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How your prospects react to your brand can make or break your business - here's how to stay top of mind in the most positive way!
Your customers' gut reaction to your brand is powerful. It can make or break a sale, create years of loyalty, or be the reason they recommend your brand to anyone who will listen.And with customers reported to spend 20-40% more on brands they’ve interacted with on social media, your social channels are now the control room of your brand equity.It’s a tricky game.You want to make sure you’re posting quality content. And you want to make sure that quality content is not only found by the right audience…You want them to feel it too.But it’s absolutely achievable. By understanding the mechanics behind brand equity - those elements that turn one-time buyers into your biggest superfans - you can harness the full power of your brand equity control room to create content that will make customers love you, every single time.Here’s what you need to know:
In case you missed our complete guide to visual marketing, brand equity is all about how consumers perceive your brand. This ‘gut reaction’ is influenced by the experiences consumers have with your brand, and is what can set you apart from your competitors.If you’re wondering what factors influence brand equity, you’ll want to hear about what Kevin Lane Keller (Marketing Professor at Dartmouth College) has to say. In his book, Strategic Brand Management, Keller reveals that building brand equity is all about shaping how others feel about your offering.Keller breaks down brand equity into four key categories:
So, how do consumer’s interactions with your brand impact how they feel about your brand?Think of every interaction your brand has with a customer like a scorecard. Each time you surprise and delight your audience, your brand’s score increases. However, if your interactions are clumsy, confusing or disappointing, your brand’s score drops.Let’s walk you through the impact of user experience on how connected audiences feel to your brand:
The more positive interactions your customers have with your brand, the more likely they are to feel connected and loyal to you. On the flip side, after a string of bad interactions, your customers are likely to have feelings of disappointment and even resentment towards your brand.
So, what are the benefits of generating positive brand equity? There are stacks of tangible reasons why businesses (like yours) should prioritise brand equity, as it enables you to:
Ultimately, brand equity can have a meaningful impact on your bottom line. With a stronger connection to your business and a sense of loyalty to your brand, customers are more likely to spend with you and even encourage their networks of friends and family to do the same.
Social media has a huge impact on your brand equity - but don’t take our word for it.
So here's another way to think about it - when weighing up between your brand and another brand, social media has over a 50% sway in your customer’s purchasing decision.And a great way to see how customers are resonating with your brand is to tune into the sentiment of their conversations on social media. This is known as social listening, which involves monitoring your social channels for mentions of your business, products or services.By tracking, analysing and responding to conversations (whether that’s mentions, tagged posts or comments) about your brand, you’ll be able to better understand the needs of your customers.Plus, you’ll be able to gauge the overall feelings users hold towards your brand and use your social media marketing efforts to shape a more positive sentiment towards your brand.
Now you’re probably asking yourself: how can I build brand equity through social media marketing? Keep reading to discover 10 of our favourite ways to boost brand equity through strategic social media content.
Did you know using a signature colour can increase your brand’s recognition by 80%? And with users only taking 0.05 seconds to form an opinion about your brand online, crafting a striking and consistent visual identity is what will set your social media content apart from your competitors.One of the best ways to craft a compelling visual identity is to design brand guidelines. This document outlines exactly how your brand should be represented throughout your marketing materials, including on-brand fonts, colours, logo placement and even suggested imagery.To ensure your brand identity is consistent across your social media channels, the best place to start is with an audit of your existing platforms. Check whether your branding is applied correctly across each platform and whether your content accurately reflects your brand’s desired identity.In practical terms, this means ensuring:
With consistent branding in place, audiences will have a better chance of recognising and remembering your brand on social media and will be more likely to engage with your content when it jumps into their feed, too.
In a similar vein, the next step to creating a captivating visual identity is to ensure it’s applied consistently across your social media channels.It takes (on average) up to seven impressions for a user to remember your brand. And if your branding is inconsistent, it’ll be even more difficult to gain traction and brand salience with your target audience.However, there is a practical solution: craft graphic templates to use across all your brand’s social media platforms. These branded templates take the guesswork out of content creation for social media, with scaffolds ready to go using your brand colour, fonts and graphic elements.This tip helps to streamline and speed up the content creation process, while also safeguarding the quality and visual consistency of your social media posts. With a bank of graphic templates (each aligned to your content pillars), your social posts will remain cohesive and compelling, no matter who is designing each graphic.Plus, to really stand out from the crowd, it’s worth investing in a professional brand photoshoot to capture bespoke imagery for your business. Instead of relying on stock images, creating a library of your own photography will give your social media content the edge and ensure audiences recognise and remember your brand online.
