Today, I want to discuss two common shortcuts people make when thinking of what makes a brand creative – and what doesn’t.
When I ask students that question, the same names come back most of the time – Google, Samsung, or Apple. Often, people make judgements about creativity based on the industry companies belong to – technology being often seen as a shortcut for creativity. The problem with this kind of reasoning is that it treats creativity in absolute terms, rather than in relative ones. Let me explain. Creativity marketing is about being better at using creativity than the industry average. In addition, not all creative brands come from creative industries – for instance, Innocent can be seen as a very creative brand, although its industry – fruit juices – is not a very creative one. Creative inspirations can be found in any industry, not just the creative ones.