As a brand planner I have a simple rule. Ideas must be simple. Simple ideas make for good ads. Simple strategies make for good marketing and simple language makes for good communication.
The product for which I am marketing director, Zude.com, aims to be an easy-to-use web authoring tool. For beginners, intermediates and experts. But the code that goes into making Zude what it is, is amazingly complex. The usability coded into Zude, which allows users to drag-and-drop any web object onto a page (text, pictures, video, widgets, websites) is Einstein-ian. But the consumer benefit — the result — is wonderfully simple.
Finding a powerful branding idea is heavy lifting too. It’s the result of crazy hard work. Inputs from the product itself, consumers, the product architects, research, and management all go into a big planning vessel. That vessel then must meet a catalyst (planner) and the “boil down” begins. As extraneous and secondary brand detail and benefits fall away, things start to take focus. (In planning, knowing what not to use, is three quarters of the battle.) As evaporation takes place the idea gets stronger. It’s very organic. If the end result is a simple statement that meets a consumer need and can be uniquely and elegantly delivered through the product, you have a successful idea.
New York- Presbyterian’s idea, from yesterday’s post, was “amazing. Coke is “refreshment.” See, it’s simple.
Noah Brier, a brand planner has published a fun little app that captures brand meaning in one word. http://www.brandtags.net/
November 21, 2017 in Marketing
I was going over some notes taken during a recent WARC webinar presented by (my boy) Faris Yakob and came across a slide on the customer journey. I’m a fan of customer journey having created a facsimile I call Twitch Point Planning. Twitch Point Planning attempts to “understand, map and manipulate a customer closer to […]
November 20, 2017 in Marketing
I’m a big proponent of something I call Meme Metrics. Wikipedia defines a meme as “A meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture — often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme.” As a blogger who […]
November 17, 2017 in Brand Strategy
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November 14, 2017 in Marketing
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November 13, 2017 in Marketing
I just read an interesting study on brand recall. The methodology used saw consumers attempt to draw from memory brand logos. Starbucks, Target, Apple, Adidas, etc. are apparently hard to recreate when asked to put pen to paper. Much easier I would imagine, would be creating logos when given marks and type from a sort […]
November 9, 2017 in Marketing
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November 7, 2017 in Brand Strategy
Brand planners at agencies have two jobs. One job is to assist with new business strategy where they mine insights that make it easier for consumers to like, want and buy a brand. The other type of brand planner runs day-to-day tactical business. These are the day-planners. Once the master strategy is in place, […]