Top 23 Brand Strategy Deliverables
(3-Step Strategist Framework)

Before diving head first into brand strategy, you need a clear answer to the question “What are brand strategy deliverables?”.

When providing design services, the deliverables are clear. Why? We can see them.

Brand strategy on the other hand is less tangible.

Is it a set of words?

Is it a presentation?

Is it research?

Is it a guide?

Is it a plan?

We answer these questions and more in this article. So let’s dive in.

Before diving head first into brand strategy, you need a clear answer to the question “What are brand strategy deliverables?”.

When providing design services, the deliverables are clear. Why? We can see them.

Brand strategy on the other hand is less tangible.

Is it a set of words?

Is it a presentation?

Is it research?

Is it a guide?

Is it a plan?

We answer these questions and more in this article. So let’s dive in.

Brand Strategy Deliverables
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Brand Strategy Is A Plan Of Expression

Let’s first jump onto the same page of what a brand strategy is so we’re moving forward together on this.

A brand exists to bring a business and its audience together.

That’s the role of the brand.

The brand strategist understands the audience in great detail before devising a plan to best connect with them to ultimately shape their perceptions and influence their buying decisions.

The brand strategy therefore is:

The plan for how the brand will express itself including its message, personality and visual appearance.

Branding Starts With A Discovery Session

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No doubt you’ve heard of a discovery session before.

If you’re a brand designer, you’ve probably run plenty discovery sessions in your time. though when it comes to strategy, these sessions are in-depth and critical to the strategic development.

Building any brand starts with an understanding of the business the brand will be built around.

At an early stage, the business may be little more than an idea and a set of processes and systems to deliver an end result for someone.

Although this is not a brand, the outcome the business offers is exactly what a certain group of people want or need and this basic information forms the foundational ingredients the brand is developed from.

This discovery session uncovers these ingredients as well as the boarder ideas of the leadership team behind the business but this is not enough to develop a strategy.

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Research Is The Key To An Effective Brand Strategy

Once the discovery session has been conducted, the brand strategist has the basic ingredients to work from but this is just the starting point of the strategic work.

Though the leadership team has spawned the business idea, don’t expect them to provide you with the answers to the questions that need answering.

As important as they are, their knowledge and insights might not go much further than knowing how to deliver the end result their business offers.

Building an effective brand strategy requires knowledge, deep understanding and insights and the only way to gather what you need is through research, research and little more research.

You need to know

Who the audience is

What they want

What they don’t want

What they struggle with

Their internal and external conflicts

How this impacts them

What options they have in the market

How they feel about those options

Even when you have this information, you still don’t have a plan, just the information you need to develop one.