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Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society IZZIE ZAHORIAN izziezahorian.com

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"Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society" is a culmination of 3 months of research, planning, design, and passion while interning at Libby Perszyk Kathman in Cincinnati. The presentation covers the importance of creating a brand based around values that resonate throughout the internal dynamics of your company, to the products and services you are offering, to the message you are sending consumers. Trust is at an all time low. It is essential to the success of your brand to create a story that is authentic, relevant, and meaningful. If you'd like to start a conversation, feel free to email me at [email protected] The presentation was inspired by a white paper by idBranding, which can be downloaded from their website idbranding.com​

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  • Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society IZZIE ZAHORIAN izziezahorian.com
  • inspired by Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society
  • This presentation was created in Spring 2008 over the course of three months, while interning at LPK Cincinnati Huge thanks go out to Nathan Hendricks, my friend and mentor, who approached me with the project and allowed me to Give Them Something to Believe In: share it with others The Value of Brand Authenticity You can viewa Transparent Society in the original presentation over at vimeo.com IZ
  • PART ONE: THE OLD MODEL OF BRANDING
  • where it all started the birth of advertising
  • IMPENETRABLE SHELL Y
  • nobody could get in Y
  • nothing could get out Y
  • complete control of brand image WHATEVER a company wants consumers to know
  • what did it look like? most sensational ever!
  • the creative revolution R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
  • Bill Bernbach
  • Ive got a great gimmick.
  • Ive got a great gimmick. Lets tell the truth.
  • the Volkswagen Beetle before Bill Bernbach
  • The Volkswagen brand had some issues:
  • The Volkswagen brand had some issues: Nazi car Pretty ugly Lawn mower-sized engine Not luxury
  • Rather than promote themselves as a glamorous status symbol, VW emphasized reliability, quality, and low-cost maintenance.
  • The ads were witty, honest, and humorous.
  • Bills insight was that people would be wooed by ads which spoke to them in ways they always wanted to be spoken to
  • Bills insight was that people would be wooed by ads which spoke to them in ways they always wanted to be spoken tointelligently.
  • People didnt just want product features shouted at them.
  • People didnt just want product features shouted at them. They wanted the product story told in a compelling and satisfying way.
  • Volkswagon didnt try to be anything it wasnt, which appealed to consumers who valued honesty and authenticity,
  • Volkswagon didnt try to be anything it wasnt, which appealed to consumers who valued honesty and authenticity, and formed the sustainable base of an extremely profitable brand.
  • 2nd creative revolution an experience they love
  • Chiat/Day for Apple combatting conformity, asserting originality youtube.com
  • 2nd Creative Revolution engaging entertaining gave consumers an experience they loved
  • 2nd Creative Revolution engaging entertaining gave consumers an experience they loved demonstrating, not telling like putting on a play
  • memorable play
  • memorable play happy, loyal customers
  • why these approaches dont cut it give them something real
  • Remember that Apple ad? combatting conformity, asserting originality?
  • Remember that Apple ad? combatting conformity, asserting originality? youtube.com
  • Remember that Apple ad? combatting conformity, asserting originality? youtube.com People dont want an act.
  • People want honesty. People want something real.
  • Todays Consumer harder to convince probes their own truth less likely to stay loyal
  • Todays Consumer harder to convince probes their own truth less likely to stay loyal Which is why its so important to cover all of your bases.
  • Nike
  • Nike is cool.
  • Nike is cool. Cutting-edge ideas Stunning design Provactive advertising
  • Nike
  • Nike sucks.
  • Nike sucks. What happened?
  • Nike was charged with abusive labor practices in their overseas sweatshops.
  • People were outraged and Nike sales plummeted.
  • Why are people bothering to probe?
  • Why are people bothering to probe? isnt sweet advertising good enough?
  • Because Its not about best, fanciest, or cheapest.
  • Because Its not about best, fanciest, or cheapest. Its about meaning.
  • Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society
  • I love these shoes.
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes.
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes. But Im not going to buy these shoes
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes. But Im not going to buy these shoes because I know about this:
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes. But Im not going to buy these shoes because I know about this: And if I bought those shoes
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes. But Im not going to buy these shoes because I know about this: And if I bought those shoes I would be supporting this
  • I love these shoes. I must have these shoes. But Im not going to buy these shoes because I know about this: And if I bought those shoes I would be supporting this And frankly, I dont like what that says about me.
  • PART TWO: A NEW MODEL OF BRANDING
  • COMPANY CONSUMERS CONSUMERS CONSUMERS CONSUMERS CONSUMERS
  • COMPANY CONSUMERS who trust and identify with your brand CONSUMERS who trust and identify with your brand VALUES & CONSUMERS BELIEFS who trust and identify with your brand CONSUMERS who trust and identify with your brand CONSUMERS
  • How to Build a Brand Culture
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend. 3 Put your money where your mouth is. Do what you say youre going to do. Be who you say you are, inside and out.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend. 3 Put your money where your mouth is. Do what you say youre going to do. Be who you say you are, inside and out. 4 Dont mess up.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend. 3 Put your money where your mouth is. Do what you say youre going to do. Be who you say you are, inside and out. 4 Dont mess up. Ever. Consistency builds trust.
