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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Thinking and Doing

Two very different things…

Especially when it comes to your Thing.

Although in my experience you can’t do one (well) without the other.

The trick of course is to do them in the right order :)

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Every customer has their own agenda

Everyone who buys your product or service has their own agenda — they want ‘their problem’ solved, or ‘their need’ satisfied. This explains why customer segmentation is so important if you want to sell more to your best customers…

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Timing is everything

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It’s not that people don’t want what you’ve got. They might absolutely love your Thing, they just aren’t ready… yet.

This is why you need a wave of marketing… a rolling wave of you showing up, sharing, teaching, guiding, coaching, mentoring, cheerleading, whatever-it-is-your-Thing-looks-like-ing so that when someone IS ready they know where to find you.

I don’t know when you’re going to be ready. I don’t when the person next to you is going to be ready. All I know is that I can be ready. Ready and waiting with open arms ready to find your Thing or get you famous as a business celebrity :)

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We don’t all suit the same vehicle

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I enjoy walking, I also like to drive, I love taking the train and if it means I’m going on holiday somewhere amazing I can tolerate a long-haul flight. These are all different vehicles that suit me at different times for different reasons.

You will also like to travel in certain ways.

Just like you’ll like to market and stand out like a business celebrity in YOUR way too.

Your marketing vehicle MUST be one you want to drive or ride in.

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Build your own ride…

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The ride is, of course, the main attraction and the 3 minutes of thrills and spills you’ve been queuing so long for. And when you get on the ride sometimes you love it and wish it lasted longer, and other times you are very happy that it’s all over with quickly! But was it worth it either way? Was it YOUR ride?

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