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Evolve '23 Session #3 Recap: Unleashing the Power of Brand Positioning with April Dunford

Roseline Kapongo
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Unlocking the Power of Effective Positioning with April Dunford

The third session of Evolve '23 featured industry expert April Dunford, reigniting the conversation on the essential role of positioning in successful marketing and selling. As the author of the book 'Obviously Awesome' and a sought-after speaker, Dunford shared her wisdom on creating impactful positioning that helps products stand out in their market.

The Five Key Components of Positioning Excellence

April Dunford presented a clear and actionable framework for effective positioning, outlining five crucial aspects marketers must consider to ensure their product's success:

1. Competitive Alternatives

Understand the competition and identify how your product differentiates itself from what's already available.

2. Key Unique Attributes 

Focus on the attributes that make your product truly distinctive. This is your unique spark/sizzle that helps you stand out and gives you brand recognition among the market.

3. Value

Determine what makes your brand valuable in your niche/market and showcase that value ensuring this is aligned with the needs of your target market.

4. Customers that Care

Identify and target customers who will truly appreciate the unique value your product brings to their lives, leading to strong relationships and brand loyalty.

5. Market Category

Present your product within the appropriate market category, providing the context that helps customers understand where your product fits and why it is worth their attention. In April Dunford's words:

"Positioning defines how our product is the best in the world at providing some value that a well-defined set of customers cares about.” 

Creating Compelling Positioning for Lasting Impact

Following April Dunford's framework for effective positioning allows marketers to tailor all aspects of their work, including messaging, content, and market targeting, to create a cohesive brand narrative. The result is a lasting impact that resonates with your target audience and differentiates your product from the competition.

Investing time and resources into understanding the key components of positioning ensures that marketers can tell a powerful story that showcases the unique value of their product. This approach also helps to focus efforts on the customers who will genuinely appreciate and benefit from what your product has to offer, boosting brand loyalty and customer satisfaction.

Mastering the art of positioning ultimately contributes to a product's long-term success and is essential for anyone looking to dominate their market.

Watch the full on-demand recording of April’s session at Evolve '23.

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