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Jung’s 12 Brand Personality Archetypes

Personality, previous experiences, and other people’s opinions can influence a consumer’s decisions to buy your product or use your service. Although quality and benefits are equally important, these may hold little value in a saturated market -where everyone is doing the same business (–starting a new blog in 2020). Establishing a brand identity is crucial, but it needs to have a “personality” to be more effective. A business or brand personality represents the human aspect of a business that helps your brand reach out to its consumers. Having a brand personality will guide you in choosing and aligning the elements of your brand identity. Just as your personality influences your lifestyle and choices.

Marketing Model: Brand Personality Archetypes

Brand Archetypes - Brand Personality - Jung
12 Brand Personality Archetypes

An archetype refers to the recurrent patterns, styles, or forms that are common to a group. Carl Jung, a prominent psychiatrist, introduced the 12 Personality Archetypes. Businesses, especially marketers, adopted the idea and use it in their branding efforts.

Each brand has characteristics associated with them. Each brand has a core personality archetype. A brand’s personality includes the tone and voice used in communicating to the audience or customers, as well as the images, colors, typography, and strategy they implement.

THE INNOCENT


Voice: Concise, Accepting, Optimistic/Cheerful, Unpretentious/Straightforward, Nostalgic
Wants/Makes you: feel safe, natural
Ideals: Simple, Pure, Loyal
Fear: Punishment for breaking rules, Cannot fulfill a promise, Being tainted
Strategy: Do what is morally right, Create a feel-good spirit
Weaknesses: Can be Boring, Naive,
Talents: Faith, Optimism,
Motto: Do right. No worries.

The Innocent Canva Fonts: Parsienne, Blogger, Helveticish

Innocent Brand Archetype
Innocent Archetype

THE SAGE


Voice: Guiding, Factual -fewer emotions
Wants: to understand and find the truth
Ideals: Intelligence, Authority/Expertise, Calm,
Fear: Ignorance, Confusion, Being wrong, Misinformation
Strategy: Seek information and provide practical advice
Weaknesses: Indecisive, Obsession with detail, Overthinking
Talents: Decisive, Influence, Objective, Life-long Learner
MottoKnowledge is power

The Sage Canva Fonts: Dosis Semi Bold, Special Elite, Nautilius Pmpelius, TT Moons

Sage Brand Archetype
Sage Archetype

THE EXPLORER


Voice: Exciting, Daring, Encourage
Wants: to be free and live a life worth living
Ideals: Independence, Self-Discovery
Fear: Conformity, Feeling Trapped, Incarceration, Immobility
Strategy: Rise up to the challenge, explore alternatives,
Weaknesses: May not fit in; aimless;
Talents: Adventurous, Risk-taker, Free
MottoLife is an adventure.

The Explorer Canva Fonts: Helveticish, Mr Dafoe, Archicoco

Explorer Brand Archetype
Explorer Archetype

THE OUTLAW


Voice: Disruptive, Rebellious,
Wants: to liberate and start a revolution -change the status quo
Ideals: Liberation, Independence
Fear: Dependence, Servitude, Conformity
Strategy: Destroy then rebuild
Weaknesses: Can pursue negative ways, too unorthodox ways
Talents: Inspiring, pave the way to change
MottoRules are meant to be broken

The Outlaw Canva Fonts: Germania One; Bebas Neue; Anaktoria

Outlaw Brand Archetype
Outlaw Archetype

THE MAGICIAN


Voice: Mystical, Reassuring
Wants: to have power
Ideals: Transformation, inspiration, dynamics
Fear: Stagnation, uncertainty, unforeseen negatives
Strategy: Pursue a vision and transform reality
Weaknesses: manipulation
Talents: Simplifying things,
MottoMake things happen

The Magician Canva Fonts: Berkshire Swash; Lancelot; Kaushan Script

Magician Brand Archetype
Magician Archetype

THE HERO


Voice: Candid/Direct, Challenging/Motivational,
Wants: to master
Ideals: Honesty, bravery, focus
Fear: Incompetence, deterioration, vulnerability
Strategy: Become stronger and better
Weaknesses: Arrogance, always seeking competition
Desire: Prove one’s worth
MottoNo excuses, find a way to make the world a better place