  • How to Build a Brand Culture 1 Figure out who you are and who you want to reach. 2 Realize you cant be everybodys best friend. 3 Put your money where your mouth is. Do what you say youre going to do. Be who you say you are, inside and out. 4 Dont mess up. Ever. Consistency builds trust. 5 Feel good about yourself, attain a cult following, and make lots of money.
  • MUJI no-brand strategy free of agenda, doctrine, and isms no classical marketing or advertising
  • MUJI no-brand strategy free of agenda, doctrine, and isms no classical marketing or advertising minimalist design streamlined production reduced packaging emphasis on recycling
  • MUJI no-brand strategy free of agenda, doctrine, and isms no classical marketing or advertising minimalist design streamlined production reduced packaging emphasis on recycling lower than usual prices
  • MUJI Mujirers describe the brand as a way of life no-brand strategy free of agenda, doctrine, and isms no classical marketing or advertising minimalist design streamlined production reduced packaging emphasis on recycling lower than usual prices
  • MUJI Mujirers describe the brand as a way of life no-brand strategy free of agenda, doctrine, and isms no classical marketing or advertising success attributed to word of mouth minimalist design streamlined production reduced packaging emphasis on recycling lower than usual prices
  • culture, self, and brands
  • culture, self, and brands consumer identity and the new model HANG IN THERE! (this is when it gets deep)
  • Each individual has an ethos & a worldview from which all action stems.
  • Each individual has an ethos & a worldview from which all action stems. In other words, everything you do, think, and feel
  • an ethos a worldview In other words, everything you do, think, and feel is because of those two things.
  • an ethos moral code of conduct an understanding of how we should act in the world
  • an ethos moral code of conduct an understanding of how we should act in the world an worldview the way things work an individuals perspective on how the world really is
  • an culture the system that shapes ethos & worldview
  • an culture the system that shapes ethos & worldview who you are what you believe how you act
  • so culture
  • so culture plays a huge part in an individuals identity
  • Back in the day, you could live your entire life and only be exposed to one culture. you could live your entire life and only be exposed to one set of beliefs, one set of values. One lifestyle.
  • But today, in post-modern society, we are exposed to a myriad of cultures, lifestyles, philosophies, religious beliefs, careers, places to live, income levels.
  • And because we are exposed to a myriad of cultures, lifestyles, philosophies, religious beliefs, careers, places to live, income levels, we have the opportunity to actively create our own culture.
  • We build this culture (our identity) out of symbolic units
  • We build this culture (our identity) out of symbolic units drawn from career, music, fashion, religion,
  • We build this culture (our identity) out of symbolic units drawn from career, music, fashion, religion, and brands.
  • Were all at different points in life in terms of figuring out who we are and what we stand for,
  • Were all at different points in life in terms of figuring out who we are and what we stand for, so buying things serves different purposes for different people.
  • Buying to Develop a Worldview
  • Buying to Develop a Worldview Im gonna be completely honest. Im not the biggest advocate ever.
  • Buying to Develop a Worldview Im gonna be completely honest. Im not the biggest advocate ever. I conserve water by showering with my boyfriend so we can save water together.
  • Buying to Develop a Worldview
  • Buying to Reinforce a Worldview
  • Buying to Reinforce a Worldview (me )
  • Buying to Reinforce a Worldview
  • brands as meaning the importance of values and authenticity
  • In the post-modern world, brands create value, not just for their products or services, but for the meanings they generate,
  • In the post-modern world, brands create value, not just for their products or services, but for the meanings they generate, which people are then using to represent themselves.
  • etnies loyal following of skaters, bmx bikers, snowboarders, surfers, etc. has transcended brand by building a counterculture
  • etnies loyal following of skaters, bmx bikers, snowboarders, surfers, etc. has transcended brand by building a counterculture founded by Pierre Andre Senizergues founded Sole Technology built 40,000 sq ft skatepark for youth name derived from ethnica nod to skating subculture sponsors professional action sports athletes huge presence at action sport events
  • etnies loyal following of skaters, bmx bikers, snowboarders, surfers, etc. has transcended brand by building a counterculture founded by Pierre Andre Senizergues founded Sole Technology built 40,000 sq ft skatepark for youth name derived from ethnica nod to skating subculture sponsors professional action sports athletes huge presence at action sport events etnies lives and breathes skating
  • etnies loyal following of skaters, bmx bikers, snowboarders, surfers, etc. has transcended brand by building a counterculture founded by Pierre Andre Senizergues founded Sole Technology built 40,000 sq ft skatepark for youth name derived from ethnica nod to skating subculture sponsors professional action sports athletes huge presence at action sport events etnies lives and breathes skating etnies is legit
  • Its crucial today for companies to understand that its what their brand believes in, stands for, and does in the world
  • Its crucial today for companies to understand that its what their brand believes in, stands for, and does in the world thats being judged . by consumers.
