What makes a brand successful?  Years ago, a brand may have found success using traditional marketing and advertising tactics. But with the ever-advancing technology of today, there’s a bit more to it. Businesses need to create a strong brand identity in order to stay relevant and be successful in the long-run.

If you are at all familiar with branding, you’ll understand that there’s more to it than just having a memorable name and logo. While those are undeniably important components to the brand identity, successful branding involves a variety of evolving practices and strategies that allows it to grow and stand out against the competition. 

Here is our advice on how to create a successful brand in 2021: 

Prioritize Your Digital Presence 

It should come as no surprise that having a digital presence is critical for business. Despite this awareness, too many brands still lack a true strategy in this area. Putting in the bare minimum for your digital strategy won’t get you very far today. 

Consumers are acutely familiar with digital platforms and media. It’s safe to say many are even experts at navigating the digital space. So it’s now almost a requirement that your brand is up to speed on the latest digital trends and practices. Consumers have come to expect a certain level of digital competency and presentation, so don’t let them down. 

Your digital presence should consider the role of your website — including its user interface and user experience design, accessibility requirements, mobile responsiveness, and the overall content strategy and functionality. Then, you’ll need to focus on other aspects of your digital strategy including social media and other digital marketing tactics. 

Make a Personal Connection With the Brand Identity

When all is said and done, your brand is nothing without your consumers. You can have a fantastic product or service, but if your brand doesn’t resonate with consumers you’re not going to get very far. 

Creating that sense of connection with your target audience comes from having a cohesive brand identity and story that makes a real impact. If consumers believe in your story, they’re more likely to become loyal to your brand. 

Building that personal connection comes back to your WHY. Why do you exist as a brand? What is your purpose for doing business? This has to go deeper than any financial goals. You have to think about the value your brand brings to your target audience. 

Be Adaptable

Things in our world are constantly changing. Whether it be technology, trends, consumer preferences, or unexpected events, everything is continually evolving. Your business should be the same. Although certain changes may be predictable enough to prepare for to some degree, it’s impossible to predict every challenge that your brand might face throughout the course of its existence. 

Therefore, it is incredibly important to have strategy that allows your brand to be flexible to any challenge it may encounter. In that way, you’ll be able to adapt quickly and adjust to the changes. 

If not, you’ll be left scrambling to keep up with the competition that’ve had a better strategy in place. 

There’s not really a secret formula that guarantees successful as a brand. But the fact is that having a strong brand identity backed by a comprehensive strategy will help set you on the right foot.