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What if 99 percent of customers prefer fake?

I recently purchased a pair of authentic Vintage Versace sunglasses online and was amazed at the number of fake designer sunglasses and handbags advertised on the internet. In fact, there are more videos and websites dedicated to promoting and avoiding counterfeit products than there are sites selling genuine designer items.

What does this tell you?

The market for rip offs and counterfeit items is huge. According to fashionistas, editors and bloggers in the industry, the total spending on fake or “knock-off” designer goods eclipses the amount actually spent on the real thing. In fact, if you see someone on the street with a Versace, Hermes or Fendi bag, there’s only a 1 in 100 chance that it’s authentic.

So how does this impact you and your business?

Unfortunately, many consumers would rather invest a little to give the appearance that they appreciate quality. The fakes are inferior, but customers choose them anyway because they want to maintain a facade. They want the quick fix – the easy path to looking successful but few want to make the necessary investment of time and money, required to be successful.

In order to stand out in a marketplace where imitations and charlatans are plentiful, you need to do the opposite of what your competition is doing.

  • Where their message is confusing, yours must be simple.
  • When they are selling features and benefits, you must present the solution.
  • Where they are focused on their brand, you must identify your customer’s pain and cure it.
  • Where their claims are unsubstantiated, yours must be tangible.

There will always be a long list of vendors and products to satisfy the insatiable appetite for “almost authentic”. And in the end, the purchaser will always get exactly what they paid for. If you continue to compete based on price alone (or intangible claims), 99 percent of your customers will continue to assume that you are not the real deal either.

Rest assured, your customer will continue to be in pain no matter which replicas and quick fixes she purchases in the meantime. Eventually, the pain will become so acute that she will seek out your genuine solution. Make it easier for her to find you by having a clear message that helps her to decide and say “Yes.” Help her to know that you are authentic – put a fair price on what you do, provide tangible proof your solution works and then deliver on your promise.

Solutions are like diamonds, precious and rare. Fakes are like dry leaves in the fall, found everywhere.

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Rhondalynn Korolak

Rhondalynn Korolak

Rhondalynn Korolak has distilled the secrets to business success - that she learned working in GM level roles with some of the world’s most successful brands - and she produced a simple step-by-step process that you can apply to your message and your audience to close more sales and boost your bottom line. Rhondalynn is the best-selling author of On The Shoulders of Giants, Financial Foreplay, and Sales Seduction. She has appeared on CNN, bNet/CBS, Skynews, Channel 9 and 3AW, and she writes for Yahoo, MYOB, Fast Thinking, Dynamic Business, Business Spectator and Australian Retailer. Rhondalynn can help you put strategies in place to grow your business profitably and ensure that your customers would never think of going elsewhere.

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