Do you feel like just another face in the crowd? In today’s crowded marketplace blending in can spell disaster if you want to attract ideal clients and increase your impact.
You need to learn how to differentiate yourself and become the only choice. In this episode of The Recognized Authority, host Alastair McDermott interviews branding strategist Gerry Foster on how consultants, coaches and thought leaders can stand out from the competition through strategic branding.
They discuss the importance of finding your uniqueness in order to increase your impact. Gerry explains that you need to identify and promote how you are different and better than other options your potential clients may be considering.
He discusses the concept of the “blue ocean” – finding untapped market spaces where you can offer fresh and original solutions. This allows you to differentiate yourself rather than compete directly with established players.
Alastair and Gerry also explore the sequence of brand, market and sell. Branding is about shaping perceptions, while marketing helps you get found. This lays the groundwork for selling your services or products. They dispel the myth that branding is just logos and emphasize the need for a distinctive brand identity.
Gerry shares strategies for making intangible services tangible. This includes developing a unique “secret sauce” system to deliver concrete outcomes for clients. He advises positioning yourself as a brand that offers exclusive value, not just another generic service provider.
The episode provides actionable tips for experts and thought leaders to stand out in a crowded marketplace by embracing strategic branding.
“When you cannot amplify your uniqueness you’re not going to be able to magnify your impact.” – Gerry Foster
“You have to plant your flag and stake your claim in untapped market space, where you are saying to your market that you are offering something that is altogether fresh, unique and original which keeps them from commoditizing you.” – Gerry Foster