7 Exceptional Examples Of Brand Positioning

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Before we motivate you to find a unique position for your brand with these exceptional examples of brand positioning, let’s take a second to take stock of this strategic task.

When it comes to building a brand, no task in more critical than developing the brand positioning strategy.

Think about it…

The entire end goal of branding and marketing is to show your audience why your brand is the brand they should choose, rather than those pesky competitors.

Although the question “Why should I choose your brand and not the others” is seldom asked directly, it’s most certainly asked in the subconscious of your audience before any buying decision is made.

If you don’t have a clear and unique answer for them, you’re losing out to the competitors that do.

In this article we’ll take a look at what makes up an effective brand positioning strategy and how some of the worlds best brands position themselves with awesome examples of brand positioning.

example brand positioning strategy
example brand positioning strategy

Before we motivate you to find a unique position for your brand with these exceptional examples of brand positioning, let’s take a second to take stock of this strategic task.

When it comes to building a brand, no task in more critical than developing the brand positioning strategy.

Think about it…

The entire end goal of branding and marketing is to show your audience why your brand is the brand they should choose, rather than those pesky competitors.

Although the question “Why should I choose your brand and not the others” is seldom asked directly, it’s most certainly asked in the subconscious of your audience before any buying decision is made.

If you don’t have a clear and unique answer for them, you’re losing out to the competitors that do.

In this article we’ll take a look at what makes up an effective brand positioning strategy and how some of the worlds best brands position themselves with awesome examples of brand positioning.

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What Is Brand Positioning?

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According to the “Father of Modern Marketing” Philip Kotler, brand positioning is:

The act of designing the company’s offering and image to occupy a distinctive place in the mind of the target market

In other words, your positioning strategy attempts to tell your audience (and have them remember), why they should pick your brand over your competitors.

It quite simple really though that is simplifying it to the extreme.

If you want to dive deeper on what brand positioning is and how to develop a brand positioning strategy then go no further than this article: What is Brand Positioning?

Characteristics Of An Effective Brand Positioning Strategy

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When developing a positioning strategy for your brand, it’s important to weave through some critical characteristics.

Valuable

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The position you take in the market and subsequent offers you make to your audience must represent a sense of value. The value needs to be clearly communicated and easily understood.

Unique

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Your positioning strategy should be unique. If you enter the market offering the same products, services, pricing, quality or experience, your brand will fail at the first hurdle. To stand out as an obvious choice.

Clear

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There is no room for a lack of clarity when communicating the uniqueness and value of your market position.

You might have created a truly unique position with the ability to disrupt your entire industry, but if your audience can’t clearly understand the benefit to them, it will fail.

Deliverable

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This goes without saying but your positioning strategy is kind of a big deal. It’s the core of your entire brand strategy and the rest of the entire brand strategy will be built out from it.

If you’re not 100% confident of delivering on the position you’re carving out for your brand, then pick another position. The quickest way to kill a brand is by not delivering on its fundamental difference.

Relevant

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You brand position is developed with a focus on the market landscape and its key players (i.e. your audience and your competitors).

If you haven’t taken your audiences wants, needs, desires and fears into account, Or your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. Then your positioning strategy will lack relevancy.

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Brand Positioning Example #1:
Tesla

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Tesla’s brand positioning is one of strength.

When Elon Musk took over in 2008, he re-positioned Tesla as “the new technology for clean energy”.

With engaging storytelling, a prestige pricing strategy and target market segmentation, they created the demand and a subsequent market for a premium all electric luxury car.

Tesla is not the only brand providing luxury cars. It’s not the only brand providing electric cars. It’s not even the only brand providing luxury-electric cars.

But it is the only brand providing only luxury electric cars and in turn is setting the pace in this new industry.

Another unique aspect to the position it holds in the market is the purpose from which it stems.

Tesla mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” and their new technologies are pushing the industry forward, specifically with the range their cars can accomplish.

As they move into the affordable car market, they take with them the esteem that comes from their association with high-end exclusivity and luxury.

Tesla is the trendsetter and pacesetter within the luxury electric car sector and its pioneering spirit sprinkles an element of magic across the brand.

Brand Positioning Example #2:
Apple

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Apple is just about as close you can get to the picture perfect example of a strong brand.

With their unapologetic premium pricing, innovative technology and an end to end experience that their customers salivate over, Apple knows they are more than just a company that sells computers.

The story of Steve Jobs and his vision of a brand that could help to change the world is now the stuff of legend and fits in, almost poetically, to the position they now hold.

