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It amazes me how few people understand what a marketer really does. Even those who work beside us, who might work in sales or at our agency. Plenty of times, I have stopped them and asked, “do you know what we do?” And, their answer kinda shocked me. Wait, it scared me. The ideal brand leader has to be a well-rounded generalist, knowing enough about everything they come in contact with, but never an expert. 

Brand leaders need to know how to think, define, plan, execute and analyze with the best of them. They are surrounded by experts. 

Moreover, while the brand leaders don’t really know how to do anything, they are looked upon to make every decision. No one else at the table wants to or can decide. Essentially, a brand leader’s greatness comes from the greatness of those around them.

Brand management model

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Strategic Thinking

How to win with smart strategic thinking

First, challenge yourself to think strategically, to ask the right questions before you reach for solutions. Our thinking tools force you to look at strategy in a holistic way. Essentially, you must assess your brand’s core strength, the relationship with consumers, competitive stance you take, and business situation. Next, brand leaders need to be capable of leading a well-thought strategic discussion across your organization or winning any strategic argument with your management team. Then, learn to apply your vision, to focus your resources on identified opportunities that create a market impact you can transform into a performance result for your brand. 

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Brand Positioning

How to define a winning brand positioning

To start, you need to understand how to define and focus on an ideal consumer target profile, framed with need states, consumer insights and the consumer enemies. Then, brand leaders need to take a consumer centric approach to turn brand features into functional and emotional benefits. Next, use our innovative benefit cheat sheets to make decisions. And, learn how to find a winning brand positioning space that is own-able and motivating to consumers. Develop a brand idea that can focus every everyone who works on your brand. Finally, you will learn to write brand concepts, brand stories, and a credo. 

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Brand Positioning video lesson

Our brand positioning statement video shows how to use our functional benefit cheatsheet and our emotional benefit cheatsheet to help build the ideal brand positioning statement. 

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Marketing Plan

How to build a marketing plan everyone can follow

We teach the best-in-class methods for coming up with all elements of a smart brand plan including the vision, purpose, goals, issues, strategies, and tactics. Clearly, you need to know how to turn strategic thinking into smart strategic objective statements for the brand plan. 

Indeed, with our brand training program, brand leaders will walk away with brand plan templates that will help you build a brand plan presentation you can use for your senior management and across organization. Importantly, we show how to develop smart execution plans that delivers against the brand strategies, including a brand communications plan, innovation plan and sales plans

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Brand strategy statements video lesson

Watch our video to see how we use our five elements of strategy to structure our thinking. And, then build the brand strategy statements that we can easily explain to others. Indeed, these form the foundation of the plan. 

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Advertising decisions

How to inspire creative advertising decision

You need to know how to write strategic, focused and thorough creative briefs that will create great work from experts. You need to be able to run the project management of the process so you will be able to lead all marketing execution projects on brand communication, innovation, selling or experience. Undoubtedly, Brand leaders need to learn to inspire greatness from teams of experts at execution agencies or throughout your organization. Importantly, learn to engage your instincts to judge marketing execution and make smart marketing execution decisions that will tighten the bond with consumers.

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Brand Analytics

How to use analytics to uncover brand issues

You have to understand all sources of brand data, including market share, brand funnel, consumption, tracking results, and financials. Challenge yourself on the principles of analytics so you dig deep into data, draws comparisons and builds a story toward the business conclusion. Brand leaders need to be able to lead a best-in-class deep-dive business review that looks at the marketplace, consumers, channel, competitors and the brand. We provide templates for the deep-dive business review, and monthly performance reports that will help trigger new key issues and strategic thinking.

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Marketing Careers

On a classic marketing team, there are four key levels:

  • Assistant Brand Manager.
  • Brand Manager.
  • Marketing Director or Group Marketing Director.
  • VP Marketing or CMO.

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In simple terms, the Assistant Brand Manager role is about doing, analyzing, and sending signals that you have leadership skills for the future.

At the Brand Manager level, it becomes about ownership and strategic thinking within your brand plan. Most Brand Managers are honestly a disaster with their first direct report, and get better around the fifth report.

When you get to the Marketing Director role, it becomes more about managing and leading than it does about thinking and doing. To be great, you need to motivate your team’s greatness and let your best players do their absolute best.

And finally, at the CMO level, you must create your own vision, focus on your people to make them better and shine, drive the business results, and run the processes.

Our Beloved Brands Marketing Training program will make your team smarter.

If you are running a marketing team, you will always benefit from having a smarter team. When you invest in our marketing training program, you will help your team gain the marketing skills they need to succeed. As a result, you will see them make smarter decisions and produce exceptional work that drives business growth.

We’ll work with your team to help them learn more about the five core marketing skills: Strategic Thinking, Brand Positioning, Marketing Planning, Marketing Execution, and Brand Analytics. Most importantly, your marketers will learn new tools, concepts, and ideas to trigger new thinking. To help their skills, we get participants to take each tool on a test run. Then, we give feedback for them to keep improving. 

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Take a look at our Marketing Skills assessment tool to see how you or your marketing team measure up.

For more information on our Beloved Brands Marketing Training programs, click below or email Graham Robertson at [email protected]

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We believe that marketers learn best when they see our marketing concepts applied to brands that look like their own. And, we have come up with specific examples – consumer, B2B and healthcare – to showcase our marketing tools. To view, click on the icon below to choose your interest area.

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As a marketing team leader, you know that your team’s success is essential for your company’s growth. Our Beloved Brands marketing training gives your team the skills they need to make strategic decisions, produce exceptional work, and drive business growth. They will learn to define brand positioning, write effective plans, improve brief writing, make informed execution decisions, and analyze their brand’s performance.

We have designed our marketing training program to build the fundamental skills to help your team reach their full potential. We will work with your team to help them learn to take on Strategic Thinking, Brand Positioning, Marketing Planning, Marketing Execution, and Brand Analytics. 

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