Finding your brand voice requires more effort than you think. In my first post discussing tone of voice (TOV), I pointed out how some businesses tend to spend all their energy on perfecting their image and not spare a thought for their voice.
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I understand that not everyone is good with words. I see this everyday, everywhere I go. Both offline and online. That is why a TOV guideline will come in handy for your team. Different people, different manners, different ways of communicating. However, your brand must be consistent on all fronts.
The way your brand logo, colours, and fonts are of significance in recognising your name, so are the words you use and most importantly, how you use them.Tweet
Think of your voice as your personality. Your tone reflects that personality and sometimes changes depending on the context.
Both your tone and voice are about expression. An expression of your company’s values. Here, we’re looking at how and what you write rather than following writing rules per se. Mind you, grammar is just as important. I shudder every time I see desert on a restaurant menu.
Quick tip: revise everything before publishing a message or sending material for printing. Have someone else take a look. A fresh pair of eyes can save the day.
Here’s an example of what you might think is a simple greeting. When you’re representing your brand, which one would you go for?
Or, think about this example below:
A. “Thank you for reaching out.”
B. “Hey, thanks for reaching out 🙂”
Phrase A reads more serious than phrase B. The latter reads more easygoing and fun. Different word choice and use of emojis have set a different tone to the same phrase.
Take a look at these Brand Voice Examples:
- Be straightforward and avoid jargon.
- Use the active voice and write positively.
- The tone of voice needs to reflect your business objective.
- If in doubt, read aloud. Is it too humorous? Too formal? Too sassy?
- Write all this down & create a guideline.
Why does it matter?
Your tone of voice is what sets you apart from the rest. It’s what makes you different, unique and relatable. It helps in creating an emotional connection with your customers. This familiarity you create is most likely to lead to loyalty and trust.
That’s why having a brand tone of voice matters.
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