My brand discovery, from a functional point standpoint, is a lot like others: stakeholder interviews, interviews of customers, qualitative research, experience research, a review of available quantitative data. Perhaps some primary research and scouring of social media. I may toss a few curve balls into the mix and, of course, questions vary from brand planner to brand planner, but that’s the tool kit.
What sets one planner apart from the next is what they do with the discovery. How they wade through and mine key data and insights. Some use a brief. I use a brief. It allows me to tell a story and forces me to tell that story by prioritizing the learning.
All that said, one differentiator that sets What’s The Idea? off from others brand strategy consultancies is its reliance on proof. Or evidence of value. The kernels of proof that demonstrate value. For me that’s the science. If I was to tell you I’m strong, you might not believe me until I proved I can pick up 200 lbs. If I claimed to be fast, you might want to see me run and time me in the 40 yard dash.
Having grown up in the advertising business I understand how often we bandy about superlative claims with little or no proof. Copy or salesy words fall of deaf ears today. Consumers are inured to claims without proof. It’s flah, flah, flah.
Find your claim, prove it, then prove it again and again. Don’t waste a breath on copy without proof.
Doing so is costly.