Brand Anthropology

Brand Anthropology. REAL branding.

Our strategists unlock consumer behavior influencers through brand anthropology

It is an artificial enterprise to evaluate brand and marketing without looking into a much broader spectrum of human behavior. Most marketing research studies are therefore deeply flawed. So they attempt to understand a purchase behavior or brand preference in an artificial context. One with limited vision and limited success.

Brand anthropologyIt is akin to placing an isolated human population, a population that has never seen or heard of an elephant, into a dark room.  And arming them only with a flashlight and asking them to describe what they find there. What you might get back from such a group is an odd mix of descriptors. Some would describe a large four-legged animal with a tail on both ends. Interesting information but it is not very valuable or accurate.

For this reason, brand strategy and marketing strategy are more closely aligned with anthropology than they are with traditional marketing science. The process means influencing human behavior, creating consumer preference and brand loyalty, and growing market share. To do that, you must better understand the human condition and you need to see it in the context of a broader palate than just the palate of your category.

Do you want to win?

This all supposes that you are interested in using brand anthropology to influence the purchase decision and increase market share. You would be surprised to learn how many marketing strategists that Stealing Share comes across see brand as a static stand alone.

As a result, they do not as yet see it as the basic building block for all purchase decisions and the catalyst for growing market share. They don’t think about brand anthropology as the organic and dynamic germinal seed that it is. They see it as some artificial convention invented by mass marketers like P&G.Brand anthropology

So to influence preference and increase market share, you must have a sharper understanding of your target audiences. It is not enough to understand their usage and attitudes as it relates to your product, service or category. Unless you talk to other rebranding companies and believe it’s OK to understand an elephant as an animal with a tail at both ends.

You need to know customers in the broader context of their lives. What they believe to be true about their lives, values, aspirations and goals. As a result you need to see the beliefs that guide their lives and direct their purchase decisions. Growing market share demands more than simple branding. Traditional brand development has become universal in marketing circles today. It requires the acute vision of an anthropologist.

What is brand anthropology?

Our strategists act as anthropologists. Marketing experts to make your brand strategy, tactics, and executions persuasive and influential in the market. Customer beliefs about themselves and the world at large dictate how they buy what they buy. Beliefs are different for every target audience because of context. As a result, our strategists focus on specific targets based on deep expertise in many diverse target groups. Each of our teams specialize in specific groups that directly influence the equity of your brand. Brand anthropology is so much more.

However, the focus is always upon developing strategy and messaging. The stuff that changes behavior and increases market share. Here are just a few of our focused areas of brand/consumer expertise:


This often baffling group embrace cultural precepts distinctly different than other generations. The impact of technology has given them a sense of control that no other generation posses. Therefore, they approach purchase decisions and arrive at conclusions differently from all other groups, which, in turn, results in specific brand anthropology development necessities to target this group. 

Female influencers and decision makers

Understanding and characterizing the female decision maker sets Stealing Share apart. We have mapped the preceptive structure of this powerful audience and have found ways to create brand preference via messaging in everything from bottled water to real estate. This group defies stereotypical categorization and approaches consensus from a distinctly right brain perspective.

This group has concerns that are firmly held, often remaining consistent despite cultural changes. Targeting female consumers is a common goal, but is often misled by inside-out marketing strategy that is so rampant in the marketplace.

Male influencers and decision makers

Brand anthropologyContrary to popular thought, the male consumer has changed his preceptive bundling more than his female counterpart. The preceptive modeling for male decision makers is as unique as that of the female model. Our experience with this audience runs from beers to automobiles to computers.

The male consumer will often change his preceptive structure, so this group is often difficult to narrow the focus. It requires expertise in cultural currents and an understanding of values, consumer behavior over time, and how the male market has changed over the years.

Maturing populations

The mature market is complicated because it overlaps the preceptive models of male, female, and baby boomers. However, the issues facing them and the precepts that guide their decisions change suddenly, and the sensitivity to messaging and promises also transforms. Our experience with this group runs from executive firms to healthcare.

Cultural trendsetters

Understanding the cultural trendsetters provides the preceptive foundation for cultural change. More than early adopters, these consumers represent uncharted trends and direction and provide early access to cultural currents that lead and influence others. Our experience with this group runs from financial institutions to health spas.

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