There are so many designers out there within the African fashion scene whom I believe did not even think about what they were getting into and as such are not giving us the best that they can.
Many mainstream fashion houses started small, some are leading in market areas that is completely different to where they began the business. Look at where Louis Vuitton started, by creating lightweight and airtight trunks!
Below are some ideas from my research. If you feel, I have not mentioned anything whilst reading, please d not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Craft your image
Creating a brand perception requires intrusion. You are trying to position yourself with a buying market whose buying patterns can be very difficult. Your brand must be powerful and unique enough to force them to pay attention.
It all starts with a name so please ensure you give it a good thinking over. With enough frequency of the message, any name can become memorable. Obscure brand names are unique from their competition and often become among the most memorable.
Your logo is just as important as your name. The logo is the first visceral connection the consumer makes with the brand. It triggers the brand perception. The first measure of a logo is that it answers questions: Who are you? What do you do? What's in it for me?
There are other practical considerations in logo design:
- It must reproduce well in various sizes and media.
- It should reflect the sensibilities of the target audience.
- Its intention and message should be perfectly clear.
- It should be easily and uniquely recognisable.
Step 2: Get Known
Branding happens in the minds of consumers. The promises behind the brand create its appeal, but getting the word out is still what brings in the customers.
Traditional media exposure - advertising, promotion, trade shows, direct marketing, events etc
Social media is a great platform for the budding entrepreneur. Here are some fundamental guidelines for building your brand online effectively using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and other social media outlets:
- Listen, don't just talk. The days of saying anything that comes to mind or reporting what you're having for dinner are over. Hear the conversation first, then participate.
- Ask, don't tell. The goal is developing an exchange. Force your opinion and you'll end conversations before they begin.
- Be real, and have a story. Behave in the character of the brand. Give the character depth and be genuine.
- Be interesting, and give. Add to the conversation by offering up whatever knowledge you have.
- Be interested, and respond. Hear a person's need, then share expertise in a personal way that has no motivation other than to help.
- Have a payoff, and say thank you. Reward your followers with something special and exclusive. Appreciate them for following your brand and letting you into their world.
Step 3: Know What the Customer Wants
In launching a business with limited funding, the potential for successfully establishing a brand is far too often based on the zeal of the entrepreneur's belief in the disruptiveness of the unique business idea rather than market intelligence.
To increase your brand's chances for success, you need to know five things:
- How strong is the perception of your brand, and what would make it stronger?
- What is the true level of consumer satisfaction for competitor brands?
- Will your brand introduce emotional connections with consumers who do not currently exist in the market segment?
- What percent of the market will consider change because of the disruptiveness of your product?
- How much awareness can you gain for the brand.
To succeed, you need to know what is the true perception of your brand, how many people hate it, how many it appeals to strongly enough that they would advocate for it and how that acceptance stacks up against the competition. The most successful companies pick a competitive position from which they know their brands can win.
To recap, things to consider whilst attempting to create a winning fashion brand are:
- Attempt to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible within the fashion field.
- Ensure you have thought about and know your branding, marketing and selling streams.
- Your fashion brand name is intact and your logo is hand in hand with your branding.
- Don’t ever compromise on quality. Please avoid using cheap fabrics and accessories. It could cost your brand greatly.
- It is good to be arrogant and cocky but ensure you are humble at all times.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks but ensure they are calculated risks and you can cope with the outcome.
- Know what your customer's needs are and meet them.
So that is it from moi today!