I like to help companies develop their unique positioning by asking what they want their clients to say about them. For example, your best client is at a party talking to their counterpart at another company. The counterpart says they can’t get anywhere on X project (with X project being what you do). Your client says, “say no more! I know who you need to call. Call (you) because…….”. What’s the because? What does your client really value? The beauty of this is if you really don’t know, you can call your best client, pose that scenario and have them TELL YOU! Instantly you have your differentiator. And the best part about asking this way is it helps your client think about getting you referrals. Double bonus.
Now take that a step further. Now you know what they say. Happy with that? Happy telling people at a meeting, “we do XYZ and our clients tell us we are the only company they’ve brought in that actually understands what they needed.” You certainly sound more credible and people like knowing others agree. But what do you really want them to say? That’s your next strategic direction. Set up the self-fulfilling prophecy. If you decide you want your client to go to an event, talk to someone and say X, you will provide X.
So how are YOU different?