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  • Jeanel Carlson

Crafting Your Brand Voice: 5 Tips for Tech Startups

Updated: Jun 10

Tech startups are innovators. That’s why it's important to establish a distinctive brand voice. More than just a style guide or a set of buzzwords—your voice is the personality and tone that resonates with your audience. A strong brand voice can set you apart from competitors and build character that makes your brand more relatable to customers. 

Here are 5 tips on how tech startups can effectively craft their brand voice:

Define Your Identity and Values

Before crafting your brand voice, step back and define your startup's identity. What values do you stand for? What makes your product or service unique? Your core identity will create the foundation for developing a consistent and authentic brand voice. And, as your startup grows and evolves, staying true to your core values and mission is essential. Your brand voice should always reflect the principles and beliefs that define your company culture. Authenticity and integrity build long-term loyalty. Understanding your credibility strengths and weaknesses can inform how you build your values. Check out our detailed blog on the critical factors that shape brand credibility.

Know Your Audience

To effectively communicate with your audience, you need to understand them inside out. Who are your target customers? What are their pain points, needs, and preferences? Tailor your brand voice to resonate with your audience's language, interests, and aspirations. We recently featured a brand geniuses blog about Taylor Swift. Check it out to see why Taylor’s deep audience connection helps her speak in a language that resonates. After all, wouldn’t every brand’s dream be to have fans as loyal as Swifties?

Be Authentic and Show Personality

Authenticity is key to building trust and credibility with your audience. Your brand voice should reflect the genuine personality of your startup, whether it's bold and innovative, friendly and approachable, or professional and authoritative. Avoid using jargon or trying to mimic the voice of other successful brands—be true to who you are. Tech startups often have the flexibility to inject personality and creativity into their brand voice — take advantage of it! Don't be afraid to infuse humor, wit, or storytelling into your communications; it can help humanize your brand and foster emotional connections with your audience.

Create Consistency

Consistency is crucial in maintaining a strong brand presence across all touchpoints. Whether it's your website copy, social media posts, or customer support interactions, ensure that your brand voice remains consistent in tone, style, and messaging. Consistency breeds familiarity and reinforces your brand identity in the minds of your audience. Building a set of universal brand voice guidelines for employees can help maintain clear guidance around what to do and what not to do. There are also tools, like Grammarly, that let you integrate brand style guidelines to automate how you monitor tone consistency and word choice. 

Test and Iterate

Building a brand voice is an ongoing process that requires continuous refinement. Test different messaging strategies, solicit feedback from your customers and key audiences, and analyze the effectiveness of your communications. Make sure as you make adjustments, you’re basing updates on concrete evidence that will improve your audience engagement. 

Crafting a compelling brand voice is a journey that requires patience, creativity, and a deep understanding of your audience and identity. By following these guidelines and staying true to your values, tech startups can establish a powerful and memorable brand presence that resonates with customers and drives success in the competitive market.

Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean that you should. Here are tips on identifying your zone of genius or incompetence and defining your expertise.

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