One of the key factors in getting a message right is making sure you pre-empt the question “why should I buy from you right now?” For sales of expensive enough products, i.e. more than a candy bar or a book, that is the key question.
In markets that are “solution aware”, the focus of traditional copywriting is often around articulating benefits to justify features. But within your market category, your direct competitors will offer the same benefits. So the real question at that stage is why a prospect should buy–specifically from you. Why your product, service, or solution will uniquely address the customer’s need. This is a really hard question, because it requires self awareness in addition to all of the work you are already doing, to be able to answer it successfully.
There’s three aspects to this:
1. It’s clear to you how your product differs from alternatives in the marketplace, both competitors as well as alternate ways of addressing the problem
2. You communicate it clearly and falsifiably.
3. You can effectively articulate why a transaction should happen right now.
Let’s dig in, shall we?
1. Differing clearly from Alternatives
A Launch Tomorrow client had developed a sonar based device to identify cancer cells, in order to aid physicians during surgery. As medical device experts, the founding team were struggling to describe their invention. When I started working with them, founders were largely marketing their efforts via technical papers in medical journals.
As a result of working together, one co-founder discovered the product is uniquely positioned as the only audio-based technology relevant for ovarian cancer surgeons. It could be used with all existing tools to significantly improve patient outcomes, reduce the amount of cutting required, as well as time required to recover. This meant that by focusing on this one group, he potentially had first mover advantage in a lucrative niche using a very narrow message.