Storytelling: The Seven (7) Plots for Building Your Brand

2017-07-29 18.08.05-3I believe in storytelling for brands that are authentic, immersive and channel specific, which drives community growth, brand affinity and establish a lifestyle brand, with strong conversion rates.

This is achieved by transporting and engaging the community with relevant and contextual creatives, designed uniquely for each consumer funnel experience towards value pricing (Experiential Marketing). From my experiences there are SEVEN (7) plots that a brand can pursue:

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1. Overcoming the Monster (Freedom).

2. Rage to Riches.

3. The Quest – Adventure.

4. The Voyage Return.

5. Comedy (Romantic).

6. Tragedy.

7. Rebirth.

APPLICATION: If brand/marketing manager understands, which story they want to convey with the brand(s), they now have their #NorthStar.

CHALLENGE: To determine the mental frame, inrelation to how the consumers wants your brand to convey that story through each funnel. Critical in the 21st century MarCom plans success is a multi-channel immersive approach



RESULT: A brand that resonates authenticity with its consumers; depicts and integrates effortlessly into the consumers Lifestyle or Ideal state…


IPhoneX – Your New Best Friend or Not?

    IPhoneX Launched…

The iPhoneX – Will You Be Getting One? If so, this is what your new investment, will get you…


1. Display:  The First AMOLED display on a Iphone. The screen panel is called Super Retina Display and measures 5.8″ big with 458ppi pixel density. Both HDR10 and Dolby Vision are supported and the panel offers a whopping a million to one contrast ratio. 
2. FaceID:  They enable FaceID, the replacement of TouchID – the FaceID uses a flood illuminator (so it works in the dark) and a projector that paints 30,000 points on your face. This includes Apple Pay, naturally!
3. Control Center: Speaking of unlocking, you can also use tap to wake. Once the screen is on, you can swipe up to unlock. This swipe gesture is also used to enable multitasking (swipe up and hold) and to go back to the home screen (swipe up to “throw” the app). Where does that leave the Control center? It’s still here, it has just moved on top.

4.  Chip: The phone is powered by the Apple A11 chipset, which evolves the two-tier CPU design – it has two powerful cores and four energy-efficient ones.

5.  Emoji: This extensive face scanning is used for the animojis too – the cute faces you use instead of punctuation now have a life of their own as they mimic your facial expressions.

​What Do you think? Will You make #IPhoneX your new Best Friends? Send me your opinion….

Emergence of Messenger for Brands

s3-news-tmp-10557-facebook_messenger_1--2x1--940Messaging is an essential channel management tactical tool, during the customer funnel engagement journey. Today, most agile business operations are embracing this new funnel to drive engagement, increase leads and stronger conversions rates.

According to research in 2017, over 3/4 of the worlds’ smartphone users will use a mobile messaging app to communicate with family, friends and businesses.  Over 1/2 of US digital media users will message a brand, instead of email or even call, and 53% of people globally will likely to shop (this holiday season), with brands they message directly.

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Marketing vs. Brand Managers

most-famous-brand-logos_103312.jpgThe debate continues on the differences between a Marketing and a Brand Manager’s roles and functions.  Today, we will explore this debate, base on their respective core functionalities.

What is Marketing?

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A Product (Commodity) Generic Energy Shake
According to Dr. Kotler, marketing is the science and art of exploring, creating and delivering value to satisfy the  needs of a target market at a profit.  So marketing is basically the ongoing communication exchange with customers in a way that educates, informs and builds a relationship over time.



What is a Brand?

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Cafe Blue Coffee – Iconic Coffee Brand.






This is a specific emotion or reference point that is linked to the product or service, which results in a customer journey, when interacting with the product/service.



Marketing Management.

This is guided by the traditional 4Ps, and frames the strategic outlook and tactical execution for marketing managers- below we briefly outline the 4Ps:


The product is either a tangible good or an intangible service.  In the case of the marketing manager – the key is to understand those problems that the product is attempting to solve then, showcase the benefits offered by the product and its features (the Unique Selling Proposition – USP).


The price cover the actual amount the end user is expected to pay for a product. If there is a positive customer value, than a product may be successfully priced higher than its objective monetary value (value pricing). Conversely, if a product has little value in the eyes of the consumer (its a commodity), then it may need to be underpriced to sell. So, the marketing manager is critical to the cross function pricing team, by infusing intelligence on the distribution footprint (channel management), value chain analysis, markups and competitors pricing.


This is the communication (MarCom) aspect of marketing. This may include advertising, sales promotions, special offers and public relations. The marketing manager identifies the most effective communication channel, given the specific product, the price and the targeted end users.


Place or placement strategy has to do with how the product will ‘reach’ the end user. Distribution is a key element for the placement strategy – the focus is on RTM (Route To Market) – How a product is accessed by the end user also needs to complement the rest of the product strategy.

