- The rise of Brand Operators.
Just now·3 min read
This was not the planned title. I was thinking of what to title this after I finished the body of work, and then I remembered one of my favourite movie titles, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and this stuck.
I started researching them when the media beamed a spotlight on the work/effort of Adia Sowho. I wanted to know why she was that celebrated and it led me to check out a world of people who do the actual work to scale companies.
I stumbled on this definition on Operator Collective that made a lot of sense to me “ “In the startup and tech world, operators are the senior leaders who build and scale companies as they grow. They’re not usually in the limelight; most often, they’re the ones working quietly in the background, studying tactics, analyzing data, and figuring out what works. Operators are vital for the success of any startup because they’re the ones building the right infrastructure for scale and long-term growth.”
While the startup world is focused on general operators — people who bring the right skills and just do the work, a few weeks ago, I got more excited about a specialized niche called “Brand Operators”.
These people can complement every other process of running the business with an understanding of how branding (a set of intentional efforts to connect with your people internally or externally) can make it better.
On products, they work in cross-functional teams to align objectives with project managers, sales, design, editorial, and customer service teams to acquire, engage and retain customer segments.
The essence of their work is to ensure that brands retain a level of consistency across the board to guarantee that you reflect the same tone, voice, experience, feel and quality; irrespective of the touchpoints.
Whatever you think your operator will do, imagine the brand operator as the person that can complement these efforts from the brand side.
This was the day I first had this idea.
Your brand is how you define yourself to be experienced by those who want to do business with you. It is the product of a blueprint that considers who you are, what you do, who you do it for and how you do what you do.
I often hear people say that “Your brand is not who you say you are but what people say you are” but men, even though I think that this thought has a very valid angle to it, it can be a recipe for disaster. Because there is a conflict in what you see your brand as and how your TA sees you is a call to go back to your drawing table and not take up a new identity without doing an overall fluid structure on how you execute across the board.
A brand is a product of an intentional effort(s) — branding/brand strategy.
If you change with every “What people say you are”, you will become many “what people say you are”, depending on where you are per time. However, branding should help you find your people — your crowd, community, people, buyers, influencers, adopters etc.
Sometimes, the loudest voices are not even your most influential buyers.
Back to where we started?
A brand operator’s job is to ensure that you are never off-brand while helping you scale with necessary insights, strategies and executing communication efforts. While some companies already have elements of this in Chief Marketing Officers, Brand Leads, Communication Leads, etc, it could be exciting to see how more startups hack “labels” that embody this experience and the talents that go with it.
- Date of publication:
- Thu, 10/14/2021 - 08:58
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