What do the Apple, Victoria's Secret and IKEA brands have in common? They're all from the same archetype.
The brand are "Creators," according to a case study from marketing firm Added Value.
It's all about how consumers are able to use the brands to create their own identities. Creator brands allow people to "tap into their potential and re-invent themselves — their minds, personalities, environments, bodies, ambitions, and dreams," according to the report.
OK -- I curated this piece because it show how specific archetypes are reflected in organizations. It is a very brief article and starts to get us thinking about how this information can be used in marketing, branding, and advertising. But make sure to click through to Added Value http://www.added-value.com/culturaltraction/index.html and poke around their site for more info, case studies, and their tool.
But here is what I find disturbing about this short post and the Added Value website -- nowhere does anyone mention that these archetypes originally came from Carol Pearson's and Margaret Mark's book The Hero and The Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes (2001) http://www.amazon.com/The-Hero-Outlaw-Extraordinary-Archetypes/dp/0071364153/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337476690&sr=1-1
Enjoy poking around the websites, but go read the book!! It contains a wealth of fabulous information and how-to tips you can use immediately for articulating your brand and targeting your communications (I'm not affiliated in any way with the authors).
Via Gregg Morris