Social media offers the unique opportunity to give your audience exclusive access to the behind-the-scenes of your business. While sharing photos of your team at work or revealing a ‘day in your life’ might sound simple enough, these pieces of content can have a significant impact on your brand equity.Offering a raw, candid glimpse into your business helps to humanise your brand. The more connected audiences feel to your business, the more likely they are to trust your brand and ultimately choose to shop with you.Luckily, there are stacks of practical ways to capture and share behind-the-scenes content on social media, including:
The key to crafting compelling behind-the-scenes content is to show the people in your business and using their personal stories to spark an emotive response and connection with your target audience.
One of the best strategies to boost your brand equity on social media is to start two-way conversations with your audience. By proactively reaching out to your new and existing audiences on social media, you’ll be able to build a personal connection with your audience and create positive brand experiences for these users.While it’s important to offer a timely response to any messages, comments or DMs you receive from your audience, it’s also important to seek out new connections as a brand on social media.In practical terms, proactively engaging with your audience on social media means:
By going out of your way to connect with new audiences, you’re creating a positive brand association with these potential customers. Plus, this boosts the chance of these users following and ultimately spending with your brand in the future, too.
What common questions do you get asked by your customers? Whether you’ve already got a FAQ page on your website or simply find yourself answering the same customer questions, you’ve got stacks of powerful inspiration for your next social media posts.When it comes to building brand equity, it’s all about ensuring your content is relevant and tailored to the needs of your audience. By showing that you understand the needs, challenges and pain points of your audience, your content will have a better chance of resonating with your target audience.To turn these FAQs into engaging pieces of social media content, consider:
The trick to maximising the value of your brand’s FAQs is to transform these questions into social posts that are interesting and engaging. Get creative and consider unique ways to leverage each social media platform’s features to address your audience’s pain points and deliver your brand’s products, services and expertise as the solution.
Boosting brand equity is all about positioning your business as a leader in your field. Luckily, your social media content can help you build this expert status with strategic content that shares new, valuable information with your target audience.Give users a positive experience with your brand by prioritising free, high-value content on social media. Not only does educational content build trust with audiences but it also acts as a sample of your brand’s offering.No matter what industry your business is in, there are a range of engaging ways you can transform your industry knowledge and expertise into social content.These sources of educational content could include:
By prioritising value-first content, your audience will see you and your business as a leader in your field. As a trusted expert, your audience will also be more likely to recognise and remember your brand when they’re ready to make a purchase, too.
A key element of building brand equity is to be transparent about your organisation’s values. By articulating what you stand for as a brand, audiences are more likely to resonate with your brand and preference you against your competitors.On social media, showcasing your brand values is all about designing content that articulates what you stand for, including:
Authenticity is a key factor that influences 90% consumer’s purchasing habits. And if your brand is looking to build trust and rapport with potential customers, you need to be prioritizing user-generated content (UGC).In fact, 79% of social media users say UGC has a big impact on their purchasing decision. Why? Because UGC allows your customers to share their positive experience with your brand in their own words.This style of content is seen as a more reliable indicator of your brand’s value. Just like referrals, recommendations and online reviews, UGC lets your past customers advocate for your brand with their own friends and family online.To gain the most value from this style of content, it’s important to strategically encourage and share these posts. Start by creating a branded hashtag and encourage your customers to use this and post their experience online for a chance to be featured on your social media channels.Next, it’s time to find ways to repurpose this content and share with your existing followers. Some ways to do this include:
Creating positive brand experiences is what will boost your brand equity. And on social media, there are stacks of helpful platform features you can leverage to remove friction in the path-to-purchase.While you already know how important it is to design a user-friendly website, have you considered how easy it is for users to convert on your social media channels?If not, here are some practical tools to consider using to improve the user experience on your social media platforms:
These simple optimisation techniques will ensure users have a positive interaction with your brand on social media, and decrease the chance of them abandoning a purchase from your online store.
Social media offers stacks of important opportunities to gather real-time feedback from your target audience. But are you leveraging these tools to your brand’s full advantage?If you’re looking to improve your brand’s user experience, it’s important to understand how your followers really feel about your brand’s content. Luckily, each social media platform has a range of interactive tools to gain instant feedback from your followers.Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
So, there you have it. If you’re looking to boost brand equity, you need to ensure your social media presence is consistent, tailored to your audience and allows opportunities for two-way conversations. By treating your social media channels as an extension of your customer service experience, you’ll be able to proactively reach new audiences, respond to enquiries in a timely way and ensure users have a positive experience with your brand from day one.
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