Posted: 02 Dec 2009 12:17 AM PST
Crafting your sales value proposition or "elevator statement" well is perhaps the most crucial element in a systematic business development program. If done well, it becomes the foundation for all of your branding, networking, and other marketing efforts.
It actually changes the direction that your conversations go with prospects and clients!
If done well, it has F.O.R.M.
It is Focused. You Own It. It is Relevant. And it is Magnetic.
A Focused Value Proposition
In the world of small business or b2b sales, your value proposition needs to be focused on a narrow market rather than a broad market. Without narrow focus, you can’t Own It, be Relevant, or Magnetic.
The sun is a powerful source of energy. Every hour the sun washes the earth with billions of kilowatts of energy. Yet with a hat and some sunscreen you can bathe in the light of the sun for hours at a time with few ill effects.
A laser is a weak source of energy. A laser takes a few watts of energy and focuses them in a coherent stream of light. But with a laser you can drill a hole in a diamond or wipe out a cancer.
When you focus a company, you create the same effect. You create a powerful, laser like ability to dominate a market. That’s what focusing is all about.
You can sell pet food in your market for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and various rodents. Dog food sales make up 50% of your gross sales. Your customers think of your store as a clean, conveniently located pet food store with friendly people and competitive prices. However, if your prices go up, if they find an alternative closer to home, or if they can buy the brands of food you sell where they buy their groceries, you will likely lose them as customers.
On the other hand, you can FOCUS on just the dog food market. Everything about your store, especially your marketing and branding, is all about dogs and supporting dog lovers and the nutritional needs of their pets. Your customers won't think of you as a pet food store, but rather a dog food store for people who really love their dogs. Your customers will think of your store as a place where they can identify with other dog lovers who are experts in the nutritional requirements of dogs in the various stages of life. It is a place where they can come and talk about their dog with people who know and love dogs. These people will drive further and pay more for that experience. (Incidentally, you can also quietly stock pet food for other animals at the back of the store for the convenience of those who must suffer the ownership of lesser pets.)
So, the question is, if you narrowed the focus of your pet food store to just dogs resulting in dog food sales being 95% or more of your sales, would your overall sales increase?
Also, would you get a higher ROI on your marketing because your efforts are more narrowly targeted thus decreasing customer acquisition cost and branding cost?
Think about it. Metaphorically speaking, are you spending the same amount of money, time, and effort trying to acquire customers who buy "a $7 bag of gerbil food" as you are for customers who buy "a $40 bag of dog food?"Can you narrow your focus? Sphere: Related Content