Build a Strong Brand: Our Top 8 Branding Tips | TheOnlineCo

So, you’ve got a great product (or at the least a great idea for one), you know what you want the future of your business to look like and you’re ready to take that big first step of getting your product out there…


Before you start putting time, effort and money into marketing, you need to make sure you’ve thought about your branding. Unfortunately, most people just start marketing and figure out the branding part along the way. This can often be a costly mistake because branding shapes the face of your company and makes it relatable to your customers, so getting it wrong could spell disaster.

Here are our top 8 essential branding tips, to help you build a strong brand:

Branding Tip #1: Be aware of your competition

No brand exists in a vacuum, and while you can’t get too caught up in what your competition is doing, you should be aware of what they’re about. Knowing how others are positioned in your industry and even learning what has/hasn’t worked for them could save you some trial-and-error learning. It will also enable you to more clearly identify your niche but be careful not to let other brands have too much influence in what you are doing, or your brand will lack authenticity. When working on your branding, find the balance between paying attention and staying true to your product and business.

Branding Tip #2: Think big

Good brands are the ones who stand the test of time, and while not all businesses are called to global domination, having no foresight can make things difficult if you do grow. For example, if the local chicken shop named their business ‘Cherrybrook Chooks’ (Cherrybrook is a suburb in North-West Sydney), and after a few years of doing well decided to expand, it would make it hard for them to set up in a new location and keep the brand recognition that their current customers are loyal to. It would also make it hard if they decided to expand their operations into something like a fish and chip shop. While some brands have overcome this limitation, it is preferable to build branding from the start that can grow and adapt with your business over time.

Branding Tip #3: Keep it simple

Over-complication can be your own worst enemy as it makes it hard for your customers to know what you’re about or form any kind of attachment to your brand. Few people are going to save up for a family vacation to “a kingdom with rides, characters, and toys,” but with more than 50 million annual visitors, Walt Disney World has truly established itself as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Make sure your branding images, logo, tagline and copy all reflect what your product and business is about.

Branding Tip #4: Deliver on your promises

Your branding needs to be an accurate representation of your product and what it does. Trying to promote your brand and products as something that they aren’t will only damage your credibility, leaving prospective customers confused about what your business does. For example, telling mothers of newborns that you will “solve their infants’ sleeping problems” when in fact you sell baby blankets is probably going to win you more enemies than friends.

Branding Tip #5: Take the time to do your research

The most important thing you could do for your branding is to make sure you have a strong understanding of your audience. The more you understand who they are and what motivates them and hinders them, the better positioned you will be to reach them and find what resonates with them.

Branding Tip #6: Stay the course

You need to know that building a strong brand that is easily recognisable will take time and consistency. Topping the list of the world’s most recognisable brands are Nike, Coca-Cola, and Ford. All have brands that have remained largely unchanged through the decades. The entire purpose of branding is to provide a consistent face for your company to the public. If you change direction too frequently, the customers you have taken the time and effort to cultivate might get lost and you will be essentially flushing your efforts down the drain. Taking the time to create a solid brand should ensure that only small tweaks are needed to keep your brand fresh and relevant over time.

Branding Tip #7: Be consistent

Brand consistency is vitally important for instilling confidence and maintaining expectations for your target audience. Inconsistent branding not only looks unprofessional and scattered, but it can also lead to brand confusion—which makes your brand less identifiable and understandable to your customers.

Branding Tip #8: Keep building

Building your brand isn’t going to be a process with a clear start and finish point. You will need to be purposeful in keeping your brand alive, even when you enter the ‘maintenance mode’. Also, be open to new opportunities, technology and markets so you can easily position yourself to take hold of new opportunities in your branding journey.


Once you’ve built your branding, you can move into the marketing phase with confidence.

Have a listen to a very special episode of our podcast, Getting to the Heart of Business. We chatted with business owners who saw huge changes in their business, once they solidified their branding!

Hopefully, our top branding tips have been helpful but as always if you need help with anything, we are ready and able to help.


Kelista is one of our Content Writers at TheOnlineCo. She has the incredible capability to find the perfect 'voice' for our clients and writes blogs that reflect their unique style while covering all the content needed. She also works within our Social Media and SEO Teams.

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