Value Inspiration Blog

Stories and thoughts about inspiring new forms of value creation

On a scale of 1 to 10….

Answer the question with honesty is the first step to making things better. Then you know.
That’s where you can start closing the gap.
That’s your advantage to take. Your opportunity to lead. […]

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Lowering your price….

The madness of Black Friday is just behind us – and now we’re entering the final month of the quarter – and for many, the last month of the Fiscal Year. It’s that month where – especially in B2B software – the pressure is on. It’s that month that could make or break the year. 
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about this already: “Will they buy?” Honestly – looking at your own SaaS pipeline – how many of the prospects you managed at that point are still undecided – not showing any urgency to move? So the question remains: “Will they buy?” Will they?
As time runs out – so do our options to end the year with a bang. And that typically leads to one thing: Lowering our prices.  […]

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The cost of focusing on the wrong customers

“How important it is on who we are for, and possibly more important….who we are not for. When we started nine weeks ago with the first prompt, I took it to our leadership team, where we discussed it deeply.  Why? Because we, as the leadership team, influence this. It starts with us.  […]

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“No one perceives our solution as mission-critical…”

This perception is one of the primary reasons SaaS sales cycles are slow: Your solution is considered a nice-to-have, not mission-critical.
And obviously, this can be the case – however…., in 9 out of 10, this it’s something you have total control over. As the headline suggests: It’s a “perception.” 
It’s the story your prospects tell themselves. […]

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What are actually the habits of companies that build remarkable software?

I had an entertaining catch-up call with my dear ex-colleague Christian Weichelt. We came to talk about the power of habits. His mantra: “Don’t control the output; control the inputs.” 
By controlling the inputs, you establish habits – and with that, you move closer to your goals every day. It’s a simple but super powerful concept. 
So, I reflected on this – and wondered, ‘What are the habits of companies that build the software products we keep talking about?”  […]

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The damage we create by talking only about ‘us’

Earlier this week, I received an email from Inside AI, which triggered me to visit a couple of websites from B2B SaaS vendors. It struck me how often sentences start with ‘We ….this’, ‘[Name company]…that’. “Our solution offers…”
Now I get how this – we have to explain what we do, sure. But think about it: who’s your website for? And what is it for? […]

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Will enough prospects buy from you in the next 8 weeks?

We’re four weeks into Q4 2021. It’s the time of the year that determines whether it’s been a success or not. Some software companies I talk to proudly tell me they are well ahead of target. Others have concerns – they still have to bridge a significant gap in the coming eight weeks… […]

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