John Tackett

Value Proposition: 4 questions every marketer should ask about value prop

May 21st, 2013

You’ve determined if there is any true value in your marketing and you’ve taken the steps to craft your value proposition, when the one looming question hits you – what should I do next?


Turning theory into action was the key focus of Tony Doty, Senior Manager of Optimization, MECLABS, and Lauren Maki, Manager of Optimization, MECLABS, during the Industry Deep Dive session, “Value Proposition: How to turn that shiny, new value prop into a high-performing page,” here at MarketingSherpa and MarketingExperiments Optimization Summit 2013.

“We have a lot of great tools for developing value proposition, but often we find a lot of marketers asking us what to do next and that’s what this is all about,” Tony said.

Today’s MarketingSherpa blog post will feature four questions every marketer should ask themselves about what the next step should be for implementing value proposition development into marketing efforts.



Question #1: Who is my target audience?

Tony and Lauren explained before you think about where you will express your value prop statements, you need to first determine who your audience for that value proposition is and what their needs are.

“We should always craft a value proposition with a customer’s needs in mind,” Tony said.



Question #2: Do I know where my customers are coming from?

Tony also explained once you’ve identified the target audience for your value proposition, you need to understand the channels where your traffic comes from, and adapt your message as needed per channel.

Lauren brought up a good point that customers from different channels have different needs and motivations, so your value proposition placement should be strategic within each channel.

To do this, she explained you first need to identify not just who your target prospect group is, but also where that prospect group is coming from.

“There’s a lot more places than just your homepage for your value proposition,” Lauren explained. “Look at your data to determine if what you’re doing is effective once you’ve started putting your value propositions into place [in those different channels].”

Some of the channels Lauren highlighted in her example are:

  • Targeted email campaigns
  • PPC campaigns
  • Display ads
  • Referral sites
  • Landing pages
  • Product pages
  • Informational pages
  • Cart checkout
  • Social media

Question #3: What do I express in my messaging?

Tony further explained each step of your funnel serves a specific purpose and as prospects make their way through your sales funnel, each step in your sales process the messaging in your marketing should offer more value than the previous step.

Here are a few examples Tony shared on effectively differentiating your message throughout your sales process:


Location: Homepage

Messaging: Briefly introduce your company and direct visitors to the page they need


Location: PPC ad / Display ad

Messaging: Capture attention and elicit a click to get them onto the landing page


Location: Product Page

Messaging: Give prospects enough product information to complete the call-to-action


Location: Checkout

Messaging: Reduce friction and anxiety while providing process level value to get users through the process


“With every step you want them to take, you need to give them something of value for taking that next step,” Tony said.


Question #4: How do I express value proposition in my messaging?

One final thought Tony and Lauren offered is although a value proposition is designed to be a single statement of value that is supported by evidentials, that is still not enough to sell something to someone – it’s just a good place to start your marketing efforts.

“Ultimately, a value proposition is a guide and not a template,” Lauren said.

Lauren also suggested your value proposition efforts should not be limited just to your copywriting.

“Every element on your page should either state or supports your value proposition directly,” Lauren concluded.


Related Resources:

Value Proposition: A free worksheet to help you win arguments in any meeting

Customer Value: The 4 essential levels of value propositions

The Marketing-Sales Funnel: Gravity is not your friend

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  1. May 27th, 2013 at 11:23 | #1

    I think that number 4 is what really resonates with me here. Sometimes, you’re just not expressing your value proposition in a way that the customer is receptive to, or doesn’t match website usage patterns in a way that exposes people to your value proposition at the right time.

    Everything you do has to relate to and reflect that value proposition. If your appearances, communication and customer results don’t match up, you’re never going to gain ground.

  2. August 8th, 2014 at 15:30 | #2

    This is very helpful! Awesome resource.

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