An important focus for any business strategy is to establish a competitive advantage for the firm. The two primary ways to do this are to be the low-cost producer and to be significantly different from your competitors in a way that customers value. The problem with being the low-cost producer is that eventually your competitors will match your prices. It’s a very difficult advantage to retain. When you compete on price, you’ve become a commodity — clearly not a competitive advantage.
Differentiating yourself from competitors isn’t always easy, but it can provide much better profits and be much longer-lasting. There are many ways to differentiate, from technological and marketing innovation to product configuration, customer experience, and even organization culture. Additionally, differentiation can be extremely difficult for a competitor to replicate.
What is your competitive advantage?
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