The Biggest Branding Mistakes To Avoid

Branding is like an umbrella; it covers pretty much everything you do in business. And, to stay dry, especially during these challenging times, it’s important to make sure there aren’t any holes in it.

Obviously, the holes are the mistakes, but you can easily avoid them if only you’re aware of them. Let’s go through some of the biggest ones that you can’t really afford to make if you’re serious about developing your brand and growing your business.

Pricing that is not aligned with your brand identity
If your brand is supposed to “speak to” affluent business owners, for instance, your pricing needs to reflect that particular clientele. If even your most high end package is priced ridiculously low, they’ll probably get suspicious about the quality of your offerings and move on. Similarly, if your brand is geared towards a market with a history of investing exclusively in low to mid end items, you’re way off if you’re only selling very high end products and services.

Incompleteness – elements missing
Perhaps your brand has holes, too, just as your branding. So, do you “have all your ducks in a row” – are all your brand elements accounted for and aligned to form a clear, congruent and compelling brand? If there are parts missing, like the message, the values, the mission, the promise, a well-defined brand image, etc., your potential clients will see it and sense it and smell it – and most likely, hesitate to do business with you. After all, a confused mind always says no.

Marketing and selling that are not reflecting your brand identity
Your marketing and selling system needs to be in alignment with your brand, too; not only visually – i.e. displaying your brand colors, fonts, imagery, etc. in all your marketing and sales materials and using them for all your marketing and sales activities – but also in terms of your brand identity. The specific language you use, the marketing and selling methods you choose, the unique style of presenting an offer you develop – it all counts. Boring is out. Tall poppies are in.

Unclear values
Do you know what does your brand stand for? What are the values it promotes, not only in words, but in the value provided to the clients through services and/or products? For instance, if one of your top brand values is family, does your business, with its offerings, communication style, working hours, pricing, etc. support clients’ family life? If not, what can you do to fix it?

The Most Helpful Winter Travel Tips

Traveling is the most exciting activity for many of us. But it is only exciting and adventurous unless we have to move in the winter season or we are traveling to a colder destination. From worrying about uncertain weather changes, the limitation is gloominess and movements to uncertain weather conditions; traveling can be a great misery for many. But imagine all those fun activities like dog sledging, snowshoeing, snowboarding. Imagine the pleasure of relaxing in the calm evening of your desired destination with your loved one. There is certainly nothing that should keep you away from planning a trip in winters. To keep your travels worry-free, I have some fantastic tips for you.Pack SensiblyFor many of us, the winter season is all about worrying what to wear. So the next time you decide to travel in winter season wear a sweatshirt, sweater paired with a heavy coat, boots, muffler and gloves tucked in your pocket. This will save you from the hassles of carrying extra luggage with you while keeping you warm along the way. When choosing what accessories you need to take with you, remember the golden rule, they should be warm, light and waterproof. Woollen socks are the ultimate winter traveling essentials.Arrive The Earliest You CanDelays are very common in the winter season, and no matter what means of transportation you are taking, it is critical that you leave at your earliest to avoid the traffic jams.Driving TipsDriving during winter’s season can be pretty difficult, and you must make sure that you keep your safety as a priority. Before you start your journey, it will be best if you keep some emergency items in the car and pack some extra warm clothes. Get your vehicle checked properly to make sure that it is safe for a long journey. Driving in winters during snowfall can be quite challenging, so be confident that your taillights and headlights are clean.Health Comes FirstWe might not like the winter season but cold and influenza love it, and they can happily infect you. So to rid yourself from such a situation it is best that you get a flu shot from the doctor before you travel. Carrying a hand sanitizer with you is also a good way of keeping yourself germ-free.So now when you travel in the winter season, keep your chin and spirits high, as these winter travel tips can help you in planning properly.

Lesser Known Web Video Marketing Tips

In recent years, web video has become the fastest growing new trend in online marketing. Through the use of web videos companies can now cut straight to the focus of their marketing strategy without necessarily having to take some of the more traditional online routes. Also, given their low cost of production and overall effectiveness, web videos can help generate a much greater return on investment than other promotional strategies. But before you can begin to take advantage of the web video trend, there are a few things you will need to know first.

The main thing to keep in mind when producing web videos is that, just like any other marketing campaign, it’s all a competition, wherein those with the best laid strategy come out on top. With organizations of all backgrounds and sizes moving to the internet for its low cost promotional benefits, chances are that you won’t be alone in whatever niche you are trying to fill. Before your videos can come out on top in search results, you will need to produce the best possible videos, of the highest quality, that meet a clearly defined need with a clean and concise message. In order to meet these goals there are a few techniques you will need to learn to properly produce and market your web videos.

With the shortening attention span and dwindling patience of today’s audiences, users are looking to acquire information at an ever more rapid pace. While this rapid transfer of information is one of the key benefits of using web videos, yet another way to help play to these needs in your viewers is through the use of thumbnails and load timers on all of your videos. While using thumbnails will allow your viewers the chance to get a prior sense of the video’s content, using load timers will give the viewer the ability to track the loading progress of a video, hopefully working assuage impatience. Another frequently overlooked tool in your web video marketing arsenal is the ability to use your videos as a means of data collection. This can be easily achieved by using your videos to offer samples and freebies, with a prompt for the viewer to fill in their email address and other information.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your web videos receive optimal online exposure, is to take full advantage of emergent video SEO techniques. Like traditional SEO methods, this involves using carefully selected keywords to help define your videos for search engine results. These select keywords will need to be used in a number of key locations, such as in the title of your video, in the META description, and, if you are embedding the video on your company’s website, should saturate any surrounding text. Making sure to use keywords in each of these specific locations will greatly improve your search engine results, helping to ensure that the broadest possible audience has the opportunity to view your videos. On a similar note, connecting your videos in a series, to be viewed one after the other, and providing full text transcripts of your videos will also help improve your search engine results, thus drawing in more viewers. Also, take advantage of video sitemaps to help Google and other search engines to index your videos for better exposure.

Keeping in mind to combined these simple tools and techniques when producing and placing your web videos will help to ensure that your videos reach the broadest possible audience and receive the attention they deserve. With the low cost and high effectiveness of web video marketing, there is no reason you too shouldn’t be able to tap into these benefits, drawing in more viewers, boosting sales, and seeing a drastic return on your investment.