In its 8 years of life, AIGAM has been able to become pretty well-known in its field, collaborating with the main musical institutions in Italy, such as the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome, the La Scala Theatre Academy in Milan and many Italian Universities and Conservatories.
AIGAM activity started with music courses for 0 -3 y.o. children (called Musicainfasce®), for 3-5 y.o children (called Sviluppo della musicalità®) and for 6+ y.o. children (called Alfabeto della musica®). Nowadays AIGAM also organizes a complete educational and training pathway for music teachers, organizes special concerts for pregnant women and 0-6 y.o. children, as well as conferences and scientific congresses.
AIGAM communicates through its website, publications and promotional materials.
WHAT IS IT ?
In this step you will find information about the Brand Builder, who is asking you to propose a Solution for the challenge. He introduces himself (as a Brand of course :) The more you understand about the Brand, the more chances you have to create what is wanted.
IMPORTANT: There is a possibility that the Brand Builder prefers not to disclose who he is, usually for confidentiality reasons. Such Briefs will be published in an anonymous way. In this case the Brand Builder will say as much as he feels comfortable saying.
Here are two EXAMPLES
In case there is no problem with disclosing the identity (VISIBLE):
“NMN -No More Nicotine- is a Brand that promises to counteract the damages to the skin that can be caused by smoking. NMN is distributed in pharmacies and drugstores and its price positioning is middle-high; it is mainly promoted through professional endorsement and is not massively advertised.”
In case the Brand doesn’t want to disclose his identity (ANONYMOUS):
“Brand counteracting the damages to skin caused by smoking. Its products are distributed in pharmacies and drugstores with a middle-high price positioning; they are mainly promoted through professional endorsement and are not massively advertised.”
In summary: Who is your client (in a visible or “anonymous” way :)
We have noticed one tendency in the submitted Solutions - most of the Creators publish only the logo without showing how they see it in the AIGAM materials.
Please note that the objective of the Pitch is to develop the new image, including new logo, and visualize it through concrete materials like blanks, booklets, business cards, website Home Page.
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We want the Creators to develop the new image of AIGAM.
The new image must be outstanding and consistent in all physical (e.g. promotional materials) and zero-gravity (e.g. website) pieces of communication.
∞ Brand logo
∞ Brand elements, including colors, shapes, design elements, font, etc.
WHAT IS IT ?
This is the task the Brand Builder asks you to accomplish. If you don’t understand it, you are completely out of luck !
“We ask the Creators to develop a print advertising campaign in order to increase Brand’s visibility. It will be used in national magazines this spring.”
In summary: It’s the objective of the client, therefore your objective too !
∞ Expecting parents
∞ Music teachers
∞ Musicians wishing to become teachers
∞ Stakeholders such as partners, sponsors of AIGAM events, journalists, institutional entities
WHAT IS IT?
People that the Brand Builder wants you to entertain and persuade to think, feel or do something using your creation. Usually you will read about their age, sex, social level and behaviors. You should always keep that information in mind while creating, as the target audience is the final recipient of what you create.
“Smoking girls and women who would like to quit smoking but can’t. Usually health-conscious adults who care about their looks. They feel guilty about smoking because they know it is harmful. They read books about it. This is a real problem for them: it’s like “My brain wants something, but my body acts of its own accord”. They don’t relate to my brand, they are just waiting for a trustworthy “helping hand”.
In summary: Get under their skin !
To understand the importance of music in their children’s life, starting from the beginning and to perceive the AIGAM offer as a great opportunity to grow as a musical person. To look for information and subscribe to an AIGAM children’s music course.
To understand that the AIGAM educational and training pathway is serious, officially recognized, and that it can change their professional and musical life.
Musicians wishing to become teachers: To understand that teaching music trough Music Learning Theory means to fully apply their personal music skills and talent in their daily teaching work. They will remain musicians and expand their musicianship. To look for information and subscribe an AIGAM course for music teachers.
Stakeholders: To understand the perspective AIGAM of and to have the will to cooperate with it.
WHAT IS IT?
The thing that the Brand Builder wants to make the target audience think/feel/do because of your creation.
Here are some very concrete examples:
∞ Some things people can think/feel:
- There is a new Brand (or product or idea or...) out there
- This Brand is better than the alternatives or than it used to be
- This Brand is worth paying more for
∞ Some things people can do:
- Start buying the Brand’s products
- Buy the Brand more often
- Stock more products of the Brand in their outlets
The above written examples are very concrete whilst often the proposition of the Brief is emotional. That’s even better as it can be more inspiring!
“We’d like to encourage smokers to use NMN in order to minimize the damage to their health while they are keeping giving up smoking (especially if they’ve already tried and failed before).”
In summary: Get inside their brain !
∞ AIGAM history, collaborations with the most serious institutions in its field, being the first offering courses for very young children in Italy and the only institution recognized by Gordon.
∞ AIGAM methodology, which is innovative and coherent with the results of the main pedagogical and neuro-scientific theories/researches about the child development and learning processes.
Please note that we do not want to emphasize in any way extra-musical aspects such as “Music makes you more intelligent or social or mathematic...” and we do not want to advertise the idea that “your child will become a musical genius”.
WHAT IS IT?
This is the key to achieving the objective. It is what supports the proposition and makes it believable. Usually it is a rational statement.
“Every cigarette you smoke is causing damage to your appearance. A recent study took several pairs of identical twins where one twin was a lifelong smoker and the other had never smoked. The smokers’ skin was a quarter thinner than that of non-smokers, and in some cases there were differences of up to 40%. NMN contains thinning-blocking anti-oxidants which counteract the effect of nicotine on the skin.”
In summary: You are looking for arguments? You’ll find them here!
Regarding AIGAM teachers: a group of people growing together, innovative, aiming at never-ending development of educational techniques for children.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s who the Brand is. Yes... who!
Treat the Brand as a human being, as it has its own personality. To know the personality of the “client” is fundamental in order to provide a tailor-made job. So, read carefully the listed adjectives...
“Scientific, trustworthy, result-oriented, ‘a party’ to achieve your goals.”
In summary: Imagine the live person !
WHAT IS IT?
A list of places (or media, or things) where the target audience will see the outcome of your creation. In this step sometimes the Brand will also acknowledge you how much he plans to invest into production. This information will give you an insight whether to create a BIG project or make it small... :)
“This campaign is going to appear in lifestyle- and health-focused women magazines of New Zealand, during the spring of 2009. We plan to invest 500,000 USD, which means approximately buying 100 single pages.”
In summary: Consider the medium !
The Creator of the winning solution should be available to provide all necessary high-resolution files in order to print materials.
∞ Current logo
For more information please refer to our website (www.AIGAM.org)
If the Brand has preferences or technical requirements that your Solution has to match, you will find them here.
Here are some items that you may find in this section:
∞ Guidelines or mandatory inclusions (do’s and/or don’ts)
∞ Business objectives
∞ Market and competitors overview
∞ Good and bad samples
Depending on the Brief, you may also find some files attached with a logo, pictures of product(s), a template that you should use in order to submit your ideas, or any other file that the Brand wants to share with you. So, study the attachments before starting creating.
In summary: Anything else you need to know (not written in the 7 steps before) !