As a company, you don’t always need to stand out from your competition in an obvious way. However, you do need to understand where you are positioned within the market so that you can make decisions around your priorities.
In his Alpha talk at the Royal Albert Hall, Simon Sinek spoke about visiting both the Microsoft and Apple education submits. He stated that at the Microsoft submit 70–80% of the executives spent most of their time talking about how to beat apple. Apple on the other hand never mentioned Microsoft. Be aware of your competitors, but don’t be driven by them!
Look at your brand values – are their any other brands that are occupying the same space that you are? Do your research. Find companies who you admire, that are driving their businesses forward in ways that you respect. It maybe wise to avoid copying their business strategy but instead try mapping their brands against your brand values. Mapping out your competition from a brand perspective is different than from a business perspective – you don’t need to be focusing on product reach, but instead on how the brands communicate their values and purpose.
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Looking at the communication output (leaflets, brochures, social media) of all your competitors and working out which outputs align with your brand values – identifying the visual languages that work, and the mistakes made.
There is something very good to be said about surrounding yourself with your competitors — it drives the industry as a whole forward, encourages collaboration and often your competitors can be very lovely people!