Position Project

An ongoing exploration into the power of positions and the stories behind them

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The DTC Playbook

The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly accelerated the shift from bricks-and-mortar retailing to e-commerce. This has created all kinds of growth potential for direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands. Our playbook will walk you through our four step process for finding, taking and sustaining a position for a DTC brand. We're also compiling contributions from trusted partners who will be sharing how to activate a position within their disciplines.

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Paper #5 | The first part of a position: Space

The most successful brands take positions from the inside out. They root their position in what the brand does and a set of deeply held beliefs about why it exists. Rather than being transplanted in, the position is something that the leadership truly believes in and champions across every area of the organisation. At Squad, we have a method for defining positions in this way, which consists of three parts. First up is space, which is about defining where the brand competes.

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Film & Podcast | George Vestey – Taking a position on family business

The Vestey family has an amazing history. The origins of their business stretch back to the docks of Liverpool in the 1890s. Over multiple generations they built a global empire. We talked to George as part of our Position Project; an ongoing exploration into the power of brand positions and the stories behind them.

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Position (it’s the thing)

Finding the few levers that drive marketing effectiveness has always been crucial, but it’s harder than ever. The digital era has led to a proliferation of channels, platforms, and tactics. The rapid pace of change makes it near impossible to keep up with all the latest developments, let alone make sense of it all and formulate clear strategies. The way to avoid drowning in incremental improvements is to focus on first principles.

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Paper #4 | The process of finding, taking and sustaining a position

A moon rocket uses half of its entire fuel supply to go the first mile. It’s this initial burst of energy that creates the propulsion for it to leave the earth’s surface. The same is true with launching a position. Time and energy must be spent on crafting something powerful enough to create lift-off. But further growth is about how its driven across and through the brand.

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Paper #3 | Caution: The three blackholes of position

Newton’s first law of motion is that an object in motion will stay in constant motion until it meets an opposing or accelerating force. In its early state, momentum is delicate and easily lost. Our previous Paper explained the four engines of position, which are accelerating forces. On the flipside, there are three blackholes that can suck the energy from a position.

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Paper #2 | The four engines that make positions fly

You can sense when an organisation has momentum. There’s an aura about its people. A positivity. A preference for action over procrastination. When brands grow exponentially, they seem to have an unstoppable momentum. There are four reasons why position is a vital catalyst for momentum. In this, the second in our series of Papers, we share the four engines that make brand positions so powerful.

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Paper #1 | Position is a rocket that will fly you to the moon

The first in our series of Papers that will reveal how to find, take and sustain a powerful position. They’ll lift the lid on how positions are a creative exercise as much as a strategic one. And we'll show you how to escape PowerPoint decks and create a position with unstoppable momentum to power your growth. First up in Paper #1 is the space race – the ultimate example of why positions really can fly you to the moon.

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Film & Podcast | Jon Wilkin & Mark Flanagan – Taking a position on coffee

Pot Kettle Black burst onto the Manchester hospitality scene in 2014 and has since expanded across the city. All the while founders Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan have continued to play rugby league at the top of the professional game. We sat down for a coffee to talk about how finding their position unlocked their potential.

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Film & Podcast | Sarah Dunning – Taking a position on motorway services

Tebay Services on the M6 has famously been described as the closest a motorway service area comes to Harrods Food Hall. It’s run by the Westmorland Family, whose current chair is Sarah Dunning. We were delighted to talk to Sarah as part of the Position Project.

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