3 tips for differentiating your sports brand

The sports industry is extremely saturated with a wide range of products promising to help enthusiasts improve their game. How can you make your company stand out from the crowd and become a brand leader? With a few simple changes to your marketing strategy, you too could be the next big thing in the sports market.

 

It’s all about the visuals.

The first change that any company can do to stand out from the crowd is to update their visuals. As social media has become a marketing power house, it is important to stay with the times. The combination of shorter attention spans and being a visual species makes it essential to grab a potential customers attention quickly. This can be done by switching from stock photos to real content taken in the field. Don’t run out and hire a professional photographer. Smartphone cameras have advanced to a point that you can use these images in your social media campaigns. There is bound to be a sports enthusiast at you company, with some skills in photography, that would be happy to take some photos at their next outing. So go out and play. While your at it take some photos of the action.

 

Connect with your Customers.

Another way to differentiate your brand from the saturated sports market is to connect. The easiest way to do this is to have customers submit photographs of themselves interacting with your product. By featuring these photos on your website and social media you will be building the brand connection that is key to building a successful brand. Be sure to check with you legal team before using customer images in advertisements. This strategy update will build brand authenticity and consumer loyalty.

 

Don’t forget the little guy.

Before you run out and sign an endorsement deal with a professional athlete think about who your target market is interacting with. Instead, it might be advantageous to get your product into the hands of coaches and instructors. These individuals have already built the trust of ammature players. The great thing about small scale sponsorship deals is that you can essentially piggyback on the trust that these instructors have already built.

 

These 3 changes could make a huge difference in your companies ability to excel in a saturated market.

 

Creating a Logo Customers Can Trust

Your brand is more than just a logo.

A logo represents your brand promise and the values your company believes in. The role of a logo in your brand is to build a reputation. Customers should create a connection between your logo and a good experience. Although logo design is important, it is not the logo that makes or breaks a brand.

 

It’s all about positive interactions.

It takes many positive interactions to build trust in your brand, but only one negative experience to destroy this fragile relationship. The key to building a positive relationship between a brand and a logo is consistency. Customers must come to expect the same great service every time they buy your product or use your service. This is how you can build a large base of loyal customers.

 

SImplicity Matters

To begin the logo creation process, look at the brands you love. These logos will give you inspiration and spark creativity when starting the brainstorming process. A common thread that runs throughout many great logos is simplicity. Consumers should be able to easily remember and recognize your brand. A distinct and easily recognizable logo will help you create the essential connection between an experience and your brand.

 

 

Personal Branding for Women in the Modern Age

As social media continues to grow in its influence on business, a personal brand can make all the difference. Unfortunately, the image that the media portrays of a successful woman is one of what to wear and how to look. Women are constantly getting comments on their professional social media posts about looks, rather than relevant business inquiries. I’m here to tell you that a truly successful personal brand is all about being genuine and confident about who you are.

 

Just as with a large scale corporate brand, the important thing is consistency. A personal brand needs a brand promise. This brand promise encompases your individual goals and your aim in life. People want to feel a connection to your personal brand and nothing connects better than self confidence.

 

The key to a personal brand is 100% honesty. Before starting a personal brand it is necessary to answer three questions. Who is the person you aspire to be? What do you want out of life? And are you taking the steps to reach your goals? Once you can honestly answer these questions, there is nothing stopping you from building an excellent personal brand and influencing the change you want to see in the world. Social media longs for empowering female figures who know what they want out of life and are willing to go out and get it.