Clarifying Your Unique Selling Position — Your Best “Elevator”
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Positioning includes identifying the unique market position, or “niche”,
for your organization. Positioning is accomplished through market analysis.
Market analysis includes finding out what groups of potential customers (or
markets) exist, what groups of customers you prefer to serve (target markets),
what their needs are, what products or services you might develop to meet their
needs, how the customers might prefer to use the products and services, what
your competitors are doing, what pricing you should use and how you should distribute
products and services to your target markets.
Various methods of market research are used to find out information about markets,
target markets and their needs, competitors, etc. It’s very useful to articulate
a “positioning statement” or “unique selling position,”
which articulates what is unique about your organization and why people should
buy from you, rather than from your competitors.
Some people differentiate between the unique selling proposition and the unique
value proposition. They assert that the former is focused on the value to the
seller (it’s to sell a product or service). They assert that the latter unique
is focused on the value to the customer — to the benefits or value that he
or she will gain from using the product or service. They assert that the latter
cultivates a more
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How do you cut through the sheer marketing clutter and make your mark on your
prospects’ minds? Create one distinct, memorable message that you use at every
Core Marketing Message
Every business needs to distill their message down to an effective core marketing
message that each employee can deliver comfortably at a cocktail party, and
becomes the foundational message in company literature, videos; essentially,
all advertising or promotion. It is also called your elevator pitch, and it
focuses on solving your customers’ pain or problem.
Info You Need to Prepare to Develop Your Elevator Pitch
You can spend days or even weeks in this process, but we’re going to make it
really easy for you. To get right down to the point, first answer these questions
– IN WRITING:
- Profile your ideal target customer/customer. Include demographics and lifestyle
- What PROBLEM, PAIN, or challenge does this target customer face?
- What SOLUTION does your product or service deliver for this problem or pain?
- What PROOF do you have, such as a customer success story?
- What makes you different from your competition? (It MUST be a difference
that matters to your customer.
How to Develop Your Elevator Pitch
REMEMBER THIS: DO NOT start talking about your product or service and what
you do. Read that sentence again. INSTEAD, start talking about your customers
and how you help solve their problem and ease their pain.
Imagine that you’re asked, “What do you do?” Here’s how to respond:
- Start with who you work with; “I work with small business owners and entrepreneurs…”
- Continue by telling about their pain or problem; “…who need help taking
their business to the next level…”
- PAUSE. WAIT FOR A QUESTION OR RESPONSE.
- Tell them about a customer you’ve worked with and the results you achieved;
“…For example, I’ve worked with a 5 year old family business that needed a
business plan to raise money for expansion…”
- This could lead to more conversation about problems & solutions.
- Tell them your solution and what makes you different; “…we get very good
results, and have been told by venture capital investors that our plans are
among the best they’ve ever seen.”
Now you have opened the conversation to focus on problems, and even if they
can’t benefit, they may know someone who can!
This approach is a natural to develop the company’s core marketing message
for all advertising and promotion.
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