Here’s the deal on social media and branding. If you have a brand strategy you need to prove it in social media. Every day. Random posts diminish your brand. The brand strategy framework at What’s The Idea? is one claim, three proof planks. If you are posting with pictures on Instagram, you need to be hitting your proofs. If you are creating some sort of engagement post on Facebook, hit your proofs. Sharing news on Twitter? Yep, tap those proofs. Pinning a crafty thing? You get the idea.
Every day I look at companies and brands who are active in social media and can’t figure out what there are trying to do strategically — other than put more social flotsam into the ether. And please, please don’t think this claim and proof array approach is limiting, It’s not. It’s freeing. It’s less random. Your goal is to put deposits in the brand value bank, not confuse your buying and prospect publics.
Find your brand strategy, then live it every day. Your custies will thank you.
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July 20, 2018 in Marketing
An entertainer contacted me about a year ago, inquiring about branding. Pretty smart inquiry. I remember pushing back when Kim Kardashian and others referred to themselves as brands – and I’m still a little leery. That said, this entertainer did need some help. As I thought more about it, the job really is about packaging. He […]
July 19, 2018 in Marketing
Repetition is an old saw in the advertising business. Reach and frequency being words we grew up on. Reach is the total target you hit with a message and frequency is the number of times it was seen by said target. If you bonk people on the head enough times with your message, they’ll remember […]
July 18, 2018 in Marketing
My branding thesis is built upon the idea that 90% of marketing communications is hot air. That leaves only 10% for the good stuff: real selling. Also known as “proof” of value. In an ad brief, this might be referred to as “reasons to believe.” Listen to a :60 second radio commercial and pull out […]
July 17, 2018 in Marketing
My brand briefs are filled with heart-warming, heart wrenching twists of a phrase. They are meant to engage the Amygdala. Trust me, they work when it comes to selling brand strategy (one claim, three proof planks.) But unless you are Bob Dylan no consumer is going to remember your poetic brand claim and proof array. […]
July 12, 2018 in Marketing
In the toast at my daughter’s wedding I plan on sharing a smidgeon of marital and parenting advice. A brand planner by trade, I make a living observing behavior then packaging it into small, memorable bits of advice. Toast advice number 1. Don’t use the “H” word. Both my kids should remember this one; it’s […]
July 11, 2018 in Marketing
I’d like to say when it comes to brand planning my philosophy is “listening” but it’s not. Many will tell you the best cultural anthropologists are listeners, observers and silent recorders of behavior. They are. Many brand planners today are expert listeners but not all see. Watching confirms what the ears hear. Observing can add […]
July 10, 2018 in Marketing
My baby girl is getting married in a couple of months and I’ve been wondering what to say in the toast. Stuff about her? Everyone in the room knows her. Stuff about her soon-to-be-husband? Many will know him better than I. Should I lead with a joke? I’m funnier extemporaneously than when I write material. […]