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marketingminute

How to be better and
different than your
competition - and why
you must
BY JOHN JANTSCH
STOP TRYING TO be better than the
competition, and start figuring out how
you can be better and different than your
competition.
Many business owners or would-be
start-ups sit around trying to figure out
how they can be better than the competition - better product, better service,
better features and, the real killer, better
price. Some even strive to be "best" in
class. What they should be doing is figuring out how they can truly be different
than the competition.

I'm not against lofty goals - the problem is creating a better product or service
isn't easy. Often, prospects won't take
the time to understand the subtle differences that make your product or service
better, and you might spend all of your
time and energy trying to educate them
when all they want to know is the price.
If you've even wondered why prospects
are choosing your competitors over your
obviously superior offering, you may have
just a hint of appreciation for what I'm
saying here.

"Better than the competition" is the
enemy of "different than the competition," and different is where the money
is! Instead of trying to be better or exactly
alike, build a strategy around a simple way
that your company is definably different
from the pack.

ANALYZE THE COMPETITION

Here's a simple exercise you can try to get
some insight on your competitors' strategies
and where you stand in comparison:
1. Visit the websites of your top five competitors and read through their "About
Us" pages.
2. Create a new document in Word, Excel
or Google Docs (or whatever program
you use/prefer) and plug in their "About
Us" page overview. Do the same for your
site.
3. Now, go through each entry and delete
any mentions of company names.
4. Read through descriptions and highlight some of the common themes you
see throughout. I'm guessing "great customer service" and "years of experience"
might be mentioned in a few of them.
5. Share it with your team or anyone that
understands your business and see if
they can correctly identify your description as well as the descriptions from
your competitors.
This exercise alone will show you if and
how you stand out, but it's more likely to
show you the sameness that exists in your
industry and the opportunity you now have
to create a difference.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Fall 2016

Letter from the ICA
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
Shifting gears: Predictions in a growing industry
7 business trends to leverage in 2017
First ever full-service fueling
Coming clean on property taxes
3 global talentmanagement trends every manager should understand
The psychology behind purchasing
Are on-vehicle cameras a concern for car washes?
Working overtime
Randy Shick finds perfect fit in the car wash industry
Creating and cultivating loyalty
Inspiring people to shine
Women in Car Washing
Take a Tour
Wash Ideas
Focus on a Member
Blast from the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Ask Champ
Top Tweets
Index of Advertisers
5 Things
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Randy Shick finds perfect fit in the car wash industry
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Creating and cultivating loyalty
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Inspiring people to shine
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Women in Car Washing
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Wash Ideas
Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Focus on a Member
Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Blast from the Past
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Download It!
Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Marketing Minute
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Ask Champ
Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Top Tweets
Car Wash - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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Car Wash - Fall 2016 - 5 Things
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