Branding Your Business

Branding BusinessHave you taken a look at the branding of your business lately?  Branding is an important area in your marketing that can easily be overlooked.  There are many areas to branding – today I’m talking about the visual:

  • E-mail Address: Is it something like sandi@sandrakaydesign.com?  You can usually get email addresses like this through your website host.
  • E-mail Signature: Do you have ALL of your contact and social media links in your signature?
  • Business Cards: Same as the e-mail signature – include your social media links.
  • Website and Social Media Profiles: Logos, colors, fonts, and photos should be the same across all of these avenues and should be echoed in your business cards and signature as well.

User experience and recognition of your brand across all of these areas is very important.  You want your users to recognize you. With all of the custom design options available on the social media sites, this is easy to accomplish with your web designer.  This is one of my favorite and most rewarding areas to work.

How’s your brand looking?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to check it out. And… have a great week!

Sandi

Search Engine Optimization and Keywords

client's shoesHave you put yourself in your customer’s or client’s shoes lately? This is an important little exercise while looking for the appropriate keywords that will connect your website and other media to your target audience.  Do you know what your keywords are? Do you change them periodically to optimize your search results?

It’s easy to forget about this important part of SEO and when you do think about it do you know what to do with those keywords? Here are some areas where your keywords should make an appearance:

  • In your Content of course
  • In your website’s Title Tag
  • In the Meta Description
  • Header Tags
  • Image and Alt Tags
  • In your Links

If you don’t know what these areas are, talk to your web designer and make sure this is included in your website.

Have a great 4th of July!

Sandi

What Do You Have On Your Website’s Home Page?

website client or customerDuring the month of February I’m attending Social Media Examiner’s Small Biz Success Summit.  It’s only the second day and I’m loving it.  We’ve already heard from some great speakers and I’m looking forward to going more in-depth on the finer points of social media marketing.  A couple of points were brought up today by Rich Brooks that I’d like to mention here.

First is the question of what is on your website’s home page.  So many websites treat their “home” page as an “about” page with information on the company, boasting how many years they’ve been in business, etc.  This is a problem because potential clients or customers generally want to know first of all:  what’s in it for them? They want to know what you are going to do for them. They want to know how you are going to make their life better.  Tell them right away on your home page or you will lose them.

The other point was that of your personal or staff photo. Do you have one on your site? It helps potential clients or customers to have a more personal connection to you and your business. Depending on your business type, this may or may not be important. In general, it’s important for the small business.

I know, we all have some horrible photos. That’s why you have a professional photographer take your photo or a staff photo. It’s worth it – they can do miracles.  🙂

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