If your brand is unique, your message shouldn’t blend in
~ Kathryn Bechthold, CEO Alchemy Communications
For marketers it can be tricky making sure your name is out there, but you aren’t appearing too spammy or salesy by plastering your logo on every available surface. PR pros and marketing experts often overlook some very simple yet strategic ways to maximize your branding for increased online visibility.
3 Simple Tips for Visual Branding
1. Watermark your Visuals
Your visuals are shared across social media – that’s your goal! Imagine that clever meme you created going viral… but no one knows its your creation. Your visuals can be:
- repinned on Pinterest
- retweeted on Twitter
- regrammed on Instagram
- reposted on Facebook
Many times the identity of the original poster of a visual is lost in all the social sharing. To avoid getting your visual hijacked, always brand your visuals: add your brand logo, name, social links, hashtag or website to your visual. Don’t go crazy and add them all: just chose one strategy, and stick with it!
2. Create a Unique Brand Hashtag
Your event, brand, product or campaign can have a unique hashtag that you use across all social media channels, on your visuals, promotional materials, news releases: anywhere you want to promote your brand. And each time your social post is shared, the brand and your message grows!
TIP: Make your hashtag memorable. As CEO of Alchemy Communications I’m a #PurveyorOfPR – check us out on Twitter!
3. In Images, Size Counts
You can design the very best infographic or image, and no one will ever see if it the visual isn’t the sized for that social media channel. Unfortunately each social channel has evolved to have uniques size criteria for your profile photo, cover image and posts. When you write a blog post, to share it across social media channels might require 5 or 6 different images to meet the social criteria. Unfortunately when it comes to visual content marketing, it is not one size fits all.
This optimal image size cheatsheet from Social Media Today will help you design images that are the exact size you need
For More Information on Visual Branding
Canva: 20 Actionable Tips to Build a Visual Brand Identity
HubSpot: How to Build a Strong Visual Brand on Social Media
author: Kathryn Bechthold, Communications expert in Calgary, AB. Owner/CEO of Alchemy Communications Inc.