Our Brand Values
In redefining our Brand Promise, it became clear we needed to realign our values to match. Shifting our focus from “Performance Fueled by Creativity” to “Simplify + Elevate” means our own DNA needs to shift. In order to deliver on the new promise, we needed to refresh our own fundamental language.
With this in mind, we arrived at three guiding principles of behavior: clarity, relationships, and kaizen.
(If you’re not sure where to begin on your own company brand values, or want help in figuring them out, be sure to read the bottom of this post where we’ll be sharing information on our upcoming BRANDING INTENSIVE, which delves deeply into the process.)
Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning continuous improvement within business culture and practice. It’s a concept that is a sum of its parts, not a static condition. We value incremental change at every step as a commitment to overall improvement. If you’re not continually growing, your business will suffer. Simply by the very fact we’re evolving our brand is an indicator that we value continuous improvement. The market changes. People change. And, our business (and yours) will also change.
If you don’t have Brand Values guiding your internal culture and the brand experience for your clients or customers, it might be time to get clear on them. Of course, if you need help uncovering your Brand Values, schedule a call with our team today to explore how we can help.
The Big Brands Do It Too
Getting clarity on your brand’s values isn’t just a fun exercise in its own right. Almost all of the biggest brands in the world focus on them, as they truly are the moral, inspirational and functional guidepost of a company.
See For Yourself (Please note that some brand values have been condensed down for spacing purposes).
- Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We are strong when we trust each other, pull in the same direction and have fun together.
RENEW AND IMPROVE
- We are constantly looking for new and better ways forward. Whatever we are doing today, we can do better tomorrow.
- A simple, straightforward and down-to-earth way of being is part of our Salad heritage. It is about being ourselves and staying close to reality. We are informal, pragmatic and see bureaucracy as our biggest enemy.
- You identify root causes, and get beyond treating symptoms
- You think strategically, and can articulate what you are, and are not, trying to do
- You are good at using data to inform your intuition
- You make decisions based on the long term, not near term
- You contribute effectively outside of your specialty
- You make connections that others miss
- You seek to understand our members around the world, and how we entertain them
- You seek alternate perspectives
- You create new ideas that prove useful
- You re-conceptualize issues to discover solutions to hard problems
- You challenge prevailing assumptions, and suggest better approaches
- You thrive on change
Brand Values are an ever-changing and evolving aspect of your business. As your company changes, so too will your brand values. Big brands do it all the time. We just did it, and if you believe that the brand values you operate your company on (if you have them) no longer feel current or relevant to where you want your business to go — we recommend you do it as well.
We can help. Getting clarity on your brand values is a core aspect of the work we will be covering in our upcoming BRANDING INTENSIVE.