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What is a Digital Brand?

Digital brand is a collective impression of all that is posted online about a person or a business. Many people share their experiences, opinions and pictures using different social media platforms.  The total of this information is what creates a person’s digital brand.

The digital brand is like a credit report. It communicates the character, professionalism and reputation and how likely a person is to make smart decisions.

Same goes for businesses. Everything that is said, shared or complained online becomes the digital brand of the company. A paradigm shift which has occurred in the last few years between organizations, businesses and their consumers, governments and their constituents has changes the playing fields. The customers now have access to vast amounts of information; they are both mobile and connected, and they have more power to change the market.  How do organizations present themselves and engage in the marketplace is what digital brand is all about.

Due to the way the Internet is fast evolving, especially through the social web and social media sites, there is now a plethora of information that can be used to hold a dialogue between a Brand and a consumer, or groups of consumers. Digital brand engagement focuses on communication via the web. If in the past the exposure of your brand was most of the advertising work, it has changes so that engagement with the brand is becoming more and more important and taking the place of simple exposure.

Consumers can now be very selective about which brands they choose to interact with; and have the ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings globally. Brands can take notice of what is being said about them, their product or service by monitoring conversations taking place outside of their own website.

Digital Branding is the process of planning and managing communications to the user of your products or services. It is an extension to traditional marketing efforts employed to manage your business. Digital branding software enables you to track the activities of all your customers and monitor their interaction with your business. It will help you maintain intimate content with your customers and avoid customers feeling the effect of mass marketing to them. The resulting data can help you in planning future campaigns and tailoring responses.

Through “buzz monitoring” tools, and there are a number of tools to choose from, businesses can find out what is said about them. The value of the information provided can be increased further when the buzz monitoring data is correlated with the site analytics data. It’s important to listen and observe the buzz, and analyze its impact prior to engaging. Digital Branding helps marketers optimize their campaigns to maximize conversion rates.

For a successful digital branding you have to create experiences that are authentic and feel genuine, it has to be adaptive and to respond to the customer’s involvement. It has to be relevant and useful and appealing to the customer specifically. It has to be transformative, fresh and establish an emotional connection with the brand. The experience has to be immersive – they should lose track of time while engaging with the brand and it has to be social – enable sharing and contributing to the conversation.

When planned effectively, digital branding is a cost effective and often inexpensive method for extending and managing a brand, products and service awareness

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