How would you feel if someone invited you to an event at a mall, but when you arrived you couldn’t figure out where to go?

That’s precisely what prospects feel like when they visit your website or customer service “support space” and can’t figure out what the @#$%$^% is going on there! Prospects who have taken the time to try and talk with you end up in frustration because there is no logical order to your branding. They will not be back soon.

Here are some practical ways on how to start and sustain meaningful communications:

1. Be creative. Do not expect prospects or your customers to find your brand interesting on their own merit. Use a creative approach to your show and tell, such as an illustrative video with voice-over.

2. Be direct. Know what your top three to five points are that distinguish your brand from all others and present these points in a logical fashion. Use every day language that everyone can understand from the technical director to the CEO.

3. Be logical. Order your website in the most simple way possible, from the first-time prospect’s perspective. Imagine what they feel like the first time they arrive. Place things in a simple and logical order to make it easy for them to find what they are looking for.

4. Be different. If you can’t differentiate your brand from all others, meaning it’s like every other brand on the market, then you might want to rethink your brand offering or you may quickly become a commodity. Being unique gives you the differentiation that builds a brand faster than any other dimension.

5. Be careful. Don’t be given to exaggeration. As the economy has worsened we’ve noticed many marketers increase their product claims beyond what they can deliver. Prospects and customers alike always feel better with a brand that they can rely on to tell the truth.

6. Be thoughtful. A pen of mine stopped working properly and I called Waterman’s customer service and arranged for a pickup. When the pen came back it was a brand new and a note was included that said, “We apologize for your original pen and are sending you a new one courtesy of Waterman.” Needless to say, the Waterman brand went up in my book.

7. Be smart. If you find that you are marketing a series of products that no longer meet the needs of your key customers sift them down into a smaller group. This is tough for many companies, particularly legacy owners, but is the necessary hard work of smart marketers.

8. Be ready. The faster you can respond to your customers the better. Waiting for something to happen, from the customer’s perspective, is not gratifying. Try and make your customer’s schedule yours and provide them with the swiftest services you can.

Implement these simple tips – along with your personalized approach – and you’ll be on your way to becoming a leading brand.