You Need to Think About Key Messaging – Here's Why
WHAT IS KEY MESSAGING?
Key messaging is all about creating a strategy (with an accompanying document) to use as a quick reference guide for communicating about your brand. This is not about creating a catchy tagline or an advertising headline. This is meant to be an overview piece to be used internally and with external partners to help ensure your brand is providing consistent messaging in marketing campaigns and more.
THE KEY TO BRAND MESSAGING
A good key messaging document includes:
- Positioning statement – Think of this as your brand’s elevator pitch. How do you describe what you do for your customers in two sentences or less?
- Personality – Try establishing four to five personality traits you’d like your brand to emulate and incorporate those traits throughout the document.
- Target audience – You don’t have to go into great detail, but provide a general framework of the audience you are trying to connect with. If you want to go above and beyond, you can develop key messaging in conjunction with persona research and create messaging specific to each persona.
- Differentiators – What makes you different? If your sales team or spokesperson can’t answer this question quickly, they won’t be effective.
The real key? All of this should fit on one standard piece of paper — this should help you stay concise and be direct in your messaging (and make it easy for employees and others to print it off to hang at their desk).
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
It can be intimidating to just sit down and try to write key messaging, and that isn’t even the best way to do it. Start by spending time talking to others in your organization, including leadership, customer support and sales, to identify what they think makes the company unique. If available, you can also review your organization’s mission and vision, past customer research, as well as reviews and feedback. Starting with research will help your resulting key messaging be effective and, more importantly, accurate to the customer experience.
From there, venture into your target audience and brand personality sections. Once you’ve got alignment on those pieces, the positioning statement, differentiators and any other key messaging can be developed.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR & LESSING-FLYNN
While Laura Plumb debuted at Lessing-Flynn in 2013 as a public relations intern, she has since evolved into a strategic digital marketer. Using her serene personality Laura tackles countless projects with calm precision. She’s also known for her penchant for discovering new techniques and platforms — you might say she keeps us “in the know.”
Lessing-Flynn was founded in 1907, some eight decades before Al Gore got around to inventing the Internet. But Lessing-Flynn, in the spirit of its brilliant and/or crazy founder, continues to use powerful storytelling and savvy marketing strategies to help brands and entrepreneurs in agriculture, construction, financial, insurance, health services, tech and other industries grow their business.