1-2-1 brand advice for startups and entrepreneurs




Do you know the difference between your brand and your branding?

If the answer is ’no’, don’t beat yourself up. There are many within our industry that don’t seem to either. We have lost count of the amount of websites we have visited where someone is offering to design your brand. Brands can’t be designed. They can be created, extracted or defined, but not designed.

Here’s our attempt at distinguishing between your brand and your branding.

Your Brand

Your brand isn’t the nice logo and pretty colours that the term is often, incorrectly, associated with. A brand is about creating a personality for your business.

Your brand should become part of the DNA of your business. It should be present in everything you do. From your brand identity to the way you answer the phone. From the stories you tell on your website, in brochures and tweets, to how you deal with a complaint.

Creating a successful brand is about creating an emotional connection with your consumer. This is done by defining what your brand is. The values, personality and stories the brand lives by.

But your brand is more than what you think and say. Your brand is also what others think and say about you.

It is only once your business has a personality that customers can decide whether or not they like it. If your business can portray a personality that complements theirs, they might just let you become their friend.

Scientists back this theory up. The latest catchphrase in the pursuit of getting ‘buy in’ from your target audience is ‘neuromarketing’. Over the last decade or so, neuroscience research has shown that emotions play a much more important role in decision making than most people have thought.

Our brains process much of their sensory input subconsciously, generating affection toward or against objects. Signals that don’t generate positive or negative emotions are filtered out (seen as unimportant) and never reach our conscious mind.

So, for your brand to get attention, it has to trigger an emotion.

Your Branding

Your branding is the visual side of creating a brand.

This is the brand identity, which includes the logo, colours, typefaces and imagery your brand uses to tell your brand story. Branding is the tone of voice you use in your communications. Branding is everything you do that your customers will see.

These all need to complement the brand and be consistently used.

Branding consistency has one huge advantage – recognition. With recognition comes familiarity. With familiarity comes trust and confidence.

Do you have a brand?

So, now that you have a better understanding of the difference between your brand and your branding, can I ask you one question? Do you have a brand?

If you are starting a business, our 1-2-1 BRAND CREATION PACKAGE can help you create a brand for your business.

Stage 1:

1-2-1 Brand Creation Package

Start to think about your business differently - as a brand.

The 1-2-1 BRAND CREATION PACKAGE has been specially designed to help startups and small businesses with much-needed advice on creating a brand for their business.

Stage 2:

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Get a bespoke logo design by an award-winning logo designer.

The BRANDING PACKAGE has been designed to give startups and entrepreneurs the tools to create a consistent visual image, that will help customers recognise their brand.

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