Once you’ve identified any disconnects in your messaging (see “Are you avoiding a marketing audit?”) and any missing tools in your marketing toolbox (see “Are you missing key marketing pieces?”), it’s time to develop a communications strategy. We need guideposts to ensure that our messaging stays on track and is exposed to the right audiences in order to help meet your business objectives.
To do that we go back to a questioning strategy. One simple and fun technique that we’ve used successfully is to ask “If your business were an animal, what kind of animal would it be and why?” Sit with that for a minute. You may instantly see a fox running nimbly over a forest floor, smart and quick. You may see a seal gracefully thriving in waters too cold for other species. The idea of the fox or the seal may better help you visualize your company’s brand and help you assess whether that brand is manifesting in your communications. Don’t limit yourself to animals – use whatever works for you. Whatever you do, can you liken it to something even more familiar? Think about how that metaphor speaks to your customers’ needs. Keep bringing it back to your clients. Again, keep your ideal customers in mind. How does this speak to them?