Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Social Branding


The term social branding simply means, promoting your brand on the social media channels. It takes into account your main customers and promotes your brand in a way that it establishes stronger relationships between your company as the brand and the people as its followers. It makes use of ads to educate the people about the purpose of the brand and persuades them to take actions based upon the main motive. Bigger companies take this into a serious note while reaching out to people and spend a lot of money in order to make their campaign a successful one.

Social branding is not a one day task. It requires several months of effort before the brand actually establishes credibility among the minds of the people. It’s all about your brand’s relationship with the people regarding how well they understand your brand and how well you understand them. Companies are not afraid to take steps which satisfy the need of the people and cares for their feelings and emotions. Real conversations are a part of this campaign as it helps to bring out the real brand in front of the eyeballs of the people and they can have a closer look at the company policy, mutual understanding, and behavior, positive and negative aspects everything.

Online reputation management and social media optimization are both parts of a social branding campaign. It helps the brands to know about the tastes and likes of their valuable customers and helps to present them in a better way. The brand can reinvent itself as per the wishes of its audience and find more ways to establish friendly relationships with their customers. 

Objectives of Social Branding
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Social Branding (Image source:- interactyx)

Branding as per the company’s needs

Every company follows a different approach to social branding. It completely depends upon the needs of the company. If the company promotes products or services that are related to the healthcare industry then it must promote itself on the grounds of trust. The moment the brand name is heard, people should be able to relate the brand with trustworthy services that cares for the health of the people. Extra precaution must be taken and quality services must be provided in order to gain people’s trust. It cannot be purchased, it needs to be build. 

On the other hand, if the company promotes sports products then it must relate itself to the world of sports. People must think of the company at the first glance of any sports. It requires the brands to share stuff on the social media channels that caters to the need of every sports enthusiast. It is a hectic and huge task and requires constant monitoring and engagement.

Branding with Patience

Patience is an important part of social branding. You need to continue with your efforts constantly until you start seeing positive results. It may take months or even years but you have to remain patient. Building trust in the minds and hearts of the people takes the most time, but once its build, you can enjoy the new reputation of your brand and continue to spread the goodness.

Cooperate, Engage and Share Feedback

Cooperation is the key here. Your brand must cooperate with the consumers in creating a major brand which people would love to follow. Effective engagement and sharing proper feedback are necessary to keep the flame moving in the right direction. Feedback play an important role as it helps the companies in taking appropriate steps in future. Proper forecasting and careful selection of branding channels for engagement and feedback sharing all play a vital role.  

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