9 Things That Will Help You Beat Your Competitors

If you even take a quick glance at a computer screen, your eyes are bombarded with sidebar ads, pop-up ads, targeted ads. Customers have choices, and there are so many businesses out there competing for the same customers. How will you stand out from the crowd and earn their business? Here are a few ways to consider:

  • Be consistent with branding – Know what you want your brand to be about and keep your messaging consistent with that brand. If you have multiple people representing your brand, make sure you clarify your standards for marketing before they put information out that could be contradictory or detrimental to the image of your business.
  • Highlight what sets you apart – People aren’t just buying what you’re selling, they’re buying why you’re selling it. Let people in on your larger vision for the company and why you’re working so hard to achieve it.
  • Be positive – There is so much negativity out there on the news and on social media. Radiate positivity to stand out from the onslaught of pessimism. Instead of touting negative aspects of your competitors, highlight positive aspects of your business.
  • Make a friend, not a sale – Keep things professional, but nobody wants to be just another dollar sign. Treat your customers with dignity and friendliness to earn their loyalty.
  • Maintain a consistent social media presence – We live in a social commerce world where personal recommendations and social trends drive the market. Creating your brand online is imperative to keep up with the times. Posting positive, brand-consistent messages on social media is a great way to stay in the public eye and gain more business.
  • Maintain a professional but friendly online presence – Nobody wants to deal with a stiff corporation. Keep your presence online light, friendly and approachable. Let your customers know you are a human with a sense of humor.
  • Provide superb customer service – When you have a great customer service experience, what do you want to do? You want to shout it from the rooftops. You want to fill out that survey at the bottom of your receipt. People remember superb customer service the next time they need what you are selling or when someone asks for a recommendation in your field.
  • Solicit feedback from your customers – Listen to what your customers want and provide it. If you run a cupcake shop and you only sell vanilla cupcakes, you’re going to miss out on sales from all the chocolate lovers of the world. Give the people what they want and they’ll bring their business to you again and again.
  • Provide value-added services – Sometimes customers don’t know what they need until you explain it to them. You’re the expert in your field (that’s why they’re bringing their business to you). Provide services that bring great value to your customers and make sure you clearly explain the value.

Of course, there are many more ways to earn  your customers’ trust and business. By being authentic and creative,  you will find some of your own. It may take some additional work and analysis, but in the end, it’s worth it.

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Katherine Gotthardt, CEO

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has focused on content development and content marketing for small to mid-size businesses, writing and disseminating material that increases client visibility while supporting their brand. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored five books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water and Bury Me Under a Lilac. Learn more about her creative life at www.KatherineGotthardt.com.