or brief is the informative document that is used as a basis for the development of any project,especially in social media, digital marketing and advertising. In it, the company details in a very synthetic way data such as its brand philosophy, its economic figures, etc., along with the objectives it intends to achieve with a certain campaign or a project before launching them. It is a basic communication tool between an agency and its client. That is why it is so important that it is correctly drafted and includes the information necessary to execute an action plan.
What elements a briefing should contain
The elements that make up a briefing may vary depending on who prepares it or the sector in which it is used, but in general they should be the following:
In this section we must include a brief description of the company and its history, even if it is a company recognized worldwide. You can also include your philosophy, in which countries you develop your business, etc.
- Information about the market.
Before launching a communication or digital marketing campaign, it is essential to know the state of the sector and who the competition is, as well as the forecasts of development of the activity. Here the SWOT method can be used to determine weaknesses, threats, strengths and opportunities.
- Marketing history.
For the agency, it is very interesting to know what campaigns have been launched previously and the budget that has been allocated to them, in addition to their degree of success.
- Information about the product or service.
In this section it is essential to explain what you want to launch and how. That is, make a description of the product or service and a summary of the campaign idea (if it exists).
- Target audience.
It is essential that the company clearly specifies who the campaign is aimed at, with specific data on gender, age, interests, location, etc.
- Objective of the campaign or project.
A good briefing should include a concrete definition of the objectives of the campaign in general. These can range from an increase in sales to a better positioning of the brand.
- Conditions or limitations.
At this point it is necessary to explain if there is some type of conditioning in the project, such as that it is a launch of limited units, for example, or if you want the campaign to focus only on one type of support.
Related to the two previous points, in a briefing it is very helpful to have a series of indicators linked to the objectives to be able to define the campaign properly. This is one of the factors that usually define the agency and the client together in order to give it the right dimension.
- Budget estimate.
Without a monetary forecast it is very difficult to choose which actions are going to be launched.
Finally, the company must make clear the deadlines for the execution of the project and the collection of results.
Characteristics of a good briefing
There are different models of briefing, with different elements or in different order. However, all of them must have three basic characteristics in order to fulfill their function:
- A briefing must follow a logical order,from the general to the particular. If you look at the different elements listed in the previous section, you can check that they are established in this way.
- It has to be clear and concised. It is no coincidence that brief is an Anglicism that means brief. Conciseness should prevail in a good briefing to avoid unnecessary distractions and misunderstandings. On the other hand, clarity will allow the different team members to handle the document without complications.
- It is essential that it includes perfectly quantifiable objectives. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to develop the project.
- It should include relevant information about the target audience, the context in which the project will be developed, the available resources, the execution timeline, the budget, and any other information that is of vital importance to carry out the project effectively.
- It should include a clear description of the problem or need to be solved, as well as a detailed specification of the customer’s requirements and expectations.
- It should be presented in an orderly and professional manner, so that it is easy to understand and use by all parties involved in the project.
Examples of creative briefing
The main characteristic that a good briefing must fulfill is that it must be above all informative and facilitate the work of all parties, both the client’s team and the agency. That’s why many digital marketing experts recommend focusing on content and not getting complicated by design.
However, taking special care of the aesthetics of the briefing can help convey to the agency a clear image of the company through the use of logos, corporate colors, creative images, etc. In this way, the lines in which the subsequent work must be developed are shown.
On the Internet there are many pages that offer briefing templates to download and real examples to get inspired. It is best to base one of these samples and adapt it to our specific needs. And once you have found the ideal creative briefing, always try to use a very similar one to unify the way of working within the company.
Example of a creative briefing for the footwear industry
Below is an example of a briefing for a zapatillas_ brand
- Visual Teaser:
- Description: A series of cryptic images and videos showing the nature and elements of the shoes without revealing the full product.
- Objective: Create anticipation and curiosity.
- Hashtag: #PisadaVerde
- Product Disclosure:
- Description: A short, high-quality video showing the shoes in action in different natural environments, emphasizing their design and eco-friendly features.
- Objective: Inspire and educate about product sustainability.
- Hashtag: #EcoRunReveal
- EcoRun Challenge:
- Description: Start a challenge on TikTok and Instagram where users must show how they integrate sustainable practices into their exercise routine using EcoRun shoes.
- Objective: Encourage user engagement and user-generated content.
- Hashtag: #DesafíoEcoRun
- Influencer Testimonials:
- Description: Collaboration with fitness and sustainability influencers to showcase the shoes in use and share their honest opinions.
- Objective: Build trust and authenticity through trusted voices.
- Hashtag: #EcoRunners
- Educational Publications:
- Description: Infographics and short posts detailing how EcoRun shoes contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and the environmental benefits of your purchase.
- Objective: Inform and motivate consumers to make conscious purchasing decisions.
- Hashtag: #EcoRunFacts
- Earthy colors and green tones to emphasize sustainability.
- Images of recycled materials and eco-friendly production processes.
- Clean, minimalist design that reflects the brand’s values.
- “Join the #PisadaVerde movement and order the new EcoRun today.”
- “Be part of the change. Discover how with every step in your EcoRuns, you contribute to a greener future.”
- “Are you ready for #DesafíoEcoRun? Show your commitment to the planet and you could win a year of EcoRun shoes for free.”
- Track engagement across all platforms.
- Analysis of the reach and impression of the campaign’s hashtags.
- Direct sales attributed to the campaign using discount codes and tracking links.