Can you articulate your value proposition? Here’s why it’s essential for your clean technology products' success.

April, 29 2024
Can you articulate your value proposition? Here’s why it’s essential for your clean technology products' success.

In the dynamic landscape of clean technology, having a crystal-clear value proposition isn’t just advantageous – it’s crucial for success. While their products and services may be meticulously engineered, many of these companies struggle to articulate their value proposition effectively. This is where we step in, helping our clients bring clarity to their unique value proposition.

A value proposition is how your product or service solves/improves problems, what benefits customers can expect, and why customers should buy from you over your competitors.

Identifying and articulating your unique value proposition establishes success for both marketing and sales. A well thought-out value proposition gives you a competitive edge and sets your business up for continued growth. It’s also key in boosting conversion rates, leading to increased revenue.

Unfortunately, many businesses don’t spend the time fully developing their value proposition or don’t know how to communicate it well. If a value proposition is too vague or even confusing, it can lead to wasted resources, unclear messaging, and miscommunication with customers.

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Why is this specifically challenging with clean technology products and services? 

In the marketing context, clean technology companies may face several hurdles when it comes to articulating their value proposition effectively. 

It’s difficult to explain the value of cleantech products; benefits can get lost in technical speak.

Clean technology solutions often involve complex technical terms and engineering concepts. This language can be hard to understand for potential customers, investors, and policymakers. To make it clear and engaging, marketing materials need to balance technical expertise and simplicity.

There’s a range of understanding and attitudes, and education to convey value is needed.

Consumer attitudes toward clean technology vary from enthusiastic support to skepticism. Therefore, educating the audience is crucial for building awareness and credibility.

You need to articulate a balance between short-term and long-term benefits.

Clean technology solutions often offer long-term environmental and economic benefits such as energy savings and carbon footprint reduction. However, it can be hard to communicate these benefits in a way that resonates with short-term business objectives. Marketing strategies need to highlight both immediate and long-term value propositions to appeal to different stakeholders.

The landscape can change rapidly because of external factors, and your marketing needs to adapt.

Government policies can shape market dynamics and investment opportunities for clean technology companies. Changes in regulations, incentives, or funding programs can impact market conditions and customer behaviour. Marketing strategies must account for regulatory trends and policy developments to ensure alignment with evolving market dynamics and opportunities.

Collaboration and partnerships are important signals in conveying your value.

Cleantech solutions often require collaboration across sectors. Highlighting the company's ability to work effectively with partners can enhance credibility and market reach.

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What a value proposition is and is not

Your value proposition is your unique identifier. Without it, people don't have a reason to work with you over somebody else.

While your value prop should help differentiate you from the rest of the industry, keep in mind it's not a slogan, tagline, or even a way to position yourself in the market.

So what is a value proposition?

A value proposition articulates:

  • How your product solves problems and improves situations for your personas
  • What specific benefits can your customers expect
  • Why customers should buy from you over your competitors

What is not a value proposition?

While it may be challenging to go beyond products and features when creating your proposition, doing so is essential.

A value proposition is not:

  • A product and and its features
  • A catchphrase or slogan
  • An incentive
  • A mission statement

Is your value proposition effective? Here are 4 steps to diagnose it

Are you sure that your value proposition is up to the task? Ask yourself the following questions to see whether your value proposition is effective:

  • Can you articulate it passionately?
  • Do your employees understand and support it?
  • Does it stand out against the competition?
  • Is it applied in your marketing and sales material?
  • Does it shine through in your brand?

If you are not confident that you have the answers to these questions, we suggest that you start with mapping out your customers or each customer segment - and their jobs, gains and pains.

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1. Start with your customers and not your product/service

A value that you may feel is exceptional can be meaningless to your prospects. Understanding your customer segments is crucial for assessing or crafting a new value proposition.

  • Ask what tasks/jobs your customers are trying to complete
  • What pains do your customers have (functional, social, emotional)
  • What outcomes and benefits do your customers want to achieve
  • Assess what are the most important jobs, most extreme pains and essential gains


2. Map how your products/services create value

Now work with your team to map out your products and services, and how they remedy the pains that your customers experience or how they create benefits for these customers.

  • List all the products and services of your offering
  • Outline how your products/services alleviate customer pains. Are they alleviating the most crucial pains?
  • Outline how your product/services produce outcomes and benefits that your customers expect? This can include functional and social gains, positive emotions and cost savings.


3. Tweak or craft your value proposition

With this information, you can now work to write and refine a value proposition. Remember that great value propositions focus on alleviating specific pains and creating specific gains. Great value propositions make explicit how your product or service will ease pains and create gains for your customers.

  • Ask what is the relevancy of that statement to your customer’s pain or gain?
  • What are the specific benefits that you offer?
  • What differentiates you from the competition?


4. Test it!

Once you’ve created your value proposition, you need proof that customers actually care about it. Unfortunately, this step is often overlooked. 54% of marketers do nothing to optimize their value propositions. Testing your value proposition is an easy way to be more effective than your competitors.

Instead of relying on current customers, ask people unfamiliar with your brand to read your value proposition. Ask them what their impressions are if they are clear on what the product is, and what the benefits are to the ideal customer.

Final Thoughts

Your value proposition isn’t something that’s directly shared with customers, but it should form the basis of every product or service you create, as well as all your marketing strategies.

When working with clients, we start by getting clear on the key value their clean tech product or service offering brings to the market so that together we can either develop a new value proposition or better articulate their current one. 

This makes us more effective in the work we do next. We then provide branding and marketing solutions that connect back to the value that is being created for the customer, and with this approach, we deliver results.

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Sangeet Anand

Director of Digital Marketing Sangeet draws on her business background, creativity and technical know-how to deliver innovative marketing solutions for a variety of our clients.