7 Questions About Message Design and Positioning

Our advertising message consists of the idea together with other relevant information. The idea spots the uniqueness of the product to win a place in the consumer mind. It is easier said than done. Message design identifies the consumer’s perceptions about the products. The following questions give a good insight.

1. What is the nature of the product: its generic category.
2. For whom it is meant: the segment.
3. What are the special characteristics of the product? How is the consumer going to be benefited?
4. Who are the competitors? What is their promise?
5. Is the product different from the other available products? How? Is it a technological breakthrough?
6. On which occasions will the product be used? How often?
7. What would you like your consumer to perceive this brand as? What position would it take?

The answer to these questions is given by marketing research and by the advertiser and his agency. The creativity of the agency matters most here.

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Walter Mendez, the Creative Director of Clarion made a landmark campaign of

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