3 big reasons to study your competition…

Without getting into a funk.

Comparisons are obnoxious.

But sometimes they are necessary.

Only by looking at what others do can you find what makes you different.

That’s why you need to study your competition. But without getting into a downward spiral.

Try to observe them with a constructive spirit and don’t beat yourself up.

If a competitor is doing better than you, think about the reasons why.

What strategies are they following?

Is it something you want to do or can do?

Can you improve on what they offer?

Is your audience exactly the same as theirs or could you perhaps target a more specific group?

The most important thing is not to wallow in self-criticism thinking about how much better others are compared with you.

But to learn and find out where others stand.

That’s what we’re going to see in this post.

Are you staying?

Let’s go!

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The first and most important reason to study your competition

Because people compare before buying.

You do it too.

Customers want to be sure they’re buying the best value.

So if you study your competition, you’ll have more chances of finding your Unique Selling Proposition.

In this post, I explain in detail what USP is. You’ll also find several examples so you can grasp the idea easily.

In this post, I’m just going to summarize it, but I strongly recommend you read this and learn more about USP, which is essential to creating a sales strategy that works.

Your USP is the most important and unique benefit your customer will take away with the purchase.

It’s a desirable benefit that other competitors don’t offer or don’t mention anywhere.

Pulling that difference out can be hard, I get you.

But believe me, it’s always there, somewhere.

And you can find it by putting a lot of thought into your product or service and observing how others sell theirs.

Often this difference may seem insignificant at first glance, but if you know how to enhance it with a compelling message, it can make all the difference in a prospect’s decision to choose you.

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And to illustrate this point, let’s talk about a brand I’m sure you’re familiar with.


Their slogan which is also their USP is:

They melt in your mouth and not in your hand

Can you imagine how many times the copywriters had to go round and round before they found that difference?

Maybe at first they passed it by because they didn’t think it was something worth highlighting.

But then decided that other chocolate brands didn’t mention it and yet it was important.

I’m sure many other sweets don’t melt in your hand either but they didn’t say so in their campaigns, so M&M’s decided that this would be their USP.

And it seems to have worked for them because they’ve kept it ever since 1954!

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The second reason to study your competition

And you shouldn’t overlook it.

Studying your competition will take you to read comments and reviews customers leave on their websites, product pages, Amazon pages and socials.

To move prospects with your message, you need to listen carefully.

A problem I see often with some businesses is that they don’t listen to their audience.

These businesses want copy that speaks to them, that flatters them, and they don’t realise they aren’t thinking about their prospects.

It’s like that relative who always offers gifts thinking about what he likes and not about what the person who is receiving the present likes.

Your competitors’ customers may be your future customers, so listen to them with empathy.

By reading reviews and comments from competitors’ customers, you can find out:

  • What they really want and can’t find
  • What do they like most and least about the competitor’s product/service
  • What objections do they have and how can each of them be overcome
  • What words do they use to describe the product/service and its benefits

This information is pure gold.

And anyone who doesn’t realise that will never write good copy.

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The last but not least reason to study your competition

To learn.

As simple as that.

Businesses that have been at this longer than you have a lot to teach you.

Marketing tactics, copy, design.

Study them with an open attitude, trying not to feel envy or self-doubt.

I know it’s difficult; often the needle of envy will prick our egos.

You shouldn’t feel bad about it, it happens to everyone.

The trick is to notice when you’re looking at your competitor’s website or social media with a negative attitude.

You start getting uncomfortable because you think you’re a piece of shit compared to them.

That’s when you should close that window and do something else.

Try again another day, when you feel stronger, and study your competition with an open mind and being as objective as possible.

Imagine it isn’t about you, and you’re just analysing their strategies for someone else.

Observe which words they use to address their audience.

Do you like their style? Are there words you could incorporate into your message?

Look at what marketing strategies they use too.

Do they use email, social media, phone calls?

See what works best for them and consider if it’s something you’d like to do too.

But, listen: if they do certain things which would take you miles away from your comfort zone, you don’t need to do the same.

You don’t have to talk about your personal life on Instagram if it’s something you don’t feel like doing.

The great thing about the times we live in is that you can choose different ways to promote yourself.

There’s social media, but there are also blogs, podcasts and emails.

Even phone calls can still work really well even if it’s an old technique.

Or maybe because of it.

What I’m trying to say is that you don’t have to mimic everything your competition does.

You should study what they’re doing and what results they are obtaining.

But it’s up to you to decide what strategies resonate with you and the type of business you want to build, but also the kind of buyer persona you want to attract.

Copying others literally is not going to get you anywhere because people will notice sooner or later that you aren’t genuine.

But studying others for inspiration is what can help you find your own style, your own way of doing business.

See you around!

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Sobre Elena de Francisco

Siento un placer inmensurable aplastando textos zombis que no dan resultados y transformándolos en textos llenos de vida que provocan muchas ventas.

About Elena de Francisco

I find real pleasure in crushing zombie copy that doesn’t provoke any emotion and turning it into vivid words that convert prospects into smiley paying customers.


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