About ‘n’ years ago (where ‘n’ is a significantly large number) I came up with The 4Cs of ‘Communication’ - which is to say - anything that gets produced to be used in campaigns had to pass the ‘sniff test’ of whether the final piece is …
Creative - to stand out from the crowd (IT’S A CLUTTERED BUSY NOISY WORLD)
Clever to tie it back to the messaging (RULE ONE - ALWAYS ON MESSAGE)
Consistent - to reaffirm and continually promote the brand (BRANDS COST MONEY - MAXIMISE THE USE)
Complete - in that NOTHING should be exempt from these rules in all and everything we are and do - now and in the future … i.e. Continuously and Continually (there is a difference) across the space-time Continuum … ok - I was pushing it!
Basically - Consistent was about being on brand - Complete was about making sure that over time as the brand developed there was Continuity.
At the time, the ‘C for ‘Customer’ seemed obvious until I realized it wasn’t. I added a fifth and final ‘C’ … Customer Centered (because if it isn’t people won’t pay attention).