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Today's Marketing Cookie - Finding The Right Brand Personality
"You will always get what you want through your charm and personality."
Today's fortune came from Meaghan Edelstein of Boynton Beach, FL. Meaghan began documenting her personal battle with cancer on her blog and received much deserved national attention by media giants such as Good Morning America, NPR, Cure Magazine, BlogWorld, among many others. One of which included Mashable, where she continues to serve as a regular contributing author. She also founded a wonderful nonprofit organization called, Spirit Jump to provide support to cancer patients everywhere with cards and inspirational gifts. I could go on and on about how talented Meaghan is, but I think Jeffrey Hayzlett articulated it all quite well saying, “When it comes to knowing about event production, Meaghan Edelstein is the very best!!" I recommend that you follow Meaghan on Twitter: @Megse34
Today's Marketing Cookie is about the difference between character and personality.
Our clients often hire us to help them develop a compelling brand personality. Somewhere along the way, they have either lost their identity, have never really had an identity or they do not like the identity they've become. This is among the most important missions we are recruited to perform, and when we accept the challenge, we do so with uncommon seriousness. As part of this exercise, we first investigate who they they think they are today, we look at who they say they want to be, and most importantly, we ask them to consider who they have the potential to be.
Yes, I said potential.
In some cases, companies want most to be airbrushed into something they just don't have the capacity nor capability to become. They attempt to dictate a prescription they want us to write for them, so they can self-medicate, but it doesn't work that way. No, their personality is a reflection of who they truly are, not not the other way around. I will say however, that we do see companies who wish to "play it safe" and paint themselves with muted conservative colors, when they should be moving up in their marketplace.
The personality we develop and recommend for our clients must fit the needs and expectations of the target audience. Being true to the needs of the customer of course, is the easy part. The more difficult aspect of identifying a brand personality, is that it must also fit the character of the company. If the outward personality and inner character of a company are not aligned, the facade is likely to fall away, revealing the wizard behind the curtain. If your customers discover that you are not who you say you are, you will lose their trust. Without trust, your company will have nothing upon which to stand.
Remember, all the charm in the world cannot make up for a deficit in character. As a wise person once said, "Don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character." If your company has the right principles and works to practice and protect their values, their character will serve as a strong foundation for the correct brand personality. If you have that foundation, your image will accurately reflect who you really are, and as today's fortune says, "You will always get what you want through your charm and personality."