What makes a good Creative Strategist?

4 years ago from Ricky Synnot, Senior UX Designer at realestate.com.au

  • Rob DeweyRob Dewey, 4 years ago

    Having used the title or some variation of the title off and on since 1998, I'd define it as guiding and informing the work so two things happen: the creative team demonstrably "gets" the business/product/brand strategy, and leadership explicitly honors the creative process and its outcomes.

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    • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, 4 years ago

      Thats really well articulated Rob, thanks. Do you have any tips on simultaneously informing/enabling/inspiring the creative team, while seeking trust and buy-in from the leadership team?

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      • Rob DeweyRob Dewey, 4 years ago

        Embody your insights as richly as possible - visually, experientially - so that a shared understanding of the opportunity space and a shared vocabulary is developed early on in the process. Richly visual briefs can then help lock those things down. I'm not a big persona guy, but the more richly they're visualized the better too. Video is a great tool for all this work.

        The biggest challenge is typically getting adequate time and resources to invest in this upfront, but the value of aligning things early and often makes it evidently worth it every time. Try to measure that value somehow as you go so you have the data to support requests for time and resources in the future.

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