What do geneticists do for a living? They disassemble genes and DNA strands, figure out what the working or nonworking parts do, how gene relationships are fostered, then they make some assumptions. They test those assumptions with the hope of doing something smart with the information – like curing cancer. Or, making chickens disease-free in shmoo infested cages. (Sorry, that was uncalled for.) Once we crack the code on clean tech or green tech, whatever it’s called today, genetics will be the next big thing. It will be cool-ish.
Brand planners follow a similar process as geneticists. But rather than study microscopic things, we study what walks around. That’s why a behavioral science or anthropology degree fits nicely into a brand planner career path. The study of man is critical. Many planners, though, stop at observing man and mining behavioral insights. The good ones take it beyond insights and into the area of marketing stimulus — what gets man to buy. The good ones know man well enough to understand what selling words are over-used. Which contexts are pregnant with possibility. What emotions are likely to stir response.
Be you genetic engineer or brand planner, the rubber meets the road with the “do something smart with it” part of the equation. Peace.