Issue #33 - Bucking trends and analysing spend

Copycats never prosper.In nearly every single meeting I go to, we somehow end up looking at what othe
Issue #33 - Bucking trends and analysing spend
By Ross Chapman • Issue #33 • View online
Copycats never prosper.
In nearly every single meeting I go to, we somehow end up looking at what other sites do. I guess this is to speed up learning and to get to success quicker by looking at other successes. In the eCommerce space, we look at Amazon and friends (we should really be looking at The Coop!)
The problem is, we don’t ask why their decisions would apply to our business.  Plus over time, these marks of success become trends without being challenged. Take the hamburger menu. Take scroll jacking.
Don’t follow trends. Follow data. Try new things. Course correct if they don’t work. Above all, learn.
Take this from Gary Vaynerchuk:
“I have literally no idea what my competition is up to right now.
Surprised? I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t be.
You know what I spend my time on instead? My people and my team, where we’re going, what the next big thing we’re going to CRUSH is. I spend time on making myself unbelievable at everything I do.”
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