What sets your business apart? In marketing jargon, this is also known as finding your “unique selling proposition.”
In a nutshell, this helpful concept seeks to define what you offer customers that your competitors don’t, and how you can solve your customers’ problems or improve their lives better than any other business.
Determining your unique selling proposition (USP) is a useful part of developing a business plan that will consistently inform your marketing strategy and tactics. Your USP is a clear statement that describes the benefit of your offer, how you solve your customer’s needs and what distinguishes you from the competition. Your unique selling proposition should appear prominently on your landing page and in every marketing campaign.
Here are easy-to-implement tips on defining your business’s unique value proposition:
- Ask Around. Ask your clients if they would refer your business to friends, and what they would say about your product or service. These insights will help you figure out what customers appreciate most about your business.
- Find Your Intersection. Focus your unique value proposition on the intersection of three things:
- What you do best.
- What your ideal clients value (and will pay for).
- What you love to do.
Once you’ve defined what makes your products or services unique, you’ll have a clearer idea of how to market them to customers and how to beat your competitors.