Brand Positioning

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. POSITIONING Suppose we are asked, ‘who makes the best instant coffee?’ Next , we are asked, “who makes the next best?’ there can be a number of brands which are next best, but only one brand that is the best. In a number of product categories like TVs, cars, personal computers, paints, razorblades, soaps and so on, we have our favourite brands or marketer. The top slot achieved by the brand in our mind is called its Positioning. It entered our mind on account of communication through advertising, word of mouth, product performance and other factors.
Thus, Positioning is the outcome of our perceptions about the brand relative to the competing brands.

Aaker defines brand
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It is defined by award-winning advertising as well as by the god-awful ads that have somehow slipped through the cracks, got approved, and, not surprisingly, sank into oblivion. It is defined by the accomplishments of your best employee-the shining star in the company who can do no wrong-as well as the mishaps of the worst hire that you ever made. It is also defined by your receptionist and the music your customers are subjected to when placed on hold. For every grand and finely worded public statement by the CEO, the brand is also defined by derisory consumer comments overheard in the hallway or in a chat room on the Internet. Brands are sponges for content, for images, for fleeting feelings. They become psychological concepts held in the minds of the public, where they may stay forever. As such you can 't entirely control a brand. At best; you only guide and influence it.”

3.3.2 The Brand’s Creed
The development of a branding strategy must begin with identifying the brand’s (the business’) core values. These are qualities which an organization deems most important. For instance, an organization or business may identify its core values to include: honesty, integrity, excellent communication, and client satisfaction.
Though these values are usually never revealed to the public, they are evident in every aspect of the organizations’ business routine, from customer service, to direct marketing, to website design, to teleconferences, to the

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