Branding is best described as a name, symbol or hallmark trait that enables consumers to recognize and respond to a company's offers, according to Entrepreneur. And if you're running a business as an owner or business, it's essential that you create a brand that best represents your products or services. Branding is a basic marketing concept and following are five reasons it’s essential for your success.

Builds Awareness
A basic metric of every business is brand awareness. But there are different types of awareness, including aided, unaided and top-of-mind awareness. Aided awareness is when someone recalls your brand name after someone describes it, while those who are familiar with your brand will know who you are without explanation. The goal of most companies is to drive top-of-mind awareness, where consumers immediately think of your brand when they need a specific product.

Creates Trust
When you have a recognizable brand name, consumers grow to trust the products or services you offer. Whether it's a price advantage, premium products or unique features or styles you bring to the market, customers, in turn, start expecting these traits from you. And when you deliver, it builds a certain level of trust. And this trust leads to brand loyalty, which is a direct result of good branding.

Differentiates You From Competitors
Your brand name or logo differentiates you from key competitors. With some companies, it's easy to recognize their brands with certain symbols. For example, most people recognize the swoosh mark of Nike or golden arches of McDonald's in about the time it takes to blink their eyes. But they also think of what those symbols represent to them, whether it's the prestige or quality of the gym shoe or mouth-watering taste of a Big Mac.

Easier Integration for Advertising
Good branding makes it easier to communicate your message to consumers. Whether you're ad or logo appears online or through an advertising specialties company like Absolute Screen Printing, a purveyor of printed mugs and embroidered caps and T-shirts, consumers will know who you are when they see those promotions.

Enhances Market Strategy
Another huge benefit of good branding is that it helps you better identify your target market. The customers recognize your products and start purchasing them. Then all you have to do is survey your customer base to identify key demographic or lifestyle groups. You can then target these groups more easily when you know who they are.

Good branding is the cornerstone of any company. When establishing your brand, take time to consider who you are as a company and what you represent. The sooner you can mesh your brand and strategy, the quicker you'll succeed in the marketplace.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.