Having a distinct identity is essential to online success. It raises your visibility and allows you to connect with your customers on a more personal emotional level. So discovering what your brand archetypes are, is central to positioning your company and products in a unique way.
According to Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, humans tend to use symbolism to understand their world and he identified 12 archetypes (powerful identities or personas) that makes up the world. Each identity has its own set of characteristics, values, attitudes & behaviors. Advertisers use this archetype concept when creating marketing ads, business messages, and etc. Consumers connect with, or relate to the personality of brands and how they represent needs and desires. And of course, through relating, that brings us closer to that company and their products.
Archetypes are a powerful marketing and advertising tool and cover a broad range of iconic characters, everything from the Good Guy (Hero) to the Bad Guy (Rebel). So take time to learn about each one and how they may apply to your business brand and use these archetypes as a basis for your online marketing and even when writing product descriptions and content for your website.
I will spread the types of archetypes out with descriptions and examples over the course of several blog posts.
In the meantime, here is a list of the archetypes that we will be covering.. I’m sure that you can already attach certain archetypes to well known brands already!
1. The Innocent 7. The Ruler
2. The Regular Guy/Gal 8. The Magician
3. The Hero 9. The Lover
4. The Outlaw 10. The Caregiver
5. The Explorer 11. The Jester
6. The Creator 12. The Sage