How Your Brand Mission Enables You To Achieve Your Commercial Objectives
Every successful business is guided by its purpose, vision and brand mission. Boiled down to its essentials, the principles of running a profitable business are straightforward. You create clear objectives (driven from your business strategy, purpose and vision) and achieve them through your brand mission(s).
All great brands, large and small, are guided by these principles. Brand mission is a simple but very powerful business and brand building enabler. You have one purpose but many missions because brand mission is the initiatives, go-to-market, the ‘how’ of what you do to achieve your purpose and vision.
In times of increased adversity clarity around your mission becomes an even more essential anchor in a storm for both the people in your organisation and your customers. So ensuring that your business has a clear, powerful, defined brand mission or missions (you can have more than one) helps you stay focussed in achieving your objectives. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be an overly complex or time-consuming process to articulate your brand mission.
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In a well developed brand strategy, the purpose of an organisation remains intrinsically the same over time. The vision of an organisation is also a long term asset because it describes your aspirations and future state so it gradually evolves over time as that strategic vision is achieved. Brand missions consequently change more frequently and are a critical factor in keeping everyone focussed on achieving organisational objectives.
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1. Brand Mission: A Critical Tool for Every Business’s Commercial Success
As with other elements of brand strategy, brand mission needn’t be daunting. It isn’t a complicated concept. Brand mission is exactly as it sounds: it sets out the specific mission the brand is on. Just as with a person, the clearer a brand is about its mission, the easier it is to focus resources in the right direction. So, being clear about your brand mission is a simple tool to keep you on track.
Often in life, when a successful person achieves a mission that’s been a primary focus, they then refocus on the next mission in hand. In the same way, brand missions change over time as objectives are achieved. They’re not and should not be set in stone the way purpose is. That makes it a flexible, dynamic concept which can evolve to meet the moment. So it’s not like a static paper map you look at once before you leave your house on a journey, more like a GPS that goes with you on the journey and sometimes adapts to changed circumstances.
An example of an organisation using its brand mission as a tool to guide its work is the charity the Temple Street Children’s Foundation . Their mission is “to provide every sick child in Ireland with the highest standard of medical care by ensuring they and their families have immediate access to the best facilities, the finest research and the most compassionate and loving support.”
That is a demanding but inspiring mission which is clear and actionable.
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2. Why Brand Mission Matters
A brand strategy involves 12 interconnected elements so it’s helpful to understand how brand mission fits in with these.
Brand vision and purpose, for example, are very important — evidenced by proven results from many successful businesses — as commercial drivers both in terms of people and organisations. But they can also perhaps seem lofty or daunting for some smaller businesses. Even the smartest businesses sometimes struggle to know how to bring them to life, or operationalize them. Brand mission acts as a bridge between the more conceptual elements of brand structure and the practicalities of a brand marketing plan which sets out what will help the brand achieve its objectives.
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A brand mission is a simple, unambiguous framework to help ensure you achieve your Purpose and Vision — that everyone is singing from the same song sheet, which will make execution more effective and powerful. Your brand should only have one Purpose and one singular Vision but you can have many missions.
As a case study, consider Axa Health. They had a clearly articulated brand mission and used this to define the direction they wanted a B2B brand campaign to take. This is an example of an organisation using brand mission as a business tool in a practical way to help them optimise their brand communications.
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3. Brand Mission Demonstrably Impacts Business Results
A brand mission isn’t just a fancy set of words. The words are simply an articulation of the mission, which comes from within the business strategy. In effect they summarise the actions you’ll take to achieve your vision and purpose — ultimately your commercial objectives.
You can have more than one brand mission because it is a way of helping you achieve your commercial outcomes and typically you will have multiple desired commercial outcomes at any one point.
A brand mission isn’t necessarily intuitive, so don’t worry if you don’t come up with it quickly. A brand mission is a bit like a roadmap, and just when you’re out hiking or driving in a group, there are sometimes competing perceptions about the best way to get from one place to another. The key thing is that the mission needs to get buy-in internally, be actionable, and be a concrete way of helping put your brand purpose into action.
