The 5 Types of Creative Niching

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February 7, 2024
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There's a lot of misconceptions about the word "Niche" in business.

The TL-DR: Niching is an intentional strategy of narrowing down your efforts to reach a more targeted group and get better results.

To help you clarify how you can reach your ideal customers, here are the 5 Types of Creative Niching- with examples and the benefits of each.

1. Niche by Location:

Focusing on a specific geographical location or region as your niche.

Benefits:

  • Local Connection: Building a strong presence and connecting with businesses in your community. Odds improve that you can create a better relationship and nurture in person
  • Cultural Relevance: Tailoring designs to resonate with the local audience's culture and preferences.
  • Networking Opportunities: Actively engaging with local events and businesses for increased visibility.

Examples:

  • City-based Design: Capturing the essence of a particular city in business and speaking to people who embody this Area. My friend Sam Sarsten at ThenCan Designs does this incredibly well, targeting his clientele in Bend, Oregon.
  • Neighborhood Businesses: Specializing in design services for local businesses in a specific area. Also great for things like SEO and Google business profile which are heavily location-based.
"Proudly serving Bend, Oregon" -

2. Niche by Design Software:

Specializing in graphic design services based on specific design software or tools.

Benefits:

  • Expertise Showcase: Demonstrating mastery in a particular design software.
  • Targeted Clientele: Attracting clients seeking professionals skilled in a specific tool.
  • Efficiency: Streamlining your workflow by focusing on a select set of design tools.

Examples:

  • Adobe Creative Suite Specialist: Offering expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Tool Specifics for Video: “Our Agency Builds Exclusively Using DaVinci resolve and Capcut.”
  • Tool Specifics for Web Design: Wordpress agencies, Webflow Agencies, Squarespace Design Firms.
Adobe Creative Cloud

3. Niche by Industry/Business:

Tailoring design services to cater to a specific industry or business type.

Benefits:

  • In-depth Understanding: Become an expert on this person and the problems they face.
  • Reputation Building: Establishing authority within a particular sector. Word of mouth travels fast when you scale this way!
  • Repeat Business: Encouraging long-term relationships with clients in the same industry.
  • Consistency: (colors, fonts, and branding needs) will remain consistent between each project.

Examples:

  • Hospitality Design: Creating visuals for hotels, restaurants, and event venues.
  • Tech Startups: Offering design solutions for emerging tech companies.

This is also helpful because it allows you to filter for what the typical budget is for that industry, makes pricing a little easier and can compare across projects.

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4. Niche by Service:

Specializing in a specific type of design service (or specializing in not doing what is traditional can set you apart!)

Benefits:

  • Expert Positioning: Establishing yourself as an expert in a particular design service.
  • Efficient Workflow: Focusing on a specific service type streamlines your creative process.
  • Client Attraction: Attracting clients seeking specialized design services.

Examples:

  • Logo Design Specialist: Concentrating on crafting unique and impactful logos.
  • Landing Page specialist: We design landing pages, but not full websites.

*You MUST be disciplined here. What sets you apart is being able to avoid the noise and stay true to what you offer.

Niching in services like LOGO DESIGN can be beneficial.

5. Niche by Values/Problems:

Niching based on shared values or addressing specific problems through design. Can cross industries, but helps if it’s a problem that you specifically have gone through.

Benefits:

  • Purpose-driven Work: Aligning your designs with values important to you.
  • Targeted Problem Solving: Offering solutions that resonate with clients facing particular challenges.
  • Brand Alignment: Attracting clients who share similar values or face similar problems.

Examples:

  • Sustainable Design Advocate: Focusing on eco-friendly and sustainable design solutions.
  • Community Engagement Designer: Addressing social issues through impactful design (racism, underage employment, gender discrimination and pay gaps.)
A few examples of brands that position themselves as "sustainable"

Another option is to separate your niche into a separate business entity altogether.. meaning your personal freelance and brand is based around general design work and your personal passion skillset, but you create a business that is hyper-targeted and niche towards solving a specific problem and that way your focus is clear from the beginning.

We hope this helped clear up some of the controversy around the word "Niche" in business. (aside from how to pronounce it... are you #teamneetsche or #teamnitch? Email us with your answer.)

In conclusion, finding your niche as a creative is not just about limiting yourself but about strategically positioning yourself for success. By understanding the unique benefits each niche offers, you'll not only clarify your target audience but also increase your chances of finding clients who value your expertise and are willing to pay more because they are CONVINCED that you are the right fit for them.. it also increases the effectiveness or your marketing. You become more PRECISE with the people you are trying to reach and will have a higher conversion rate!

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