Over the years we’ve seen creative briefs done many different ways. The worst briefs have baffled us with vague statements, meaningless buzzwords, and clichés; while the best have guided us with tightly defined strategies that relate to the company’s “big picture” goal.
A well-written creative brief is the soul of the design process and is crucial to your project’s success. If you are finding the task of creating your creative brief next to impossible, then it’s likely your company does not have a clearly defined brand strategy. The bad news? Without a brand strategy your company is destined for mediocrity. The good news? Brand strategies are Urban Jungle’s bread and butter and we can help position your company to dominate your market.
This is the easy part. Just describe what needs to be done. We’ll get into more detail later.
To begin, state general project goals and relevant background information. Include project history (if any), and reasons for needing work. Define the company, what it does, how it makes a profit and its place within the industry. The idea here is to clarify what the company does, where it needs to go in the future, and how this project will help achieve that end.
What is the single purpose of the project?
What are the secondary goals of the project?
What action do we want the target audience to take? The most frequent answer is “We want the prospect to buy our product.” The objective should be simple and easily communicated.
If you try to talk with everyone, you’re not talking directly to anyone. The more broad your target, the more vanilla your message. You need a portrait of the target audience’s attitude and usage patterns—beyond mere demographics. Who is the target? What do they care about? And what they do on a daily basis? What other companies, competitors or industry-related, do they have contact with? Choose a typical current customer profile in detail. Include occupation, age range, gender, online frequency, activities and any other relevant information. Profile more than one if applicable.
What is the one single idea you want the target audience to take out of the design? The essence of this is sacrifice. You have to give up some points to make the important ones stand out. All the great success stories are simple, not complicated. They say one thing—brilliantly.
There’s a need to set your design and message apart from competitors. Positioning is different from consumer benefit as it deals mainly with setting yourself apart from competitors who are claiming the same key customer benefit.
What is the personality of your brand? Watch out for dissonance between design and the company overall message.
Understanding the media is always important in the design process. The medium itself invites us to be creative in the delivery of your message so it leaps off the poster, website or advertisement.
This is the part of the creative brief that leaves no room for personal interpretation. The deadline is used to plan the process we will take to execute the work and make sure it’s delivered on time.