Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
Being complacent is equivalent to death in the business world. This is because trends, technologies and innovations are always changing, and while being consistent in some elements like customer service is a great thing, most of the time this lack of innovation can cause your downfall. To counter such complacency though, you need to research, you need to innovate, and you need to always strive to be better than you were yesterday:
- Know Your Demographic
Knowing your demographic means saving money through repeat customers. It means saving money because you won’t waste your marketing budget advertising blindly to people who don’t care or trying to acquire customers who aren’t interested. The average attention span of online users is only seconds long, and many scroll through their newsfeeds at blinding speeds. You want your advertisements to not only catch their attentions, you want to hold their attentions, and to do that you need to know your demographic. You need to know what medium they use, you need to know where they are, what language they speak, and what they value. Conducting online qualitative market research can help you be the company of the people, and be a success as a result.
- Know Your Competition
Know your friends, but also know your enemy. In this case, study your competition. Know how they have succeeded, how others have failed, and you’ll be able to adopt which tactics work best for you. What’s more, you can avoid common errors others have already made. To stay ahead of your competition, you need to know what your competition is doing in the first place, and then beat them to the finishing line.
- Become a Life-Long Learner
If you continue to learn, both about innovations, news in your own industry and about the world, you will be a better leader. This is because the world is constantly changing, and knowing what is going on and how it works can help you navigate your company into the future without falling behind and wasting time on stagnant practices.
- Sponsor Your Employees for Further Development
You aren’t the only one who needs to become a life-long learner. Your employees are the ones who make up the backbone of your company, and if they fall behind, so does your company. To stop this from happening, you should consider adding sponsorship to your employee benefits. This means paying for your employees to further their qualifications, go to conferences, take classes, and so on. Create a list of opportunities and even allow them to apply, so that you can narrow down the truly dedicated workers. Not only will this make your company better, but it will create loyalty within your employees that can be hard to beat. Keep your best, and better your best, and your company will move forward and stay ahead of your competition.
These four key areas are where you need to focus if you want to take charge of your company and stay ahead of your competition. Be better than you were yesterday. Learn, both about the industry, about your competition, and about the world. Learn, and you’ll be able to predict the needs of your demographic and keep your business moving forwards into new and exciting territory.by