Chris Lytle's Success Tip: "Companies that are truly successful are different from their competitors. It gives them control over their destiny. If you are not different, your dumbest competitor will set your prices. And, the market will show you no respect." Benson P. Shapiro may live in an ivory tower as Harvard's Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, but his advice rings true. Answer the question: "What makes us different?" Once you've clarified that for yourself, makes sure your prospects and customers get the message over and over.
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