This is the most important thing you can do before you begin the branding process. If you don’t know your audience, then you may not know enough about your company to brand or market properly. This is a crucial step in the marketing process. Sometimes you think you know your audience and then it shifts at some point in time. Any company should regularly monitor their audience to insure they’re always on track with who to market to and who not to.
This could be as simple as color choice, aesthetic, website, interactions, and content. For example, when you work for a clothing company or a fast food chain, you won’t be trying to market to the same demographic (always). For instance, you’d like to market fast food to everyone, whereas clothing can be made for specific types of people. Think Hot Topic or even Nasty Gal. You maybe trying to appeal to the masses if you work for a food chain, but Nasty Gal only carries women’s clothing and typically for the age range of 16-35. A limited audience but specific to the brand. However, if you look at the campaigns for Nasty Gal versus the campaigns for fast food restaurants, they are very different and stylized for the company, and targeting the demographic they are trying to appeal to.
When is it appropriate to use slang and when is it not? If you are a more professional company like a car company or even a travel agency, you most likely should not use slang compared to a store such as Nasty Gal. An important part of marketing is to use the language that is used by your target market and referencing things that will be familiar and resonate well with them. It’s extremely important to know your audience for this reason alone. Not all brands and industries can jump on the viral video or trending word bandwagon, and that is ok. Whatever product or service you sell won’t turn a profit if you have no one to shop at your store.
Here are some sources to find out who your audience might be:
These are a few methods to use when wanting to find out who your demographic is. Be sure to stay on top of it to figure out which masses you need to appeal to.
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