After listening to a song you like what part of the song plays over and over in your head?
What part of the song do you keep on singing in the car to work or in the shower?
What part of the song do you hum to your friends when telling them how great it is?
It’s the Chorus!
The chorus of a song gives it a unique identity. It is the most important ‘feature’ that makes it different from other songs. It’s USP.
So what can the software industry learn from the music industry?
Let’s first have a look at this fascinating video (starts at 0:15) of how Sia comes up with a new song. (in fact it is the inspiration behind this blog post)
The cool thing to note here is how she mainly focuses on identifying the chorus and getting it to sound awesome, even without any lyrics.
So if you are building a consumer (or even enterprise) software product make sure you identify it’s Chorus, the feature that makes it unique. Then focus most of your effort and resources on it to make your users fall in love with it and talk about it with other potential users.
It’s amazing how we can stimulate product strategy in our own industry by looking at other almost unrelated industries. The key is not to isolate your knowledge to within your industry alone but widen it to other industries and try to draw parallels that will help with your own strategy.