“ A company's primary responsibility
is to serve its customers. Profit is not the primary goal, but rather an essential condition for the company's continued existence.” Peter Drucker
Brand Positioning ? Brand Positioning
needs to deliver a specific , consistent and focused behavioural result from customers, staff, suppliers – or any other stakeholder. It all boils down to how decisions are made – and what subconsciously drives these decisions!
Brand Positioning ? Every conscious
choice made by a human being, however outwardly rational, is influenced by subconscious perceptions and beliefs. These perceptions and beliefs are shaped by archetypal forces which affect us subconsciously and define how we behave and react to the world around us. Perceptions define an individuals reality. Manage perceptions and you manage the perceived reality!
Brand Positioning ? There are
ten fundamental archetypes operating in collective psyche of humankind which can be used to modify choices and behaviours in relation to a brand. These are: <ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Thought </li></ul><ul><li>Attraction </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Renewal </li></ul>Individuality & Uniqueness Emotional Impact Communication Social Intelligence Competitiveness Growth & Expansiveness Authority & Respect Innovation & Unconventionality Intuition & Inspiration Power & Transformation [who we are] [the emotional impact of our brand] [how and what we really communicate] [the impact of the brand on relationships] [how does the brand motivate action] [the capacity to expand] [what we are respected for] [how our brand generates excitement] [how our brand inspires] [power of our brand to change people’s lives]
<ul><li>An archetype is not created
</li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are part of the human collective unconsciousness and reflect a subconscious way of doing things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Archetype is not isolated, static elements of consciousness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They provide meaning and direction to how we behave and how we express ourselves a day-to-day basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are fundamental to everything that we do </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Brand Archetype is not a rational construct </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are universal in nature and behave in non-linear ways that lacks reason and logic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Archetypes and archetypal interactions are double edged swords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are both positive and negative </li></ul></ul>What are Brand Archetypes
<ul><li>Thought: </li></ul><ul><li>Communication, software, hardware, telecommunications
and networking. </li></ul><ul><li>Projects expertise and foremost understanding of the area of expertise and "good judgment“. </li></ul><ul><li>intelligent, knowledgeable, communicative, skilful, rational and reasonable. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication is important at all levels: within the company, and with the public, the communicative nature of the brand and the way the brand communicates. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative: Nervousness and the “diffusion of energy” (many projects and resources spread too thin). </li></ul><ul><li>Structure: </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords: Caution, conservatism, stability, trustworthiness, highly structured systems, endurance. </li></ul><ul><li>The brand is perceived in a serious light. People take it seriously. The people in the company take themselves seriously. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience is the teacher and is perceived as tough and enduring. </li></ul><ul><li>The brand embodies the qualities of trust, loyalty and faithfulness. The old school. Tradition. Solidity. Reliability. This is highly unusual for a modern tech company. </li></ul><ul><li>The negative side of the Structure includes stuffiness, excessive caution, slowness to respond, suspicion and mistrust, "unapproachable". </li></ul><ul><li>Lurking in the depths of the unconscious, there a quality of "cynicism" about this company. </li></ul>Exec Brand Positioning Thought Structure
Exec Brand Positioning The potential
positive manifestations : This combination brings logical thinking, steady advancement, thoroughness , maturity, good organisation skills, diligence, good with money, structure and discipline, practicality. The potential negative manifestations: Excessive reserve and lack of communication, difficulties in communication, difficulties in the early days (the equivalent of a troubled childhood in human beings). Positioning Balance: If Authority and Respect antagonistically outweighs the influence of Communication, then you have a situation where thought is repressed, communication is stifled, and the energy plods along in a very slow uninspiring way. If Communication antagonistically outweighs the Authority and Respect component, then you have the savant, out of control, with intellectual brilliance that is of no use to man or beast, completely dysfunctional. If the two are perfectly balanced and support each other, then you can have the brilliance of the savant being channeled in useful directions. Thought Structure
Exec Brand Positioning : Brand
Story Branded Keywords: Thought > Communication > "Good judgment" > Intelligent > Knowledgeable > Skilful > Reasonable Structure > Caution > Conservatism > Stability > Trustworthiness > Highly structured systems > Endurance Thought Structure
