Posts Tagged ‘branding’

Quality – What’s In A Word

You see it all the time: a website, a brochure, a speaker, promising that their company’s number one mission is to provide “Quality” of product or service. And I have to ask: what is the alternative? If the best you can promise is quality, you have not given enough thought to what makes you good…

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How do you differentiate yourself from your peers?

Unique Value Proposition

A fairly common question. And an important one. I answered this on an online forum recently, and it is worth sharing those thoughts here. As with much of what I say: start by being deliberate about who you are, what you do, and how you do it. The Answer Start by asking yourself: What do…

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Be The Best Option

People have options in life. Whenever you buy a product or service, you choose what to buy, based on the issue you want resolved. Your clients are the same, they have choices. You may know that you are the best and obvious choice for them, but here’s the problem: all of your competitors know that…

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Different is Good – or Italy vs France

Unique Value Proposition

The last month or so of posts all stemmed from considering Italian cooking and its similarities to good management. Italian food is common, popular, and often adapted to new locations and tastes. However, in Italy itself there are about half the number of Michelin-starred restaurants as there are in France. And Italy is ok with…

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How to Differentiate

A business can choose one specific area, or a combination of areas in which to build its competitive advantage. See the Infographic below for ideas on where to focus your energies for effective Differentiation.   Next week I will explain the process I perform with my clients to help them identify their key differentiators. Subscribe…

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How I work – Differentiation

Differentiation in business is what makes one company more attractive than another. The simplest differentiation is price, but it is also the weakest, because nobody wins in a price war. A media company client of mine was losing business to a more established, well known brand. I had the owner do an exercise to describe…

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How to Choose Your Competencies

Using these two groups of competencies helps to list out specific traits. There is nothing on those lists that an employer would not want in his or her workforce. But choices must be made, so how do you choose the competencies for your team? Bringing it all together What can be taught, what must be…

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