When you think of successful entrepreneurs or brand teams what are the first things that come to mind for how they became successful? At first glance, you might attribute their success to things like smart, confident leadership, a great product, competitive drive, or a great marketing campaign. However, the unsung hero, the backbone of their success is often their brand planning. Planning is not sexy, it’s not the part that people talk about and share, but it universally serves as the guide they follow to achieve success.
Planning is not a one-size-fits-all process, some may have more elaborate plans than others, but regardless of the size of your business, you still need a plan that lays out even a basic roadmap for how you will achieve your goals.
Why is brand planning important?
A brand plan aligns everyone in your organization behind the same vision, strategies, tactics, and costs needed to make your brand or business venture a success. In this cluttered world of overwhelming options, writing a brand plan will help you and your team stay focused, guide the way you allocate your limited resources, and consistently express your brand offering to your target consumers.
What should your brand plan include?
You may only write your brand plan once a year but as a business leader you should always be in planning mode, that is to say, you should always monitor your brand’s performance, identify key learnings and areas of improvement. As you learn more about your customers and your key competitors, you can adapt your plan to help you stay on track and keep working towards achieving your goals.
– Emma Medina, Director of Brand Strategy at Smith Design