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9 Proven Methods to Gain a Competitive Advantage

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We live in a business-friendly environment. Yet, while that’s good for some things — it makes setting up your business relatively straightforward — there are downsides, too. For instance, there’s a lot of competition. You’re in a good position to get a business up and running, but then again, so is everyone else. 

As such, you’ll need to work extra hard to ensure that you’re staying competitive with your rival businesses and, ideally, even put yourself in first position. This might sound like an impossible task, but it’s not really — you just need to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best possible chance. In this blog, we’ll look at some proven methods that will put your business in the driving seat.

Invest in Your Website

In all likelihood, your website will be the first place that your customers interact with your brand. And as such, it’s essential that it helps to make a positive first impression. In this day and age, it’s not enough to have a cookie-cutter, bare-bones website — it must have style and personality, and be highly functional. If you run a digital-only website, then it’s probably worthwhile working with a website design company, who will give you a clean and modern website that helps to turn visitors into customers. 

Enhance SEO Credentials

Of course, having a great website is only the beginning. From there, you’ll need to ensure that your potential customers can find your website. And in this day and age, that means scoring highly on Google. Think about the last time you were searching for a product or service; it’s unlikely that you went beyond page one of the results page! 

It can be difficult to score highly on Google, but not impossible. Your best bet, unless you’re already a marketing expert and have a lot of time, is to hire a digital agency to do the work for you. They’ll have the tricks, tips, and resources you need to score as highly as possible. 

Become an Authority

Customers don’t want to buy any old products. They want to buy products they can trust, especially if it’s a niche product. As well as looking at the price, delivery, and overall buying experience, your customers will want to have confidence that they’re buying from a business that knows what they’re talking about. While you may know that you’re an expert, your customers won’t automatically know it. So show them! By publishing blogs on your website, having detailed product descriptions, and making yourself available to help with any issues, you’ll be instilling a level of confidence in your customers that can have a dramatically positive impact on your long-term growth. 

Hone in On Your Target Customers

Information is key when you’re trying to get an advantage over your competitors. The more information you have, the better it’ll be. One of the most crucial aspects is to have a clear idea of who you’re trying to reach with your goods and services. After all, the more information that you have about your target customers, the better you’ll be able to craft messages and experiences that meet their expectations — and in that scenario, you’ll have given yourself a pretty clear edge over your rivals. 

Get Customer Feedback

Some businesses view themselves as the holders of a microphone, with their customers as the listeners. But the smarter approach is to view your relationship with your customers as a back-and-forth transaction. You can help improve your business by gathering as much customer feedback as possible, and then incorporating what your customers tell you into your operations. Everybody wants to feel listened to! Plus, it’s a move that benefits everyone. Just by listening to your customers, you’ll have a roadmap towards success, one that’s built with their needs in mind. 

Get the Right Tools

It would be impossible to give yourself a competitive edge over your rivals if you didn’t have the right tools on your side. There’s a software item for everything these days, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t incorporate them into your operations. For example, you could use CRM (customer relationship management) software that’ll allow you to provide the best level of service through all stages of the customer lifecycle. If you sell on Amazon, you can also use Amazon Repricer software to provide the best price in relation to your competitors. Your rivals will be using tools of their own, but so long as the ones you’re using are better than theirs, then you’ll always be one step ahead. 

Continue to Innovate

It’s not easy running a business, and you might prefer that your business begins to run itself at some stage. However, if you take your foot off the gas, then it’s possible — or even likely — that your rivals will overtake you. As such, it’s best to create a culture of innovation and progress at your business. That way, you’ll always be pushing forward — and your competitors will always be struggling to keep up with you.

Attract the Best Candidates

The quality of the employees at a business has a significant impact on the overall quality of the organization. If you don’t have the best employees on board, then that means they’re with your competitors — and that can spell trouble. Think of it like a sports team: the ones with the best players always end up winning! You can bring the best employees on board by improving your hiring process, paying well, and all around creating a culture that encourages staff to deliver their best work. 

Focus on Yourself 

Finally, remember that while you should spend some time keeping tabs on what your competitors are doing, it’s important not to spend too much time worrying about them. Your first priority should always be on improving your own business. Be aware of your rivals, but don’t become obsessed! If anything, you want them to be obsessed with your company. 

It’s not easy getting ahead, but if you take these tips onboard, then you’ll find that you win more than you lose! 

Originally Published on https://www.breakfastleadership.com/

Michael Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.

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