Building a Purposeful Brand with Archetype FamiliesFeb 08, 2024
If you’ve spent any amount of time around The Daring Fempreneur, then you likely already know your brand archetype and how it impacts your brand (if not, you can find that out with my free quiz here). But, today we’re here to take this one step deeper by exploring the archetype families.
Put simply, archetype families group archetypes based on shared motivations, values, and approaches to life and work. These families help us understand our actions and underlying motivations, as well as how we express ourselves in life and our businesses.
Archetype families can also offer insights into your inherent strengths and potential challenges, and help you ensure that your message, offerings, and interactions resonate with your personal motivations. This alignment between the internal and external helps you create a more coherent brand that resonates with your audience, and allows you to fully express yourself.
With that, let’s explore the four archetype families and their main motivations, as well as how this ties into your brand-building journey.
The Fulfillment Seekers: Explorer, Innocent, Sage
The Explorer, Innocent, and Sage archetypes all inherently seek out fulfillment and independence. If you resonate with any of these archetypes, your brand likely values autonomy and self-discovery. Your audience will appreciate the honesty and depth you bring to the table.
The Explorer is all about the journey, not the destination, and seeks new experiences along the way. They truly embody the spirit of adventure and discovery. This experience-oriented mindset translates to a brand that is always on the move, introducing new ideas, and inviting your audience on an exciting journey.
The Innocent seeks simplicity and trust. Embodying optimism and purity, they see the world not as it is, but as it could be. Innocent brands are here to remind us of the good, the simple, and the honest, offering a sanctuary of trust and safety everywhere they show up.
The Sage believes fulfillment is the result of wisdom, seeking knowledge and truth above all. Sage brands position themselves as thought leaders and experts in their field, offering deep insights and solutions, and seeking to enlighten their audience.
Brands that fit into this family tend to focus on themes of discovery, simplicity, and freedom. They emphasize autonomy over belonging, and appeal to audiences looking for inspiration and personal growth.
The Change Makers: Magician, Hero, Outlaw
The Magician, Hero, and Outlaw archetypes are united in their desire to shake up the status quo. These archetypes actively work against limiting, restrictive or harmful realities. Brands that resonate with this family are all about taking a stand, being bold, and transforming lives.
The Magician acts as a catalyst for transformation or healing, and focuses on envisioning and realizing dreams, often facilitating transformation for others. Magician brands offer transformative experiences, new perspectives, and significant changes. They are innovators, visionaries, and creators of wonder.
The Hero embodies courage and bravery, aiming to improve the world through decisive action. Heroes are characterized by courage and determination, and are all about overcoming challenges and inspiring their audience to do the same. They champion causes, fight for justice, and provide empowering solutions for their audience.
The Outlaw challenges the status quo and breaks rules to create change. Outlaw brands are edgy, bold, and unafraid to push boundaries. They appeal to those who value freedom, individuality, and nonconformity.
Brands associated with this family of archetypes are seen as dynamic and revolutionary. They resonate with those who value courage, innovation, and the power to make a real difference in the world.
The Connectors: Everyperson, Lover, Jester
The Everyperson, Lover, and Jester archetypes are all about belonging and seeking connection above all else. These inclusive brands create a feeling of community and heartfelt engagement, connecting people, celebrating joy, and fostering relationships.
The Everyperson seeks to belong and connect through shared values and humility. She values all people as equals, and is relatable, friendly, and genuine. Everyperson brands make you feel like you belong to a community. They're approachable, reliable, and speak in language that resonates with everyday life.
The Lover aims for intimacy and passion, focusing on relationships and aesthetic beauty. The Lover creates deep, meaningful connections, and is all about enhancing relationships. The Lover archetype draws us in with the promise of intimacy and indulgence.
The Jester teaches us to lighten up, live in the moment and enjoy interacting with others without worrying about what they think. They value joy and bring light-heartedness and humor into their connections with others. Jester brands are spontaneous, fun, and don't take themselves too seriously. They're masters of communication, often using humor to connect with their audience.
These three archetypes excel in creating relatable, engaging experiences that build community and nurture personal connections. They attract audiences looking for authenticity, joy, and meaningful relationships.
The Controllers (order, stability, control): Ruler, Caregiver, Creator
The Ruler, Caregiver, and Creator are all about stability and control. Brands with these archetypes create safe and secure experiences and environments for their communities and clients by establishing order. Your audience will appreciate how your brand makes life easier, more beautiful, or more orderly.
The Ruler seeks to lead and takes control of situations, especially when they seem to be getting out of hand. Ruler brands are leaders in their industry, providing solutions that bring structure and efficiency. They promise security and stability, appealing to audiences who value control and mastery in their own lives.
The Caregiver anticipates people's needs, seeing what will make them feel secure and safe. The Caregiver is a nurturer, always there to offer support and, well, care. Caregiver brands tend to focus on service, compassion, and making the world a better place.
The Creator exerts control by creating a poem, a painting, or a product, and finds fulfillment in innovation and the act of creation. They bring imaginations to life. Creator brands are innovative and artistic, offering unique services that stand out for their originality.
Each of these brands have a desire to control, and emphasize structure, creativity, and care. They appeal to those who value leadership, innovation, and a sense of protection.
What If Your Primary Archetypes are in Different Families?
It’s not uncommon to have multiple archetypes you resonate with, and you may even find that they fall into different archetype families. If this is the case, consider it a strength!
Rather than creating a brand that chooses one of your archetypes or motivations and neglects the other(s), you have an opportunity to create a richly multi-faceted brand with a unique blend of values and qualities to set you apart from anyone else.
Yes – you can desire both belonging and control, independence and connection! The key in integrating different archetypes and archetype families into your brand is in how you tie them together.
How Archetype Families Impact Branding and Business
These motivations that guide our lives and decisions each and every day are incredibly nuanced. Understanding the archetype families allows us to clarify our brands, build a brand that is more aligned with our true selves, and create something that not only stands out, but that stands for something meaningful.
It’s all about building a brand that feels like a natural extension of who you are and what you stand for – leading to a more satisfying and fulfilling entrepreneurial journey.
When building a brand that embodies your truth, it’s important to understand the inner motivations guiding your journey – even if you may not see them clearly in day to day life. If you’re ready to go even deeper into building your brand, I invite you to join us in the Impact Tribe! This is the place where purpose-led fempreneurs gather to learn, explore, and support each other along the way. You can learn more or join us here if you’re interested.