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5 Ways to Ensure Your Business is One Step Ahead of Your Competitors

By Special Guest
alex coverdale
February 18, 2019



The success of all companies involves their ability to stay one step ahead of their competition
. By improving your market position, you're more likely to experience constant business growth. With new businesses starting each day, it’s more important than ever to know how you can beat out your competition.

Keep reading for 5 effective ways that you can stay ahead of your competition and maintain your position as a leading brand in your industry.

1. Know Your Competition

How can you be competitive if you don’t know who you’re competing with? The first step in staying ahead of your competition is to be well aware of who competing businesses are.

You’ll need to identify what your competitors’ products and services are along with the benefits of each of them. It's also important to know where they find their customers and who their most important customers are. Figure out how they market and how they recruit.

In the search for this information, you can have a deep understanding of who each of your competitors is and how they operate. You can use this information to better market to the same target audience or create products that provide even more benefits.

2. Put Your Customers First

A customer-centric company is always one that will attract and retain the most customers. One of the simplest ways to put your business ahead of its competitors is to show your customers just how much you value and appreciate their business. Start by sending customers a thank you email after each purchase that they make.

Other ways to show your customers that you value them include:

  • Offering discounts and special savings
  • Asking for feedback
  • Quickly responding to communications

When you put your customers first, they’re less likely to have a bad experience with your business. High customer service is one of the best ways to maintain high customer retention and to increase the chances of customer referrals and positive feedback.

3. Be Active on Social Media

Social media is the way of the world today. Not only do people use it to communicate and keep in touch with others, but consumers also use it to find products and services. According to MarketingSherpa, 95% of adults aged 18-34 follow a brand through social networking.  This means that in order for your business to remain relevant in your industry, you must be active on social networking sites.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for several social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. With video content rising in popularity, you may also want to sign your company up with a YouTube account as well.

Make note that simply having a profile isn’t enough. Your company needs to be active on each network by posting status updates, pictures, and even participating in active conversations. The more involved your brand is, the more visible and recognizable your brand will be.

4. Use a POS System

The days of using a cash register to complete sales and transactions should be a scenario of the past. But, there are plenty of companies that still use cash registers. The problem with traditional cash registers is that they’re slow and prone to human error. After hand-jamming dozens of transactions, it’s only human for a sales associate to mistype a price or product SKU.

To eliminate these risks altogether and to speed up transaction times, you’ll want to get a POS system. Not only are these systems able to quickly process sales, but they also offer a host of other features. With a modern POS system your business will benefit from:

  • Inventory management
  • Employee management
  • Customer information database
  • Support for multiple payment methods
  • Real-time financial reports
  • Loyalty program

By investing in a POS system, your business, employees, and customers can enjoy streamlined and more efficient operations.

5. Always Look to the Future

Companies that focus on the past tend to stay in the past. In order to stay ahead of your competitors and to experience increasing success, you must plan for growth. Stay on top of developments in your industry. Find ways to make your business niche even more unique. Follow consumer trends and invest in new technology so that you can remain a leader in your industry.

As you look to the future, you can change how you market, communicate and target customers so that you can continue to operate more efficiently and successfully.

Conclusion

The business world continues to become more and more competitive. As a growing number of companies enter your industry, it’s more important than ever to know how to stay ahead of the competition. Keep these 5 methods in mind to ensure that your company retains its top spot.



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