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They take to the streets,
united yet divided.
Hong KongÂ protesters
Europe was a boyâ€™s
club until this week: Let
women lead the way
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of Chrysler, at rest.
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Making parades great again,
or patriot games?
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The first step in any successful project is drawing up a game plan with a clear objective. Thatâ€™s why marketers love creative briefs. But if youâ€™re just starting out in a creative role, or are taking on your first gig as a designer or consultant, you might not know how to write one effectively.
The idea of a creative brief sounds simple, but it can be hard to wrap a bunch of important details into just a few pages.
Whether youâ€™re a consultant pitching a creative brief to a client, or a project manager presenting a brief to your team, it can be helpful to start by speaking with project stakeholders. These discussions will help you drill down on the company mission, project goals, and challenges your team faces. Then youâ€™ll be able to write a compelling brief that focuses on whatâ€™s really important to your company or client.
Once youâ€™re fully informed and ready to write, use these seven helpful steps to draft a solid brief in a short amount of time. If youâ€™re still having trouble organizing your thoughts, Iâ€™ve included a fill-in-the-blank template to help you in the sixth step.
1. Write about the brand and the projectâ€™s background.
This area is meant to set the tone of your entire brief. It allows you to show your team or your client that you understand their mission and project motivations. It also provides a list of company goals that you can keep in mind while aiming to develop an on-brand project.
Set the scene with one or two sentences that sum up the brandâ€™s mission. Follow this with a few sentences that give background on the brand and what led to the development of the project.
While some creatives have put this information all together in a quick paragraph, others separate it with headers like â€œBrand Statementâ€� and â€œBackground.â€�
Hereâ€™s an example of how the brand statement and background was discussed in a fictional creative brief for Hush Puppies:
2. Highlight challenges and objectives.
Next, write a short paragraph about the brand challenge(s) that your project aims to solve for. Then give more detail on how the project will offer a solution.
This section will be helpful in emphasizing why the project needs to happen. The goal aspects will help you and your team align on the projectâ€™s expectations.
If the company or client hasnâ€™t identified any major challenges, you can focus this section on goals and objectives. Explain what a successful project looks like and how it will benefit the company.
If there are a lot of objectives and challenges, you can split these up into two subsections with headers like â€œChallengeâ€� and â€œObjective.
Hereâ€™s an example of a sample creative brief for PayPal that offers separate sections for â€œThe Problemâ€� and â€œThe Goalâ€�:
And hereâ€™s an example of a sample brief for RedBull which just focuses on the objective:
3. Describe the target audience.
To know what type of content will engage your audience, you and your team need to know your audience. This section requires you to drill down on a specific type of audience and describe whatâ€™s important to them.
Along with basic demographics like age, gender, and geography, you should also include factors like customer pain points and motivations in this section of the brief. If you or your client has developed a detailed buyer persona already, this would be a great place to include some of this characterâ€™s information.
Hereâ€™s how the sample brief for PayPal noted above thoughtfully explains a new productâ€™s target audience:
4. Walk through the competitive landscape.
Knowing what your competitors are doing is advantageous for the whole team. You can use competitive data to come up with ideas that they havenâ€™t tried yet, learn from their failed projects, or build a project that improves on a strategy theyâ€™ve used in the past.
Include a quick list of competitors with similar product or service offerings. Briefly list a few things your company has in common with them, how your brand has differentiated itself already, and a few areas where this project can help you get ahead.
5. Offer a brief distribution plan.
When the project is done, youâ€™ll need to make sure your audience actually sees it. List a few channels or platforms that you plan to announce the launch on, as well as any promotional content you plan to create.
When drafting this section, think about your target audience. Donâ€™t waste time on a promotional strategy that they wonâ€™t see. For example, if youâ€™re promoting a project to Gen-Z, youâ€™ll want to invest in social media rather than billboards or newspaper ads.
Along with listing distribution points, you should also include messages or captions that will go along with promotion.
Hereâ€™s a sample brief where a specific promotional message is directly stated:
In this section of the brief, you should also note the appropriate voice for your audience. While some audiences, like those in the business world, might prefer more formal language, others might engage more with a casual, relatable tone.To acknowledge the best brand voice, you could write something like, â€œOur brand voice is a casual and care-free tone because it speaks to younger Gen-Z audiences.â€�
6. Organize with a template.
Having trouble with the flow and organization of your brief? Hereâ€™s a simple template that could help. Copy and paste it into a document and fill in the blanks. You can also add to it or adjust it as needed for your project.
[Inset Company or Client Logo at top]
For ___ years, ______ [Brand Name] has been serving customers in the ____________ [group/job field/geographical area] with ____________________ [product or service].
[Brand Name] has made achievements including __________,__________, and ___________. We have also launched marketing campaigns that have touched on ____________,________, and ____________. With the launch of _________ [project name] they hope to ___________.
With this project, the company aims to solve problems related to ____________________, while also expanding on ___________ and improving on _____________.
Our target audience is ____ [gender], in the age range of _ and _, and live areas like ____, _____, and ______. They enjoy _____, dislike ______, and might work in fields like _____, _____, and _____. They want more of ________ and their daily pain points include ________.
Their favorite products might include _______ and ______. They learn about these products through channels including ________, _________, and _______.
Our three biggest competitors [are/will be] ________, ________, and _______. These competitors offer _____, ______, and ______. We are ahead of them in _____ and ______, but we are behind when it comes to product offerings like __________ and _________.
We will promote the launch on platforms and channels that our demographic regularly engages with. These will include ________, ________, and _______.
We will also release content including _______, _______, and ________ to gain attention from our audience and inform them of the project.
Below are a few messages we will use:
7. Share the brief.
Once youâ€™ve drafted a creative brief, share it with the team youâ€™ll be working with. Youâ€™ll also want to circulate it around the company via Slack, email, or presentations. If youâ€™re a consultant working outside of a clientâ€™s company, encourage your clients to share the brief internally.
As you or your clients spread awareness, you should be open to answering questions or taking feedback from colleagues in case they have any great ideas. This strategy will improve team alignment, increase support of the project, and insure that all of your colleagues are on the same page.
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As the pace of change in our world has increased, competitive advantages have become temporary. Companies now need to be able to support and nurture innovation – not as one-off projects, but as a repeatable process. Innovation proficiency is no longer optional.
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Do you have the right leadership support, organizational design and innovation practice?
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