Expansion Of Your Business Now That Lockdown Is Easing

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There is no denying that it has been a tough couple of months for all businesses. Having to ride the storm of the global pandemic and figure out not only how to function in a new world but also to continue to make money in an ever changing community. It has been tough. However, lockdown is easing and people are starting to get used to this new normal. But what can you do to start expanding your business and moving it forward now that lockdown is easing? Here are some of the things to consider.

Continue to diversify your business

One of the first things to think about when it comes to your business is to continue to diversify it in any way that you can. You will have likely had to think on your feet when the anemic got serious and you had no way of functioning normally. It may have meant you offering up more online focused points of sale or even diversifying with different products and services. Keep with the changes that have proved successful and build upon them in any way that you can. This is the perfect opportunity to make some decent changes to the direction that your business can take. 

Make some changes to your online presence

Another thing to focus on now more than ever is your online presence. Many people have no choice but to shop online these days which often means that the shops that once were popular are no longer needed. It is a good idea to work on your digital presence when it comes to your business. This will be things such as your social media platforms and ensuring that you build your following organically. Another thing to think about would be to consider your website and how you are portrayed online. It might be worth focusing on SEO and looking at the content that you have on your website. 

Give manufacturing a go

It could be that sourcing your products is difficult due to restrictions in other countries, so it might be time to look at ways that you can manufacture your products yourself. Whether you need to think about a production line, find a space that you can house the industrial products that you use and even hiring staff in order to operate it, you might find that in the long term the investment will pay off. Plus manufacturing your own products gives you greater flexibility when it comes to product changes. 

Value your time and focus on areas you can change 

Last of all, it is very important for you to place a value on your time. This means that you should focus on the areas where you can make the most difference. Now more than ever it is important to use your time wisely, and if you are not going to be able to do things well, look at outsourcing it instead. This could make a big difference to your output. 

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to expanding your business after lockdown.

Brand Busting Online Tips

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You don’t just have to be good at creating your product or delivering your service when you’re in business for yourself. Half of the very real battle for many entrepreneurs is selling themselves and their offer and creating a presence online that is accessible and recognizable while also building brand awareness.

For many of us who already have an online active social presence, separating the personal and business can be problematic, so in this blog we take a look at how to make sure you build your brand online successfully.

Create a business persona

The types of posts you write and the pictures you put up do not need to be the types of posts you write to your friends and family, in fact they very much shouldn’t be. Instead you’re going to want to create an avatar for your business that is very separate. You may have the same face but the nature of your posts will be very different and entirely targeted to your audience. If it makes sense to you, create another public face of your company to help you better make that separation.

With this in mind, the first thing you’ll need to do is consider your target market. If you have put in some time conducting your market research you should already know which social media platforms your customers use and when they are most likely to be accessing them.

Be targeted

Although it might seem that you should be on all platforms at once it makes no sense in terms of your time or money to spend precious time creating posts that won’t speak directly to your customer.

So, if your customer is an avid Instagram user concentrate your efforts there and don’t spend nearly as much time on Facebook. The same for Twitter. If you’re targeting the professional market then something like LinkedIn is going to serve you better, as it has for Philip McTigue of NY.

When you’ve target your social media platforms, you need to start building a deliberate strategy. Don’t think random postings, even daily postings will not do the job, you’re talking about building a message, character and identity around your brand, not a series of posts that don’t appear to be linked.

Think very carefully about how you use images and steer clear of posting anything personal, stick with genuinely clever memes and GIFS that fit into your corporate online identity.

Setting up your profile isn’t hard but making it and keeping it relevant is, so make sure that you know what you’re doing before you start hitting the post keys. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you have your customer research in place that shows you who and where you should be concentrating your time and efforts.

Get your killer social media strategy up and running and you’ll soon be raising your brand awareness and hopefully generating traffic to your site. Start incorporating updates and responses into your everyday morning work routine and you’ll be on your way to social success in no time.