A Casual Chat About Brand Positioning

You’ve got a great idea, a top-notch product, and a burning passion to succeed. But my friend, let me tell you, that’s just half the battle. The other half is making sure your target customers know you exist — and not just that you exist, but why they should care. That’s where brand positioning comes in.

Imagine you’re at a party and you’re trying to get someone’s attention. You could shout louder than everyone else, or you could stand in the middle of the room doing handstands. But wouldn’t it be better if you could draw people to you because they genuinely want to know more about you? That’s kind of like brand positioning. Your brand is not just about what you sell; it’s about why you sell it and why your customers should choose you over the competition.

Brand positioning is your unique space in the market. It’s what makes you, you. It’s your personality, your promise, and your reputation, all rolled into one. It’s not about being the loudest or the flashiest; it’s about being the most relevant and compelling to your target customers. So, let’s dive in and explore how to position your brand effectively.

Making Sense of your Market

First things first, you need to know your market. Who are your competitors? What do they offer? How do they position themselves? It’s not about copying what they’re doing, but understanding what makes you different and better.

Next, think about your customers. Who are they? What do they want? What problems do they have that you can solve? The more you know about your customers, the more effectively you can position your brand to appeal to them.

Lastly, think about your own brand. What is your mission? What are your values? What is your unique selling proposition? Your brand positioning should reflect these elements and communicate them clearly to your customers.

Crafting Your Brand Positioning Statement

A brand positioning statement is a concise declaration that communicates your brand’s unique value to your customers. It’s not meant to be catchy or creative; it’s meant to be clear and compelling. It answers the question, “Why should I choose you?”

Here’s a simple formula you can use: For [target customer], [brand name] is the [market definition] that delivers [brand promise] because [reason to believe]. Let’s break it down:

“For [target customer]” helps you focus on who you’re trying to reach. “Is the [market definition]” helps you define the space you occupy in the market. “That delivers [brand promise]” communicates the unique value you provide. “Because [reason to believe]” gives your customers a reason to trust your promise.

Living Your Brand Positioning

Now, this is the fun part. Once you’ve defined your brand positioning, you need to live it. Every interaction with your customers is an opportunity to reinforce your brand positioning. From your logo and website to your customer service and social media, every touchpoint should reflect your brand positioning.

For instance, if your brand positioning is about being the most innovative in your industry, then your product design, marketing, and even your office space should reflect that. If your brand positioning is about being the most reliable, then your customer service and quality assurance processes should uphold that promise.

Remember, consistency is key. Your customers should be able to recognize your brand positioning at every touch point. That’s how you build a strong brand identity and a loyal customer base.

Embrace the Journey

So there you have it, aspiring entrepreneurs! Brand positioning may seem like a big task, but it’s an exciting journey of understanding your market, defining your unique space, and bringing your brand to life. It’s about being true to who you are, fulfilling your promise to your customers, and standing out in the market.

Remember, your brand is not just what you sell; it’s about why you sell it and why your customers should choose you. So embrace the journey and make your mark in the market. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about being the biggest or the best; it’s about being uniquely you.

So go ahead, make your move. Stake your claim. Position your brand in the market and watch as your brand begins to stand out, not just for being different, but for being authentically you.

Ankur K Garg

I have built brands that have earned $125MM+ in revenues and I was a pioneer in developing social media influencers in the early 2010s. Currently I am a SDC Nutrition Executive @WeMakeSupplements, Founder of #INTHELAB, Founder of YOUNGRY @StayYoungry, Zealous Content Hero, Award Winning Graphic Designer & Full Stack Web Developer, and a YouTuber.