In 2018, the tech industry is expecting to continue to grow at record rates. As technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), voice, and virtual reality gaining popularity, new startups are emerging, and current companies are integrating these new technologies. As a result, the consumer benefits. On the other hand, it causes an extremely competitive environment for tech startups and an increased focus on marketing strategy. Therefore, these companies don’t get noticed and become drowned out in the saturated marketplace. Also, leadership often believes the innovation is good enough to sell itself-but that is not true.
What can you do to stand out from the competition? How can you get your message heard in a crowded marketplace?
In short, it is all down to brand strategy or positioning strategy. In fast-growth companies, like tech startups, it is vital to position your brand for success. Consequently, to be best positioned, it is essential to be aware of:
- Who you are targeting?
- What resonates with that audience?
- Where they will see your brand’s content?
- How they will interact with your brand?
1. Who you are targeting
Above all, target audience research will be your best friend. What age are they? What are their past times? Are there brands that they already invest in? Most importantly, you have to know who you are targeting. In the same vein, we have written a blog on this here, if you want to read more.
2. What resonates with that audience?
Concept testing, messaging testing, idea testing. This type of research is all done very easily and it is something that will pay off for you in the long run. When you are so close to something – ie. working on a brand or website for months – it is hard to recognize what might not resonate with your audience.
3. Where will your audience first interact with your brand’s content?
What channels are your audience engaged in? Do they use social media? If so, which platforms? What television or streaming services do they subscribed to? What radio do they listen to? Do they have a smart speaker in their homes? What podcasts are on their radar? This is just a sample of the mine of knowledge you should gather about your audience before diving into a strategy.
4. How will they interact with your brand?
Lastly, considering you are a tech company and presumably, the brand is based online and has websites/apps as well as an e-commerce site, it is essential to conduct User Experience (UX) research too. How will your audience use your website? What will funnel them through the purchasing process with more ease and with fewer cart abandonments? What user interface will make them want to visit your homepage and take a look.
With all of this research, you will be best setup to reach the right audience, at the right time, in the right place, and have them enjoy the experience. Even one or two of these techniques will help your tech company soar and grow at the high-speed rate you want it to. Provoke Insights, a brand strategy and market research firm based in New York City, offers all of these research capabilities. To find out more, contact us at [email protected].
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