  • Quality Products Quality Products
  • Quality Products Quality Products More Expensive Less Expensive
  • Quality Products Quality Products More Expensive Less Expensive Committed Customers Satisfied Customers
  • Quality Products Quality Products More Expensive Less Expensive Committed Customers Satisfied Customers Donates to Environmental Causes
  • Quality Products Quality Products More Expensive Less Expensive Committed Customers Satisfied Customers Donates to Environmental Causes Gives Employees Surfing Breaks
  • Quality Products Quality Products More Expensive Less Expensive Committed Customers Satisfied Customers Donates to Environmental Causes Gives Employees Surfing Breaks Founded by Yvon Chouinard
  • Its not that Columbia has the wrong meaning,
  • Its not that Columbia has the wrong meaning, its that Patagonia has more of the right one
  • In choosing Patagonia over Columbia, the consumer is saying: I believe in many of the same things Patagonia believes in and I am using Patagonia as an expression of who I am.
  • building a brand culture uniting employees with purpose
  • Often times, a companys biggest problem is not how the outside world sees them.
  • Often times, a companys biggest problem is not how the outside world sees them. Often times, its a disorganized, uninspired work culture.
  • Unfortunately, its rare for a company to be unified, with everyone pulling in the same direction for the same reasons.
  • Unfortunately, its rare for a company to be unified, with everyone pulling in the same direction for the same reasons. Sometimes, there isnt a strong, clear set of core values, so employees feel adrift and without purpose:
  • Unfortunately, its rare for a company to be unified, with everyone pulling in the same direction for the same reasons. Sometimes, there isnt a strong, clear set of core values, so employees feel adrift and without purpose: Sometimes, there are clear values, but the company isnt living them, so employees feel demoralized and become cynical:
  • A companys monetary performance starts with its internal dynamics,
  • A companys monetary performance starts with its internal dynamics, which is why its so important to center around a strong internal truth, COMPANY VALUES & BELIEFS
  • A companys monetary performance starts with its internal dynamics, which is why its so important to center around a strong internal truth, COMPANY VALUES & BELIEFS rather than a manufactured image:
  • a company that lives its brand values every decision is guided by our credo (since 1943)
  • a company that lives its brand values every decision is guided by our credo (since 1943) Their number one priority is the welfare of doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, and all who use their products.
  • a company that lives its brand values every decision is guided by our credo (since 1943) People first, property second. Their number one priority is the welfare of doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, and all who use their products.
  • a company that lives its brand values every decision is guided by our credo (since 1943) People first, property second. Their number one priority is the welfare of doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, and all who use their products. Kids N Fitness (CA), Love and Life Foundation (Honduras), Kick Start Farms (Kenya), Circle of Care Mental Health (Malaysia) + environmental initiatives
  • a company that lives its brand values every decision is guided by our credo (since 1943) People first, property second. Their number one priority is the welfare of doctors, nurses, patients, mothers, fathers, and all who use their products. Kids N Fitness (CA), Love and Life Foundation (Honduras), Kick Start Farms (Kenya), Circle of Care Mental Health (Malaysia) + environmental initiatives Strong brand values simultaneously attract and sustain employees while creating fruitful, deep-rooted consumer relationships.
  • SO
  • If you want to take your company to the next level,
  • If you want to take your company to the next level, If you want to transcend brand loyalty and attain a cult-like following,
  • You must realize that branding is no longer in the hands of the marketing department.
  • You must realize that branding is no longer in the hands of the marketing department. You must accept that consumers can and will find out about all of your dirty secrets.
  • You must realize that branding is no longer in the hands of the marketing department. You must accept that consumers can and will find out about all of your dirty secrets. You must make fundamental changes to the very core of your company.
  • Your brand must develop an ethos and worldview to drive your companys every action,
  • Your brand must develop an ethos and worldview to drive your companys every action, build a culture rooted in the very heart of your organization,
  • Your brand must develop an ethos and worldview to drive your companys every action, build a culture rooted in the very heart of your organization, unite employees in a common purpose and vision,
  • Your brand must develop an ethos and worldview to drive your companys every action, build a culture rooted in the very heart of your organization, unite employees in a common purpose and vision, define brand values and live them in each and every decision you make.
  • And if your brands internal and external behavior consistently and perpetually aligns with your brand purpose,
  • And if your brands internal and external behavior consistently and perpetually aligns with your brand purpose, Your brand will engage consumers in a deep and meaningful relationship,
  • and your brand will experience
  • and your brand will experience and your brand will experience the most PROFITABLE the most PROFITABLE FANATICAL FANATICAL IMPASSIONED IMPASSIONED CONSUMER LOYALTY CONSUMER LOYALTY it has ever seen.
  • nd your brand will experience and your brand will experience and your brand will experience he most PROFITABLE the most PROFITABLE the most PROFITABLE FANATICAL FANATICAL FANATICAL IMPASSIONED IMPASSIONED IMPASSIONED CONSUMER LOYALTY CONSUMER LOYALTY CONSUMER LOYALTY it has ever seen. it has ever seen. it has ever seen.
  • Thank you. IZZIE ZAHORIAN izziezahorian.com Give Them Something to Believe In: The Value of Brand Authenticity in a Transparent Society