How to Brand Your Product like Apple products?

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I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the 5 key lessons Steve Jobs and Apple have taught us about how to brand a product. The six primary steps of branding usually are: research, values, messaging, education, experiences, and perception. But for Apple, there is more to the story of how to brand that we can learn from.

                                                                                             

Following are 5 lessons to commit to memory and apply to your business if you want to learn how to brand like Steve Jobs and Apple.

 

1. Create Dreams that Stir Emotions

                                                                                         
An iPhone isn’t just a cell phone, nor is it just a smartphone. Nope. The iPhone represents the dream of doing everything on the go and being really cool while you’re doing all of those things. You’re truly free with an iPhone and the dream that the iPhone promises, thanks to clever branding by Steve Jobs and the Apple team, evokes a multitude of emotions in consumers. It’s genius.

2. Keep It Clean and Simple

                                                                                                         
Walk through an Apple store or buy an Apple product. You’re not inundated with messages, text, instructions, and clutter. Instead, you’re presented with a clean and simple image and experience. Have you bought anything at an Apple store? The entire buying process revolves around the easy message — from the advertising to the packaging.

3. Tell a Story

                                                                                                     
Every story has a hero. Create stories that present your consumers’ problem and explain how that problem is eradicated with the help of your brand as the story’s hero. Apple is my hero because while my PC crashes and acts weird all the time, my Mac is always reliable and “just works” — just like the commercials say it will. What brand is your hero? Could any of your customers say that your brand is their hero? Create a story so they can say your brand is their hero.

4. Be Visual and Visceral

                                                                                                     
Watch an iPad commercial or listen to iPad messages and it’s hard to resist that gadget. Seriously — watch the commercials and tell me you have absolutely no interest in ever owning an iPad. The lesson to learn is this: Don’t just tell people what your brand is about; show them, so they can see for themselves how your brand could easily help them or become a part of their lives.

5. Offer a “Wow” Factor

                                                                                                           
What’s so cool about the MacBook Air? It fits in a manila envelope! Now that’s cool! With each product, Steve Jobs and Apple attach some kind of wow factor that consistently reflects the brand promise, gets people talking, and makes them think they must have the product.

Can every brand learn how to brand like Steve Jobs and Apple and effectively apply those lessons to their own markets and consumers? Absolutely. While the dreams, emotions, stories, visuals, and wow factors change based on the brand, market, consumers, and so on, the concepts remain the same and are actually quite basic in principle. That’s why they work so well.

For our brand, “DMZ INTERNATIONAL” , we are applying these lessons to our markets and consumers.

 

 

Courtesy: Susan Gunelius

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I’m Nishanth Muraleedharan aka "Nishani" and I know that I have come into this world with a clear purpose and mission: • To help people to have financial freedom & more free time by doing Internet based Businesses. I've been involved with Internet based businesses for over 18+ years now. Some of my inspiration comes from Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, Sergey and Larry Craig