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Also: a framework for how vocal to be against competitors

“Here’s how I figure out if my competitive messaging is too aggressive. I ask myself if what I’m saying is…

  • personal (i.e. going after someone’s character)

  • private (e.g. DMs, 1:1 conversations, non-public info, etc.)

  • punching down (i.e. going after a vendor with a small market presence)

If the answer is ‘no’ to each of these questions, then I’m OK.

Then after I test the waters with my messaging, I get into a rhythm of asking partners, customers, and prospects how they feel about my approach. That allows me to mitigate some risk.”

Dan Cmejla (Apollo.io’s VP of Community) casually dropped this framework to me over dinner at an offsite a couple months back.

He’s turned a lot of heads by consistently calling out one of our biggest competitors on LinkedIn. And it started almost immediately after he joined Apollo.

The result? Tons of new customers, massive jump in brand awareness, and social impressions up the wazoo.

Meanwhile, I see companies still debating whether or not they should mention competitors, frequency, level of aggression, etc.

TBH, you’ll figure out what’s most comfortable for you and what makes sense for your brand. It’ll change for everyone.

But I think Dan’s framework is a proven, simple way to get started.

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Your weekly dose of vitamin C(ompete)

It’s common to run into these "kind-of" competitors… i.e. products that have similar capabilities to yours, but don’t really go after the same audience or support the same use case.

They can be tough to address and message against.

But Lavender did a great job against Grammarly in this blog. They were transparent, gave kudos to Grammarly where it made sense, and made it very clear when Lavender should be the preferred solution.


From the Community

Here are a couple threads that got folks talking this week.

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