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Brand Makeover or Nah?

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Does your brand need a makeover?! I’ve listed several key areas that can apply to anyone in business and can answer the question of whether to makeover your brand or nah?  Keep reading, they are simple and can boost your brand visibility immediately.

If you have to explain your logo then you may need to update it. A logo, is simply a visible expression of what your brand represents. Just like you evolve and grow as a person, I believe your brand should grow and evolve as well. This will take faith and require risk on your part. Sometimes people are emotionally attached to their original thoughts and ideas about their business making it harder to change if it’s not working. Be aware that having this mindset can stifle business growth.  Don’t be afraid to get help or take honest advice about your brand, including what it says visually. One of the best practices we have as a company, we will run any ideas by those we know will be honest with us. This is to help us present the best representation of who we are as a company.

You cannot have a very public brand with a private mentality. You can makeover your brand immediately by what you post on social media. You’ve heard it said, “keep your business off social media”. However, if you are trying to grow your brand the worst thing you can do is never post about your business. If you are constantly posting on social media about nothing that has to do with your brand or only mention what you do occasionally you need a makeover. Here’s an idea that works. Set up a private page and push your family and close friends to that page. This way you can keep your private life separate from business. This will also free up room so you can accept some of those followers that’s wanting to connect with you.  Take advantage of free exposure social accounts offer to your business.  Make it a practice to post daily about your business.   You’ve also heard it said that if you’re posting to much “you’re bragging”. My advice is not to allow what others think about your business be your business. It’s insecurity on your part and hating on theirs. The vision or dream you have did not come from them right?, So why are you giving those that can’t make or break you so much energy?! Expect that people will talk about you, then get over it.  Go ahead start bragging on your business. Happy posting!

What does your brand marketing material say about you? Quality speaks volumes. Sometimes there is a reason your post may not get many likes, or your website is not get many visits. I’m not saying you should do it for it just he likes or web stats. However, when in business you should want to get people to like or share what you are promoting. If your branding material is sloppy, to wordy, or poor quality, people will be less inclined to like or share it. If you or someone you’ve chosen to help with marketing material did not major in graphics, then homemade marketing material including photos are a no no. I am only talking about it as it relates to exposing your business. Be honest and immediately stop with less than quality graphics and work with a professional  graphic designer. If you are on a budget let them know. They may work something out with you. Also invest in quality photography that can be used to enhance your brand imagery.

Finally,  niche markets are smaller than you think. One of the saddest issues that we encounter often with independently  owned businesses is that they have poor customer service skills. They rarely answer emails or phone calls. Having to email multiple times for a response can affect your business. Think about your own encounter with poor customer service and put yourself in your customers shoes. Would you like that treatment?  Businesses that rarely return client calls, and never deliver on what they say they can do have bad reputations of poor customer service experience. People will talk about their experience with you good or bad if this is happening. No one is that busy. I repeat, no one in business with the public is that busy. Please answer your phone. What you are saying is I don’t care.  I don’t need you. You are not that important to me or I have arrived,  If you are that busy then your doing very well. Hire an assistant that can help you with your clients. They should be someone who is professional with great communication skills.  Here’s an example, yesterday I attempted to order a dress online for a clients styling shoot coming up in April and it  was sold out. I posted to my Instagram account that it was sold out and #hashtag with the company name. They immediately responded and asked me to go and sign up for their waiting list so that when the item comes in they will email me. I was so happy.  Thank you Eloquii! Moral of the story, people are always watching, so be responsible and correct customer services issues as soon as possible.

Recap tips.

  • Create a recognizable brand by updating  your logo. If it’s busy or you have to explain what it is then re create it. You should consider a tagline if you do not want to change it. Above is a sample of signature logo and tagline.
  • Re-focus your social media page and create a private page for close friends and love ones where you can be private and vent.  It’s easier than asking all your followers to go follow another page.
  • Create quality marketing material.  Quality photography for facebook covers etc.
  • Create a better customer experience by answering  your phone. Add a voicemail or calling service that will remind you to call people back or when you’re available. Hiring someone if affordable is a better practice.
  • Check your messages and emails on your down time. This way you can write them down or call back when you have the time without forgetting. 

Keep growing. Premier offers a one time rate to update your logo, and three social media accounts. Includes cover designs with logos. see ( Book Premier icon) for one time rate. See (Premier Management icon)  for additional information.

 

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Fix My Style

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Are you interested in changing or elevating your style?  One of the  first steps you can take to fixing your style is simple. Experiment! Yes, experiment.  How many times have we all seen a fashionable look and thought it’s beautiful but, that’s not for me.  How do you know it’s not you if you haven’t tried it? It caught your attention right? Then try it!   You cannot be afraid to try something new. So go ahead, try that new style! Make sure the look you try on is the actual size you wear. It’s a good idea when you want to purchase a new wardrobe to have your exact body measurements done.  This will help when looking at label sizes. They won’t be so intimidating if you know what works best for your size and shape. Do not be in denial about the actual size. Clothing sizes can vary depending on the designer.  Now listen, I need to caution you,  if you are insecure with your body type, or uncomfortable with the way you look in your current style, it will be hard to update, change, or fix your style. To overcome this make it a practice to look at yourself in the mirror without clothes on a regular basis. You will be surprised at how comfortable you will began to feel about the way you view yourself. Also, be open to trying different styles of clothing from what you have worn in the past. I caution you, when updating or changing your style it can take time so be patient. Don’t be discouraged or frustrated in your journey. Unfortunately, fashion has not always done a good job of showing clothing trends for all body types. This does not mean that you can’t explore a new style.

