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How branding is becoming important in search engine optimisation (SEO) and search engine marketing

The importance of brand

A company’s brand resides in the hearts & minds of its targeted prospects, consumers and clients. A brand is the sum total of all their experiences & perceptions. Most of these attributes a marketer can effectively manage through a well researched integrated marketing approach by leveraging the synergies of different online and offline branding activities and initiatives.

The importance of brand

A company’s brand resides in the hearts & minds of its targeted prospects, consumers and clients. A brand is the sum total of all their experiences & perceptions. Most of these attributes a marketer can effectively manage through a well researched integrated marketing approach by leveraging the synergies of different online and offline branding activities and initiatives.

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A vibrant and strong brand is critical to any product/service offerings’ success as it defines how much the consumers are willing to pay for it and why they prefer it over competing offers. A successful brand signifies both revenues (current and future) and the success (choice of consumers) of a company and its consumer facing strategies.

As the battle for customers intensifies, brand marketers and Internet innovators are increasingly joining hands to deliver a holistic brand experience. Today the brand charter for most companies includes:
– Deliver the value proposition message clearly
– Build and sustain relevance and credibility
– Consistently connect with target audience emotionally and logically
– Motivate buyers to buy more and refer more
– Foster and sustain customer loyalty as a competitive edge

To succeed in brand building and its management marketers must stay tuned to the evolving needs & wants of their target audience. You also need to ensure that your product/service attributes completely map to these needs and then communicate the brand’s capabilities to prospects and consumers in way that they prefer receiving brand communication – at all points of public contact.

Branding impact on search marketing

Effective branding builds and sustains brand loyalty. For any brand, while marketing tactics could be intangible, true brand loyalty comes from measurable and tangible benefits.

In the long run to sustain this brand salience you need to consistently stay ahead of competition, in bringing value to your target audience in ways that consistently delight them. This brand-marketing journey is beneficial to both the consumer as well as to the company as it links both of them in a win-win symbiotic relationship.

While the company is forced to continuously innovate to provide more value for less, the consumer benefits from new ways of improving their life condition thanks to the well researched product or service offerings’ value propositions. All these brand focused innovations build a ‘consumer-pull’ that benefits search marketing considerably.

Search engines love credible sources of information and what builds credibility the most? It is consistent brand loyalty! As brand leaders generate more searches, search engines provide these websites higher ranking as these brand leaders are continuously striving to stay more relevant to consumers’ needs.

Other related websites also love to link up with these brand leaders as they want to capitalise on the various co-branding benefits. All this creates additional (valuable traffic) for websites of brand leaders. Successful search marketing is all about staying relevant to evolving needs of your target audience and effective brand leadership is also about staying relevant. No wonder the two are synonymous with each other.

As more and more consumers become brand ‘success-masters’, using customised search marketing and brand building approaches to delight your consumers is increasingly becoming linked in more ways e.g. blogging to boost search results as well answering brand related queries in real-time or adding relevant RSS feeds to inform info-hungry customers about new value based features – boosting brand image (customer friendly quotient) and search results.

Practical examples of how your company can ensure your brand is visible on the Internet is to analyse your web analytics data and analyse how your website is communicating with users who are typing variations of your brand into search engines. You should also use keyword search tools to evaluate all the brand related keywords that users are typing in to find your business, plus set up monitoring to ensure you have controls in place for how resellers, affiliates or even competitors are leveraging your brand.