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The 3 basics of brave brands

By:  Andrea Shillington

Ethical Bean - Bold BrandingWhether you’re an entrepreneur working on your next big idea or the leader of a well established company, in today’s world of choice, I’m sure, at some point you’ve contemplated how to stand out. Now, we are not just talking about how to be better at this, or best at that; we are talking about boldly going where no brand, in your industry, has gone before.

We boil it down to three simple basics:
1. Start with a genuine purpose (other than to just make money).
2. Get specific about who will buy (even more specific than that).
3. Be truthful, courageous and consistent when you go to market- loose the hyperbole and marketing speak.

To illustrate this point, let’s talk about one of the most saturated markets on the planet: coffee. Vancouver based Ethical Bean delivers its promise boldly starting with its name right through to its charitable work on a local and global scale. In this case, the company is born from its desire to make a difference in the world of coffee. From freeing farmers of harmful pesticides to leaving a minimal impact on the environment. Ethical Bean is about much more than taste, roasting and the latest flavour shot. As a result of their ethical cause, they are capturing the hearts of coffee drinkers who actually care about what they put in their bodies, where things come from and how it impacts the planet. Furthermore, Ethical Bean expresses themselves by speaking the truth. It’s not just marketing speak existing on a few items, no one can remember or care about. Their Tagline “Just. Better” is a promise. A promise by which the company behaves, makes difficult decisions and chooses to live by everyday.

There are many other, bigger companies with far deeper pockets like Starbucks offering ethical, organic and environmentally friendly products. What makes Ethical Bean stand out: is that they have started with a genuine purpose; chosen a specific audience; and are delivering on their promise with every package, bean and QR code. They are doing it better because they are being bolder about their beliefs and backing up their claims with real actions. As customers, we have no reason not to believe them. No reason to think its yet another green washing parade.

Ethical Bean is a product that has and will continue to disrupt people's choices and attract like minded people. We give them an A+ on being a brave brand.

If this article peaked your curiosity you may also be interested reading…
Blue Ocean Strategy
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Winning Without Pitching by Blair Enns

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