Presentation on theme: "NASDCTEc Brand Messaging Initiative Bringing clarity, consistency and connectivity to the CTE message."— Presentation transcript:
NASDCTEc Brand Messaging Initiative Bringing clarity, consistency and connectivity to the CTE message.
The Situation Our nation is faced with serious challenge Jobs. Economic vitality. Innovation. Global competitiveness. Dramatic workforce turnover. Skills gap. Education reform. Budget challenges. Reauthorization. Rigor. Credentials. CTE is facing outdated notions as “voc ed” Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity report and Secretary Duncan’s keynote speech on CTE Who said this on July 25, 2011? “Vocational education hit its heyday in the 60s and 70s. Too many schools are still preparing students for the jobs of 30 or 40 years ago…”
Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education Our vision's core principles are: CTE is critical to ensuring that the United States leads in global competitiveness. CTE actively partners with employers to design and provide high-quality, dynamic programs. CTE prepares students to succeed in further education and careers. CTE is delivered through comprehensive programs of study aligned to The National Career Clusters Framework. CTE is a results-driven system that demonstrates a positive return on investment.
How We Got Here CTE is evolving to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow… Late 1990s: Adoption of "Career Technical Education" Understanding of the need for a national vision for CTE Response to perceptions, expectations and funding requirements Adoption of five vision principles at Spring Meeting 2010 Broad stakeholder support for the vision Continuing effort to implement vision Need everyone's support to see the vision through Renewed urgency in current economic/political climate
What We’ve Accomplished A lot of great things have happened since the Vision Principles were adopted… More than 56,000 copies of the Vision Paper distributed Key vision presentations to regional/national groups Increased web traffic at careertech.org Production of CTE video Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity report and Secretary Duncan’s keynote speech on CTE Editorial in Ed Week co-authored by Kimberly Green & Jan Bray The new CTE brand initiative builds on this momentum
Goal To create a broad base of support, awareness, understanding, advocacy and activism for CTE.
Bring clarity to CTE communications Bring consistency to the manner in which CTE communicates Bring connectivity to the CTE messaging that resonates with key audiences Objectives
It is NOT a logo It is NOT a tag line It IS an implied promise—fulfilled It IS a connection It IS relevant and meaningful It IS a solution provided/offered It IS a “consumer experience” What Is A Brand?
How a brand is defined… By your best product—and your worst product By the leader’s grand public statement—and the hallway conversations and Internet chat rooms By the words you use By the experience you provide—and the value of that experience to the “customer” By every action, every decision and every choice Either you make the customer experience, or it gets made without you. You cannot escape your brand. As a CTE leader, you ARE the brand
Perception It’s not what’s true that matters It’s what people THINK is true that matters (2004) What pops into people’s heads when they hear “CTE” or “Career Technical Education”? If you don’t shape the perception, it will be done for you Three segments of the audience
The Power of Owning a Word There is incredible power in owning a word or concept in the mind of the marketplace That word or concept must have meaning & relevance What word or concept is closely associated with CTE?
Emotion & Logic Many people engage first on a gut level (heart) Need more at decision-making time (head) CTE has great anecdotal evidence of impact CTE needs more data and research (logic) Powerful combination for greatest effect Branding is a combination of art & science
The brand message should… Be aligned with the brand’s core values Be clear, engaging, unique and relevant to others Be better than “good”—incorporate an emotional attachment Be echoed throughout the organization Be consistent across messaging platforms Be continually reinforced internally to deliver on the promise Be adopted and echoed by strategic partners Be adaptable to change and various applications
Scott Talgo says… “A brand that captures your mind gains your behavior. A brand that captures your heart gains your commitment.”
Why Is This Important? Much more than just a message— but the message is important We need to take control of the message We need to participate in the conversation We need to shape perceptions National, state and local perspectives We need to convey impact, benefits and value
What the CTE brand initiative will do… Put you in greater control Help shape perception Help frame the conversation Drive messaging that matters Put everyone on the same page
Process Online survey of membership Telephone interviews with key thought leaders Audit of current messaging Development of brand platform Identification of key target audiences Messaging for key audiences Tactics for implementation and execution
What Did We Hear? The window is open for CTE Outdated notions of CTE Overall lack of clarity about CTE Need for greater consistency Need for metrics, standards and documented results
What Did We Hear? (cont.) Need for greater outreach and broader relationships Need for a shared vision The time for leadership has never been greater Interest in a common message— and tools to tell it
What we heard… “If we don’t rebrand, rethink and be able to deliver, no additional funding will come to support the dramatic change that needs to happen across this country…” “CTE is a true stimulus package. Our main responsibility is to prepare workforce and increase economic development…” “We don’t change belief systems with new terminology. You change by getting people to do things differently, and then the beliefs follow…”
The Challenge of the CTE Brand Experience Inconsistent quality and rigor = Inconsistent brand experience CTE is evolving at different rates in different places CTE is moving toward a common goal Lack of uniformity cannot be overcome with a brand messaging initiative The name itself is a challenge Influencers remember the way CTE was— instead of what CTE has become
Aspirations & Reality This brand messaging initiative is about: what CTE is today… where it's headed… and how CTE fits in the evolving landscape of our nation's educational and economic future.
