How To Find Your Brand Voice In Five Easy Steps

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>HOW TO FIND YOUR BRAND VOICE IN 5 EASY STEPS</p> <p>What do blog posts, packaging design, and customer support have in common? Theyre all important channels for delivering your brand voice.</p> <p>The Brandfolder team recently embarked on a journey to find and define our brand voice, which included our brand personality and core values.</p> <p>Finding our brand voice wasnt easy, but it was so insightful that we decided to share all the lessons we learned along way.</p> <p>According to our experiences, heres how you can build your brand voice in five easy steps.</p> <p>STEP ONE: BRAINSTORMING BRAND VOICE</p> <p>First, we invited the entire company to submit their ideas and opinions about Brandfolders core values. Next, we set up a brainstorming meeting with a few core employees where we would discuss the submitted ideas, and develop new ones. We made sure to invite our director of customer experience, so we could gain insights on how our audience perceives us. We also invited our creative director, so we could gain insights on how our digital asset management tool is perceived by the design community.</p> <p>STEP TWO: DISCOVERING BRAND PERSONALITY</p> <p>A brand personality helps you think of your brand as a person one with a voice and values that consumers can relate to emotionally. Remember this: brand personality is just a guide. It shouldnt be taken too seriously or literally. Here are the personality questions we asked our brainstorming team to think about: 1. If Brandfolder were a character in a movie, who would they be played by? 2. What does Brandfolder watch? 3. What does Brandfolder read? 4. What tools, apps, and brands does Brandfolder use or engage with? Thinking of your brand as a person helps you create a more dynamic brand story. It also helps create an entity that employees and consumers can relate to deeply on an emotional level.</p> <p>Heres what Brandfolders Brand Personality looks like.</p> <p>STEP THREE: BRAND VOICE</p> <p>Next, we considered the two main components of a brand voice: language and tone. Tone is how you want your brand to appear to others, i.e., friendly and optimistic. Language involves the words you use to describe that tone, i.e., concise and informative.</p> <p>To help us tackle this challenge, we began with an exercise called always and never.</p> <p>It goes like this: Brandfolder is always [fill in the blank] and Brandfolder is never [fill in the blank].</p> <p>After we had a few long lists of what we believed Brandfolder was and wasnt, we had a strong foundation for determining our language and tone.</p> <p>STEP FOUR: NARROWING IT ALL DOWN</p> <p>Once all the brainstorming was over, we needed to narrow down our list and make some tough decisions. First, we made a note of certain words that appeared three or more times. Then, we combed through the list and stopped on each word, asking ourselves questions such as: 1. Is this the best word for the idea we want to convey? 2. Is there another word which better describes this idea? 3. How will our employees interpret this word? 4. Does our audience perceive us this way? Its easy to get hung up on choosing between two words with a similar meaning. If youre really stuck, consult co-workers, or just go with your gut.</p> <p>STEP FIVE: CHOOSE CORE BRAND VALUES AND BUILD A CHEAT SHEET</p> <p>After we established Brandfolders personality and voice, we had the foundation we needed to build out our brand values. To see how other brands approached this task, we started searching the web for inspiration - and ended up finding it in the core value guides of Buffer and Zappos. Taking these examples into consideration and evaluating our own research helped us come up with an set of values were pretty proud of! We arranged them into an acronym to make it easy for everyone to remember.</p> <p>HOW TO BUILD A BRAND VOICE: TAKEAWAYS</p> <p>No matter how you approach your brand voice, here are a few important takeaways we learned from our experience.</p> <p>Get a diverse set of opinions to define an accurate brand voice. You dont have to involve everyone in the brainstorming process, but you should be sure to represent a range of roles and experiences. Think outside the box and push the boundaries of your brand. If you create a neutral zone where people feel comfortable saying their most innovative ideas, youll come up with stronger, better results. Get inspiration from brands you admire. Look at how other brands in your industry approach brand voice. This will make you more creative and ensure youre on the right track.</p> <p>WANT MORE BRANDING INSPIRATION?</p> <p>Check out our free eBook, "SIX AND A HALF WAYS TO TELL A BRILLIANT BRAND STORY: http://pages.brandfolder.com/brand-ebook </p>