In the 16th century, Prince William led the Dutch in their rebellion against Spain, then the largest and most powerful empire in the world. Facing a massive army bearing down on his tiny country, Prince William made a bold move: he pulled down several barriers and flooded a large section of the Dutch countryside. The Spanish troops were held up, and the Dutch stood firm and won the war.
Today’s winning brands can’t afford to play it safe. They don’t say "that's just how it’s always been done," and they understand that their brands are more just a sleek logo or a cool tagline. The brands that crush their competition understand that branding and brand strategy go much deeper than attractive website design and responsive mobile design.
Is your brand positioned in consumers’ minds against competitors in a meaningful way? Today, too many brand strategies lack strategic differentiation. Instead, they fall back on traditional differentiators like price points, product features, and customer service. Brands that rely on such ho-hum differentiators lose in the long run for three reasons: