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Part 2: 4 Steps to Develop Your Brand Message

This is part 2 of a blog series on brand positioning and messaging. In the first post, I explain the 10 steps to develop your brand positioning. In this next post, I explain how to use the positioning language to develop your brand messaging. It is recommended you read part 1 of this series before reading this post.

Part 1: 10 Steps to Develop Your Brand Position

This is part 1 of a 2-part series on brand positioning and messaging. In this first post, I’ll walk step by step through the process of developing your brand positioning. In part 2,  I’ll then talk about using the positioning language to develop your brand messaging.

Make Sure Your Ad Passes the 2-Second Test

The shift in marketing dollars to online advertising has changed advertising, but there is still a place for traditional print advertising. But it has to pass the 2-second test - the time a user will give to your ad before scrolling past it. 

Six Key Factors To A Successful PR Campaign

Public Relations is part of a comprehensive marketing campaign, and an effective way to spread the message of a new product, technology initiative, or other significant milestone or shift for your company.

How to Define and Market to Your Customer's Pain Points...Accurately

Content that attracts and resonates with the right audience must focus on what your customer needs most. Whether you’re creating a headline for your homepage, a topic for your new white paper, or overhauling your corporate brand position and message, if you can’t connect with your customers’ pains and help them see how you or your products can solve them, they’ll move along quickly.  

5 Tips for a Tagline that Sticks

Brainstorm notes on hotel bar napkins. Conversations that take you so far down tangents you’ve forgotten what your company does. You need something that’s memorable but not too off-the-wall, specific but not excluding, and exciting but accurate …

Brand Positioning and Messaging: More Than A Mission Statement

It’s often easy to skim over your corporate brand. Maybe your company has been in business for decades and you assume you have a brand already, or your business is fairly new and three years ago you set out with a mission statement, so you should be set. Right? Let’s try an exercise to see if you are actually set. Who was the first president? George Washington, of course. But who was the fourth president? What about the eighth? The easy way to stick in someone’s mind is to be the first. The hard way is to be second (or fourth, or eighth). In his book, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, Jack Trout clearly states, “If you didn't get inside the mind of your prospect first, then you have a positioning problem." Has your positioning and resulting messaging set you up for a first-place seed in the minds of your potential customers? Here are five objectives your brand positioning and messaging should meet if it is done correctly, positioning you for that first-place spot (keep reading through the end to also see what you can expect during a complete messaging project):

Buyer Personas: 8 Questions to Profile Your Customer

During the marketing strategy phase, it’s important to know the different personalities that make up your target audience, what they care about, and what they need so you can communicate with them in the most relevant way possible.

How to Create a B2B Marketing Plan that Drives Results

There is a great saying many marketers use, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Without a plan, how do you know what you need to do, in priority order, to get there? In busy times, it is difficult to take a pause from everyday work to stop, breathe, focus, and plan. Instead, many rush down any road that looks promising at the moment. Unfortunately, these unplanned roads lead to mediocre results and higher costs – in time, money, stress, and frustration.

Practical Steps for Creating a Product Positioning Statement

Congratulations! You've created a product, figured out your pricing and distribution model (not to mention a ton of other details), and are ready to bring it to market. Or almost ready. First you need a positioning statement.

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