Category of One Branding

A Category of One Company Has a Better WOW!

Swab Tires-2Simply put, a Category of One company does things differently from its competitors. A lot of Category of One companies are national, however, many are right under our noses. For example, there’s an automobile tire dealer in the northwestern part of our country who advertises “when you pull onto our lot, we will come running to your car.”  Not walking fast, mind you, but running! They even repair flats, at no charge! WOW! This is just one example of their extraordinary customer service.

Right here is the Richmond market, we have an excellent example of a great Category of One company in CarMax. You know that when you buy a car from CarMax, you’ll get a very nice car, with great customer service and, most importantly, you won’t have to haggle. It will be a pleasant experience, without the used car stigma.

That’s how you become a Category of One company.

Instead of trying to be the best in your category, why not create your own category and be the only one in it and eliminate the competition? It starts with a conscious decision – “Are you going to fish or cut bait?” Many companies become a Category of One company because of a moment of truth, where they realize they must either become a Category of One company or close up and go work somewhere else. Others found greatness because of a crisis. Category of One companies are willing to let go of what used to work. They are constantly looking for the next great thing. Category of One companies are dedicated to winning and keeping customers for life.

You can choose to become a Category of One company, beginning now.

But, be very clear about this, it’s a choice. You can choose mediocrity or greatness. So choose!

Of course, not every company is a Category of One company, nor wants to be. It doesn’t mean they just want to be mediocre. Those company owners still want to be the best they can be. And that’s OK. They still have a brand. And they still need to make that brand be all it can be. Success can be achieved by being really good at what they do. When we see that situation, we work closely with those clients to make them the best, the very best. Check out our blog posts for tips on how to build a Killer brand for small businesses.

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