In essence, features describe the attributes or functionalities of a product, while benefits explain the advantages, improvements, or positive impacts that customers can enjoy by using those features. Benefits are often expressed in terms of the value, convenience, cost savings, efficiency, productivity, enjoyment, or other desirable outcomes that customers can expect to achieve. Using a clever mix of both in your communication will help you engage with your target market and move them closer to choosing you as their preferred solution.
Features and benefits are two distinct aspects when describing a product, service, or solution. Business owners I work with usually ‘instinctively’ know the difference but when it comes to creating fabulous marketing or web content, actually separating the two is key to success. Here’s an explanation of each:
Features: Features refer to the characteristics or qualities of a product, service, or solution. They describe what the offering is or what it can do. Features are typically tangible and measurable aspects that can be objectively observed or experienced. For example, if we consider a smartphone, some of its features may include a high-resolution display, a fast processor, multiple camera lenses, or a long-lasting battery.
Benefits: Benefits, on the other hand, describe the positive outcomes or advantages that customers gain from using or owning a product, service, or solution. Benefits are the value or utility that customers derive from the features. They focus on how the features solve problems, meet needs, or fulfill desires. Building on the previous example, the benefits of the smartphone’s features could include a visually immersive experience, fast and smooth performance, high-quality photography capabilities, or extended usage without frequent recharging.
In essence, features describe the attributes or functionalities of a product, while benefits explain the advantages, improvements, or positive impacts that customers can enjoy by using those features. Benefits are often expressed in terms of the value, convenience, cost savings, efficiency, productivity, enjoyment, or other desirable outcomes that customers can expect to achieve.
When marketing a product or service, it is important to highlight both the features and benefits. While features provide factual information about what is included, benefits help potential customers understand how the offering can fulfill their needs or solve their problems – and move closer to buying. By focusing on the benefits, businesses can effectively communicate the value proposition and appeal to customers’ motivations and desires.
Are you clear on the difference? Are you using a clever mix to market your product or service?
Would you like help to ‘Get comfy and confident on LinkedIn’ or to ‘Get your website looking and sounding like the real you’? Yes? Then book a chat directly in my diary. That way we can have a virtual coffee together to see if/how I might be able to help you. The call will cost you absolutely nothing, you’ll be under no obligation to do anything further AND I GUARANTEE you’ll get value from our call – otherwise I’ll pick up the tab for the virtual coffees 😂