Considering the number of brands - there are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States alone, and even more mid-to large-size businesses make that number enormous. Thus making competition hard, considering that there are 28 million businesses in the world - it’s an overwhelming number to deal with as a brand, most especially in a time when information is in surplus and digital exchanges are commonplace.
More so, it's even more complicated, when you think of all the brands competing with one other for visibility and profitability. Nowadays, brands compete to get potential customers' attention by using advertising and marketing campaigns to attract their target audience’s attention. Regardless, if you want your audience to notice your brand amongst the great mass of competition, what you need to do is stand out.
I know the question now is how do I do it? You can do it by making sure your brand has and demonstrates these important qualities:
If you want to stand out from the rest of brands; your brand needs to be original - more so your brand assets should stand out and be original; take brands like Apple, Microsoft, and Google, etc., their brand assets stand out. If you try imitating a competitor’s brand, people won’t have a real reason to choose you in contrast to another brand. If all you always do is send messages that constantly rely on sales talk; it might not resonate with many of your customers. Instead, do something that a brand hasn't done before - be different and develop a unique image and voice that's ingénue. This is easier said than done, of course, but it’s a vital step if you don’t want to blend in with the competition - in more light, stand out.
Another thing Is that your brand needs to demonstrate a high level of sincerity. If you try to respond to all of your customers on social media with the same copied and pasted corporate response, customers will see you as a bot that cares only about maximizing profits. Instead, show your human side. Capitalize on the personality of your brand and talk to customers the same way you would speak to a friend. You might not be perfect at doing this, but as you move forward, your customers will be able to build a much better relationship with your brand. Sincerity is one easy way to build customer trust and thus building a good brand.
It’s easy to blend with other brands if your message isn’t consistent. You should clearly define your brand standards; they should be clearly defined or better still have multiple people executing these standards to a great degree of effectiveness. The goal is to make your followers, customers, and readers stick around as long as possible; but to do this - they have to be familiar with your brand. You can achieve this the best way possible by also reaching your customers in the best way possible; not jeopardizing your brand standards. Ensure that all of your team members are working well enough on your advertisement campaigns - your team members should be skilled at what they do.
Let's be honest; the best and most popular brands are the ones who understand their target audiences. They do this by creating messaging that is relevant for only one target nook - if you’re targeting parents, you can talk about any common parenting problem. By doing this you demonstrate a degree of sympathy and in turn, make it easier for that target audience to connect with you effectively. Over time, this will create increased interactions with your brand, which in turn will lead to more traffic and conversions. You must research your target demographics well enough and this should be done constantly, you should also adjust your wordings and targeting when needed.
You will notice that you can do a lot of things well but for your brand to stand out, you need to focus on your strengths. Make your brand stand out from others by identifying whatever skills, product, or services that make you different. Focus on this - and use it as your unique selling point, instead of trying to be all things other brands are. Try to become a specialist; at a select few products and services. This will encourage you to provide excellent products and services well enough, deliver an outstanding brand experience and in time your brand will stand above the rest.