4 Proven Strategies to Shape How Consumers See Your Brand


4 Proven Strategies to Shape How Consumers See Your Brand

In today’s fiercely competitive marketplace, shaping how consumers perceive your brand is more crucial than ever. Every interaction, from your marketing campaigns to your customer service, plays a pivotal role in crafting the image and reputation of your brand. But, this can be difficult, particularly for emerging FMCG Brands.

Fortunately, there are proven strategies that brands can employ to influence and mold these perceptions positively. From highlighting unique value propositions to leveraging pricing and promotion strategies, these approaches can help your brand not only stand out in a crowded market but also resonate deeply with your target audience, ultimately driving loyalty and advocacy.

Read on to learn more about the factors shaping consumer perception and explore how you can harness key strategies to leave a lasting and favorable impression on consumers.

Understanding Consumer Perception

Understanding consumer perception is paramount for any brand aiming to establish a strong foothold in the market. However, there are many factors that affect demand and contribute to how consumers perceive a brand, shaping their attitudes and behaviors toward it. Of course, product quality and features play a significant role in shaping consumer perception. A product that consistently delivers on its promises and exceeds expectations is more likely to garner positive reviews and recommendations, fostering trust and loyalty among consumers.

Moreover, brand image and values deeply influence consumer perception. Consumers are increasingly drawn to brands that align with their own values and beliefs. For example, 59% of U.S. consumers say they are willing to choose a product that is better for their health, and 38% will choose one that is sustainable.1 A brand that communicates authenticity, integrity, and a commitment to social responsibility resonates strongly with today’s conscious consumers. Therefore, brands must ensure that their messaging and actions reflect these values consistently, reinforcing a positive brand image in the minds of consumers.

Strategies to Shift Consumer Perceptions

In the ever-evolving landscape of consumer behavior, brands must continually adapt and innovate to shape how consumers perceive them positively. As consumer preferences and expectations evolve, businesses must also employ strategies to influence and shift perceptions effectively.

With that in mind, here are 4 key strategies to shift consumer perceptions:

1. Highlighting the Value Proposition

Highlighting the value proposition is paramount in shifting consumer perceptions positively. One effective approach is to communicate the unique benefits that your product or service offers. Whether it’s saving time, enhancing convenience, or improving quality, clearly articulating these benefits helps consumers understand how your brand can address their needs and desires. Moreover, focusing on solving customer pain points and exceeding expectations can significantly impact how consumers perceive your brand.

By identifying and addressing common challenges faced by your target audience, you demonstrate empathy and understanding, fostering trust and loyalty in the process. With today’s consumers facing financial pressure from all sides, focusing on value is a strong plan. In fact, 82% of U.S. consumers say they are actively seeking lower prices, and 67% are reducing their overall spending.1 Focus on communicating the key benefits and features in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand. By doing so, you make it easier for consumers to grasp the value your brand provides, ultimately shaping their perception in a positive direction.

2. Building Brand Trust and Credibility

Building brand trust and credibility is foundational in shaping consumer perceptions in a favorable light. This means the promises you make in your marketing materials and product attributes matter to your consumers. If shoppers lose trust in your brand, they will seek out alternatives from brands that will uphold their promises. For example, NIQ data shows that 77% of consumers will quit brands that are found guilty of greenwashing.2 Being transparent is more important than ever, and brands that can connect and build trust are much better positioned to weather shifts in demand.

Additionally, partnering with influencers or industry experts can bolster brand trust and credibility. Collaborating with individuals who have established credibility and authority in your industry allows you to tap into their existing fan base and leverage their endorsement to enhance your brand’s reputation. Whether through sponsored content, product reviews, or collaborative campaigns, influencer partnerships provide a valuable opportunity to reach new audiences and build trust with consumers who value the opinions of trusted personalities.

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3. Leveraging Emotional Connection

Leveraging emotional connection is a powerful strategy to shape consumer perceptions and foster brand loyalty. One effective approach is to tell compelling brand stories that evoke positive emotions. NIQ poll data shows that 56% of global respondents say they like knowing the story behind brands.3 By sharing narratives that resonate with your audience on a personal level, you create a deeper connection that goes beyond the transactional aspect of business. These stories can highlight your brand’s values, mission, and the impact it has on people’s lives, eliciting emotions such as joy, inspiration, or nostalgia that leave a lasting impression on consumers.

Moreover, creating a sense of community around your brand can further strengthen emotional ties with your audience. By fostering a supportive community where members feel heard, valued, and understood, you cultivate a sense of belonging that extends beyond the products or services you offer. This sense of community not only enhances brand loyalty but also reinforces positive perceptions of your brand as one that cares about its customers’ well-being.

4. Pricing Strategies

Implementing effective pricing strategies is essential in shaping consumer perceptions and driving purchasing decisions, especially when the economy is uncertain. As it turns out, belt-tightening consumers aren’t just looking for the cheapest products. When it’s time to save, they seek value — and value is a complex concept that blends brand, quality, price, and promotion. Further, consumers don’t always react strongly in their purchasing behavior when their net income changes.

In today’s marketplace, many consumers are being drawn to value-based pricing. This may include adjusting prices up or down based on demand, changing product quality to fit your pricing, or offering different sizes at lower prices/usage. In fact, 38% of U.S. consumers say they would prefer brands offer economy sizes to help them offset rising costs elsewhere.1 Understanding the pressures and demands of your consumers is key to crafting an effective pricing strategy.

Measuring the Impact

Measuring the impact of your efforts in shaping consumer perceptions is crucial for evaluating the effectiveness of your strategies and making informed decisions moving forward. One effective method is to focus on using retail data analytics to track key performance indicators (KPIs) and evaluate the effectiveness of your initiatives. By analyzing metrics such as sales trends, customer engagement, and conversion rates, you gain valuable insights into the impact of your branding efforts on consumer behavior and purchasing decisions. This data-driven approach enables you to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, allowing you to make informed decisions to better align your strategies with consumer preferences and market trends.

This requires accurate, up-to-date data. The true value of high-quality data and insights can be seen in your ability to identify emerging issues and trends and act on them. For example, nearly 50% of all promotional sales are sales that would have occurred regardless of the promotion. Without data showing you this gap, you’d be leaving money on the table with every promotion. You need to use data as the foundation for your planning and act intelligently to align your brand with consumer perceptions without sacrificing quality, brand, or market share.

Meet Shifting Consumer Needs With Data

To reach today’s consumers, you need to know where they’re choosing to shop, how, and why. But, that’s only possible if you have access to reliable, up-to-date data.

Emerging brands can start their journey with a free Byzzer™ subscription, NIQ’s platform built for emerging brands and their budgets. Free access gets you 3 free reports and a weekly alert to get you started with data. Byzzer™ provides breakdowns of a wide range of attributes and markets in easy-to-digest reports. Best of all, we’ll show you how to leverage this information for your action plan. It’s never too early to start acting on data.

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1 NIQ 2024 Consumer Outlook, U.S.

2 NIQ Report – The Green Divide

3 NIQ Report – The Brand Balancing Act