Communications Platform What CTE is doing now—and where it's headed Demonstrated potential and achievement Use the Five Vision Principles as the foundation “Features” and "benefits” Real examples & credible, relevant data Define relationship between CTE, Career Clusters™ and NASDCTEc
The ¼-Inch Drill Bit What's in it for me? Help the audiences get what they want... Data vs. anecdotes Heart vs. head Logical reasons for emotional responses When someone “buys into” CTE, what are they getting?
Key CTE Strategies Clear, unified voice for CTE Engage/involve key advocacy groups Robust web presence Business & Industry relationships Data on the ROI of CTE Earned media
Five Key Target Audiences Focusing limited resources for greatest effect: State Leadership Business & Industry Federal Policy Makers Affiliates & Advocacy Groups Media What about other audiences?
State CTE Leaders The LEADERS for CTE Budget challenges and the future of CTE Leadership role in implementation Stewards of the brand Tools to tell the story
Business & Industry The CUSTOMERS for CTE Skilled, sustainable workforce Bottom line performance & global competitiveness Can be influential advocates Trade associations, rural development, etc.
Federal Policy Makers A key FUNDING SOURCE for CTE Jobs, revenue, student achievement Want ROI! Authorizing legislation and appropriations Must hear from others outside CTE "family”
Affiliate & Advocacy Groups The PARTNERS for CTE Specific policies/agenda Benefit from greater understanding of CTE Leverage each other's strengths and reach Partner when feasible; cross-pollinate
Media The MEGAPHONE for CTE Interested in what their audience is interested in Craft messaging to media Business, trade and consumer segments Become part of the conversation
What Is On America’s Mind? Unemployment. Economic vitality. Student achievement. Concerns about the quality of life for the next generation. CTE is congruent with the national discussion CTE’s time is NOW! Job creation. School reform. Global competitiveness.
The CTE Brand Position CTE’s place in the landscape. A strategic national partner working to improve the effectiveness of our schools, increase the value and relevance of students’ education throughout their lives, and provide a skilled, sustainable and innovative workforce to enhance America's performance and global competitiveness.
The CTE Brand Character The “personality” of CTE Broad appeal Practical and realistic Strives to be accountable Approachable and collaborative—but never afraid to lead Innovating and adapting Believes in personal responsibility Confident, articulate and visionary Inspires others to share its vision Eager to serve Earns respect through leading by example
The CTE Brand Promise The value proposition for CTE. It's NOT a mission statement It's NOT a public document It IS the foundation for your messaging It drives what you do and the decisions you make, how you behave, how you interact, how you talk about yourself and how you connect with others It's why you matter
The CTE Brand Promise Career Technical Education promises an unrelenting commitment to: Continually improve the relevance and value of a student's educational experience; Prepare students for success in both career and college, by employing Career Clusters™ and their curriculum framework to ensure contextual learning and academic standards that reflect the goals and interests of all learners;
The CTE Brand Promise Career Technical Education promises an unrelenting commitment to: Provide American business and industry with a highly skilled, sustainable workforce; Provide dynamic, innovative leadership for the nation's educational system; and Serve as a strategic partner with secondary and postsecondary educators, business and industry to strengthen America's competitive position in the global economy WHAT IS THE CTE BRAND PROMISE…REALLY?
CTE: Learning that works for America™ Adoption of “CTE” as primary brand nomenclature “Learning” is preferable to “teaching” or “education” “Works” conveys results, deliverables and outcomes We all want America to “work” Easily adaptable for state use CTE works for schools, students, business & industry, economic development, global competitiveness, etc.
CTE Brand Image Strong CTE presence Colors in the same "family" as Career Clusters Three graphic elements similar to Career Clusters
Tools Available Now: Brochure
Tools Available Now: Poster
Tools Available Now (cont.) Talking points for key audiences PowerPoint presentation to introduce initiative to staff/advocates CTE Brand/Usage Guidelines Brand User agreement for CTE
Logo Files: National and State
Tools Available Initially: Web Graphics
Tools Available Now (cont.) Standard brand messaging/paragraph CTE Brand Promise New Web Site: careertech.org
Web Site Features Merger of Web sites Increased functionality Increased content Increased interactivity Member section to facilitate sharing
What’s Ahead Online video Career Clusters™ Brand User Guide Career Clusters™ User Agreement Career Clusters™ logo/brand images Guest editorials on website General editorials and targeted public relations Additional Web functionality Increased outreach & visibility overall Increased engagement/adoption by states
What’s Ahead White papers on Vision Principles: - Student success in further education and careers - The National Career Clusters™ Framework - Result-driven system with positive ROI Career Clusters™ Campaign— targeted to June 2012 Other projects and tactics being developed
Summing It Up
A Pivotal Moment for CTE Important to speak with one voice Critical to connect with others Opportunity to help nation address challenge Responsibility to embrace this initiative— to continue momentum. The action starts here. Now.
This is CTE’s time LEADING CHANGE: Within our own ranks through greater rigor, technical standards and The National Career Clusters™ Framework. LEADING CHANGE: Creating a sustained, skilled workforce to enhance global leadership for the United States. TRANSFORMING EXPECTATIONS: Expecting more of ourselves. Our students. Our workforce. Our nation. MAKING THE DIFFERENCE: For business & industry. For America’s communities. For our economy. For global competitiveness. CTE: Learning that works for America.™
The CTE brand logo, brand positioning theme and brand extensions are the property of NASDCTEc.