When you were younger, did you ever watch the old ‘Tom & Jerry’ cartoons?
Or, any of those other old school cartoons from that time period?
If so, you may remember an old gag they used to do.
Usually it involved a newly born baby duckling (or baby bird in general) who would mistake one of the characters (usually Tom) for its mother.
It would then follow him round for the majority of the episode.
This harks back to a phenomenon that animal experts call ‘imprinting’. So, when a baby duck is born it usually sees its mother right away and then never forgets her.
However if the duck sees someone or something else first it can often think of it as its mother.
When it comes to branding, if you’re to tell your story and make it stick in your potential customers’ minds it’s worth thinking about your unique selling points.
Is your business a world first? Do you do something that’s never been done before?
How can you imprint yourself in someone’s mind to make sure you’re the first thing they think of?
Think coke…which brand do you think of? Think fast food burgers…who comes up? Think low cost airline…who do you think of?
And so on.
Your answers to these questions could be marginally different to mine…but I bet that we’re very close.
Telling stories is all about being unique and, when you can be, being a world first.
By Ashley Brown
This article was inspired by “Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout