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The Context to Care and Compare

by Hank Barnes  |  July 3, 2018

I've been beating the drum for better messaging through positioning and storytelling for years.  It's a repeated theme in this blog.    But many of the problems I have with...

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The Strongest Differentiator - A Different Point of View

by Hank Barnes  |  February 20, 2018

When looking for differentiation, I continue to see clients looking at their product features or service capabilities as their primary source of differentiation.   While in some cases, product can be...

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Positioning Is Not Messaging

by Hank Barnes  |  January 23, 2018

A few weeks back, I shared one of the most common issues with positioning efforts--attacking vs. just declaring the primary competitive alternative.  Today, I want to talk about a bigger...

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Most Common Positioning Mistake - Attacking the Competitive Alternative

by Hank Barnes  |  December 5, 2017

Positioning is one of the core things that our team at Gartner works with clients on.  I personally have well over 1500 positioning reviews over the past 5 years (its...

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Setting Strategies - Where to Focus

by Hank Barnes  |  October 17, 2017

As tech providers define and refine their strategies, there are a wide variety of factors to consider.   These include (among others) market factors, competition, customers, and their own capabilities....

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Back to Basics: Branding Remains at the Core of Marketing

by Jennifer Polk  |  September 13, 2017

Marketing leaders are facing tremendous “scope creep” in terms of the span of their roles and the responsibilities of the marketing organization. Gartner’s 2017 CMO Strategy Survey shows CMO and...

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Reflections on Positioning

by Hank Barnes  |  June 13, 2017

Last Sunday, Jack Trout passed away.   There are plenty of stories about his legacy that you can find via Google (here is one from the New York Times).  ...

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Customer Definition May Be More Important Than Category Definition

by Hank Barnes  |  May 23, 2017

For many startups, the nirvana is the creation of a category.  By creating the category, you establish the leadership position in it.   But category creation is not easy.  ...

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The Three Cs of Messaging and Positioning in Marketing: Pick Any Two

by Jake Sorofman  |  January 12, 2017

Late last year, I shared some thoughts on how and why positioning and messaging efforts so often go off the rails. One of the anti-patterns I described was what I...

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Appealing to Everyone Appeals to No One

by Hank Barnes  |  December 20, 2016

This is not going to be a late post on the election (if you know me well, you know I don't talk politics).   But there continues to be a...

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