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The Importance of a memorable Positioning Statement

A memorable positioning statement not only tells your customers what you do, but it positions you within the industry and separates you from your competitors.

Business marketing plays a vital role to the lifecycle of any successful organisation as it exposes and promotes your products and services to hundreds of potential customers. This statement is obvious to anybody who has ever ran a business before, however the important fact to remember is that marketing is useless if nobody remembers your advertisements. This is the hard truth about marketing and unfortunately it seems a lot of people fall short in this category. This is where a simple, effective and memorable positioning statement comes in to play. One way to ensure people remember you and your products/services is to come up with a brilliant positioning statement. A positioning statement should define what you do, how you do it and position you within your industry all within a few catchy words. Some good examples include Jeans West "Fits Best" and Victorian Bitters "For a hard earned thirst". Both of these statements identify briefly what the organisation can do for you in just a few simple words. Remember, the KISS rule definitely applies here! To develop a great positioning statement, a few key steps should be conducted. These have been outlined below. 1. Begin by reviewing your company's Mission and Vision Statements and keep these in mind throughout the process. Your positioning statement should bring your vision to life. 2. Make a list of your audiences and prioritize them. 3. For each customer type, figure out what their urgent needs are. Don't assume you know what your customers' needs and pains are. Get out and talk to customers to get an in-depth understanding of their wants and their needs. Categorize the customer needs into three categories: Urgent, Important, and Useful. 4. Make a matrix with the Urgent and Important Needs of customers across the top. Down the side, make a list of key features of your product/service. In each box where there's a match between a customer need and what you offer, jot down how you solve that need. 5. Make a similar chart for each of your competitors. In addition, gather information from their website, printed materials and other sources, how they are positioning themselves and what their key messages are. Write this all down. 6. Now you have all the necessary information to identify your distinctive positioning. Using your company's matrix, focus on how you meet the most urgent need, or top two if there's a close second. In solving those needs, what do that is unique compared to the competition? Identify the one most compelling reason for customers to do business with you. It's important to be focused. 7. Write a sentence that gives you a distinctive advantage, not just presents your value as a superlative claim. Keep honing it until it's clear and feels right. Check it out with some customers for confirmation that it conveys the compelling reason to do business with you. Once you have applied these steps, you should have in your hot little hands an effective positioning statement that will soon become the single most important sentence in your marketing arsenal. Use this positioning statement wherever you can. Let the whole know what you can do for them. Remember, keep it simple. There is nothing worse than a position statement that takes more than a few seconds to readBusiness Management Articles, process and most importantly memorise.

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Jon Bergan is the owner of Bergan Blue, an Australian based creative design studio focused on bridging the gap between the online world of the Internet with the offline world of Marketing. Please visit http://www.berganblue.com.au/ for more information.



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