We are the best. Why (not)?

At the end of 2021 I was asked to conduct a market analysis of german companies in a certain IT domain. During that project I have screened 200+ Websites and corporate data of potential target companies. And one key finding was that many companies fail in telling their visitors what they really do for them.

Let’s drill that down.

These days, a companies Website is usually not only the first touchpoint of a prospect, it’s also the place where people try to find out as much as they can before they really get in touch (note: I write this from B2B perspective). Accordingly, I would expect that the content focuses on the need of the prospect. Need means: how do we deliver value for you? What’s your benefit? What’s a positive outcome for you if you use our stuff or work with us? etc. The focus should be on the WHY.

Instead of taking a customers view, many companies focus on their super technology, their great service, or themselves and why they are so great. This is an ego thing only. Even if all of that is true, why should a potential customer care? They don’t know you. Accordingly, they wouldn’t dive deeper if you don’t explain them the WHY.

While I understand the inner need to speak about great things in and about your company (I felt into that trap many times, too), I like to encourage you to turn the storytelling upside down: First the WHY- this is so much more important than technology, etc. Then the HOW (the rationale), then the WHAT (the proof).

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