The Hero Canva Fonts: Sports World; Rajdhani Bold; Racing Sans One

Hero Brand Archetype
Hero Archetype

THE LOVER


Voice: Empathetic, Romantic, Warm and Sensual, Appreciative
Wants: intimacy and feel desired
Ideals: emotions, affections, pleasure
Fear: Rejection, Isolation, Loneliness
Strategy: be the most attractive, reaffirm positive traits, provide red-carpet treatment
Weaknesses: Too selfless and idealistic, may create unnecessary drama
Talents: Fully committed and passionate
Motto: Beauty cannot be ignored

The Lover Canva Fonts: Sensation Light; Bodoni FLF; Libre Baskerville

Lover Brand Archetype
Lover Archetype

THE JESTER


Voice: Fun, Optimistic, Playful, Mischievous, Humor. Sarcasm, Easy-going
Wants: to bring enjoyment, enjoy life, and have a great time
Ideals: lighten up the world,
Fear: Boredom, Gloom,
Strategy: Add humor and appreciate life,
Weaknesses: wasting time, frivolous, can be disrespectful or unsuitable
Talents: bring laughter, being the center of attention
Motto: Live in the moment

The Jester Canva Fonts: Poetsen; Hero; Alice

Jester Brand Archetype
Jester Archetype

THE EVERYMAN (REGULAR GUY)


Voice: Friendly, Authentic, Relatable, Act as a peer
Wants: to belong, inclusion
Ideals: humility, hard work, building connections
Fear: To be left out, Be judged
Strategy: create a community, provide comfort
Weaknesses: losing oneself, lack of distinctive character, not like to lead
Talents: Authenticity, Realism
MottoEveryone is equal

The Everyman / Regular Guy Canva Fonts: Agrandir Tight; Charukola Unicode Bold; Granaina

Everyman Brand Archetype
Everyman Archetype

THE CAREGIVER


Voice: Selfless, Encouraging, Considerate
Wants to/Makes you: serve and care for others
Ideals: Nurture, Protect, Benevolence
Fear: Ingratitude. Helplessness, Taken for granted,
Strategy: Provide. Do things for others
Weaknesses: taken advantage of, exploited, Cannot say n
Talents: Compassion, Generosity
MottoLove thy neighbor

The Caregiver Canva Fonts: Niconne; Roboto; Josefin Sans Bold; Rounded M+

Caregiver Brand Archetype
Caregiver Archetype

THE RULER


Voice: Commanding, Confident, Refined, Simple but Sophisticated,
Wants to/Makes you: feel in power, control, secure, and important, good taste
Ideals: Success, Wealth, Dominance, Luxury/High-Standard
Fear: Chaos, Weakness, Failure, Poverty, Losing control
Strategy: Show superiority and exclusivity, Lead others to success,
Weaknesses: Can be too controlling; inability to delegate
Talents: Organized, Leader, Responsible, Goal-oriented
MottoPower is the only thing that matters

The Ruler Canva Fonts: Cormorant Garamond Bol; Ibarra Real Nova; Nunito Sans Bold

Ruler Brand Archetype
Ruler Archetype

THE CREATOR


Voice: Descriptive, Visual, Expressive
Wants/Makes you: innovate; create things with value
Ideals: Originality/Unique, Vision, Aesthetics
Fear: Stagnation, Poor execution/results, Criticisms
Strategy: Enhance skills, encourage originality and DIY solutions, and creative thinking
Weaknesses: Perfectionism. impractical solutions
Talents: Creativity, Imagination, Curiosity, Craftmanship
MottoYou create your reality -uncover potentials; if you can think it, you can do it

The Creator Canva Fonts: Coiny; Eczar SemiBold; Courgette

Creator Brand Archetype
Creator Archetype

Takeaway

Determining the identity of the brand first will help you narrow down the brand’s core personality archetype. Conversely, if you wish your brand to display a particular archetype, Jung’s 12 personality archetypes can help or give you ideas. Note that your brand may have more than one brand personality, especially if you have products or services that cater to other audiences. However, the core brand archetype should be consistent.

Please write in the comments what you think your Brand’s Personality Archetype is and why?

Are you Innocent or an Outlaw? Are you a Hero or an Everyday man? Your brand’s core personality can fall under the Explorer archetype but may also exhibit a secondary archetype. Ideally, having one or two secondary archetypes is enough. More than that will make your brand too cluttered, which might seem like having no clear direction.

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