So, the main function of a marketing manager is to increase the efficiency of the RTM  programme for the product. This is critical and supports the expansion of the product’s distribution footprint, trade marketing programmes and financial sustainability of the product.

Brand Management

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Brand Development – Colour

The core function of brand management is to develop the Brand Purpose, and drive the Brand Promise of the product, by establishing the Brand Difference, while continually Delivering on the Promise over the product’s life cycle.  To achieve this the Brand Manager has to conceptualize and design the product’s voice, personality, and identity that would connect with the target end users.  Note that not all products will have a brand – If you decide to build a brand then, the Brand Manager will focus on the following elements for the product – called the 4Cs of Branding:


For brand managers, the strategic focus is to develop a ‘Brand Purpose‘ – What The Brand Stands for?.  It is essential that the purpose is simple and the marketing team is able to stick with it and communicate that effectively to the end users.


This is the ‘Brand Promise, the brand manager will have to be able to understand the functionality or the solution the product provides to the end-user.  Additionally,  the manager should integrate those functionalities into a specific personality trait – that connects with the end users.


Another aspect of brand management is to develop credibility.  Once you have committed to a ‘Brand Promise’ – If the product isn’t able to deliver on that promise or EXPECTATION – then it has failed the consumer’s ‘Job-to-be-done (JTBD)‘ test.   So brand managers will need to ensure the product will be able to ‘Deliver on the Promise‘ – and establish the product’s ‘right to play’ in the space.


This function is considered the most important for a brand manager.  The main task is to solidify ‘Brand Difference in the marketplace and all channels to allow for value pricing.  This typically goes beyond the functionality of the product, by establishing the brand as a lifestyle brand.  This is achieved via experiential marketing programmes.

So, Brand Managers should unleash the creativity of the product based on its functional attributes.  The Manager should manage the 4C’s towards unearthing the product’s full potential and life time connection with the end users- to drive brand relevance, awareness and presences – towards #BuildingBillionBrands  #OneBrandStrategy

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USA Brands

So, the fundamental difference between a marketing team and brand team is that the marketing team operationalizes the tactical plan, after the brand team has conceptualized, and designed the personality for the brand.  This is all guided by the strategic outlook by the corporate and the leadership team (internal or external) to the organization. Additionally, the brand team is responsible for establishing, driving and solidifying the intrinsic ‘Value Pricing‘  and “Generate Demand” for the product – to support the marketing operational and tactical programmes. While the marketing team focuses on ‘Demand Fulfillment‘ and ‘Go to Market Strategies‘ for the product. 

Experiential Marketing

For any brand to continue evolving and remain relevant to a consumer over their lifetime, it has to deliver a specific experience or solve a “Job To Be Done – JTBD” . This can be achieved by appealing to a variety of senses and tapping into that special place within the consumer’s heart and mind that generate thoughts about comfort, pleasure, as well as inspiring a sense of practicality which entice individuals to act on that impulse at every purchase . This tactical approach is called – Experiential Marketing.

So, Experiential Marketing, is a tactical approach to marketing goods and services by establishing a specific experience you desire the consumer to have or to associate with your brand. The idea is to integrate elements of emotions, logic, and deep connectivity through your brand funnel process to the targeted consumer. So the goal of experiential marketing is to solidify the connection in such a way that the consumer responds to a product offering based on both deep emotions and rational over their lifetime, making this a “Liquid Idea” and “Viral Concept“.

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In marketing the challenge is to tell a story that captures the hearts and minds of the customers/consumers.  The ultimate goal is to solidify our brands presence in a specific mental space in the consumer’s daily lives, and construct the mental availability frame to match the situation for the consumer. Basically the marketing teams job is to sell a dream via experiences and integrate their brands into the typical consumer social fabric.

#StoryTelling #Experiential #Marketing

What is a Brand?

This is a specific emotion or reference point that is linked to the product or service, which results in a customer journey, when interacting with the product/service.

What is Branding?

Branding is the visual manifestation of the brand in the spaces/location  (physical, digital or audio), that the target customers operates or conduct their daily activities.  These visual manifestations are critical to re-enforce the values of the brand and constantly communicate/establish the brand as an important element in the customers social fabric – towards a lifestyle brand.

A Brand isn’t:

  1. A digital media presence.
  2. Perception.
  3. A marketing strategic plan.
  4. CEO/CFO or Executives.
  5. A Product/Service.
  6. The logo.

A Brand is:

  1. Experiential.
  2. The Integrity/Credibility.
  3. Engagement.
  4. Value System.
  5. USP – Unique Selling Point 

So a Brand is the process of developing or maintaining a reputation, that results in a specific customer experience. This is re-enforced by daily employees actions as the interface with the customers, which results in a clear USP – which they becomes the Brand…

What is Brand Identity?

These are the visual elements that supports the USP in the customer’s mental availability frame.  This includes the colours, logo, name or any type of symbols that are used in communication with public (team members included).  The identity works to drive that critical mental availability at the point of purchase…