7 Ways To Build An Online Business Identity

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Build A Unique Brand

The key to any successful online business lies in the mind of the customer, for it is they who dictates whether or not you succeed!  With more and more companies competing for customers online, you need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. This is why it is so important to catch their attention, and one of the best ways to do this is to build a strong online business identity.  You need to possess something which will distinguish you from the competition and attract customers.

Let take a look at these 7 ways for you to build a powerful online business identity.

Develop A Strong Brand Identity

Develop A Brand That People Recognize

Apple Logo – One Of The Most Iconic Brands Of The Age

Your brand is what distinguishes you from the rest of the crowd. It helps to symbolize your business and provides you with a unique identity. People should be able to recognize your brand and identify what products you are selling.

Now branding is not all about aesthetics. Yes, part of it is to do with; logo design, web design, packaging, etc. But your brand also covers the way in which you do business. This may include; customer service, product quality, customer information, etc. After all, you can have the best logo in the world, but if people associate it with poor service, then your business is doomed to fail.

If you can develop a strong brand for your business, then you will make it easier for people to recognize you and remember you from your competition. If you can do this successfully, then your customers/readers will be more likely to come back because they remember you.

Online Presence

To become popular these days, you need to make it easy for people to find you. That’s why it is so important to have a strong online presence, which will boost the chances of people finding your services or products.

This includes having your own website, blog, social media profiles, etc. Now, I won’t go into too much detail here because our whole website is focused on setting up your own website and getting it seen by as many people as possible.

Social Networking

Having accounts or pages in the various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. will help you reach out to more people and companies online. Advertising in these sites will draw more attention to you from your target audience. Being on such social networking sites enhances your online business identity. The more the people come to know of your products or services, the more chance you have in boosting your business revenue.

Online Reviews

Your company or business credibility will spread by word of mouth, or in case of the internet, via customer reviews! This can be in the form of properly written reviews on other websites, or people leaving comments on your own site. Whichever way, people will be giving their feedback, so you need to make sure that they have no reason to leave any negative comments.

To do this you need to be as helpful as you can to your customers/readers. Make it easy for them to get in contact with you, in the form of a ‘Contact’ page, should they need any help or assistance. If you can genuinely help these people, then you will not only prevent them from leaving negative comments, but they will value the help in which you gave them.

If you can secure strong and positive reviews, then your business will be more reputable and it will grow. Good reviews will only add more customers to your business. People want to be sure of their investments and hence a good rating on your products or services will erase any doubt in the customer’s mind.

Building A Good Reputation

People will only trust you if you have a good reputation. Now, this takes time and you can’t expect to build a positive reputation overnight. Be patient and work on developing your customer services and building a reputable brand identity. Over time, people will begin to trust you and recognize that your business has a good reputation.

Don’t get complacent though! Reputations can be quickly tarnished if you take your eye off the ball. Always work to improve your business for your customers.

By enhancing your online business identity, you can gain more customers. This will benefit both your online investments as well as offline trades.

Consistency

I suppose this is closely linked to the previous point in building a good reputation.  If you can be consistent in delivering quality products or services to your customers, then people will carry on investing in your business. It helps to establish yourself as a brand that can be trusted and serves it’s customers well.

Being inconsistent only serves to put people off. Would you keep going to a restaurant or a shop if the service kept switching between being very good and very bad every time you went.

That’s why it’s so important to try and provide the best products/services to your customer’s every time.

Expansion and Growth

Developing a strong online business identity helps you to grow your business over time. It’s much easier to grow once you have that business identity that your customers can recognize, instead of trying to grow without an identity when nobody knows who you are.

This will help to boost the number of customers you get and consequently lead to more sales when you do choose to expand your business.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any other points to add that aren’t mentioned here, then please leave your comments below.

About Alyssa Clarke

Alyssa Clarke is a writer who also happens to be a tech lover. She is always on a look out for latest gadgets, apps and video games. She loves writing, travelling and reading books. You can learn more by following her on Twitter.

  • BABATUNDE RAJI

    Brief and mind blowing. Highly recommended for new starters.

    • Glad you liked the post Babatunde! I hope that you will find it useful in the future

  • Jackie B

    These are seven great tips. They are helpful for all those in similar business. Thanks for sharing!