Marketing Canvas - Purpose

Purpose drives firms to find and create new forms of value (Jim Steingel)

In a nutshell

Having a purpose is probably the most important asset for your long-term business. Great companies are crystal clear about why they exist! Do you know your purpose? Is it robust enough and clear enough? Can you leverage it further for creating value? Not knowing or having a weak purpose will certainly play against your ambition. A strong purpose will help you when looking for extra value!

In the Marketing Canvas

In the Marketing Canvas, we have identified 6 main categories for building your Marketing Strategy: CUSTOMERS, BRAND, VALUE PROPOSITION, JOURNEY, CONVERSATION and METRICS. Each of these categories, have 4 dimensions which means that a total of 24 dimensions (6 by 4) are defining your Marketing Strategy.

PURPOSE is a one of the 4 dimensions of the BRAND category.

How to use it?

Simon Sinek [1] explained through his golden circle that great leaders and brands alsways start from the WHY. This concept is similar with the PURPOSE. Having a clear PURPOSE means that you are able to provide an articulated answer why you are in business. Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

Jim Steingel [2] proposes that having a purpose means that you have clearly identified and formulated a brand ideal for your activity which is the higher benefit your brand gives to the people..

  • Eliciting Joy: Activating experiences of happiness, wonder, and limitless possibility

  • Enabling Connection: Enhancing the ability of people to connect with each other and the world in meaningful ways

  • Inspiring Exploration: Helping people explore new horizons and new experiences

  • Evoking Pride: Giving people increased confidence, strength, security, and vitality

  • Impacting Society: Affecting society broadly, from challenging the status quo to redefining categories

Businessman, author and professor Jim Stengel believes personal inspiration can come in the most trying times. In this striking talk, he shares the story of his brother Bob, a beloved physician known for his compassion and dedication towards his patients.