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Brand Archetype FAQ:“How can I stand out from my competition if we’re the same brand archetype?"

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 27, 2017

So this is a pretty frequent question, because, well, do the math, right? There are only 12 brand archetypes and…. hundreds (thousands?) of others in your industry. So, how do you differentiate from your competitors who may also be the same archetype as you? Read Article »

Brand Archetype FAQ:“The what, the why, or the how – which determines my archetype?”

Nyla Smith | Friday, May 26, 2017

The brand archetype quiz gives you your top three results. Inevitably, it will be some combination of your what, how, and why. How do you make sense of this? Read Article »

Brand Archetype FAQ: “How do I know my brand archetype is accurate?”

Nyla Smith | Thursday, April 27, 2017

The brand personality quiz is a great starting point for determining your brand archetype. However, since it’s you taking the quiz, that means your results are sometimes skewed to your “insider” perspective or your personal whims. To confirm your results for your brand, you need to go a step further. Read Article »

Brand Archetype FAQ: “What if I identify with more than one brand archetype?”

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

You've been introduced to brand archetypes and are trying to determine which one you are, yet you see more than one archetype that your business could align with. How can this be? What gives? Read Article »

Interview with a Lover Brand: McAllister Writing & Editing

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“Lovers thrive on authenticity and genuine human connections, and that is our strength. When we talk to others about ourselves or our businesses, our passion and dedication shine through and draw people to us.” Read Article »

Interview with a Caregiver Brand: Becoming Families

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“We try to help as many families and kids as possible. We want to be a voice for children and families…We are always out spreading the word about the need that exists for children in foster care.” Read Article »

Interview with a Magician Brand: Crystal Cosmopolitan

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, July 06, 2016

“The greater joy and positive personal transformations we create, the greater the amount of energy we will have to help others, and the greater positive energetic imprint we will leave in this world as our legacy.” Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Outlaw

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, June 07, 2016

We all have a wild side, and the Outlaw brand archetype taps into our deep desire for nonconformity, to the point of rebellion. The Outlaw throws aside societal norms and seeks to destroy, if only to build things up again the way they should be. Viva la revolución! Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Ruler

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Just think where we’d be without structure and order in our lives. While power, control, and authority may be easy to abuse, chaos still needs to be managed. Brands that are able to provide the world with the security and stability we all desire are the ones that earn the title of Ruler. Read Article »

Brand Archetypes — Meet the Jester

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who doesn’t like to have fun?! The role of the Jester archetype is to bring everybody together to play and appreciate the joy in life. As the ultimate entertainer, the Jester is able to make people feel good — a feeling that any brand would like to have associated with it. Read Article »


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