 

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Since Apple encouraged their customers to “Think Differently”, they have aligned themselves with an idea that those who think differently, change the world.

By purchasing Apple products, their customers align themselves with the innovative, imaginative and creative characteristics they hold in such esteem.

Apple are the kings of technology. And although their technology has helped to change the world, it’s the strength of their brand position that has given them the freedom to continue to innovate for so long.

 

Brand Positioning Example #3:
Dollar Shave Club

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The Dollar Shave Club came into the market and executed an against position to perfection.

Without the benefit of a budget, a marketing agency or even a marketing department, the Dollar Shave Club set in place a series of business practices and marketing tactics that would catapult them to stardom and riches.

Gillette had been sitting on their lofty perch with 85% of the men’s razor blade market when the Dollar Shave Club came along and told a frustrated market segment what they already knew, and needed to hear.

They didn’t need to pay inflated prices for over developed razors just to have a smooth shave.

There was a better, cheaper and easier way.

The Dollar Shave Club caught Gillette resting on its laurels and went on to steal over 50% of the online men’s razor market before Unilever swooped in with a $1 Billion dollar takeover.

Yep… That was “Billion” with a capital “B”.

Brand Positioning Example #4:
Nike

Nike was born from a competitive track and field heritage in Portland Oregon and built on old-school innovation that involved a household waffle iron.

These competitive and innovative characteristics have become part of the DNA of the Nike brand which has seen it scale to unimaginable heights.

Though the brand began as a business selling running shoes, they have leveraged their reputation of quality and association with winning to expand the brand into broader athletic wear and fashion.

Since its 1987 “Just Do It” campaign, Nike has transcended beyond a business that sells running shoes and have amassed an army of loyal followers who share the same competitive “play to win” attitude.

Their alignment to the most successful athletes on the planet in key sports such as NFL, NBA, Tennis and Soccer has associated the brand with an idea.

“Nike is a brand for winners”.

Brand Positioning Example #5:
HubSpot

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Hubspot began as an email-marketing tool and coined a term that has now become a core practice in this content driven world “inbound marketing”

While many of us like to use individual “specialised brands” that stay in their lane and don’t give us something half-baked as an add-on, on the web, the name of the game is integration.

Anyone in the online business world can attest to losing days or even weeks, trying to get one piece of software talking to another so everything “just works”.

Hubspot have evolved organically to meet the needs of their customers with a software and platform that is integrated out of the box with everything from marketing automation to CRM to sales and service.

Their early market advantage has given them a headstart and on competitors late to the party and the nature of their business means their customers can’t just up and leave without some serious effort to do so.

These factors along with their customer focused approach and ability to evolve has seen hubspots position grow in strength.

Brand Positioning Example #6:
JetBlue

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Before JetBlue, the idea around air travel was that competitive fares and comfortable travel were mutually exclusive.

You either sacrificed the comfort for the savings in cost or you sacrificed the dollars for the comfort.

JetBlue came onto the scene with a refreshing focus on bringing fun, comfort and value into the US domestic air travel market.

Perks, such as extensive in-flight entertainment, comfortable leather seating and additional legroom, flew in the face of traditional budget air-travel and earned JetBlue a reputation (and a strong position) as the go-to airline for value within the U.S.

Brand Positioning Example #7:
Chipotle

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For years, Taco Bell ruled the roost of Mexican fast food restaurants within the U.S, but then chipotle came along with a focus on quality.

Using the tagline “Food with integrity” to help associate the brand with quality and earn that position in the mind of their audience, Chipotle has been well positioned to ride the ever increasing wave of conscious customers.

Their position enhancing tagline is far more than just a branding message as it clearly communicated the beliefs and values of the internal brand.

From its use of fresh local products to hand prepared meals, Chipotle is a brand with substance that follows through on its values, earning loyal customers and brand advocates along the way.

When it comes to fast food there are many options. But when it comes to fresh, locally produced, hand-made Mexican food… there is Chipotle, sitting in a strong position.

Conclusion

The success or failure of any brand hinges on the success or failure of the position they take in the market.

A lack of strategic thinking or differentiation is the easiest way for a brand to blend into the crowd and disappear without anyone ever knowing they existed.

Bold brands that capture the attention and imagination of their audience are born in the strategy room from creative thinking and problem solving.

If you’re building a brand and you haven’t yet identified the position you want to own, it’s time to find a strategy room.

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