by Ron Rosenberg
I know that’s kind of a harsh question, but answering it is absolutely central to your company’s long-term success. Have you ever walked into a business and said to yourself, “This place won’t be here in six months,” and when you come back six months later, it’s gone?
It happens all the time.
The only reason you should be in business – whatever type of business – is to offer something special to your customers, members, or clients. Something unique. Something uncommon. Something that helps you stand out from everyone else in your market.
This “something special” is your Unique Selling Proposition, and it can be based on an almost infinite number of characteristics including location, price, market segment, process, customer need, support, or guarantees.
But it has to be based on something. You have to be able to communicate it clearly, concisely, and consistently. If you’re not sure where to start, try answering these four questions:
- What’s different about what you provide or how you provide it that sets you apart from your competition?
- If you closed up shop tomorrow what impact would it have on your customers’ lives?
- What could you tell prospective customers that would cause them to drop everything and come see you right away?
- Why should prospective customers select you versus all the other options they have?
The answers to these questions will help you define a clear and compelling USP that you can use as a foundation for staking out and owning your market.
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!