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Conviction is the Intangible in a Successful Positioning Process
You need conviction to skillfully handle the inevitable criticism during the positioning process. Otherwise, you're likely to try something different every time

dfd drawing  is the Intangible in a Successful Positioning Process Conviction is an important intangible that can make or break your positioning strategy. You begin to develop conviction through research on your customer, competition, and channel. But that's not enough to give you the conviction you need to stand up to powerful political forces in your company who may shoot holes even in your most compelling positioning statement. Complete conviction in your work comes from a positioning process that

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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