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There’s an easy way to judge whether it really is a brand mission: will people who look at it feel more or less clarity about the direction of travel for the brand? If it doesn’t make it clearer for them to understand how your brand aims to achieve its desired commercial outcomes then it isn’t an effective brand mission.
An example of how a good brand mission will help you make decisions is provided by Gut Instinct, a vegan food SME based in Wales which focuses on digestive health. Its mission is “to develop high-quality, gut-friendly products in an accessible way.” It is easy to see how that would provide clear guidance and prioritisation in assessing opportunities for the brand.
Another case study is food retailer Food Warehouse. Its brand mission is to offer shoppers all the great value of a wholesale store without the need for membership, in an open plan, easy-to-shop environment . Again, you can see how this would help prioritise some business options over others in a practical way, as part of helping to deliver on the brand’s vision and purpose.
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4. How Brand Mission Connects to Brand Vision and Brand Purpose to Drive Sales
Brand vision and brand purpose address the longer-term questions for a brand such as “Why” and “What”. Brand mission operates at the level of “How”. So it is different, but intricately connected.
Brand missions are the discrete, actionable, clear articulations of how to act. If the brand follows them, it will get closer to achieving its brand vision, which in turn will ultimately deliver your brand purpose. It’s a bit like a composer writing a symphony if the purpose and vision for it remain in his head, it will never work. Individual players in the orchestra need sheet music to play, and when they all perform in the right way, the collection of individual musical missions combines to produce a bigger, cohesive impact.
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The well-known brand Dettol provides a good example. To help achieve its brand vision (keeping people healthy), Dettol’s brand mission is to protect families as part of their every-day lives in the home . That’s a practical building block towards achieving the higher level brand vision.
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5. How Brand Mission Helps you Achieve Brand Vision and Brand Purpose so You Increase Your Profits
By bringing the brand purpose and brand vision to life, brand mission helps provide a sense of direction for activities such as brand communication. It also helps people feel a sense of progress in working towards delivering the brand purpose and brand vision. That improves morale and productivity, inside the company but sometimes also outside too. For example, brand missions when used in the right way can also engage customers with your brand.
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Brand mission is a practical, actionable business tool and can be used to assess relevance of activity both in the planning stage and also in review. Assessing whether a given action will (or did) help to deliver against your mission and commercial objectives helps you assess the optimal mix of activities to achieve your brand purpose and brand vision
Talking about and using brand mission in itself also helps you over time further sharpen brand vision and brand purpose. Some missions, you will realise, seem to help while other brand missions even if they seem promising turn out not to work in the way you expect. In this way, you can see brand missions as part of an iterative process of delivering and improving on your brand purpose and brand vision — your commercial imperative.
A case study is the tech company Cisco’s mission of transforming the way people work. This clearly informed their B2B campaign “There’s Never Been a Better Time”.
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Brand missions perform a critical role in helping to bring to life your brand purpose and brand vision so your business grows and you achieve your commercial objectives. They bridge the gap between those higher-level strategic concepts and the day to day reality of directing business activity.
Brand mission is a practical way to help deliver improved business results, by providing focus, achieving consensus, motivating colleagues and engaging customers. In doing so, they also help you over time to bring your brand purpose and brand vision to life.
Questions to Consider
- How clear are you about your brand missions today?
- Do you need to re-evaluate the relevance, clarity and impact of your brand mission using a brand audit health check so you can increase its effectiveness to drive sales?
- Does your brand mission or missions need a refresh or revitalisation?
- In what ways could a brand mission practically help your business?
- Have you translated your brand purpose and brand vision into a series of brand missions to help you achieve your commercial objectives?
- What practical difference do your brand missions make on your lead generation and sales?
- How will your brand missions help you improve your profits?
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