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The First Steps in Building Your Brand

Hello and welcome to this week Small Business EASY Branding Tip.  Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales.
This week’s topic is: “The First Steps in Building Your Brand”.  In a previous post, I talked about “The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It“, and detailed the 4 Step Common Sense Branding Strategy that I think most small business owners should be aware of when seeking to create, build, and enhance their company’s brand.  Those steps were: Step 1: Determining & Defining Your Brand. Step 2: Researching Your Market and Positioning Your Brand to Capitalize on a Sector of it. Step 3: Launching Your Brand. Step 4: Managing, Monitoring & Tweaking Your Brand (Note: That’s “tweaking” your brand, meaning make minor revisions, not tweeting your brand, which is more so a function that occurs under Step 3).  

In this week’s tip, we’ll talk about the building blocks of your brand, so we’ll specifically be talking about Steps 2 and 3.

It’s important to lay the right foundation and know what you stand for with your company, what need you fill, and how you’ll go about fulfilling that need in a solution-oriented way that keeps your customers happy.  In completing Step 2: Researching Your Market and Positioning Your Brand to Capitalize on a Sector of it, market research is key because it helps you specifically define your target market, and it gives you a good idea of your standing in the market against your competitors.
Feel free to listen to this week’s podcast by clicking the player below, downloading it and/or subscribing to this podcast series in iTunes, or reading the Transcripts of this week’s episode HERE, to learn more.

I hope you found this week’s tip helpful.

Within the next few weeks, I’m going to have a podcast episode devoted entirely to questions and answers from you, so please submit your Small Business Branding Questions for that upcoming episode.  You can visit our website sss4success.com, reach out to us via email at “podcasts @ sss4success.com”, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success).  

By the way, if you’re a Small Business Owner that’s been in business for a while, please do us a favor and fill out that brief survey and tell us a bit more about your entrepreneurial experiences.  We’d really appreciate your input.

Finally, if by chance, you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325.
Thanks again for listening and have a great day!
Kindra Cotton

The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It

Hello and Welcome to the second blog post and podcast for Small Business EASY Branding Tips.  Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists), working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales, where the acronym EASY represents our company’s ability to help small businesses: Establish the profile of their “ideal customer“; Analyze products & services to tailor them for the “ideal customer“; Secure the most effective ways to build and maintain customer relationships; and finally Yield an enhanced brand that increases sales by attracting more customers and repeat business.  


As the creator of the EASY Brand Marketing Program, and I thank you for reading this blog and listening to our podcast series.  I started SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists) because I saw a true need for the varied services that became part of the EASY Brand Marketing Program.  


As I got out and talked to people about what I do, I found that people who worked in places that sought to help small business owners, like Small Business Development Centers and Business Incubation Centers got what I was doing, but when I talked to small business owners themselves, I would often receive the “deer in headlights” look or a blank stare that told me that I needed to spend more time actually educating small biz owners on the need for branding (especially in the early stages) and how each of the steps of the EASY Brand Marketing Program are actually cost effective in the long- and short-term.  I also wanted to show how the results of incorporating the program early on actually improves your business because it brings you the increased sales that you need to help you stay in business for a long time to come. 


I decided to create this podcast series, because I wanted a platform to share weekly EASY Brand Marketing Tips, and hopefully help small business owners in the process.  This week’s podcast is titled “The Basics of Branding and Why Anyone Can Do It”.  (You can CLICK HERE to read the Transcript by scrolling down to “Episode 2).  


In this week’s podcast, I get into the specifics of what I like to call “the 4 Step Common Sense Branding Strategy” and I talk about what I think most small business owners should be aware of when seeking to create, build, and enhance their company’s brand:
  • Step 1: Determining & Defining Your Brand. 
  • Step 2: Researching Your Market and Positioning Your Brand to Capitalize on a Sector of it. 
  • Step 3: Launching Your Brand. 
  • Step 4: Managing, Monitoring & Tweaking Your Brand. 

I’m certain that there are very high-powered and high-priced brand marketing strategists and specialists all around who’ll argue against that title blog post/podcast, and its basic assumption that anyone can do it, but arguing that point is not what I’m here for.  I’m not a brand marketing strategist with “20 years experience at one of the largest ad firms in the nation“, or anything that would make other people’s heads start spinning with impressive titles and a litany of brand names they’ve worked for whose names we all know and love.

What I am is a person who is passionate about small businesses, and the steps that they need to take to stay in business so that one day they’ll be able to hire the big fancy expensive brand strategists when they’re ready to go to the next level.  I like to focus on the smaller, logical, and economical things that small business owners can do, based off of a few relatively simple steps that can insure long-term survival!

I like taking a more “common sense approach” to some of the things falling by the wayside within small businesses, unfortunately making them not all that “common” any more.  As an entrepreneur, I see a need in the market, and I’m seeking to fill it.

Those 4 Steps are a part of the “Common Sense Branding Strategy” I came up with, and while the concepts are “new”, how they’re applied and when is key.  I think these are 4 Steps that ANYONE could take to build their brand, and while it does involve a lot of work, it should be work that’s complimentary to what you’re trying to do within your business, so its hard work that’s well worth it.

