When you think of creating a new brand, it’s easy to think about advertising managers sitting around a conference room tossing around ideas with caffeine fuelled creativity. However, often times, the most powerful branding comes from adding a little “fun” to your brand experience.
Today’s customers want to do business their way on their time. They want to make their own choices. As business people, it’s our job to make sure then when customers are ready to make their choice, our product or service is their top choice.
Below are five secrets to put some spark and imagination into your brand and create an unforgettable brand experience.
Secret #1: Tell Your Company’s Unique Brand, Story
Television shows have long been a part of our culture. When viewers watch television shows, they see stories about characters that we relate to. Remember the Brady Bunch theme song? It tells the story of a lovely lady well, you know how it goes.
Now imagine harnessing the power of storytelling for your business! By sharing your brand story, you create a powerful connection to your customers. They feel as though they know you. This brand story paints a colourful vignette of who you are, what vision you hold, and what experiences made you the company you are today. While your brand story might not be as catchy as the Brady Bunch tune, raving fans love to share stories of their favourite brands with others.
What's your brand story? Do you have a wonderful story to tell about how your business was started? Was there a turning point in your company that shaped you into the organisation you are today?
Secret #2: Make Your Brand a Household Name by Coining the Term
Why define your brand experience in terms we already use? Kleenex, Xerox, and Fed X are companies whose brand names have set the standards for their industry by becoming the coined terms to describe a tissue, making a copy, and overnight deliveries.
So how do you go about making your brand a household name?
Marla Cilley, aka “The FLY Lady” is an organising superhero for mums across the country. She has turned her passion for tidiness into a nationally known brand.
How did she do it? By adding an ounce of fun with her own unique terms and philosophies. For example, The FLY Lady stands for Finally Loving Yourself.
Fans of the FLY Lady know that she lives by three rules.
1) Don’t sweat the small stuff
2) Laugh every day. Even if it is at yourself.
3) Love like there is no tomorrow.
If you visit her website at FlyLady.net, you’ll notice that her brand is even reflected in some of the names of the navigation links: Why FLY, FLYing Lessons, FLY Zone, Time FLYs when, FLY FAQ, FLY Library, Join FlyLady Now, Ask FlyLady, and The FlyShop.
Secret #3: Add Your Unique Brand of Humour
Humour has the power to transform an ordinary product into a fun experience for the whole audience.
A commercial for Red Stripe “The Great Jamaican Beer” that delivers an unforgettable quirky message.
That’s how a funny campaign can instantly turn a new or unknown product into a national phenomenon.
You should check out this very funny commercial online at their website here: http://us.redstripebeer.com/media
Secret #4: Create your own Catch Phrases and Own Quotes
If you type the words “inspirational quotes” into Google, you will see that there are 1,130,000 listings. Quotes are hot! So why not tap into the power of quotes and catchphrases for your business?
Go back in your mind to the “Where's the Beef” commercials from Wendy’s. That was a fun series of engaging commercials that had the whole country asking themselves, “Where’s the Beef?”.
And think about Donald Trump’s “You're Fired!” I’m sure that he had no idea that his show, “The Apprentice” would take off the way it did and become the “in thing.”
When you create a hot catchphrase or quote, you’ll find your words popping up on websites, in blogs, talked about in elevators, written on bathroom walls, and in the most unexpected placed.
Take a moment to step back and really look at your company’s brand. With a little imagination, you can transform buying your product or service into a fun, one-of-a-kind brand experience that your customers will never forget.
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