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How to Pick Your Brand Strategy Specialty & Attract Dream Clients

Brand strategy. It's more than just a buzzword for those of us in the field, right? It's the roadmap that propels brands towards success. This beginners guide provides an overview into the world of brand strategy to help you align with the right clients and maximize opportunities.

At its core, brand strategy is a plan that outlines how you will develop and grow your brand over time to meet specific business objectives. It integrates your brand's mission, values, and objectives with every aspect of the business, from marketing and communications to product development and customer service. A robust brand strategy ensures that all elements of your business sing in harmony, creating a distinct and valuable brand for your target audience.

Ashley Sharie Personal brand Strategist

Why Brand Strategy is Important

Brand strategy isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. It becomes vital during specific situations, like:

>> Launching a new brand: Ever feel like a brand launch went a course? Solid brand strategy helps you avoid that by setting a clear direction from the beginning.

>> Entering a new market: New markets can present new challenges. Brand strategy equips you to adapt your approach to resonate with a new audience.

>> Rebranding an existing brand: Sometimes brands need a refresh. Brand strategy becomes your roadmap for guiding the brand towards a reimagined future.

It's not just about aesthetics or external communications; it's about making strategic decisions that impact the long-term sustainability and success of the brand. Effective brand strategy leads to a cohesive identity that resonates with consumers, sets you apart from competitors, and fosters customer loyalty.

The Essential Components of Brand Strategy

The foundation of successful brand strategy lies in understanding these key skills:

Brand Essence: 

The heart and soul of your brand - what it stands for. This includes the brand's personality, values, and the emotional connection it strives to create with customers. Here, you become a brand whisperer, uncovering the essence and translating it into a clear identity.

Brand Positioning: 

How will your brand stand out in a crowded marketplace? Think of this as your brand's unique superpower. Brand strategy equips you to identify this power and communicate it effectively.

Target Audience: 

Who are you trying to reach? Understanding your target audience inside and out is crucial for crafting messaging that truly connects. Brand strategy makes you a master of audience analysis.

Brand Messaging: 

This is your brand's voice, the way it talks to the world. Brand strategy helps you develop a consistent and compelling message that resonates with your audience.

Market Analysis:

The market is constantly evolving. Brand strategy equips you with the skills to stay ahead of the curve, analyzing trends and adapting your approach as needed.

Key Approaches to Effective Brand Strategy

The world of brand strategy offers a variety of paths. Here's a closer look at some popular specialties and the skillsets they align with:

>> Differentiation Strategy: This strategy focuses on setting a brand apart from its competitors by emphasizing unique traits and values. A Messaging & Storytelling Strategist would thrive here, leveraging their ability to craft unique narratives that highlight the brand's distinctive qualities.

>> Customer-Centric Strategy: Prioritizing the needs and feedback of customers, this strategy shapes the brand's offerings to ensure they resonate deeply with the target audience. A Visual Branding Specialist is particularly effective in this strategy, using design elements to connect emotionally and functionally with customers.

>> Content-Led Strategy: Using compelling storytelling and valuable content to educate and engage the audience, this strategy depends heavily on the skills of a Brand Analyst. These strategists use data-driven insights to create content that addresses the needs and interests of the audience, ensuring relevance and engagement.

Additionally, each of these strategic focuses requires a cohesive approach that often benefits from the oversight of a Marketing Strategist. This role involves coordinating various strategic elements—such as messaging, visual identity, and content—to create a comprehensive marketing campaign that effectively communicates the brand’s value.

The Importance of Specializing (aka Choosing a Niche)

Identifying and developing a specialty not only positions you as an expert in that particular area but also enhances your ability to attract clients who are seeking specific expertise, whether their focus is in technology, fashion, or any other industry. Specializing in a particular area can significantly enhance your professional profile and effectiveness. Each specialty - whether it's Messaging & Storytelling, Visual Branding, Brand Analysis, or Marketing Strategy - caters to different aspects of branding and appeals to specific skills and passions. 


Having a clear specialty allows for more effective collaboration with other strategists and creatives, each bringing their focused skills to the table, resulting in a more robust and innovative team approach.

The process of becoming a successful brand strategist begins with recognizing where you can best apply your talents. Take the "Brand Strategy Specialty Quiz" to discover the area that best aligns with your skills and interests.


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Hi I'm Ashley Sharie!

I'm a branding strategist and mindset coach with over a decade of experience, specializing in crafting powerhouse brands and developing CEO mindsets using innovative approaches to strategy and visioning to empower ambitious women.

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