Knowing the struggles and challenges that small business owners face, not just in being the experts that they are in their respective fields, but also having to be an “expert” in the administrative tasks in running a business, I created the EASY Brand Marketing Program to help small business owners address some of those “Common Sense Branding Steps”.  I believe in the EASY Brand Marketing Program, not just because I created, but because I know that it fills a need within the market of small businesses, and I feel that I’m the one with the brand that can help fill that need! 

Just about everyone has something of value that they can share with you, if you’re willing to listen.  So, I thank you for listening to me, and I hope you’re finding some value in my words. 

I invite you to leave comments below on this blog, visit our website sss4success.com, reach out to us via email at “podcasts @ sss4success.com”, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success).

And if, by chance, you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325. 

Thanks again for listening and have a great day!

Kindra Cotton


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The Trend Towards Trust

Even if you don’t do business on the Internet, I’m sure you’ve observed the trend of ignoring advertising.  I know personally, I consider myself impervious to ads on the web, as well as on radio and TV, unless I’m specifically looking to buy AND I am in search of a great deal like the ones offered at MaximizingTheNet.com.

Over the MANY years that I’ve been on the Internet, I can honestly say I’ve never earnestly clicked those ubiquitous ads that appear all along the top and sides of the organic search results (like the ones pictured below):


In fact, research shows that an estimated 70% of all traffic received from search engines occurs from the non-paid results, and I can personally attest to this as a Google Adwords account holder and Ethical Search Engine Marketer, where I found that paying for traffic only resulted in me giving Google money.

Of course, all paid online advertising isn’t bad, but my point is this:  In a time where cynicism and “advertising apathy” exists, “trust” becomes the currency of the champions who will survive and live to fight another day!

I wish I could take credit for the aforementioned concept (though I am staking claim to the “advertising apathy” part, just in case someone hasn’t snapped that up yet), but the idea was something that was made crystal clear to me while reading Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith.  In it, the authors talk about the importance of building trust and promoting transparency and integrity in dealing with people online.

Of course this has implications in the offline world too, and that’s why I’ve titled this post “The Trend Towards Trust“.  This kind of seems like one of those “a-ha moments” that you have when you realize something for the first time, then quickly realize you already knew it, but had forgotten!

We buy things from people we trust; We listen to people we trust; We trust that when people are genuine and sincere in interacting with us, that we can believe what they say, and trust that they’re recommendations are actually going to help us.  After having my “trust trends epiphany”, I decided to “walk the walk and talk the talk” by building trust among my audience and potential clients.  I recently started blogging and podcasting, and I’m exploring a the possibility of producing a regular SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing) Newsletter.

I’m also opening the door to two-way communication by inviting anyone reading this to leave their comments and reach out to me via any of the methods listed below:

For more information, please visit our website sss4success.com, Contact Us through our Contact page on the website, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success). 

Finally, if you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325. 


Kindra

The Small Business Branding Tips Podcast Series

Hello and Welcome to the blog post introducing our first podcast for Small Business EASY Branding Tips, brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists).

At SSS for Success, we are working to help Small Businesses Survive through EASY Sales, where the acronym EASY represents our company’s ability to help small businesses: Establish the profile of their “ideal customer“; Analyze products & services to tailor them for the “ideal customer“; Secure the most effective ways to build and maintain customer relationships; and finally Yield an enhanced brand that increases sales by attracting more customers and repeat business.

As the creator of the EASY Brand Marketing Program, I thank you for interest in this blog and hope you’ll enjoy listening to the very first podcast of the series.

I started SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists) because I saw a true need for the varied services that became part of the EASY Brand Marketing Program.  As I got out and talked to people about what I do, I found that people who worked in places that sought to help small business owners, like Small Business Development Centers and Business Incubation Centers got what I was doing, but when I talked to small business owners themselves, I would often receive the “deer in headlights” look or a blank stare that told me that I needed to spend more time actually educating small biz owners on the need for branding (especially in the early stages) and how each of the steps of the EASY Brand Marketing Program are actually cost effective in the long- and short-term.  I also wanted to show how the results of incorporating the program early on actually improves your business because it brings you the increased sales that you need to help you stay in business for a long time to come. 

I decided to create this blog and podcast series, because I wanted a platform to share weekly EASY Brand Marketing Tips, and hopefully help small business owners in the process. 

Feel free to listen to the remainder of the podcast (there’s a podcast player about the bottom of this post), where I talk about the specifics of what the EASY Brand Marketing Program is, and how it is used to help bring about EASY Sales.  I’m hoping you’ll hear the passion in my voice and can see what drives me to want to help small businesses.  

I’m also hoping you’ll tune in for future weekly podcasts that I promise will have more Small Business Branding Tips.  In fact, next week’s topic is actually about “The Basics of Branding and why anyone can do it well” (regardless of their marketing budget), so you’ll definitely want to check out next week’s podcast episode, as well as visit this blog for useful tips.

I invite you to visit our website sss4success.com or send us an email at “blog comments @ sss4success.com” (there are spaces in the address so we can try to avoid receiving web spam), or Contact Us through our Contact page on the website, or finding us on Twitter (@sss4success). 

If you would like to learn more about how EASY Sales can help your bottom line, then give us a call at 615-336-4325.

Click here to listen to the podcast:

Click here to find the Transcript of this podcast.

Thanks again for visiting our blog and listening to the podcast series!

Have a great day!

Kindra Cotton

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