DIFFERENTIATION, MUST-HAVE TO SURVIVE AND GROW
Today I want to tell you the subject ‘What to differentiate’. Differentiation is the unavoidable headache that every planners encounter on their daily life. What do think with which point Nespresso, Starbucks, Dongseo Power Coffee and EDIYA are differentiated? After your read this article, you can identify the exact CPSE point to find differentiation point in most products and services around you.
CPSE VIEWPOINT TO BOOST DIFFERENTIATION
To begin with, What is the CPSE? It is the acronym of Customer-Problem-Solution-Empathy. Those are the zones where differentiation blooms. For example I will explain CPSE view with coffee business cases.
FIRST, CUSTOMER DIFFERENTIATION.
We can differentiate by conquering people mostly who are not our customers for a long time. When Nestle invented the instant capsule coffee machine Nespresso, they tried to sell them as a B2B product. B2B customers are un-cultivated at that time. So if Nestle could hit the market, it would have been a good way to enter the new market.
SECOND, PROBLEM DIFFERENTIATION.
THIRD, SOLUTION DIFFERENTIATION.
We can differentiate by leveraging the solution itself with price, function, and quality. You have to carefully compare between better and different at this point. Mostly new brilliant approach is needed to be different enough in price, function, and quality. For example, Dongseo Foods invented powder coffee that is widely accepted today. Frozen coffee powders make the difference in lowering the price, saving time, and storing easily plus longer all at once.
FOURTH, EMPATHY DIFFERENTIATION.
It is about giving customers a reason to buy and handling perception. EDIYA is a cafe brand that has more than 1500 franchisees and a high-margin structure. It used a unique approach called the ‘Sub Street’ strategy. This means that EDIYA opens its cafes nearby Starbucks. That’s because Starbucks is usually very crowded at lunchtime. EDIYA make customers from Starbucks who can not find their seats there. EDIYA coffee is very cheap and usually offered as a take-out one.
Now you can identify differentiation with the CPSE viewpoint. In fact, CPSE is linked to each other. A customer has a problem. The problem needs a Solution. The solution can be sold by empathy. So you have to consider all the elements. Differentiation comes from your focus on a specific element.
Let me give you one last question. You might know Paik’s Coffee made by a famous business person and casual chef Paik Jongwon in South Korea.