Digital Branding

7 Pro Tips to creating a great brand voice

Written by Janet Machuka

Create a brand strategy that works for you. Uniqueness makes you stand out easily

Most times we don’t know how to go about the brand voice on either our
social media presence or on the offline sessions. First and foremost, what is a
brand voice? Any brand is connected to individuals who have different
personalities. Hence, a brand ought to execute a certain personality to its
audience. Therefore, brand voice is simply the uniformity in selection of
words, the attitude and values of the brand while addressing the target
audience or others. 

 

In order for one to create a professional brand voice, one has to focus
on: 

 

1. Converse with
your audiences

This brings out the humanity aspect and deletes the robotic nature. Meet
them, private chat them on social media and focus on communications that evoke
engagements rather than just posting.

 

2. Create video
content

The best way to state your brand voice is creating video content. This
gives a visual representation of who you are and what your brand simply stands
for. By combining all the aspects of branding; the content, its tone and
appearance in one video, the audience can easily identify the brand voice
through the explanations as represented in the videos. 

 

3. Brand
consistency

What do you post on your digital channels? How about your physical
presentation to people in forums and conferences? Do you represent your brand
all through in the similar manner? 

 

Consistency is not just about what you share on your spaces as a brand.
It also digs to the number of times you share. Do you share daily? Is whatever that
you are sharing have a relationship so that you can create a well branded niche
out of it? 

 

Most importantly, stay in touch with your target audience. 

 

4. Show up and
voice your brand

It is impossible growing a brand that is never present. Take an example
of the current massive digital transformation that is happening in the world as
brands find their way on the digital platforms now that their audiences have
shifted their. If brands are not going to show up and claim their place via the
digital platforms, they will definitely lose out in creating a strong brand
voice in these platforms. 

 

Additionally, show up in conferences. Be the panel. Engage in networking
sessions. Keep quiet and you will go unnoticed; engage with other individuals
and you will have given your brand exposure. 

 

5. Be true and
relevant

Don’t force a fake you to your audiences. There is no need of foisting a
voice on people who don’t identify with it. For instance, LinkedIn as a social
media platform gives individuals a chance to create their professional profiles
without imposing themselves and impersonating others. This gives a sense of
truthfulness and relevance.

 

You can lie about your brand but you can never stay long with the lie.
The truth will finally emerge and you wouldn’t like it to be known. Hence, a
great brand voice grows from a true and relevant brand. 

 

6. Adapt and evolve

Stop being boring. Avoid doing the same thing, the same way every now and
then. Break the monotony. Find out different ways to create your
content. Never stop analyzing the voice of your competitors. Never stop
learning from leading brands. Subject yourself to learning. You are not yet at
the limit of listening to other brands to get few tips from them. Everyone is a
teacher. Learn from them. 

 

Remember, you define your brand voice by being bold, but not arrogant.

Be irreverent, but not offensive. Be loud, but not obnoxious. 

 

7. Being unique
will cost you but you will appreciate

Most brands choose to be copy cats rather than being original. That is
why we have so many startups that die at ideation stage. Copying is easy but it
costs brands the most. Being original can pull a genuine, unique and relevant
audience your brand. Learn from others but don’t choose to be exactly like
them. 

                                                      

I like it when people have different mentors to pick something unique
from them rather than having one mentor and end up being an exact copy of him
or her. Mentors tend to teach you the ways they used to be what they are. Just
imagine if you had one? Will you withstand if one day the mentor will be gone?
Hence, pick the best from different individuals and let it be an inspiration to
building your unique brand voice and identity.

 

Wrapping Up

Above all, create a brand strategy that works for you. If you are a
grocery brand, you cannot use the same brand strategy as a vehicle assembly
brand. You are two different brands with different audience targets. Now you
can go ahead and create an outstanding professional brand voice.

 

 

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