Lately, I’ve been hearing a little undercurrent that brand strategies are almost secondary to brand planning — the act of preparing a brand strategy. The act of preparing insights, observations and conducting research is more important, so the implication goes, than the actual strategy itself.
Martin Weigel recently tweeted to @phil_adams, who had posted that he had done a particular strategy, “Yeah, but did you do the planning?” Suggesting that anyone can poop out a strategy but the hard work is the foundation – in the planning.
It would be had to disagree having a smart rigor to get you to a brand strategy is important. But conversely, you can rigor your ass off for months and come up with a goofy, off-piste strategy. Both are needed.
Foundation is critical. And so is the idea. And the “proof planks” that create evidence in support of the idea.
Good prep leads to good work product. It doesn’t insure it.