This one is the 2 of Spades from the Selling Value card deck.
You’ve heard me talk about value conversations before, where value conversations are really the conversation we have with a customer or potential buyer, so they can determine how much additional profit they’re going to make when they use your product. And that’s awesome when they’re only making a ‘Will I’ decision. Am I going to buy your product or not? Am I going to buy a product in your category or not?
But what happens when they say, “Am I going to buy your product or somebody else’s product?” Now what we want to do is understand our differentiation because value in that case comes from the price of our competitor’s product plus the value of our differentiation. We need to determine the value of our differentiation. Or said better, we need our customers or buyers to determine the value of our differentiation.
“We need our customers, or buyers, to determine the value of our differentiation.”
– Mark Stiving
And that’s what a relative value conversation is. We want to see what’s our differentiation relative to our competitors, and then go through the exact same steps we would with a normal value conversation to help the buyer determine if you have this problem that this differentiator solves, what’s the result you might expect? How much additional value do you think you would get? And now we’re putting a dollar value on the differentiation.
This is powerful when you’re competing.
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