A blog about branding, marketing, and design, mostly through the lens of practical psychology, intended to be a resource to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
When building or redesigning a website, there comes a point when the conversation turns to social media integration. Many business owners assume placing social media icons that link to their social accounts is a given — just stick them up there in the header. After all, that’s what everybody else does. But is that the best way to do it?
With 7 billion people in the world, it can be a daunting task to stand out from the crowd. While we like to think we are unique, so does everyone else…right? No less apparent in the business world, it can be difficult to differentiate between similar businesses. So, what makes one bug exterminator, or plumber, or dentist different from all the others in your city? What distinguishes your branding from your competitors?
I came across a discussion on an online forum where a business owner was complaining that he spent all of his hard-earned money on Google AdWords yet saw nary a profit. He blasted Google, which (merited or not in other cases), I wasn’t convinced was the real problem here.
Nonprofit organizations have a special marketing challenge: how to convince people to donate their hard-earned money. This is not just a marketing challenge; it’s an organizational challenge, but marketing communication can make a big difference to the bottom line.
You may have admired Google’s fantastically fluid logo without giving it more than a passing thought. A couple of keywords in the search box and you’re ready to explore the infinite wisdom of the World Wide Web. But before you go, why not take a minute to learn a lesson or two from those innovative Doodles?
“I just need something simple.” I can’t tell you how often I hear these words when people approach me about a project. Some of these people are using “simple” as code for “inexpensive”. However, other people are using “simple” to describe the desired function and experience. Huge difference; and here’s why that matters.
A while back, I watched a video entitled Top 5 Small Business Branding Mistakes. It was a great overview, particularly for startups or microbusinesses. Here’s a quick recap of common branding mistakes.
Having a website that converts is more important than having a website that just looks good. Unfortunately, these priorities get mixed up all the time.