Alexandra De Cespedes
My name is Alex and I'm the CEO of Made Happy Studio. I'm a Brand Designer, Photographer, Web Designer, Social Media Content Creator & Strategist. Made Happy was created to make happy business, big and small, with one of a kind design and strategy that showcases their unique qualities and grows their fanbase. Some of my clients include HubSpot, Canva, Greystar, Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Linkedin.
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Social media has become a powerful tool for businesses to reach their target audience and promote their products or services. However, with millions of businesses competing for attention on social media, it can be challenging to stand out from the crowd.
In today’s marketplace, it’s not enough to be good at what you do, that’s why it’s essential to have a strong brand that differentiates your business and resonates with your target audience. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to discover your brand’s differentiator.
In case you don’t make it to the end of the blog, I get it you’re busy and you’ve got things to do, please take this worksheet so you can find what’s unique about your biz.
According to Marty Neumeier, in his book “Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands,” defines differentiation as the process of creating a difference in the mind of the customer between your brand and your competitors. It’s the key factor that helps a brand stand out in a crowded marketplace and achieve long-term success.
Still confused? Let me break it down for ya.
Imagine you and your friends are all trying to sell lemonade on a hot day. You all have the same lemons, sugar, and water, but you want your lemonade stand to be the most popular. To make your stand different and more attractive than your friends’ stands, you add a special ingredient like mint or strawberries to your lemonade. This is called differentiation. It helps your stand stand out from the others and attracts more customers who like the unique taste of your lemonade. Just like with lemonade stands, businesses need to differentiate themselves from their competitors to attract more customers and make more sales.
So how do we utilize differentiation effectively?
According to Marty Neumeier, designer & brand expert, differentiation requires a brand strategy focusing on creating a unique and compelling brand identity that resonates with its target audience, communicates its value proposition effectively, and consistently delivers on its brand promise.
Continue reading to see how you can find your own brand’s uniqueness.
To find what unique brand qualities attract your audience, you must understand their unique pain points, needs, and desires.
What are they struggling with, and how can your product or service help solve their problems? By addressing your audience’s pain points, you can create content that resonates with them and establishes your business as an authority in your industry.
A great example of this is the dating app, Bumble.
Their customer’s pain point is the difficulty and frustration of traditional dating apps, where women often receive unwanted and inappropriate messages from men. They aimed to solve this problem by putting women in control of the conversation, requiring them to make the first move and allowing them to filter out unwanted matches. This approach aims to create a safer and more empowering dating experience for women, which is the core value proposition of Bumble.
What is a USP?
Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what sets your business apart from your competitors. It’s the reason why customers should choose your business over others.
It’s like a secret superpower that makes you better than everyone else. Just like how Superman can fly, you might be really good at something that other people aren’t. This makes you special and helps people want to buy from you instead of someone else.
To find your USP, ask yourself what makes your business different and better than your competitors. Is it your product quality, customer service, or pricing? Once you’ve identified your USP, communicate it clearly in your social media content.
Understanding your competitive landscape and positioning is essential to effectively brand your social media. Analyze your competitors’ social media presence and identify what they’re doing well and where they’re falling short. Use this information to position your business as a unique and compelling alternative to your competitors.
One example of a brand that has effectively used this tactic is Dollar Shave Club. They analyzed the competitive landscape of the razor industry and identified that there was a gap in the market for affordable, high-quality razors delivered straight to the customer’s door. They positioned themselves as a unique and compelling alternative to traditional razor brands by offering a subscription-based service that simplified the purchasing process and saved customers money.
Now that we have identified our USP, it’s essential to consistently and clearly communicate it across all your social media channels through compelling visual and written content.
Use language and messaging that resonates with your target audience and effectively conveys your brand’s personality, values, and benefits. Don’t forget to engage with your audience by responding to comments and messages promptly, and use user-generated content to showcase how your brand differentiator has positively impacted your customers.
So there you have it, folks! A strong social media branding strategy is all about being different, understanding your audience, finding what makes you special, and knowing your competition.
But remember, branding doesn’t have to be boring! Be yourself, get creative, and don’t shy away from taking risks. Inject some of your personality and humor into your content, and watch as your engagement and following grow.
So go ahead, be bold, take risks, and most importantly, have fun with it!
Made Happy is a digital creative studio specializing in branding, photography, social media design & content creation.
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