Years ago when I was consulting for startups, I created something I called “A Startup Marketing Framework“. I used it mainly as a tool to describe the kinds of things that I could help folks with. Startups found it useful and it is still a popular piece of content on this site. Last week I had […]
Marketing messages and value propositions are notoriously difficult to create for startups. Startup founders have a tendency to focus too much on features and not enough on the value those features deliver. They also often spend too much time talking about features that don’t really differentiate them from their competitors or are simply irrelevant for […]
Crafting great value propositions is a critical marketing job but creating them isn’t easy. This template helps capture the necessary inputs and assumptions.
Good startup marketing starts with good messaging. You can have the greatest product in the world but if you can’t clearly communicate the value you deliver to your customers, nobody will ever be able to figure that out. Here are 6 ways to build better messages.
Buzzwords are a shortcut to explaining the real value of a product. No wonder we like to use them. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts to building great value propositions.
An elevator rant is similar to an elevator pitch but it’s how the customer would briefly describe her problem. Constructing an elevator rant is a good precursor to developing a value proposition. This post describes what the elevator rant is and proposes a structure for building one.
Everyone has their own favorite way of creating a value proposition. As I have mentioned before I like the one defined in Crossing the Chasm. The format looks like this: For: (bulls-eye customer) Who: (key purchase motivation insight) Our product is a: (customer language) That: (key benefit) Unlike: (key competitors) Ours: (key differentiators) At a […]