Why write a marketing brief?
There are many benefits in writing a marketing brief. Writing and agreeing a brief helps ensure your colleagues are on-board. In turn the brief itself focuses agency effort on meeting your needs and achieve your desired business outcomes while staying within budget! Here are some questions to consider and headings to help structure your brief.
Briefing consultancies or in-house teams?
There are two main types of marketing brief. Either for a strategic or for an executional piece of work. So first ask yourself whether you have a strategy in place and whether it is robust? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then write your strategy into your executional brief. If the answer is ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’, then this suggests that you need to devise a strategy too.
Headings for a marketing agency brief
Background to brief
First, describe the problem you wish to address i.e. what has happened to make this brief necessary. Also any relevant contextual information on why now, what has already been done, and how this issue or challenge fits with any other initiatives within the company.
Business and marketing objectives
Next, describe your business objectives (usually in monetary terms), marketing objectives (in terms of customers and products) and relevant marketing or brand strategies (most commonly, who are your target customers and what is your brand strategy). If you are unable to answer all of these questions, don’t worry. This just helps clarify a potential need.
Now consider who needs to sign-off and act on the outcomes of this work. Clarifying the stakeholders will help an agency anticipate your needs and help get everyone on-board with a plan.
Finally, define what should the project deliver. For example, do you require a communication campaign, a new or improved product, service or brand, or to get a new business off the ground? If possible include a few words on what you hope success will feel like too. Throughout try and use plain language and clarify any technical terms used. This is helpful as some marketing terms have different meanings in different companies and may confuse rather than clarify.
Envisaged process, scope of work and guidelines
Also include any pointers or guidelines, such as ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ and why.
Specifically cover timing, budgets and any decision-making criteria. This helps guide on the scale of work as well as ensure a solution is within your means.
Need some help?
Download our handy one page marketing briefing guidelines as an aide memoire.
For a totally tailored and inspiring response to your marketing brief, call Guy Tomlinson on +44(0)1628 400 699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.