Bluffton Headshots : Brand Yourself!
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Friday, March 11, 2016
By kellie mccann
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What is a BRAND?

Some business people today really just go through the motions of being in business, not knowing or understanding what it is meant to have a BRAND.  The concept of building a brand, is confusing and most seasoned  professionals don't even really understand what a brand really is.

What is a brand?  What is branding? 

  1. A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another. If the consumer (whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection or spread the word, then no brand value exists for that consumer.-- Seth Godin
  2. An identifying mark burned on livestock to  differentiate  one person's cattle form another's by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal's skin.


Ok well in this case branding would be best explained by item #1, but it is similar to item #2 as brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising to differentiate our businesses from one another...similar to branding of cattle.

A brand's value is merely the sum total of how much extra people will pay, or how often they choose, the expectations, memories, stories and relationships of one brand over the alternatives.

Today branding has evolved from just being a logo or a simple design to more than that.  Branding now represents the business as a whole, "the encapsulation of a company's mission statement, objectives and corporate soul as expressed through the corporate voice and aesthetic." --Margie Clayman

To stand out in the vast sea of competition, our brands need to truly impress and not confuse our clients in our mission. We can’t just be flashy or have a fancy logo; we need to represent something that drives people to choose us.  To put it simply: the more successful your brand, the easier it will be to build loyalty around that brand. A successful brand takes a great deal of intention when building.


But just as it takes more than a camera to be a photographer, it takes more than a Facebook page with hordes of "likes" to be a brand. If you’ve never heard of it, if you wouldn’t choose it, if you don’t recommend it, then there is no brand, at least not for you. 

How is your brand perceived?  What does your brand represent?

Professional Headshots are part of the BRANDING does yours stand out on social media and from your competitors?  Call Kellie today to set up your custom session at our professional Headshot Studio in Down Town Bluffton.



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 Bluffton Headshots photographer, Hilton Head Photographer, Kellie McCann specializes in Headshots, family portraits, high school senior portraits and children’s portraits.

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