Here are steps you can follow if you are looking to update or change your style…

  • Do not purchase anything familiar.  How many times do we revert back to something that we often purchase because it looks good on us.  Stop! If you already have that clothing item or something similar in your closet, put it back. Don’t purchase it in a different color either.
  • Wear structured undergarments when you go shopping.  You cannot properly tell if the clothes you have selected will fit properly if you do not have on the proper underwear. Save your sexy bras and thongs for another time. This will help you when sizing the clothing selected, you do not want them to big or to small. Make sure they fit you properly. You can get them altered by a seamstress if needed  in some areas.
  • Limit your audience. We all have that stylish, mother, sister, or friend however, consider limiting the number of people you take shopping with you when trying a new style. The people closes to you know you and they can keep you stuck in your current style.  When trying something new you do not need to hear, “that’s not you!” Remember you are experimenting and trying to find a new style. The best help are the employees that are working in the clothing departments. They don’t know you so they can be very honest if something is too small, or too big or doesn’t look good on you.
  • Research a particular style you want to try It’s a great idea to find 3-4 new looks that you want to try and research them online or in fashion magazines. Lets use the  example  of a pencil skirt. If you have a large bottom , try a brand with stretch  material. If you do not have a large bottom you need to try a more structured material.  Find out what stores carry the clothing you wish to try. Do price comparisons. Do size comparisons. Do they carry your size? Look the style up on Pinterest  or other references to see how its styled by someone else. This practice is helpful  sometimes, seeing it on an actual person that’s not a model will give you a better view of how it can look on you.
  • Consider hiring a stylist to help you.  Some stylist do not have a consultation fee  especially if its  1-2 hours or  they may charge a small consulting fee to go shopping with you.  This takes the pressure off of you to find that perfect look and lets the stylist do all the work. Some  stylist will even come to your home and go through your current wardrobe. So explore getting help if its to overwhelming.

I encourage you that  if you really want a style change to make a commitment to do it. set a target date to launch your new look.  If you cannot afford to change your style, consider editing what you have in your current wardrobe  by adding accessories, shoes, handbags, belts, and scarves, etc. Finally, picture yourself wearing a new style. Client Sandra Jackson pictured above wanted to try something new and she looks amazing! I challenge you to be bold! Experiment with colors that you have never worn.

As an example, in the sample photo I took a colored bottom, lemon colored skirt and paired it with a print shoe,  adding accessories of jewelry and shades.  The shoes are from DSW. The skirt is by GB. This look can be paired with a blue jean or a white buttoned- down shirt. Most women have these core pieces of clothing like a button down white shirt in their closet. Sometimes you can experiment with what you have by styling it differently.  Again,  a new style will take time so be patient. Good luck on changing and upgrading your new style

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The Premier Look

Premier specializes in developing innovative brand styling concepts for each client. This is called “The Premier Look”.  We create, style and direct a photo shoot for clients that need new images to upgrade their brand presence. This concept allows each client to have images that will give their brand an edgy modern look and feel. What does your brand strategy say about you?  Are your brand images old or outdated? Let Premier help to build your brand presence with The Premier Look!

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Be Free

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PREMIER  had the privilege recently to work with runner Free Clarke.  Free did amazing and was a blank canvas that allowed us to shape her image.  We love this picture of her. You can truly feel that she owned this look. This is what we are about, making sure that our clients are pleased with what we create for them.  As we work to build your brand and image our goal is to  create “The Premier Look”.  Our company partners with quality vendors that are equally creative and talented.

 

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What’s Hot

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When branding it is important that your styling is true to your brand persona.  Styling should not overshadow your image or brand.  Simply put, what’s fashionable or popular may not work for you.  Follow the trend but remember you are selling your brand to the world, not the clothes. Some additional things to remember:

  • Clothing, make-up, and hairstyling should compliment you effortlessly. It should elevate your look without creating a false appearance.
  • If the styling overshadows your look it can show inconsistency in your brand.  The imagery you create is what a business is expecting. If you cannot keep up a particular appearance you should not be creating it when branding.

Premier partners with every client to make sure that their styling will achieve their visibility goals.  The photo of jewelry maker Sandra Davis shows creative styling that fits her personality as an eclectic jewelry designer.

 

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From the Inside Out

                                                       One of our favorite quotes at Premier is, ” Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you” by Dr. Seuss.  Do you know that how you brand yourself can portray what’s  inside?  Take care not to brand yourself as someone that’s not representative of you.   It would be a disservice to portray jovial and funny, when you are really quiet and reserved.  Hopefully, you love what you are gifted and created to do; and your image should show it from the inside out.  Client, Cokiesha Bailey Robinson is a great example of this, and it shows! It was simply a joy to work with.  Love for what she does really shined during her branding shoot!  Premier promises to work with every client to sketch out achievable goals so that your brand and image presentation are a perfect match.

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Ready, Set, Premier!

sandra 3                                                    What are you waiting for?  What excuses do you have for not branding yourself?  Premier wants to help you to set clear and achievable goals. Isn’t it time that you make YOU a priority?  We want to help you create a strategy and a plan for success.  There will never be a prefect time but you do have NOW!  Get ready, set, and PREMIER!  We will help you create and accomplish goals that you can be proud of.  Maybe you have failed in the past, but successful people do not focus on failure. They accept that it is an essential part of the process, and grow from their mistakes. Premier wants act as a mentor or coach to inspire and motivate greatness in your brand! Click Book Premier above for a one time consultation fee.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”  -Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3.

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Dressed to Impress

 

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Your brand is your voice: it can be loud and boisterous, or soft and demure.  Your image will speak volumes before uttering a word.  So what are you wearing?  Today is your day, now is your time, and whether you are growing a business, or deciding to market yourself via social media choose PREMIER Management to dress you for success!

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