Why It Needs To Be a Part of Your Marketing Strategy

      Branding is an amazing concept. It's what allows people to see your name and instantly recognize it with the product or service you offer as well as the experience that you are known for. There are plenty of "household names" out in the marketplace and that's because the companies have spent a lot of time and effort with branding....

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    The Connection Between Reputation and Small Business Branding

    Once you've selected your branding concepts, you might believe that your work is done. With regard to small business branding, it's best to consider how other aspects of your company affect your brand concepts. While your people handle the branding strategy using different marketing techniques, other company activities can adversely affect your company's reputation. Negative effects could undermine your current branding practices, which constitute an investment of the company's marketing dollars....

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