A2Z of Online Branding: Begin with Ambition, Aim & Audience (1/26)

You have a great business idea and you have invested a lot of time, effort and money in the product/service on offer. The teams are set up, your plans are ready…the trumpets are blowing and you are READY to LAUNCH!!

Poof! The dream breaks!

Reality dawns…

You never accounted for a Marketing Budget.  And maybe, if you did, it is just 10 percent of the total investment into the business.

This is a classic problem faced by business owners and brand heads.

Brands say:

We have a kickass product.
We know that it is the best.
We want to go viral on Social Media, we don’t understand the medium.
We have heard its cheap and the best way to create awareness and drive business.
But, WE DON’T HAVE BUDGETS. Can you make our concept go viral?”

Well, Ahem…if you fall in the above category, then this series is for you.

Don’t make the same mistake that Brand Managers & Entrepreneurs across the world make. The common tendency is to first jump to the online platforms just because they are easily available. In days of yore, when offline advertising and marketing was planned, there was a complete science that goes into the planning, budgeting, launch and monitoring. Even today, offline advertising is planned carefully and the return on investment monitored. Online Branding & Advertising also needs careful planning, budget allocation & strategy.

Marketing Planning & Strategy basics remain the same for Online Branding as well.

What has changed is the platform, first brand managers planned for newspapers, radio, hoardings and other platforms. Now they need to plan for the online platforms.

Before you embark on the journey of Online Branding. Let’s have the basics in place. It is critical that you indulge in this exercise. This will form the cornerstone of your Online Branding activity:

Basics of Online Branding
Get your basics right first. Start from understanding your business objective, funnel your dreams & identifying audiences.

 

Business Vision Online Branding
What is your Business Vision?

GAUGE YOUR AMBITION:What is my ambition for my business? What problem is my product/service going to solve in the world out there? 10 years from now, what will my business be famous for? In other words, what is your VISION for your business?

Aim of Online Branding
Ask yourself why you need Online Branding. Set down milestones to highlight achievements.

ESTABLISH YOUR AIM: What is the aim of the online branding activity? What do you want to achieve by this? Is it visibility, branding, sales? In other words, what BUSINESS MILESTONE do you wish to achieve through online branding.

Defining Audience for Online Branding
Online branding allows you to zero down on the exact audiences you wish to target. If used wisely, this will maximize your investment on the marketing spends.

DECIDE YOUR AUDIENCE: What is the need your product or service is going to fulfill? Is there a group of people in the outside world – total strangers who need this product or service? Do these people live in the metros or tier-II cities or in the villages. Most importantly, do they engage & purchase? If they do, WHICH PLATFORM do they use?

Take help – Involve few intelligent people who can help you brainstorm on the above three factors. It is critical that you get correct answers so that you can plan your online activity properly. Make notes. Once in couple of months, re-look at the notes to examine whether you are on the right path.

Download this printable checklist to help you with this process. 

Infographic on Audience Aim and Ambition for Online Branding
Download & Print this Infographic. NOW!

I am sure the curiosity is rising and you want to straight-away jump into the tools, tips and tricks of Online Branding. This series will take you through that as well.

First get the basics right. It will help you plan better.

Understand basics of online branding first.
Pause, breathe. Take one step at a time. Online Branding is a journey not a destination.

The next post in the series will be on Identifying the Business Logic for your Brand and Mapping it to Online Branding. #StayTuned !!

How will this series work?

I will be writing 26 blogs that will serve as 26 steps for a business owner to follow to ensure business growth using the online medium. In other words, follow this series and understand how to crack the Online Branding Code!

Do leave your comments and let me know what you think of the series. Also, let me know if you have any specific problems in online branding that you want me to address. I will be happy to solve them in due course.

Penned by:
Mayura Amarkant

Disclaimer: This series is an original piece of writing. All copyrights remain with the author, any content re-purpose, copying or lifting is not allowed. The author is a National Award Winning Woman Business Leader in Digital Marketing and PR, she has written this series based out of her own personal experiences while handling large brands. Incase you need to discuss business, please email: mayura.amarkant@sarvashreshtha.com.

Blog posts in this series:

  1. Theme Reveal: A2Z of Online Branding – A definitive guide to business growth by cracking the code

 

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20 thoughts on “A2Z of Online Branding: Begin with Ambition, Aim & Audience (1/26)

  1. 1. I liked how you cut it down to simple points and used images.
    2. I’m a blogger/influencer and I am curious to know how our involvement helps a brand.
    3. Looking forward to your posts. I’m hooked! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing such vital details and trade talks which will help each and every participant of trade. Branding is what we all strive for, and nothing better than learning from an expert herself.

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  3. Such an inspiring read and very well written too. agreed with all points you had told, it is a step by step process, and you have to pre-plan everything to get desirable results. thanks for sharing this wonderful info with us. #BlogchatterA2Z

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  4. This is truly enlightening. The excitement of being pregnant with a business idea, makes any enterprenuer jump to the online platform in search pf a short cut to success. The basics remain unkown to them as well. The vision, the problem solving capacity of the idea and everything else you mentioned. Thanks for highlighting these amazing points Mayura. Giving it all a thought. You have got an ardent follower right here. .

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  5. It is not advisable to create media without thought. In general, you create media with a clear goal in view, and for a specific audience. A clear goal helps you to work out a good story. Try to describe clearly what you wish to achieve with your product. Why is it so important to consider the audience? Because the way you tell a story differs from one target group to another. For example, you would tell a story about the hipster culture in different ways for children, young adults and seniors.

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