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Competitive Positioning: Wal-Mart vs. Target

Times are topsy-turvy and one of the great reversals can be seen in the world of retail. And a lesson in competitive positioning is left to be learned. While Wal-Mart, the largest company in the world, has always dwarfed rival Target in size, but until recently Target had been decisively winning the growth game...

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Ford Finds Success Marketing In A Down Economy

Who said marketing in a down economy was tough? Despite being in a down economy, Ford Motor Co. enjoyed four consecutive months of growing market share through January 2009. Some of Ford's recent success marketing in a down economy may be attributable to its promotional efforts emphasizing branding and the fact that it eschewed federal financial assistance to stay afloat...

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Repositioning - The Twin to Every Position

The best brand positions are said to "reposition" the competition. For every season of life and renewal, there is a shadow season of dormancy and death. For everything we are, there is what we are not. For every brand position there is a twin- the reposition. The best positioning ideas naturally reposition another idea or brand...

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Making Sense Of Social Media Planning

Innis Maggiore is often asked how we go about social media planning. Clients want to know what can be done in the social community space to create competitive advantage. With failure after failure of big corporations trying to "do social media," one reminder is clear: don't try to be what you aren't. Wal-Mart is low price, not a social community. Coke is the original beverage, not a social community. Like so many other companies and products, they've both failed and continue to fail miserably in their social media planning...

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Tropicana: A Lesson In Brand Creative

There has been a lot of talk, by marketing experts and consumers alike, about the debacle of Tropicana's new packaging and brand creative. In case you didn't know (because of how swiftly it disappeared from stores), the orange juice giant changed their product packaging from the perennial concentration (pardon the pun) on the image of the straw sticking out of an orange to a graphic they felt was a bit "juicier."...

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Barack Obama's New Media Fundraising

The story of Obama's success is very much a story about new media fundraising.

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Grading Top Ads on Creative Positioning

Creative positioning is essentially the art of expressing a differentiating idea while, at the same time, standing out in a cluttered media landscape. Before we begin grading others, it's time for a pop quiz. Name your ten most memorable recent advertisements. Top five? Can you remember any? And, if you can, can you recall what product or service they were trying to promote? One more question. did any of the ads prompt you to respond?...

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Starbucks: Get Back To Being Unique

An article in the the Columbus Dispatch touted that Starbucks was taking cues from its cheaper rivals. That they were seeking part of the 'value' pie. What a ghastly mistake. The first rule of positioning, in fact a commandment, is that a product, service, a company, even an individual can only stand for one thing in the mind of the prospect. Positioning is about brand differentiation. In Starbuck's case, its uniqueness is its position...

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Don't Ask Me For A Marketing Tagline

I'd like to turn your attention to the topic of branding, dispelling some common notions about what branding is, and what it is not. For starters, it is not a marketing tagline...

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What is Positioning in Marketing? Why it's the CEO's Number One Role.

For so many years, CEOs have focused on doing things better. For a long time, this approach worked. However, a problem has surfaced over recent years as we realize that this approach is simply not working anymore. Being better has become a basic requirement: it is what it takes just to stay in the game. Your prospects and customers have come to expect a higher level of quality and service, and, as a result, quality and service are no longer differentiators. Before you make your next marketing move. You should be asking, "what is positioning?"...

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