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11 Books Every Category Designer Needs to Read

Category design might be a difficult to pull off, but learning about it doesn’t have to be such a challenge. While there are only a few books written about category design directly, there are plenty of resources that will help you develop the right mindset. Here are a few of my favorite resources that I

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What is Category Design? A 5-Minute Overview

Category design is a business strategy that helps companies define the terms of competition in their favor. Here’s an easy way to think about it. Conventional business strategy focuses on capturing market share from competitors. Think about an army fighting its enemy over a piece of land. It’s a zero sum game where capturing more

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How to Talk to Your CEO About Category Design

I often hear people talk about category design as a “marketing strategy.” It’s easy to see why. Marketing often spearheads category design. And it affects that department as much as any other. But category design is actually a whole-company exercise. As such, it’s a strategy that only your CEO can decide to pursue. If you’re

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Why Category Creators Need to Nail Positioning w/Andy Cunningham

What’s one of the most mis-understood terms in marketing right now? The answer: POSITIONING. I hear this word thrown around all the time, but most of the time, it’s off the mark. But the thing is, how you’re positioned has huge ramifications for everything else that happens in your marketing funnel. Not understanding what positioning is (or

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The Category Name Matters Less Than You Think w/Ryan Bonnici

Equating “category creation” with having an “official” category on a site like G2, Gartner, or TrustRadius seems like common sense. But they’re actually different things. “Category creation” (or my preferred term category design) is about building a market where one previously didn’t exist. It’s more about showing the world a new way of thinking. Of making

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How Category Designers Build Movements w/Mike Volpe

How many different business models are there? Well, according to Mike Volpe, there are just two. You can either create a new category… Or you can carve out a niche in an existing one. Mike would know–he’s actually pursued both strategies. While he’s pursuing a “niche” marketing strategy as CEO of Lola.com,  Mike helped built

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