The Dilemma and The Fix Series - Part 5
Question: I’m a project manager who works with a great studio team on a range of marketing projects. The problem is that, while we work like a well-oiled machine, it’s tricky managing the approval process outside of the team. We often have too many stakeholders providing feedback on projects and it’s almost impossible to keep up with the daily onslaught of emails. Our designer is forever making late changes because someone didn’t agree with the previous feedback and, in the end, approval rounds just blend into each other. Our deadlines are really taking a beating. The team is frustrated and, just quietly, eating too much sugar. Help!
As a freelance copywriter, I write articles about best practices and tips for better managing creative projects. I’m a bit of an efficiency nerd, so I genuinely get a kick out of brainstorming, ‘how can we do this better?’ While Google is my go to for research, I draw inspiration from my in-house studio role as a copywriter and editor in trade publishing. That means I get to experience it too - the good, the bad and, sometimes, the ugly.
You know that moment, when great branding stops you in your tracks and makes you take notice. It’s clever, maybe funny, aesthetically beautiful or stark. But always memorable. If a business then delivers on what its promises, branding has the ability to foster intimate relationships, and turn consumers into long-term customers. It’s little wonder that global brands spend so much money on their marketing efforts.
Nonetheless, it only takes a few inconsistent applications of brand assets and/or communications for a business to appear unprofessional, even unreliable if the issue persists. So how do global businesses succeed in keeping their branding consistent across their global offices?