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Brand Perception & the 10 Brand Trigger-Points

  1. 1. “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
  2. 2. your products and services provides your customer with a choice your brand defines whether they will choose you or your competitor
  3. 3. Your Brand ... is an Expectation ... that connects ... ... through emotions ... By differentiating the experience
  4. 4. Use Emotion to Position Your brand? But Emotions are not rational constructs … … they defy logic and reason …. and are defined by perceptions … which defines our reality The key lies in understanding perceptions
  5. 5. Brand Perceptions The key to managing your brands … and how people behave around them … … is manage the perceptions of the brand! You need to manage … … the conscious and subconscious elements …. ….of your Brand Then you can control the perceptions around your brand … whether this is for … Your Executive … Your Staff … … Your Customers … or even Your Competition
  6. 6. Managing Brand Perception
  7. 7. Managing Brand Perceptions ? The 10 Trigger Points of Perception: Identity Renewal Feeling Spirit Thought Freedom Attraction Structure Energy Growth
  8. 8. Managing Brand Perceptions ? The Benefits of using the 10 Trigger Points of Perception : • Defines exactly how people perceive the brand • Defines exactly how people behave around the brand • Defines the strength of Brand Clarity • Identifies the absolute unique brand personality • Defines how people identify with your brand • Clarifies what they associate with your brand • Taps into powerful ancient cultural myths and stories • Uses subconscious anchors and links • Provides the illogical emotional connection
  9. 9. The 10 trigger points of brand perception
  10. 10. What are the 10 Trigger Points ? The 10 brand triggers points are based on ten archetypes that operate in the collective psyche of humankind. They can be used to modify choices and behaviours in relation to a brand. These are: > Identity Individuality & Uniqueness [who we are] > Feeling Emotional Impact [the emotional impact of our brand] > Thought Communication [how and what we really communicate] > Attraction Social Intelligence [the impact of the brand on relationships] > Energy Competitiveness [how does the brand motivate action] > Growth Growth & Expansiveness [the capacity to expand] > Structure Authority & Respect [what we are respected for] > Freedom Innovation & [how our brand generates excitement] > Spirit Unconventionality [how our brand inspires] > Renewal Intuition & Inspiration [power of our brand to change people’s lives] Power & Transformation
  11. 11. What are Brand Archetypes > An archetype is not created > They are part of the human collective unconsciousness and reflect a subconscious way of doing things > An Archetype is not isolated, static elements of consciousness > They provide meaning and direction to how we behave and how we express ourselves a day-to-day basis > They are fundamental to everything that we do > A Brand Archetype is not a rational construct > They are universal in nature and behave in non-linear ways that lacks reason and logic > Archetypes and archetypal interactions are double edged swords > They are both positive and negative
  12. 12. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Brand Internal External Focus Archetype Alignment Alignment • Internal Brand Alignment • Executive Vision • Customer Insight Application • Cultural Alignment • Strategic Alignment • Competitive Analysis • Performance Management • Brand Positioning • Industry Analysis • Operational Effectiveness • Portfolio Management • CRM Strategies • Communication The following case studies that highlight some of these applications to provide an insight into the process
  13. 13. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Brand Case Study One: Positioning Identity • Executive Vision Renewal Feeling • Strategic Alignment Spirit Thought • Brand Positioning • Portfolio Management Freedom Attraction Structure Energy Growth Executive & Management are not strategically aligned
  14. 14. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Brand Case Study One: Executive Vision and Strategic Direction Positioning • Executive and Management have a different vision and overall positioning of the company • The Management have reversed the importance of the two dominant • Executive Vision archetypes and bring two in additional archetypes into the mix • Strategic Alignment • The management understanding of the strategy is causing conflict in the • Brand Positioning customer base through inconsistent delivery • Portfolio Management • Part of this confusion lies in a poorly structured products portfolio and the development of new products and services • There is a lack of understanding of the customer and what the customer needs are
  15. 15. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points External Alignment Case Study Two: Individuality and • Customer Insight Uniqueness • Competitive Analysis Power and Emotional Impact Transformation • Industry Analysis • CRM Strategies Intuition and Inspiration Communication • Communication Innovation and Social Intelligence Unconventionality Authority and Respect Competitiveness Growth and Expansiveness
  16. 16. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Case Study Two: Customer Alignment Current Brand Positioning: Brand clarity 42% Identity Energy and competitiveness: Renewal Feeling • given the energetic, athletic, competitive nature of the brand this is not very surprising Spirit Thought • this is unlikely to change in into the full going forward • this is very likely a very dominant position all brands in this category Freedom Attraction • key associations of this archetype are dynamism, action, and drive • people are enthusiastic about the brand and associate the qualities of Structure Energy courage and enterprise Growth • it has a passionate and energetic projection • it is seen as highly competitive among equivalent brands • the negative associations on this brand archetype are: friction, anger and Identity aggression Renewal Feeling Identity, individuality and uniqueness: Spirit Thought • the brand is perceived as a unique, stand alone entity. • its identity is recognizable in itself -- like MacDonalds. Freedom Attraction If MacDonalds did nothing other than sustain of the name and symbol, this would be sufficient. Similarly with SECR. Its identity carries much of the Structure Energy projection. Growth • the iconography and the name carry all the weight. • at a non-conscious level, the name and symbolism create sparks. • this identity embodies messages of health and vitality as a brand. have confidence in the brands longer term survival. They do not see it as a fly- by-night flash-in-the-pan unstable arrangement.