Brand Positioning: Exec vs. Management
4. Thought (Exec 1) 1. Structure (Exec 2) 2. Freedom 3. Energy (Exec weak 3 rd ) <ul><li>Two critical elements of these results: </li></ul><ul><li>Why do the staff reverse the importance of the two dominant archetypes? </li></ul><ul><li>why do the staff bring two additional archetypes into the mix? </li></ul>
1. Individuality and Uniqueness [Who
are we] Exec: > This is a very good result. The core identity of the brand mirrors the dominant archetypes produced by the analysis of the totality of her questionnaire. > Exec has their ducks in a row and know what they are doing. Management : > Communication is in semi-alignment with Exec. > But Innovation & Unconventionality and Growth & Expansiveness have no relation whatsoever to anything Exec had to say. > This is disturbing when we consider that there is a 75% agreement factor among the staff. > So in terms of the this question, we can see that the staff are way off base when compared to Exec. Comments: > Which positioning is right and how do we manage the challenges of conflicting energies Communication Competitiveness Innovation & Unconventionality Growth & Expansiveness Authority & Respect 75%
2. Emotional Impact [the emotional
impact of our brand] Communication Competitiveness Emotional Impact Growth & Expansiveness Authority & Respect Exec : > Wants people to feel the Communication and Authority Respect archetypes as major players in the brand profile. > The presence of Growth and Expansion in an emotional environment is actually one of the best possible placements for a brand. This energy is responsible for all good things, good fortune, growth, positivity, justice, wealth and so on. You want people to experience this at an emotional level. > To validate what the customers are experiencing we would have to assess the clients. Management: > Weak agreement with Authority and Respect and is the only point of agreement. > With 67% weighted agreement the management are not in strong agreement with each other. > Positive: Emotional Impact was selected as the dominant theme in this question. Shows awareness that people's feelings are very important in the context of the brand. This is further confirmed in question 7. So there is a nice synergy here. Comments: > How important is the emotional impact of your brand given your current target market? > Exec – Low > Management - Medium
3. Communication [how and what
we really communicate] 48% Exec: > Consistent with Communication within the communication meme which interacts with the Authority and Respect > The presence of Power & Transformation with Communication reveals that there is (or should be) a fairly high degree of "penetration" in the way the brand communicates. > It also reveals a "depth" to the communication. At another level, it reveals the obvious: the transformational role of the technology. Management: > On the good side, we can see that the answers to the questions almost precisely mirror each other between Exec and the Management. > But at 48% Management have no agreement in the way the brand communicates Comments : > The results on this question are simultaneously both startlingly good and worryingly bad. Good that there is strong agreement. Bad that there is only 48%.
4. Social Intelligence [the impact
of the brand on relationships] Communication Power & Transformation Individual & Uniqueness Intuition & Inspiration 60% Exec : > The Communication nature of the company is a point of attraction: Communication, technology, knowledge, expertise, skill, intelligence - all these qualities combine to make the brand attractive. > Power and Transformation interaction Communication suggest the brand is triumphant in its persuasiveness (read mind control, suggestion, ability to influence people's ideas and thoughts). For this reason that people find attractive. (If this is the case, then we would pick this up if we ever did a survey of the clients). Management: > The Managements choice of Intuition and Inspiration suggest that the idealistic, inspirational, uplifting qualities of the brand are what make it attractive to people. This provides an imaginative, fantastical quality. What they are saying is that people find the brand attractive because it is "out of this world". > At 60% the staff are not in strong agreement Comments : > Nice correspondence between Exec and management in that the Individuality and Power and Transformation feature on both lists. This is concerned with issues of power and leadership that the brand attractive and due to its consolidated position in the market. Represents an Ancient Guru Archetype.
5. Competitiveness [How does our
brand motivate action] Authority & Respect Power & Transformation Competitiveness Individual & Uniqueness 67% Exec and Management: > Nice coincidence with Power and Transformation and Competitiveness. Wow! This is a very powerful combination. It is basically saying that the company is Superman in the competitive arena (no competition?) > This archetypal combination brims with self-confidence. It is almost ruthless. Nice. There is a huge amount of dynamism here. It is a very successful configuration. Everyone knows that they are successful. They see themselves a successful. They are successful. Absolute confidence. Brilliant. Comments: > It is a pity that the agreement factor only comes in at 67%. > Ideally with a powerful archetype like this we should be looking to exploit it with a higher percentage of agreement. As an aggregate, the staff are expressing their level of confidence in the brand and in what they do and the company they belong to. But not everyone is entirely sure of this.
6. Growth and Expansiveness [the
capacity of brand growth] Authority & Respect Intuition & Inspiration Communication Innovation & Unconventionality 84% Exec and Management: > Exec nominated this question as one of the top three in terms of importance of defining the brand. > The 84% agreement level is very significant and positive in terms of staff understanding and projecting these qualities. > Everyone is on the same page. > The brand's role in enriching the lives of its customers is identified in terms of the Innovation and Unconventionality archetype: innovativeness, revolutionary transformation, cutting edge technology, etc. > The Authority and Respect is the archetype of form and structure and authority. Lives are enriched through access to the stable platform which has innate strength. Comments: > The challenge is the Innovation and Unconventionality and Authority and Respect interaction does not combine easily. It is heavy going and awkward. > But in the context of this company it could makes sense: "through control we achieve freedom". > What does not make sense is why this restrictive archetypal combination has emerged on this particular question which relates to growth, enrichment, etc.
7. Authority and Respect [what
we are respected for] 63% Communication Competitiveness Innovation & Unconventionality Emotional Impact Growth & Expansiveness Exec : > The Emotional Impact is highly significant. This brand wants people to feel safe and secure -- relates to authority, discipline, structure, leadership, stability. > Exec's archetypal interaction is correlated with "fierce protection" of the child by the mother. Competitiveness is one Exec's top choices and implies the brand is authoritative and in control through the dynamism and competitiveness of the company. Management: > Exec and the management are in agreement with the Emotional Impact in this meme. > Shows a strong maternal (paternalistic), nurturing energy. > The other archetypes are to low to have an impact on this brand meme. Comments: >The 63% management agreement is too low for one of the most important questions there really should be a higher level of consensus among the staff. The lower levels are: Growth and Expansiveness, Competitiveness, Individuality and Uniqueness and Innovation and Unconventionality Individual & Uniqueness
8. Innovation and Unconventionality [how
our brand generates excitement] 64% Communication Authority & Respect Competitiveness Emotional Impact Exec and Management : > Exec and Management agreement on the Communication and Competitiveness interaction. >This is a combination that connects very powerfully with quick wittedness and a high degree of intelligence. It is also a "get things done" combination. It is an archetype that represents the implementation of strategies and plans. > Positive: relates to skill, practicality, forceful communication, an impressive ability to act and when expressed is a great force for success. > Negative: interpersonal verbal conflict, nervousness to a pathological extreme which results in outbursts - in the corporate contexts these outbursts would relate to systemic failures. Becoming embroiled in controversies, disputes and lawsuits Comments: > With an agreement factor or 64%, there appears to be room for improvement here.
9. Intuition and Inspiration [how
our brand inspires] 62% Communication Individual & Uniqueness Authority & Respect Emotional Impact Exec : > One of Exec's top three. The dominant archetypes are again expressed through this meme. >The implication is that somehow people are uplifted and inspired through the diligence, discipline and practicality associated with the brand and therefore with the company. Management: > Are in agreement with Exec Comments: > If Exec is serious about the importance of this question, and about projecting these particular attributes and values, then the managements 62% agreement needs to be higher.
10. Power and Transformation [power
of our brand to change people lives] 75% Communication Intuition & Inspiration Authority & Respect Innovation & Unconventionality Exec and Management: > Good result in terms of the agreement between Exec and the staff. There is a strong agreement. > And at 75%, a very good consensus among the staff. Enough said. Comments > This is one of two questions where the Management agree with Exec (other is communication) but it is not a strong meme.
<ul><li>Assess your customer against the
10 brand memes to understand how they subconsciously see your brand </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmark your staff’s current brand insight and understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess as a group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess each person against the brand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Align your customers and your staff to your brand: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Define what your core positioning is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define what you require from each of the 10 brand meme’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define your brand keywords and how they translate into your brand story (What do the keywords really mean?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an brand intervention strategy that brings everyone on the same page </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review your business structure and operations against the brand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you structure your business to deliver your brand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does your brand move through your organisation : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are your brand touchpoints and what is the level of influence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is involved at each touch point </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What define on and off brand behaviour at each touchpoint </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Note to Exec: Only then develop a marketing strategy to tell your brand story - in other words you will be able to deliver on what you are promising! </li></ul>Next Steps