Are you wondering how your small business will ever have an edge over your bigger competitors? Are you beginning to think you should just give up on trying to turn their customers’ eyes toward your own business? Don’t give up! Your business can compete and be successful among big businesses. The following are 8 tips to help your small business make a big impact and step into the spotlight on the consumer stage.
As a small business, you have the ability to move fast. Without the bureaucracy of larger companies, your business can adapt and change quickly to stay ahead of the competition. The key is staying in the “know” so you can make changes well before your competition.
You have the time and capability to listen to your customers, employees, and other competitors. Sending your customers surveys will give you valuable feedback on ways to improve your business. Listen to your employees’ input and you will find some of the best ideas for your business. Evaluate other businesses and find out how they are changing and growing to keep up.
Many big companies have lower-level account executives, so important information can get missed. You, on the other hand, give your clients access to the executive level much more efficiently. Leverage this fact and don’t be afraid to let your customers know you listen more carefully and can respond more aggressively.
3. Focused Marketing
Your business must have a well-planned marketing strategy. You have to get your name out there. Be creative and use every avenue available. Make sure your branding is excellent with words that stick.
You may have to focus on specific niche products and services while your bigger competition takes a more general approach. That’s okay. You can use this to your benefit so long as you are aware of what your competitors are doing.
Consistently create content on your website that keeps people coming back to your business. Make sure you back up your content with good SEO.
Use the above strengths (flexibility, listening skills, and focused marketing) to develop relevant content that your customers want. Deliver it using blogs, newsletters, and traditional print campaigns like postcards and flyers.
Make sure that your marketing strategy is working for you. Do keyword research and find long tail keyword phrases that give you an edge in Internet searches. Evaluate your in inbound marketing strategy to analyze all the work you are doing. What is bringing in the most people and the most money? Find your weaknesses and improve on them. You have the benefit of fast research capabilities while bigger firms often have to bring in 3rd parties to discover opportunities.
Be very social, friendly, and personal. Start a blog and use social media to connect with your clientele. Tell your story to show your customers who you are and where you are going. Make your business real and honest to your competitors and use your size to your advantage.
Big businesses can do the same thing, but it’s easier for a small business to keep that owner-client relationship. Take advantage of this while you can. It won’t be long before you have to hand this aspect off to staff.
Invest time to learn something new everyday. The business world is always changing, so stay ahead by reading, listening, and finding out what is going on in your market. As you see game-changing news or technology, use the above strengths to leverage these for your firm faster than the competition can.
Be the best at what you do. Spend your resources to make your products and services go beyond the competition. Hire incredible employees, have excellent customer service, and make your business a great experience. Larger firms have to diversify, but you can focus.