Stewardship of your brand should run through the veins of every part of a company and it begins at the top. It is vital that the entire company be on the same page in order to share a clear and consistent message.
Companies in the pet industry are growing at such a fast pace, and while leaders cannot (and should not) be involved in every minute detail of the marketing team’s decisions, the leaders of the company should understand the identity of the brand is inside and out in order to ensure adoption of said identity at every level of the organization.
This goes beyond just the mission and vision and value proposition. Understanding the depths of the brand’s personality and archetype should influence larger decisions like strategic partnerships, product development and more.
(For more, read: Three Ways the C-Suite Must be Involved in Marketing)
Common sense and statistics (marketers with a documented strategy are 313% more likely to report success-source) tell us that planning ahead makes getting where we’re going a lot easier, yet there are still so many marketers and business owners in the pet industry who don’t take the time to properly plan their roadmap for executing their marketing strategies and tactics.
Do you document your strategy every year and review it quarterly? If the answer is no, why not? Maybe you would take the time, but don’t even know where to start. Or maybe your marketing team doesn’t have the time or experience needed to create a strong marketing strategy and use it as a tool for success.
Whatever your current situation may be, a well thought out strategy can serve as the cornerstone for stewardship success and answer common questions that will come up like:
– Why did the company start?
– What is the story to share?
– Why is the company different from competitors?
Not only do these details instill consistency in the various avenues of communication coming from your employees, but this also instills confidence in their ability to tell the company story in a compelling way.