Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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The Thing about Magic

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The other night I went out for dinner with a group of people and experienced some serious magic. It wasn’t in fact the cooking (although my Pork Belly was very yummy) but proper “How the hell did he do that?!” close-up magic. The sort of magic where I was incredulously shaking my head shrieking “How is that possible?!” (yes, I was the one choosing the card that ended up in the wallet–in a zipped pocket, in a ticket case–when I had been holding the wallet in the palm of my hand AND it had my name written on it in my handwriting?!).

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Situation or Trigger?

There are 2 types of niche (in the world according to me) and those are a ‘situation’ niche and a ‘trigger’ niche.

Chances are though you only know about one of them – the situation niche. And this can be where it can start to unravel…

Because it might be that a situation niche just isn’t going to work for you and your Thing and before you know it you’ll feel like you niched yourself into a corner. Been there, done that. If you’ve been told to ‘pick’ a niche I’d place a bet you went for a situation niche.

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Make more money from your website

How DO you make MONEY from your web site? Or, how I like to think about it: how can your web site make your business more successful?

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If you’re not excited, it’s probably not your Thing…

There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them, and if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.

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Knowing and doing are very different things…

I know loads. About all sorts of things (not just Thing-related). But knowing and doing and two very different things.

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