Browse Definitions :
Definition

positioning statement

A positioning statement is an expression of how a given product, service or brand fills a particular consumer need in a way that its competitors don’t. Positioning is the process of identifying an appropriate market niche for a product (or service or brand) and getting it established in that area. Having a strong positioning statement is an important aspect of building a marketing plan.

Building a positioning statement

In his book Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey Moore offers the following template for a positioning statement:

For (target customer) who (statement of the need or opportunity), the (product name) is a (product category) that (statement of key benefit – that is, compelling reason to buy). Unlike (primary competitive alternative), our product (statement of primary differentiation).

In this context, a statement of differentiation – an expression of what sets a brand, product or service apart from that of competitors – is sometimes referred to as a unique selling proposition or a unique selling point (USP).

Example of a positioning statement

One famous example of a positioning statement is from Avis, a car rental company: "Avis is only number 2. We try harder.” In the early 1960s, when the ad campaign was developed, admitting to being anything less than number 1 was antithetical to most marketing efforts. However, that very fact caught consumers’ attention, raising awareness of the brand and also fostering trust. At the same time, the suggestion was that the number one car rental company at the time, Hertz, didn’t try as hard and so might deliver a lower level of service. The practice of trying to erode a competitor’s position relative to your own is sometimes known as depositioning.

 

This was last updated in December 2020

Continue Reading About positioning statement

SearchNetworking
SearchSecurity
  • man in the browser (MitB)

    Man in the browser (MitB) is a security attack where the perpetrator installs a Trojan horse on the victim's computer that is ...

  • Patch Tuesday

    Patch Tuesday is the unofficial name of Microsoft's monthly scheduled release of security fixes for the Windows operating system ...

  • parameter tampering

    Parameter tampering is a type of web-based cyber attack in which certain parameters in a URL are changed without a user's ...

SearchCIO
  • chief procurement officer (CPO)

    The chief procurement officer, or CPO, leads an organization's procurement department and oversees the acquisitions of goods and ...

  • Lean Six Sigma

    Lean Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to improving efficiency, customer satisfaction and profits.

  • change management

    Change management is a systematic approach to dealing with the transition or transformation of an organization's goals, processes...

SearchHRSoftware
SearchCustomerExperience
  • clickstream data (clickstream analytics)

    Clickstream data and clickstream analytics are the processes involved in collecting, analyzing and reporting aggregate data about...

  • neuromarketing

    Neuromarketing is the study of how people's brains respond to advertising and other brand-related messages by scientifically ...

  • contextual marketing

    Contextual marketing is an online marketing strategy model in which people are served with targeted advertising based on their ...

Close