Thinking Like Your Customers Should be Job Won
At this point, knowing what your customers are thinking about should be second nature to you. If it’s not, then here’s what you need to do to get back to what made you a success when you first started.
Begin with your “Strategy Positioning Statement” that you need to develop if you don’t have one already. One that I use all of the time comes from Geoffrey A. Moore from when he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc.
For (target customers)
who (have the following problem),
our product is a (describe the product or solution)
that provides (cite the breakthrough capability)
unlike (reference competition),
our product/solution (describe the key point of competitive differentiation).
Here’s an example for an Internet marketing company we’ll call PLUS A:
For business owners and business executives
who depend heavily on Website marketing,
PLUS A provides Website development and marketing
that drives business development with online marketing programs.
Unlike any other provider of Website development and marketing,
PLUS A has made a no-compromise commitment to achieving
its clients’ business goals.
If your business depends on luck, you’re in trouble. If it depends on knowing what your customers want and delivering it to them, you’re in luck! Because that is the key ingredient to all successful companies. They know what their customers want and need and they deliver it to them in the ways that they prefer to receive it. In the end, it’s not luck that’s important. It’s understanding your customers as well as you understand yourself.
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