BRANDING CANNABIS: Building Brand Loyalty

In 2022, weed isn’t just weed anymore — it’s a lifestyle product that millions of consumers use to showcase their personal identities. Gone are the days of widely-held stigmas, when consumers were not fully aware of the plant’s numerous wellness applications. Cannabis has become one of the most sought-after consumer products, with Gen Z, millennials, and Gen X consumers making up nearly 75% of sales growth in 2020. 

With the legalization movement accelerating across the country, the next few years will be a make or break for most cannabis brands. Focusing on building brand loyalty is the most important aspect for businesses in this growing industry.

IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE

To best serve your customers, you have to know who they are. Not only does it help you streamline your product offerings, but it also allows you to craft your marketing messages and give those customers the best possible experience. 

Ask yourself:

  • Who are they and what are their needs?
  • What do they do?
  • Where do they live?
  • What are their ages and interests?
  • How do they get their information?
  • How do they communicate?
  • What pushes them to make purchasing decisions?
  • What are their biggest objections to using your service or product?

DIFFERENTIATION THROUGH DESIGN

As the cannabis industry grows, so does the demand for unique branding, yet more and more cannabis products and services that are appearing on the scene are starting to look the same.

The look and feel you choose will depend on your core identity and the kind of clientele you believe your product aligns with. Are you health-focused? Organic-looking? Modern? Luxurious? or simply eccentric?

Most branding elements revolve around graphic design; how you handle your logo, website, store decor, social media presence, content marketing, and product packaging, and more directly influences what kind of customers you attract and how excited they are to do business with you.

CONTENT MARKETING & STORYTELLING

No matter what kind of brand or business you have, you will always need a story to tell. And because of fear and stigma, the cannabis industry isn’t starting from an even ground like other industries. Creating that emotional connection through storytelling helps to combat stigma with facts in a compelling way. 

You can use storytelling to not only entertain your audience but also to inform them by sharing your mission, values, and brand messaging. The power of storytelling is especially evident when it comes to marketing cannabis, which has a very enthusiastic consumer market. More than any other group of consumers, cannabis buyers desire personal, emotional connections with the brands they purchase from. It’s more important now than ever before to emotionally engage your customers with a story. 

Brand loyalty is the secret sauce to winning the cannabis market share war in the long haul.  At BLKDOG we specialize in helping cannabis brands stand out the right way while playing by the rules for cannabis marketing. Start building your brand with us today!