We come across thousands of brands every day. Our daily lives have become so saturated with them that it is impossible for individual brands to get noticed. Every brand wants to stand out and be influential among consumers, but only a few have ever been able to achieve this. So what does it take to make a brand influential?
- Trust: Your audience has to be able to trust you. If your brand breaks promises or lies to consumers, no one will be willing to come back for more. Eventually, everyone will stop listening to what you have to say.
- Engagement: You must actively engage with your consumers and allow them to actively participate. Make a name for yourself by getting your audience to participate in something they wouldn’t normally do.
- Storytelling: Tell a story that catches people’s attention. Show that you have something different to say and they will be more willing to listen. Coca-Cola, for example, has always shared stories about spreading happiness along with promoting togetherness, which has made people want to listen. With so many brands spreading negativity by putting down their competition, Coca-Cola’s positive storytelling approach causes their audience to pay attention to what they have to say.
- Leading the Pack: Make the people see that you are ahead of your time and give them something to watch. You can’t do what every other brand does and expect different results. Think outside the box and look toward the future.
- Relevance: Don’t find something that works for you and continue to just do that. People will get bored and stop listening. You need to stay up to date and continue to change so people will wonder what you’ll do next.
- Presence: Consumers will never know who you are unless you create a strong presence for yourself. You can’t be heard if you aren’t seen. Be present across all different platforms so your brand becomes easily recognizable.
- Interaction: Create contests, get opinions and answer questions for your followers. Make them feel as if they are a part of your team and they will listen to what you have to say.
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