YOUR COMPANY POSITIONING LINE.
A lot of people don’t think this is a very important communications element. But in point of fact, because it appears adjacent to your logo or wordmark, it’s usually the first thing that people perceive about you. Because of this your positioning line needs to do two very important things.
1. It needs to position your company in terms of the service you provide or the benefit your product provides and
2. It needs to represent the true spirit of your company.
Thing 1 appeals the the analytical side of the prospect’s brain…Thing 2 appeals to the creative side. Together they create a complete impression, which is reinforced by the logo.
The example I am showing here is one I created for Peel Scrap Metal Recycling. What we wanted to do was to communicate what they did, and begin the process of positioning them as a company with deep rooted belief in the environmental benefits of recycling.
I’ve been working with Peel for three years to help keep them on this course and it has benefited them greatly. Their sales have increased by about 20% and they have been able to open a new warehouse in Oakville to complement their Mississauga operation. I’m not saying the positioning line did all this for them, but it laid a solid foundation for the entire communications program that was to follow. And that played a big part in their success.
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Developing or retooling a small to medium sized business, as every business owner will tell you, is a lot of work. And it can cost a great deal of money too. But all too often in this process, however, some of the things that are actually the most important parts of getting your venture off to a good start are the things that are often kept on the back burner. Generally speaking, this has mainly to do with communications.
A lot of small owners, especially those without a great deal of previous experience from a career or without any formal marketing training, operate under the assumption that their salesmanship and passion for their product or service is much more important than the image they project right out of the gate. And that may have been true in the days before the Internet came along, but these days, it’s anything but.
Invisible Scrutiny Is Everywhere.
If you have skimped on things like your logo and positioning, your business cards, collateral materials and most importantly, your web site, you are doing your business a genuine disservice. Because, as much as you wish it weren’t true, your word and the passion behind your pitch will only take you so far, and that distance seems to shrink more and more every year.
The majority of the belief development or due diligence that your prospect will through is stuff they do pretty much their own. This includes reading your web site and shuffling it up to the final decision makers, along with your business card and any collateral material you choose to leave with them, checking your references, verifying your cases studies etc.
These materials have now become every bit as much a part of your sales team as anything or anyone on your staff. Because after your half hour with the prospect, these are the things that they are going to spend their time with, and they will either turn the tide in your favour or against you.
A Worthwhile Investment
At the end of the day, you really do get only one chance to make that favorable first impression. And you want that impression to be one of a business that has its act together, that looks like it has genuinely arrived and one that makes its selling argument powerfully and without reservation. Because, like it or not, this is how you are being judged by your prospects, and for the most part they are looking for reasons to not to do business with you. Not because they are sadistic or mean spirited, but because it’s in their nature to always believe there’s ‘something better’ out there. So be that ‘something better’ for them. The investment isn’t going to be that huge, but the dividends it can pay will serve your company well for years to come.
Five Essential Pieces Of Communication That Every Small To Medium Sized Business Should Have.
- A Communication Strategy that outlines your goals, your target audiences, your main benefit, your reasons to believe and your company’s character.
- A Business Card that tells your prospects exactly what you do, what you can do for them and how to get hold of you.
- A Company Brochure that tells your company’s story in a straightforward compelling way.
- A Web Site that details all the selling features of your company and explains in depth your level of customer commitment, houses testimonials and case studies, which are your principal reasons to believe.
- A well crafted Information Profile on your company that you can send the any trade publications that are read by your target audience, as well as for use in business media such as Linked In.
Onwords & Upwords offers startup businesses or existing businesses looking to effectively rebrand themselves special packages which include the previously mentioned 5 Essential Pieces of Communication or customized variations.
Because, Onwords & Upwords Creative Director, Jim Murray is a highly experienced writer, art director and producer, he can create these materials with excellent economies of scale at substantially lower rates than those charged by individuals doing the same work or small agencies or designcos with substantial overheads to cover.
For more information on Onwords & Upwords, including samples, testimonials, case studies etc, visit www.onandup.ca
Contact Jim today to discuss your specific needs in this vitally important area.
Welcome to my blog site. The reason this is a blog site and not a web site is because my business is one that works best through referrals and targeted marketing. I don’t want just anyone coming here.
I guess I should start by telling you what it is I do. That would be a number of things.
Generally speaking, I create & develop concepts, which really means I come up with ideas based on strategic objectives. Then I execute those ideas in whatever media are most appropriate. I generally write, art direct & produce everything I do, depending, of course, on who I am doing it for.
For agencies, designcos & freelance people, I work primarily as a writer, broadcast producer & creative partner.
For direct clients & consultants, I function as a Communications Project Manager, combining my basic skills sets with those of others in my associate network. This network is filled with people whose talents, skills & dedication always amaze me.
My associate network encompasses specialists in:
• Strategic Development & Marketing Planning • Public & Media Relations • Media Planning, Buying & Negotiating • Web Site Development • Internet & New Media Marketing (SEO, PPC, SMM) • Photography • Illustration • Pre-Press & Printing • Broadcast & Post Production.
This gives me the ability to create virtually any kind of highly experienced & specialized team to efficiently & cost effectively manage any type of communication project…including yours.
MY VALUE PROPOSITION
I am very much a product of the advertising agency industry, having spent nearly 20 year in senior creative positions in both Canadian and International agencies
This gave me the combination of skills that is really my USP, or unique selling proposition. Because I can handle most projects from start to finish by myself, my clients benefit from the intrinsic economies of scale that situation creates for them.
This coupled with the fact that supplier services are not brokered or marked up means, quite simply that clients get more for less. And these days that’s a pretty valuable thing to be offering.
MY COMPANY PROFILE
My CV, which keeps this blog post from being a mile long, will give you all the pertinent details of my business, including background, outlines of several of the project I have been involved with lately, references etc.
You can download it by clicking on this link. O&U Company Profile 7PP
MY CASE STUDIES
This is where the rubber meets the road in marketing, so to speak. Because most people see their marketing and communications as an investment in their business, I take a lot of pride in knowing that the work I do, more often than not, actually improves ROI. You can download my case studies by clicking on this link: O&U Case Histories
I have a lot of these. Here are just a few.
“I want to sincerely thank you for all your help in seeing us through an extensive overhaul of our corporate communications.
As you no double discovered early on in the process, embarking on this project involved a leap of faith on our part. Fortunately for us, your patience, expertise and exceptional creativity kept us fully engaged and the whole thing moving forward as we worked through the processes of branding, logo design, web site & advertising development.
We continue to receive very positive feedback and have no hesitation in recommending you to others.”
Peel Scrap Metal Recycling Ltd
“Jim is a natural communicator. He finds the words that are worth having.The words that work for you. And he showcases those words with simple, classic visual flair.”
John Wild, Photographer
Wild Photo Inc, Toronto Ontario Canada
“Jim is like those freaks in side shows who can do just about anything. He juggles, swallows swords, links silver rings magically while lighting a match with his….you get the idea. He does great communications work too.”
Peter Oliver, President
Peter Oliver & Company, Fenelon Falls Ontario
“I have had the great pleasure of working with Jim on a number of creative assignments for Armantus clients. Jim has always delivered the goods,on target, on budget, and on time.”
Andrew Keyes, President
Armantus Inc, Toronto,
HOW TO REACH ME
Onwords & Upwords Creative Communications Management
Jim Murray, Creative Director/Project Manager
Here are some examples of the kind of work I do for my clients. I hope you enjoy it. I know they do.
Marketing & Identity Packages