How To Craft the Best Competitive Brand Strategy

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For owners of home services businesses, having a distinct competitive/brand strategy can significantly impact your growth and sustainability. A “competitive strategy” — setting your business apart in a meaningful way by promoting the unique benefits or characteristics your business offers – makes your business more appealing to customers than your competitors. Whether it is exceptional customer service, specialized offerings, or innovative solutions, a well-defined competitive strategy helps ensure your business attracts and retains a loyal customer base, driving long-term success and resilience in the market​.

A brand strategy, on the other hand, encompasses the actions a business takes to implement its competitive strategy, focusing on building and managing the brand’s image, values, and relationship with its target customers. This includes both tangible elements like the company name and logo, and intangible elements such as values, messaging, and tone. A well-executed brand strategy helps in differentiating a business from competitors, building customer loyalty, and increasing brand awareness​.

And while they are technically two different strategies, they are so tightly intertwined that this article will show you how to craft the best “Competitive/Brand” strategy for your home services business.

Identifying and Creating Competitive Advantages

Identifying the best competitive advantage for your business requires a strategic approach, especially for small businesses in sectors like pest control, HVAC, and other home services. Here’s a step-by-step process to uncover these advantages:

  1. Market Research: Begin by conducting thorough research to understand your competitive landscape. Analyze your competitors’ offerings, pricing, and customer service levels.
  2. Customer Feedback: Collect feedback from your current customers to identify what they value most about your service. This could be done through surveys, social media interactions, or direct conversations​​.
  3. Analyze Your Strengths: Reflect on your business’s strengths and unique aspects. Consider factors like your team’s expertise, technological advancements you employ, or specific services you offer that competitors do not​​.
  4. Identify Niche Markets: Look for niche markets within your industry that are underserved or emerging. Specializing in a niche can position your business as a go-to expert, creating a strong competitive advantage​​.
  5. Evaluate Pricing Strategies: Assess your pricing strategy to determine if there’s room to offer more value without significantly reducing profit margins. Consider value-based pricing or bundling services for a competitive edge​​. Look for a unique offering that is valuable to your target audience but does not cost much for you to provide.
  6. Unique Customer Service: Finally, evaluate your customer service approach. Unique service offerings, responsiveness, and personalized experiences can set your business apart in a crowded market​​.

The Power of Positioning

Once you have a good understanding of the competitive landscape and your own unique offerings, it is time to “position” where your business has the biggest competitive advantage. Positioning is the marketing term for the strategic process that involves establishing a distinct place for your brand within the competitive marketplace and in the minds of consumers. It’s about crafting a unique identity and image for your home services business that differentiates it from competitors, making it stand out to your target audience. This process includes defining the unique attributes and benefits of your services and effectively communicating them to potential customers.

The importance of positioning cannot be overstated. It leverages your competitive advantage by differentiating your brand in a crowded marketplace. Effective positioning builds brand loyalty as customers begin to associate your brand with specific values and benefits, making them more likely to choose your services over others. Furthermore, it simplifies communication, allowing for a clear and concise message about what your brand represents and the value it offers, which in turn can drive revenue growth by attracting the right audience and convincing them of your product’s unique value.

The concept of “positioning” was popularized by Al Ries and Jack Trout in their groundbreaking work, “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind,” which remains an essential read for marketers and business owners alike. It offers a foundation for developing successful competitive strategies in any market.

Fundamental to the concept of positioning, is to focus on occupying a distinct position in the minds of your customers. The idea of emphasizing the importance of perception over product attributes alone revolutionized how businesses approach marketing. Positioning is not just about what your service is or does, but more importantly, how it is perceived in the minds of the target market. This means identifying unique aspects of your service—whether it’s unmatched customer care, innovative technology, or specialized expertise—and communicating these effectively to carve out a unique market niche. The ultimate goal of positioning, according to Ries and Trout, is to make a service so distinct that it becomes top-of-mind for consumers when they think of an industry or category, driving customer preference and loyalty. For example, a home services company specializing in eco-friendly pest control can position itself as the leading choice for environmentally conscious homeowners, differentiating itself from competitors who may offer traditional chemical treatments.

The 7-Up “Uncola” campaign was a masterful example of positioning, brilliantly positioning 7-Up outside the traditional cola category to stand out in a market dominated by Coke and Pepsi. By branding itself as the “Uncola,” 7-Up effectively differentiated itself as a clear, caffeine-free alternative to the darker colas, appealing to consumers seeking a distinct and refreshing beverage choice. This positioning not only carved a unique niche for 7-Up but also tapped into the growing consumer desire for healthier beverage options, showcasing the power of strategic positioning in transforming brand perception and consumer behavior.

Your challenge is to identify and develop a positioning strategy that resonates with your target audience, enhancing your market position and fostering growth like 7-Up did.


Building a Strong Brand Identity

When implementing a positioning strategy, it’s crucial to build and maintain a consistent brand identity.

  1. Develop a Consistent Visual Identity: Choose a logo, color scheme, and design that reflects your USP. Ensure these elements are used uniformly across all marketing materials and digital platforms.
  2. Craft a Clear Brand Story: Your brand story should be straightforward, highlighting your brand’s journey, values, and how it addresses customer needs.
  3. Ensure Authenticity in Communications: Be genuine in your marketing messages, customer interactions, and social media presence. Authenticity builds trust and credibility.
  4. Collect and Showcase Customer Testimonials: Positive feedback from satisfied customers serves as social proof, enhancing your brand’s reputation.
  5. Maintain a Consistent Brand Voice: Whether it’s professional, friendly, or informative, your brand voice should align with your USP and be consistent across all channels.


In the competitive home services industry, having a clear competitive edge, a smart positioning strategy, and a consistent brand identity are essential steps for any business aiming for growth and sustainability. These strategies help your business become more attractive to customers by showcasing what makes you different from others. They also make sure customers remember you and choose you over competitors. The result? More customer interest and loyalty, leading to growth.

Lonsbury Consulting specializes in helping businesses like yours develop and implement strategies that merge competitive positioning with strong brand identity. Whether you’re looking to distinguish your business in the home services sector or another industry, a tailored competitive/brand strategy can be the catalyst for achieving your growth objectives. Contact Lonsbury Consulting for a free conversation about how we can help develop a competitive and brand strategy tailored to your business’s unique needs and goals.