To keep customers, partners, and employees engaged, it’s essential to give your brand an occasional refresh. Here are a few strategic, yet simple tips to make sure you stay relevant.
1. Ask Questions.
To consistently deliver a product or service that people want, it’s important to get out and ask the right questions. Honest opinions from your customers and prospects will ensure that you stay on top of your game. With the ease of outlets such as social media and email marketing, conducting research can now be done quite easily.
2. Google Your Business & Your Competition Too.
Make it a point to consistently search for your company online, making sure that there is no inaccurate info out there. Also keep a watchful eye on what your competitors are doing and ask yourself, “How can I make my business stand out?” To stay truly current, you must be aware of trends and what those around you are doing.
3. Revamp Your Website & Other Branding.
Whether it’s your website, printed collateral, or marketing materials, creative and clean visual branding is something customers remember and is the easiest way for your business to stand out. It’s so important to keep the look and feel of your brand, especially your website, relevant and modern. Think of your website as one of the biggest extensions of your brand, a digital business card of sorts. A website that is highly engaging, user-friendly and visually appealing will leave a lasting impression.
4. Revisit Your Messaging.
You might have the best looking website or marketing collateral out there, but these elements are only as effective as the messaging. As your business grows and clientele expands, be mindful that your copy still resonates with your target audience and reflects your brand. Your brand voice is an extremely critical component of your business and has the power to convert prospects into customers, so be conscious that your communication is authentic and relatable.
5. Move Past the Bootstrapping Phase.
It’s understandable that many small business owners bootstrap (aka do it all themselves!) everything when starting out because it makes financial sense. A lot of money can be save by DIY-ing it, but as you grow, consider letting experts take over so that your business looks legitimate and professional. If it’s been years since you’ve refreshed your brand or marketing, it might be time to seek the help of an expert.