value proposition

It has finally happened: it is 2020 and your business advantage is all about service.  Back in 2018, I spoke at Jim Moran Institute Small Business Leadership Conference. My talk was a workshop to focus attention on how customers buy, rather than how businesses sell.  The theme that year was “It’s all about the customer”.…

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A question I have heard many times, though expressed in different ways.  It might be:  “A brand is a logo and colors, right?” Or else: “I am my brand, what else do I need?” It is not always clear what a brand is, or why it matters to a business.  Branding is everything you do…

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What is the difference? Which is more important? How much does it matter? At some point - maybe working on your website, or hiring your first marketing agency, or responding to a client request - you have been confronted with the battle between features and benefits.  And perhaps a debate about which one is more…

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Each buyer is inspired in a different way.  When buyers come to you, they will talk to you about your own services and try to use your language. But by asking the right questions, you can understand what has really brought them to your door.  Understanding their journey to get to you will allow you…

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Your clients find you in different ways and for different reasons.  Sometimes they have an urgent need for your service, sometimes a friend recommends you, sometimes they just happen across your website, and sometimes it is something you said.  The more you know about your audience’s buying triggers — in other words, what prompts them to make…

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We are all sales people.  Not according to our job titles or our job descriptions. But the reality is: we all have to be finding and bringing new clients to our businesses.  Whether you are the business owner or sales person specifically, if you play any role in developing new business, these five truths apply…

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A comment I have heard in at least four different conversations over the past couple of months: “I sell peace of mind”.  The four people who said this were: an attorney, a beauty salon owner, an auto mechanic, and a doggy day care owner.  But they all sell the same thing… or do they?  What…

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People have options. The content in this blog is about finding ways to always be the best option.  To be the best option, you must be targeting the right clients and then solving their particular problems.  I saw this happen recently with a CPA firm.  The problem They were serving anyone.  Everybody needs to file…

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Your Ideal Client – as we determined in last week’s post – needs exactly the solution you provide. (Their need matches your service).  That post covers half of the matter… ok, maybe ¾ of it… the point is: it focuses only on the client.  But let’s face it: you have to serve the client. You…

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Might have red hair, or be a company with fifty employees, or drive a Honda. Your ideal client might have a certain job title, be in a particular marital status, have a particular responsibility. Different companies and products will have different essentials to describe their ideal clients. Each list of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” will be…

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