HOW TO:

ALIGN A BRAND STRATEGY AND BUSINESS STRATEGY

BACKGROUND

There’s a common perception that business strategy is strategic, and brand strategy is marketing-led – and not a corporate-level asset. However, in order for a company to create value and to recognize its full value…both need to be aligned. Because…

  • the essence of business strategy is knowing where and how you will win
  • brand strategy covers much of the same ground
  • both are about targeting a customer, resolving problems, defending turf
  • brand strategy is therefore just a translating of business strategy

HOW TO ALIGN BRAND AND BUSINESS STRATEGY

  • recognize that brand strategy is not an offshoot of the marketing function, but rather an extension of business strategy – representing a corporate-wide vision that drives business performance, culture, experience,
    perceptions and relationships
  • as a first step to alignment, begin by mapping the basic building blocks of your business model – specifically the revenue generating components (i.e. value proposition, customer segments, channels, customer relationships)
  • brand strategy should then dovetail with each of the business model components above; translating each one into a purposeful and differentiated promise as the face of your business
  • ultimately, a strong brand creates a strong business. A brand strategy which is part of your overall business strategy, is a strategy for growth and success.
  • at the end of the day, everyone important to your brand’s success needs to be on board – from the CEO to the most junior people across the organization – believing in the same vision, the same purpose and the
    same promises

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