When you sell a commodity, you differentiate through language, purpose, emotion, education, interaction, technology, leadership, narrative, culture, connection, service, support, responsiveness, honesty and humanity.
That way, instead of lowering your price, you’re raising your value.
And you won’t have to feel like a grain of sand lying on a beach.
A smart strategy for doing so is to make the intangible inescapable.
To take the service you provide for customers and find a unique, personal and creative way to visually substantiate the process, facilitate a graphical understanding of the milestones along the way and amplify the care and effort you put into your work.
If you design web applications, send clients screen captures with demos of the new features. If you install residential landscaping, send families daily progress videos of the project. If you create digital marketing campaigns, send clients panoramic shots of the team working on office whiteboards.
If you run an auto repair shop, text customers pictures of technicians hard at work on their cards. If you manage a pet daycare, upload pictures of owner’s dogs romping around with their canine friends. If you design custom wedding bands, send couples time lapse videos of comps and concepts of their rings.
In an increasingly commoditized world, credibility is a function of process, not product. And a little extra intention and attention goes a long way.
Memorialize the method, brand the service and publicize the how behind the what.
Communicate all three dimensions of your value.
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