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5 Great Tips to Attract New Customers If You Are a Small Business

5 Great Tips to Attract New Customers If You Are a Small Business

Building a steady stream of new customers can seem like a complex task, especially if you are a small business. You have a great vision for your company, but you can’t prosper only on word of mouth. Try these 5 tips to get your company noticed and attract new customers.

Register on Lead Generation Platforms

To build a solid client portfolio, you need to attract visitors to your website, convert them into leads and only then can you close them as customers. But how can you accelerate this process?

There are websites and platforms that help small and midsized businesses generate leads right away. Thumbtack, BuyerZone, Opporty, Kinnek, ZocDoc, BuildingPros, HomeContractors.biz, Upcounsel.com, Service.ariba.com – just to name a few.

There are niche-focused lead generation platforms, as well as general purpose ones. Just google a platform for your industry and start attracting solid leads in no time. Leads from such platforms are more interested in a product or service your business offers, and, therefore, they are a much safer pick if you are a beginner and push hard to cut marketing costs.

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Nurture Relationships with Businesses & Professionals

Referrals and recommendations play a huge role in attracting high-quality customers. According to the recent report provided by Ambassador, over 80% of Americans seek recommendations from family, friends, professionals and other businesses when considering a purchase. It’s crucial to mix in with people who can refer prospects to your website and popularize your brand.

How do you get noticed and make the right connections?

  • Attend industry-related events and make sure that you stand out from the crowd. For instance, you can make a presentation to showcase your company.
  • Ask questions and start conversations with influential professionals and local gurus. Don’t be afraid of approaching a pro – they seek attention themselves and will be happy to help you (if it’s in their interest, of course).
  • Mention those professionals in your blog posts. Most likely, they will mention you back. Some of them will refer clients to you as well.

As soon as you have nurtured fruitful relationships with influential businesses and industry leaders, you will see a positive difference in traffic, clients and conversions.

Differentiate Your Business from Competitors

What kind of business are you? Have you ever given it a thought? If your answer is ’no’, right now is time to think about that.

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Most likely, your business fills some sort of a void in the market. If it doesn’t, it didn’t make any sense to start it in the first place, right? In any case, you should focus on breaking down your core values because they help differentiate your business from competitors.

Differentiation is by far the most powerful marketing strategy. Your job is to figure out how you stand out from the others and then communicate it to your potential customers. Even if you own a run-of-the-mill business, you can differentiate yourself. Make a unique offer, solve a problem, or just provide top-notch customer service.

You can also build your brand around how different you are (even if you are not). Position your business against competition or let your customers uncover why you are the best in the niche. Just stick to it and be patient. The payoff will be huge.

Understand Why a Customer Should Choose You

To drive traffic and customers to your website, it’s crucial to play to your strengths. Why should customers choose your company over the others? What’s your competitive advantage? Is it high quality? Reasonable pricing? Or unrivaled customer service?

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You must be able to answer the questions above. If you cannot, it simply means that you don’t know your business as you should. And if that’s true, you will never be able to showcase its strengths, not weaknesses, to prospective clients. Identify these strengths and focus your marketing efforts to highlight these reasons.

If you have to operate in a versatile industry, don’t be afraid to collect feedback from your returning customers. Create a brief or survey and ask them to help. No luck? Sugar the deal by offering discounts or special offers to anyone who sends feedback.

Hire a Digital Marketing Agency that Provides Services for Your Niche

If you lack the expertise or time to do this on your own, ask for professional help. Research and hire an agency that provides digital marketing services in your niche. Certified pros will utilize the power of search engine optimization, pay-per-click marketing, and social media marketing to keep the juices flowing to your website.

How to choose a digital marketing agency? Ask your friends and relatives for referrals; check reviews on Google, Yelp and LinkedIn; search for companies that cater specifically for your industry.

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Basically, you need to find an agency that is experienced in your industry niche and ready to go the extra mile for you. Let the professionals audit your website and devise a detailed digital marketing strategy for your business.

To Sum It Up

Finding new customers is often a fundamental problem for small business owners. Their companies are flexible, but lack marketing dollars to fortify their position in the industry. Don’t worry, you can still attract paying customers without huge budgets.

Use four of the aforesaid tips first and only then consider hiring a digital marketing agency. Most likely, you know your business better than anybody else, so take advantage of it. Create a buzz about your strengths (e.g. expertise, product quality, huge price discounts) and eventually customers will flock to your website.

If nothing helps, don’t be afraid to contact a professional. The chances are your website isn’t optimized properly, or suffers from poor usability, etc. Invest in digital marketing and, in most cases, you will see the results within a month.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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