In an era when the internet has given a new meaning to marketing, the first thought that would click any business owner’s mind is to get a website and earn through it. That is possibly the most obvious and the easiest way to get your business start paying for you. However old is yet gold, and among the new methods, there is a lot more, other than just a functional website. In this piece, we discuss about ways that would help your local business grow by leaps and bounds.
The position of your store
Where your brick and mortar store is located, has a lot of impact on how your business is performing. For example, if you are dealing in products that serve senior citizens, having it perched up somewhere on the 2nd floor of a commercial building does not make any sense. You target customer would have a hard time climbing up to your shop. They would rather step into a competitor’s display unit that is located on the ground floor. Similarly, community choice is also important. If you are dealing in items relating to child-care, you need to have your shop located in an area which is populated by couples with kids. Being set up in an area dominated by bachelors would only bring down your revenues.
Seek out local advertising media that can help you spread the name of your business. Innovation always works in this case. Be innovative in the way you talk about your business. Creative pamphlets, flyers and business cards are a must. Choose the most appropriate column in your local newspaper. Book the right slot of radio adverts. Remember that your target audience would determine the medium of advertisement that you chose, the time when it is displayed, the frequency with which it is hammered and other such things. Local advertisements work miracles with local customers. Try it once.
Local business directories
Business directories are a great way to showcase the existence of businesses. With internet being a pocket commodity, people tend to check out for local businesses on search engines. Being registered on online directory India makes your business stay showcased in search engine results. It is necessary to include authentic details about your business, like the proper address, a correct functional phone number, an active email address and other details. Many local directories also have options to include images of your store to increase the authenticity of your business. Conduct an extensive research as to which are the online business directories that are famous in the place where your business is located. They charge a minimal amount from owners as a commission for the business that is routed through them. Yet others are free.
Allied contests and offers
The prime way to grow in the local business market is to liaison with related businesses and pitches their customers. An example would be, if you are dealing in kid’s accessories, tie up with a kid’s garments business and market parallel to it. You would be able to connect with its customers as well and grow your customer base, consequently.
The needs of local customers
Unlike a global business, local businesses have to be highly sensitive to what their customers want out of them. They should be aware about the smallest details of their customer behaviour – The favored colour, the time when most of the shopping is done, the family day of the week, the free time, the nap time, pet behaviour, opinion dominance of family members, everything that could bring about a better twist in the way services are offered.
With all this in tow, and a few more self-assimilated experience, you would be able to build a small-time empire out of your local business.