Brand Building

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Competitive Fatigue: Are You Allowing it to Happen?

It's easy to get despondent and think 'how can my competitors get away with that?', or 'why are my customers behaving in a particular way?', or more commonly, 'why do customers always question price?'.

It's not their fault, and you shouldn't hate your competitor.

One of the most powerful dynamics you can manage to your advantage is the competitive positioning you have with your competition.

Ten tips for retaining and attracting customers in times of turmoil

  1. Be seen to be improving and moving: No one wants to work with stagnating companies. Even a small change to your marketing can reinvigorate market interest or stabilise your position. Perception is reality, so learn to control it before it controls you.
     
  2. Improve your value proposition: 90% of the time the problem is not what you sell, it's how you sell it.

The Organisation in Question: Stop Badgering People & Start a Dialogue

Client surveys are a good idea. You'll obtain data and opinion on how you can improve and tweak products and services for the benefit of your client.

For the surveyor it's an exciting prospect as the myriad of questions they're about to unleash will seemingly uncover the secret on how they can get above their competition.

If There's No Argument, You're High Risk (TCCS #1)

The Competitive Challenge Series (TCCS)
Vol. 1 #1

Each article in this series will help you understand, identify and improve every facet of your branding and messaging that impacts your sales and growth. As always my objective is to deliver strategy and ideas to propel you beyond competitive challenges.

Hamish Chadwick.

This weeks challenge......

Exporting Your Brand: A few pertinent tips

I was interviewed by Adeline Teoh from Dynamic Export Magazine for a story they’re running on international branding.

I was asked to comment on the headings below.  The article will be published in February 2011, however my points are below.

How Low Perceived Value Will Lead To Failure

Complex Strategy Creates Indifference

I was talking with a company recently who enquired on how ‘complex’ our brand and marketing strategy would be.  I was puzzled and asked what they meant by this.

It turned out that their expectation was that the more they would pay for branding services, the more complex they expected the strategies would be.  These included detailed charts, metrics and other guidelines.

On the contrary, the more 'complex' a strategy this, the less likely it will be used and therefore the less value it will provide.