There! On the sidewalk! It’s a scooter… it’s a nuisance… it’s a Bird, and it’s the hottest transportation solution since Uber. Bird is a Santa Monica transportation startup that’s currently flying high with a $400 million valuation and thousands of users from California to DC.
Unless you’re fat, happy and alone at the top of your category, you’re likely battling giants of some kind. You’re a challenger. You’re forced to turn constraints into opportunities by outthinking the competition.
From off-menu food items to exclusive turndown services, brands small and large have been keeping their best benefits on the DL for their most devout followers.
The art of rejecting the masses in order to attract your most ardent fans. We all have friends that aren’t a good fit in our lives. Guess what? Your brand faces the same problem.
From infrastructural changes to car sharing to straddling buses, challenger brands are taking a stand against transportation methods that have remained largely unchanged since Henry Ford came rattling out of his garage.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit of extra.” When you make a powerful operational change that becomes part of your DNA, it can be the drive your team needs to try harder than their competition.
How do empowered challengers make their brand ethos inherently sharable? Simple. By tapping into what customers of challenger brands care about most. Here are four truths challenger brands never forget when building tribes.
We’ve been thinking a lot about briefs lately. No, not the cotton variety with the stretchy waistband. There’s a misguided belief that an open-ended brief will liberate creative minds and lead to blue sky thinking.
Not having a positioning statement is bad, but not nearly as egregious as having an ineffective one that you deem to be good. The reason for the latter: denial.
Crystal balls rarely work in marketing. None of us can truly forecast what’s going to happen 10 days from now. But there are eight percolating trends that are worth noting. And all indications are that they’re here to stay.