Updated: May 10
I am a true believer that creative makes a difference for our brands. Strong creative requires direction, it needs a mission or else it is just pretty pictures, all sizzle but no steak. Challenges provide that direction, whether it is a business challenge or even an environmental challenge, like Covid-19.
Creativity can be a positive for us in times of crisis. Some of the strongest creative happens when things did not quite go as planned and we have had to adapt to change. It is the power of creative constraint, where our limited resources lead us to answers we would never have found in times of abundance.
We can see today’s environment as a creative deterrent and something to wait out or we can see possibility, an opportunity to reassure or quite possibly even get new consumers to notice us! Consumers are aware more than ever of the choices they make, which means there is more opportunity for them to consider something new.
Here are 3 steps you can take to strengthen & leverage creativity for your brand:
Be brand aware. Know where your brand stands with consumers right now. Brand perception is reality. Are you a trusted brand with your current consumers, or are they questioning the value you bring? Read your own ratings and reviews- what are they saying when you are not in the room? If consumers are not able to articulate your value, start here and learn why not, and what needs to change with your creative assets to help make that happen.
Stay connected. Either tell consumers a new way to think about you and the benefits you bring or provide value by showing how you are helping to be part of the solution. We need to stay in their consideration set for whenever they are ready to engage. Social posts, email newsletters can be easy low-cost ways to do this.
Draw Attention. Use your brand assets in new creative ways, it is not business as usual so a little unexpected is appropriate when used the right way. Check out McDonalds - they are doing an amazing job reassuring how they are social distancing with their drive thru, by a creative use of splitting their “M” to show social distancing.
Scouts is also another great example of repositioning- being known for outdoor activities to now the “Great Indoors”. Check out these and other examples of what brands are doing to leverage their own creativity in times of adversity.
However you use your creative, make sure it feels true to your purpose, mission, and values- providing the authenticity and reassurance consumers are looking for during this time. There is a famous quote by Simon Sinek, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” and that could not be anymore true than right now.
The Brand Evaluator is supported by a collective of independent brand builders – Michelle Thompson, BrandSpark Design LLC and Christine Sech, Brave Oak Brand Building LLC. We work with emerging businesses and the investors who support them to clearly and meaningfully convey an organization’s value through brand building strategy, design and content that drives results.