Why Should Anyone Do Business With You?

Why Should Anyone Do Business With You?

Ask yourself, “Why should anyone do business with you?”

I’m serious.

Because if you can’t answer that question, you are doomed. Plus, your answer can not contain anything about:


Customer Service


Here’s why. If your answer is all about your “Low Prices”, you probably aren’t making enough profit. Congratulations, you just won the race to the bottom.

If your answer is about how your business has the best “Customer Service”, congratulations again on spreading the BS because nobody cares or will believe you. People only believe other people about customer service awesomeness. They don’t believe companies that brag about it. I don’t, and I’ll bet you don’t either. So why say that in your own business?

Finally, if your answer is about your great “Quality”, that’s the final dumb business statement that nobody believes either. Quality is a default on what we expect. So what you are saying is “Hey, we meet the minimum standards!”

So if you can’t talk about price, customer service, or quality in your business marketing what you should focus on?

That’s easy.

Let’s take a look and maybe shake out some new ideas for your shop.

Business Emotion

One idea for your business is to sell on emotion. How your product or service makes someone feel deep down.

Think about how your business plays into a human to human connection. Don’t tout features and benefits. Play up the joy. Describe what victory feels like. Illustrate that fist pump awesomeness of your favorite band. What does the fear of missing out or being embarrassed feel like?

That’s what you have to show.

“But Marshall, we’re selling t-shirts. Who gets emotional about that?”

Plenty of people evidently.

Why do people buy those $35 concert tees? I’m sure they look fantastic, but it’s not because it’s a rational decision. It’s an emotional purchase that screams to everyone, “I WAS THERE”.

For the business to business apparel, having a coordinated professional look exemplifies confidence. You are selling that idea. Not a logoed golf shirt or apron.

Can you get behind the psychology of why people buy? Focus on the real issue people need to solve.

They don’t need another shirt.

What they want is tied to an emotion. That’s what you have to unravel.

Emotion vs Logic

Emotion is much more important than logic. People don’t buy cars based on logic. They don’t buy apparel based on logic either.

Does that shirt give you status? It shows that you are a member of a tribe or a community. An example could be for your favorite sports team or band. If you wear the shirt you are included.

Maybe the design captures something about your personality. That’s were political shirts or humor (or both) fit in. These shirts tell everyone, “This is me. This is what I think.”

Therefore maybe you need to stop and think about the emotional “why” someone buys into your product or service. Take a minute and take this quiz:

  1. Why do people do business with me or buy my shirts?
  2. What external problem are they solving? Can you describe the main pain point that is resolved?
  3. What is the internal source of that pain? Why do they feel that way?
  4. Can you name the internal relief they are feeling when they do business with you or buy your shirts? Why do they feel that way?

It’s funky stuff. Too difficult?

Just think about what pressures someone may be facing.

For a small business, they want to be seen as a bigger one. More established. Trustworthy. Does that happen with the bottom of the barrel apparel, or something higher end?

Are you pre-judging them based on something? Why not root out the psychology behind their internal pain points and see what you can uncover?

Pressure. Coming Down On Me

Sorry, couldn’t help the Bowie reference.

Let’s talk about pressure points for a second for your customers. You may have never thought about this before.

Everyone (including you and me) feels pressure from different aspects of their life. These are the emotional triggers that push us into the decisions we make. Think about these in your business and with your customers. How would you present what you do differently if you knew their:

Social Pressure

This is feelings of inadequacy. That you don’t belong. Maybe some frustration or humiliation with past experiences. That there is potential for ridicule.

Financial Pressure

Fear of missing opportunities. Of not hitting that big sales quota. Doing a good job so the boss notices or they get a promotion. Maybe that they may lose money.

Cultural Pressure

There’s history there lurking, can they meet expectations? Are they in the group, tribe, or community? Do they meet the standards?

Emotional Pressure

Of wanting to succeed badly. There is anger or resentment. The need to be happy. To not be embarrassed. To please others.

Logistic Pressure

Time. Resources used. How much effort needs to be used?

How Your Business Presents Itself Matters

So think about how you present your business to your customers. Do you know like the back of your hand your customer’s pain points and pressures that they are trying to overcome?

Or are you simply squawking about your “big sale” that you post every time your shop runs out of scheduled work?

Stop for a second and think about how you present yourself to your current and potential customers.

People feel these pressures. When you solve something for them that addresses their pain haven’t you noticed how elated they get?

You need to dig into why that happens.  Absolutely ask your customer questions that define these pressure points.

How you answer that problem is how you should be marketing your business. Tunnel down and discover how your customer’s internal and external problems need to be resolved.

That is what answers the question:

“Why should anyone do business with you?”

Because you have the answers to solve their problems.

That’s the value they crave and will shout out from the mountaintops.


“The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marsden

“Networking has been cited as the number one unwritten rule of success in business. Who you know really impacts what you know.” – Sallie Krawcheck

“Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” – W. Edwards Deming


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