Published By Janet Gershen-Siegel at March 29th, 2019
Our researchers at Credit Suite found these ten business tips for you. Be fierce and score in business with the best tips around the web. You can use them today and see fast results. Get into the best business location and more.
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Our first tip is all about creating a great first mobile app. Career Foundry says users should come first when considering such things.
And we could not agree more. We were especially happy with tip #8, which deals with an all too common frustration – not giving users enough space to click. Which leads, inevitably, to them clicking the wrong thing.
Hear that, Samsung? We really don’t want to add numbers to letters the vast, vast majority of the time. Chances are extremely good that we mean to hit U when we hit 7. Or we hit 2 when we mean W. Of course, sometimes we mean the numeral. But usually, when it starts with a letter, it tends to be something wholly comprised of letters.
And don’t get us started on how arthritic fingers can sometimes click wrong. This is because arthritic fingers tend to be curved if not downright bent.
Not that we would know such things from personal experience….
The next tip is about optimizing your sales landing pages for the most conversions. Sleek Note says there are ways to embed triggers even into simple product pages.
This made us think about perhaps our all-time favorite online retailer – Amazon. So check out what they do to optimize their pages.
Have you ever seen ratings next to Amazon products? Of course you have. And what about more than one view of a product? Or what about a flash sale, or a notification that a product is running out of stock?
All of these strategies are a part of the article. And here’s another one Amazon does – the ‘look inside’ feature, although that one mainly seems to exist for books. By the way, did you know you have to select allowing ‘look inside’ if you are uploading a published book to Amazon?
Unless a book was giving away some sort of amazing secret, why would you ever think to say no?
Our following tip concerns fixing marketing automation errors. Copy Blogger says there are a lot of ways for marketing automation to get creepy, or sound stale. Neither of those are a good way to present your company to your customers and prospects.
So do some soul-searching on your emails and your sales funnel. Get those ideas in front of people outside the team, for a fresher perspective. And for gosh sakes, check at least every year to make sure everything is up to date!
For our next tip, we looked at how PPC agencies can find prospects. Word Stream says there are a number of things you can do. And a lot of them, we feel, are kickin’ it old school.
Take these two – to ask for referrals and to try cold outreach. Of course these are great ideas, although they may, at times, be time-consuming.
But these are tried and true methods. The type of company may have changed, but the best ways to find prospects more or less haven’t. Other great ideas included spending on ads and attending sending direct mail.
It may be 2019, but the incredible feature of these methods is, a time-traveling entrepreneur from 1919 could understand everything being suggested.
Heck, they’ve probably done them all.
Thanks for the great ideas, Gramps.
This tip is so cool, and it works! Under 30 CEO says there are a few simple – and inexpensive (key!) ways to emulate what the biggest companies do.
The tip we liked the most was all about committing to operating responsibly. That is, why not make sure everyone recycles? Give employees the opportunity to work from home. Or, at the very least, encourage carpooling. It’s also kind of good for our collective future, you know.
After all, the best business location just might be at home.
We also loved one great idea about company culture. Celebrate it! Make your company culture open and obvious so anyone who tries for a job with you knows what they are getting themselves into. If the people all around you are living your values, then guess what? Your company really will have a culture to be proud of. And you will attract future employees who want in on the action.
Grab this tip while it’s hot!
You can get into the best business location with these fantastic ideas from Entrepreneur.
So the first thing we always hear is, all you should be caring about it location, location, location. But this article breaks it down a lot better. And one of your first considerations (assuming you need to have a brick and mortar locale rather than purely online) should be – where are my customers?
And we feel that makes an enormous amount of sense. Furthermore, the idea is to consider just how close you really need to be to where your customers are.
Of course every single person reading this post (er, hi there) has some sorts of merchants they use, and probably regularly. We tend to be creatures of habit, after all. So consider what you want to be close to you. Thought of that list? Got it? Good!
We bet it included the following: grocery store, gas station, and medical facility. And all of these are for rather obvious reasons. But what happens when you get used to going somewhere, but they move?
Your intrepid blog writer confronted this precise issue recently. When the dentist moved to the other side of the city, the trip tripled in time (no lie). Now keep in mind the use of public transportation. But that can be useful, particularly if you need to have dental surgery.
But then that took a back seat to just how long it took to get there. A ten minute long appointment took close to three hours and ten minutes. So that was far from acceptable.
So a switch was made – to a place within walking distance, even in terrible weather. The three hour round trip turned into about ten minutes.
Best business location indeed.
Check out this tip, all about retaining customers. Succeed as Your Own Boss says there are some great strategies you can implement to retain customers. After all, you have already proven your value proposition to them. Hence it tends to be a lot less expensive to keep customers instead of seeking out newer ones.
We especially loved two separate tips. One was to be proactive. And the other one was to address customer complaints. We think these two are related – and vital.
Consider what happens if your shipment is late, and you’re out of stock of your widgets. This frustrates customers. So how about finding another supplier, or at least an alternative? Not only does this address the customers’ concerns, it also has the potential of proactively fixing the problem if it arises again. Pretty slick for just one idea.
We also loved this one. And we are reminded of going on vacation and a hotel being sold out. Do you know what often happens in such cases? In a lot of small towns, where the hotels are not parts of chains, the manager will often call his or her competitor down the street. They want you to have a place to sleep for the night.
And this also creates an amazing impression in the customer’s mind, that you would forego a sale, to your biggest rival. Just to give them stellar service. And the next time, your competitor will do the same for you.
It’s not your imagination: this tip can help your sales force cut down if not eliminate their prospects’ cognitive biases. Sales Hacker says people tend to not like change. And we have observed that as well. Seriously, have you ever tried changing your hairstyle? Or have you ever moved?
Even if the older versions were not so great, people have a tendency to see them in almost a nostalgic haze. Why? Because – say it with us, folks – they don’t want to change.
To combat this issue, one brilliant idea is to simply get acquainted. When prospects know your sales team for something other than actual sales, trust is built. What a concept – actually listening to your prospects, rather than just pushing for the sale.
Try it some time.
Our second to last tip can give you a new perspective on every day planning essentials. The SBA says there are three areas where any business owner should be planning, every day.
We especially liked the second idea, which is to plan for what’s next. This goes along with our tip #4 in particular, the concept of being proactive. So consider your milestones, and what is on the horizon. Get those plans in writing, and revisit them. Work on them regularly, and reassess. A lot.
Planning doesn’t have to be rigid. In fact, good planning can make yours an even more flexible organization.
We saved the best for last. For our favorite remarkable tip, we focused on seven terrific productivity tips for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs’ Organization says there are some great things we can all do to prime the productivity pump.
A few of these tips take place AFK. That is, away from the keyboard. One great tip is to take long walks. Weather permitting, we love this idea! And another idea is to set the tone for the day with what you do with your first hour awake. Hint: exercising or meditating are two really great ideas. And arguing or eating junk food are not such great ideas.
So maybe skip that pre- or post-yoga doughnut.
One of our favorite tips was to use two or three displays. Of course, that can make it tougher to follow another idea – to declutter your work space. But if you can do it, why not keep your spreadsheets, say, on one monitor and your email on another? Apparently, this makes it easier to multitask.
And our really ultimate favorite tip was one we really hope everyone does. And that is, to unplug before bed.
What should you do instead of checking your phone? Try meditating or reading. Listen to some soothing music you like. Or maybe spend a little time with your loved ones. Now there’s an awesome idea, eh?
So which one of our brilliant business tips was your favorite? And which one will you be implementing now?