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In today’s fast-paced world, perception is reality. On average, you only have a mere 7 seconds to capture someone’s attention through any marketing tactic. According to the Harvard Business Review, your long-term success depends on winning the attention of others. What sets most successful businesses apart is an ability to capture others’ attention visually and through the written word. These businesses understand that if no one is paying attention to them in a meaningful way, no one will invest in their products or services. Steve Rubel, chief content strategist at Edelman (one of the world’s leading global communications firms), says it best. “Attention is the most important currency that anybody can give you,” he says. “It’s worth more than money, possessions or things.”

So, we ask, what perception are you giving your clients or customers? Are you taking your marketing seriously? Have you paid real attention to your message and look? Does your marketing make an impact?

Lucky for you, Minute Print is here to help. Through our “Be Bold” campaign, our talented staff is committed to bringing your company’s brand to life through exceptional customer service, impeccable design, and the highest quality printing services.

Wondering what this means exactly? It means we’re here to get the job done no matter what it takes. We’re asking you to trust our bold approach to your marketing. Whether it be a flyer or brochure, or a simple business card, we believe every element of your company’s identity is critical in the eyes of your audience. Our experienced design and print team will work directly with you to make sure every aspect of a project is handled with a strategy that aligns with your business goals.

The amazing part is that our talents and abilities are matched with unparalleled efficiency. We have the manpower and ability to be detail-oriented while still delivering a flawless product. Armed with a vision for our customers, along with the most advanced technology in the printing industry, our team thrives on a pure boldness for innovation that prevails in everything we do.  

Are you ready to get bold with your marketing? Explore the possibilities with Minute Print and let our team bring your brand to a whole new level.   

 

6 Essentials to Include in a Brand Guide

6 Essentials to Include in a Brand Guide

For small businesses, entrepreneurs and marketing individuals, one of the most important parts of marketing is knowing who you are. If you don’t fully understand who the business is and what its values are, then marketing that business to others becomes a much more challenging task. So, how does a business know what it is? Through its brand.

Your brand is the business’s name, design, values and overall feel of the company. It’s everything that makes your business what it is. These principles and guidelines are shared throughout the company with a brand guide, which provides a necessary tool designed to give your brand consistency and flexibility. When you know how to best represent your brand, you have the flexibility to share that brand with others, while representing the company in a professional light. Today we dive deeper into brand strategy by defining the six essentials you need to include in a business brand guide.

 

1. Mission

From the very beginning, a mission statement sets a clear motive for the company. Why does your business exist? A mission statement establishes an overarching reason for the brand’s existence, which can then be further defined throughout the rest of the brand guide. When you have a mission, you can constantly check the rest of your brand elements next to it, ensuring you are consistently on track for your purpose.

 

2. Vision

A vision statement is similar to the mission, but with one clear distinction. While a mission statement explains why the brand exists, a vision statement explains where the brand should go. Your mission statement should stay pretty consistent; however, your vision statement can change and adapt depending on where the brand is at. Include a vision statement in your brand guide so all team members are on the same page with where the company is going.

 

3. Target Audience

Who is the business’s ideal customer? Who is your target audience? Incorporate your target audience in the brand guide by describing who your customers are and how your products or services influence their lives. Be sure to also include any market research you have on your target audience in order to offer deeper insight to help team members better communicate the brand with potential customers.

 

4. Personality

Possibly one of the greatest components of a company’s brand is its personality. Make a list of three to five adjectives which describe your brand. Is the company smooth and professional? Perhaps fun and witty? Try an “Is/Is Not” activity to really nail down distinct personality features for your brand. As you define the business’s personality, you set the tone for everything from design, to voice, to formatting. 

 

5. Design

Once personality is defined, dive into the nitty gritty of what people see about the brand—design. This includes everything from the logo, to colors to formatting. Consider your target audience as you determine brand design. What colors and fonts would appeal to them? What style of photography best catches their eye? While decisions like these may seem simple, they are extremely important when it comes to clearly distinguishing your brand in the public.

 

6. Voice

Following design is another necessary brand guide component—voice. If your brand were a person, how would he or she talk? Set the tone and style of voice you want, along with any verbiage to use with the brand. For instance, some businesses use the phrase “team members” instead of “employees” because they prefer a team atmosphere. The voice, tone and words you use are all particularly influential pieces in defining your brand guide.

A clearly-defined business brand is a critical component of any marketing strategy. When a business knows who it is, it can better communicate that with potential customers. Use these six essentials when building your brand guide in order to determine your unique brand and share it with others on a whole new level.

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