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Brand Positioning: Ford, we understand you again.

A brand positioning statement is the guiding philosophy a brand communicates with pride, internally and externally, to position a message in the minds of consumers.

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Your Brand’s Position Must Be Clear

When a position is clear, it helps all employees – from customer service representatives to product developers – gauge their actions in terms of a central strategy. Thus, in the 1990s at Ford, saying that “Quality is Job 1” reflected a core organizational value that was communicated internally to employees and externally to consumers.

Ford Quality Is Job 1 Ad

Ford’s Current Brand Position

Today, Ford has done a good job of associating its brand and vehicles with great fuel economy. The “Go Further” tag line has helped position Ford as a viable option against Toyota and Honda as another quality, fuel-efficient choice for automobile buyers.

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With high gas prices and the push to green and sustainable product options, Ford has developed an appropriate positioning statement in today’s automobile market. Its previous consumer message – “Drive One” – didn’t provide the consumer with any information about the benefits of its products. “Quality is Job one” told us that Ford is focused on making a quality product.  Today’s position says that Ford builds a fuel-efficient product that allows you to go further.

Ford Go Further Ad

Which Automobile Brands Are Well Positioned?

There are many other automobile companies that have done a great job positioning their brands in the minds of consumers:

Volvo – Safety;
Mercedes – Prestige;
BMW – Driving;
Lexus – Luxury;
Honda – Reliability

So, good job Ford, we understand where you are going again. As for everyone else, what positioning do you think Ford is trying to attain? Tweet us @Arcas_Ad and let us know your thoughts or contact us and find out more.

Ryan Howard
Vice President, Account Strategy
Arcas Advertising