  17. 17. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Case Study Two: Customer Alignment External Identifying the 58% Diffusion and Key Positioning Opportunity Alignment Identity Renewal Feeling • Customer Insight Spirit Thought • Competitive Analysis Freedom Attraction • Industry Analysis Structure Energy • CRM Strategies Growth • Communication The source of brand confusion is due to the confusion in the growth, freedom, spirit, renewal and feelings are all very evenly ranked • You need to exploit the synergies between growth and spirit Elevate the Brand to an odyssey of personal growth which culminates in an otherworldly experience; in other words, emphasise the personal and spiritual development dimensions of the brand.
  18. 18. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points External Competitive Analysis Alignment Individuality and Uniqueness • Customer Insight Power and Emotional Impact Transformation • Competitive Analysis • Industry Analysis Intuition and Inspiration Communication • CRM Strategies • Communication Innovation and Social Intelligence Unconventionality Authority and Respect Competitiveness Growth and Expansiveness
  19. 19. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Internal Case Study Three: Alignment Identity • Internal Brand Alignment Renewal Feeling • Cultural Alignment • Performance Management Spirit Thought • Operational Effectiveness Freedom Attraction Structure Energy Growth Executive & Staff are not strategically aligned
  20. 20. Building Brands through the 10 Brand Trigger Points Internal Case Study Three: No Internal Alignment Alignment • There is a clear agreement about the brand positioning and strategic direction of the company but ... • Staff see the brand as an identity – something that is external to them • Internal Brand Alignment • Exec see brand as the driving force of the business • Cultural Alignment • Performance Management • There is complete confusion about what this positioning means and how to • Operational Effectiveness implement them between the executive and the staff • The exec sell one thing and the staff deliver something else • There is strong customer confusion around the brand experience • The growth of the company has been restricted this confusion
  21. 21. The 10 Brand Trigger Points
  22. 22. 1. Individuality and Uniqueness [Who are we] 75% Exec: Communication Innovation & Unconventionality > 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. Competitiveness Growth & > Exec has their ducks in a row and know what they are doing. Authority Expansiveness & Respect 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
  23. 23. 2. Emotional Impact [the emotional impact of our brand] Emotional Impact Exec : 67% Communication > Wants people to feel the Communication and Authority Respect archetypes as major players in the brand profile. Competitiveness > The presence of Growth and Expansion in an emotional environment is actually Authority & Respect 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 Growth & Expansiveness 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
  24. 24. 3. Communication [how and what we really communicate] 48% Exec: Power & Transformation Communication > Consistent with Communication within the communication meme which interacts with the Authority and Respect Competitiveness > The presence of Power & Transformation with Communication reveals that there is (or should be) a fairly high degree of quot;penetrationquot; in the way the brand Authority & Respect communicates. > It also reveals a quot;depthquot; 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%.
  25. 25. 4. Social Intelligence [the impact of the brand on relationships] Individual 60% & Uniqueness Exec : Power & Transformation > The Communication nature of the company is a point of attraction: Communication Communication, technology, knowledge, expertise, skill, intelligence - all these qualities combine to make the brand attractive. Intuition & Inspiration > 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 quot;out of this worldquot;. > 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.
  26. 26. 5. Competitiveness [How does our brand motivate action] 67% Exec and Management: Power & Transformation Individual > Nice coincidence with Power and Transformation and Competitiveness. Wow! & Uniqueness This is a very powerful combination. It is basically saying that the company is Superman in the competitive arena (no competition?) Authority > This archetypal combination brims with self-confidence. It is almost ruthless. & Respect Competitiveness 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.
  27. 27. 6. Growth and Expansiveness [the capacity of brand growth] 84% Exec and Management: Intuition & Inspiration Communication > Exec nominated this question as one of the top three in terms of importance of defining the brand. Innovation & Unconventionality > The 84% agreement level is very significant and positive in terms of staff Authority & Respect 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: quot;through control we achieve freedomquot;. > What does not make sense is why this restrictive archetypal combination has emerged on this particular question which relates to growth, enrichment, etc.
  28. 28. 7. Authority and Respect [what we are respected for] 63% Emotional Impact Individual Exec : & Uniqueness Communication > The Emotional Impact is highly significant. This brand wants people to feel safe Innovation & Unconventionality and secure -- relates to authority, discipline, structure, leadership, stability. Growth & Expansiveness > Exec's archetypal interaction is correlated with quot;fierce protectionquot; of the child by the mother. Competitiveness is one Exec's top choices and implies the brand is Competitiveness 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
  29. 29. 8. Innovation and Unconventionality [how our brand generates excitement] 64% Communication Emotional Impact Exec and Management : > Exec and Management agreement on the Communication and Competitiveness interaction. Authority Competitiveness & Respect >This is a combination that connects very powerfully with quick wittedness and a high degree of intelligence. It is also a quot;get things donequot; 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.
  30. 30. 9. Intuition and Inspiration [how our brand inspires] Individual & Uniqueness Exec : Emotional Impact 62% Communication > One of Exec's top three. The dominant archetypes are again expressed through this meme. Authority >The implication is that somehow people are uplifted and inspired through & Respect 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.
  31. 31. 10. Power and Transformation [power of our brand to change people lives] Intuition 75% & Inspiration Communication Exec and Management: Innovation & Unconventionality > Good result in terms of the agreement between Exec and the staff. There is a strong agreement. Authority & Respect > 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.
  32. 32. “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