After 20 years working as a brand strategist, I’ve seen and heard a lot of confusion about brand strategy.
While it’s the most desired skill CMOs are looking for this year, not many people are offering it, because it appears to be so complicated.
But brand strategy is a really powerful business tool when understood properly.
So here’s the four biggest myths about brand strategy that add to all this confusion, and what you really need to know instead, to help you understand how it can elevate your business.
This view is what prevents solid businesses from building great brands.
Let’s start by being clear on what each of these things are.
Brand strategy is your decision on what you want to stand for: the associations you want to build about your brand in people’s minds.
‘Branding’ is the process of creating distinctive signals...
It’s that time of year when marketers in the UK are writing their strategies for the year ahead (our financial year starts April 6th, which is bonkers, but has been in place since 1800. You know we love our history…)
But what really is a marketing strategy?
And what’s the difference between marketing strategy and brand strategy?
And what’s the difference between brand strategy and business strategy?
And what’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything??? (Well, we know that’s 42. Read on for the rest).
Business strategy identifies where an organisation wants to go.
It usually includes a hard metric vision or goal like, 'to be a $10 billion business by 2025', or 'to grow by 35% in the next 5 years'. It also includes the operational changes required to help to get there.
Brand strategy is really about why people should...
Well, here's a secret for you...
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