The Story of 3 Sunbeds

What the price of sunbeds on one beach can teach you about price, positioning, and premiums.

Never make assumptions about what people will and won’t pay for your Thing (or sunbed), as you just might find people at all different places along the beach with different budgets…

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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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Making your move…

Is there ever a right time to do your Thing? Not sure on that one. But what I do know is if you’re not doing your Thing yet it’s only going to continue to piss you off ’til you start doing it!

Now, I am NOT saying you need to drop everything and start doing your Thing now–that’s hardly ever the best plan. But what I am saying is that it’s pretty likely that there will come a time where you will have to take a leap of faith into doing your Thing and how big a leap and how much of a safety net (or not!) you have is entirely up to you.

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Your radar is always on

One of the ways you know you are doing your Thing is that you realise that your ‘radar’ is always on.

Your Thing is either something you find really easy, something that really annoys you, or a combination of both those factors (as they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin–it’s likely something annoys you when you know how easy it is to fix it).

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Are you playing in the right park?

I know your park is special and has everything in it you like to play with. Perhaps it’s got sparkly swings, or a huge football pitch perfect for 5-a-side; it might have a deep treasure-digging sandpit or a roundabout that goes reeeeaaaallllly fast. And I know you think your park is the best, and that everyone should come and play in it. But it’s not always as easy as that, as not everyone sees your park in the same way. Bit like your Thing really…

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Give Info Sell Action

This is something that can be hard to get your head around at first, especially when you’ve just realised your Thing and you want to keep it well protected. But the best thing you can do with your Thing is give it away.

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