What’s The Difference Between Branding And Marketing

Branding and Marketing are not the same thing.

Branding is who you are—and marketing is how you build Connections. 

Branding is your strategy, while marketing is about your tactical goals. 

In order to determine what your brand stands for, you need to ask yourself 5 questions.

  • What are your core values?
  • Why are you in business?
  • What is your unique unfair advantage?
  • How do you want people to feel when they think of you?
  • What is your ultimate outcome?

Marketing is all about tools, tactics and metrics. It covers a number of different approaches all of which may achieve the same goal by using different methods involving more or less control.

Each method may be designed to Connect to the potential customer at different stages in their journey to find a solution to their job-to-be-done. Hence the different approaches.

Some examples of Marketing…

  • SEO / Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Paid Traffic
  • Email Marketing
  • Television / Radio
  • Print Campaigns

Whichever marketing approach suits your talents best, you would be wise to answer the 5 branding questions first for they will define the mindset needed to devise a successful strategy.

And the strategy itself...

Marketing is about the process of Connecting with your people. Building a Community and Converting leads into sales. (We went into that in week #1)

Branding is about building emotional bridges so that your marketing can connect with your peeps on a deeper level so they  eventually become Super Fans of your product.

To build brands that mean something to customers, you need to attach them to products that means something to your customers.

That means you do not segment your audience by their demographics or psychographics but by the job they need to get done.

People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill bit. They want a quarter-inch hole!”  Theodore Levitt - Harvard Marketing Professor

Yet so many people segment their markets by drill bit type and price.

Then they do their best to pack their offer with more and more product features to make it ‘irresistible’ before discounting the price ‘for a limited time only.’

This is a race to the bottom.

In truth, segmenting your audience by demographics and psychographics is no better because you are not addressing the deep emotional needs they have… the job-to-be done

Take for example the “quarter-inch hole”.


The customer wants to create a series of quarter inch holes so that he can build his wife a surprise gift for her birthday.   

The trick is to segment based on the result that each piece of your audience wants no matter their age, sex, education or  location etc…

That is where you connect your brand to the product.

For it is there that your audience sees the most value.

A purpose driven brand is able to connect with our audiences on a functional, emotional or social level.

So there is…

  • An external desire… The functional goal, a series of quarter-inch holes.
  • An internal desire… The emotional goal, to build a surprise gift for his wife.
  • And a philosophical desire… The social need to be seen as a good husband (perhaps). 

It just so happens that these 3 combine to create conflict in a story. 

Tension is the one thing that sucks your audience in and turns them from spectators to participants.

Transforms them from being resistant, to receptive to ultimately becoming Super Fans.

Purpose Driven Brands are built in people’s minds using the power of story to motivate and inspire your peeps to join your Community and deepen the Connection they have with you and your brand.


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I have been learning the art of marketing with Rory for a couple months now. I have been impressed with how deeply he knows his subject and his ability to make it understandable.

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Rory is currently helping build my Life Coaching business, and that includes identifying a target market that I connect with, learning how to speak their language, creating products and services catered to my target market, and creating a minimal viable funnel that will help me market.

My journey with Rory has been really great. He understands me and what I want to deliver, he is a great mentor by seeing the answers within me, and works with me to bring those answers out. If you are feeling stuck in terms of marketing yourself or product/service, Rory is the go to man!

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