4 Unique Ideas for Marketing a Small Business

    No matter how big an industry is, there are always some small business owners who are making huge amount of revenue in spite of the larger competition facing them. This category of small business owners know something others do not know:

    ‘Small is beautiful to consumers’

    If you are reading this article, then you are likely a business owner or you plan to venture out on your own as soon as you can; and most importantly, you plan to handle your business marketing by yourself.

    In a bid to walk in the steps of an already successful business enterprise, many small business owners tend to brand their businesses to appear to be what they are not. This is a huge mistake and is one of the core reasons many small businesses fail at first.

    Your byline as a small business owner should always be speed, specialization and service; and they shouldn’t just be byline; they should be your true values.

    There are some key distinguishing qualities of your business that will help you market your business appropriately:

    1. Flexible Method of Working in Small Businesses

    In marketing a small business, you should emphasize the fact that you can develop a tailor-made product or provide a customized service for your clients.

    This is because giant enterprises provide services for a larger client base and usually do not have the ability to provide this kind of value. Thus, you should be looking for clients that desire this quality and provide them. Then, ask for referrals.

    2. Speed of Responding to Emergency Needs in Small Business

    Secondly, to market your small business effectively, you should let your prospects know that you can change your program to suit their business needs.

    Obviously, since the entire process of producing a product or offering a service does not necessary need to pass through a line of experts, you can immediately respond to the emergency needs of your clients.

    In addition, if you possess a special skill or knowledge that separates you from the crowd, mention it whenever you are marketing your business.

    3. Deep Knowledge of Client’s Business Needs

    While a giant enterprise will develop a generic product for every client; you, being a small business owner, can check out the company’s newsletters, websites and previous products to determine what is best for them.

    This is a huge advantage on your part. Letting your prospects know this truth gives you a higher chance of getting the job. Since you do not have throbbing business schedule, you can take your time to develop the best offering, tailor-made to fully satisfy the business needs of your clients.

    4. Focus on Exceptional Service

    As a final tip, always remember that the lifeline of a small business is – exceptional service.

    You may not be able to spend a lot of money, but you can afford to treat your clients with utmost respect and courtesy. As a rule of the thumb, always ensure you write emails professionally. It makes good business sense to write using a business email template, possibly some of the emails you received in the past and were impressed.

    In conclusion, bear in mind that a small business does not necessarily need to compete with the larger enterprises. What you should do is, focus on your strengths, and market them.

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    4. 5 Internet Business Tips: How to Plan Your Internet Marketing Process
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    Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun
    Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun
    Dr. Ayoade Oyedotun is the co-founder of Afrimash - An Online Shopping Site for Agricultural Items. His daily work encompasses customer service, sales and marketing, human capital management, and business operations management. He is passionate about working smarter using the Internet technology.

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    1. You hit a lot of great points in this article. I think the main thing is your flexibility in supporting you small business to succeed.

      • Thank you Stella.

        You are right. Small businesses have to be very flexible, and they need to constantly emphasize this capacity in their messages to potential clients. A small business cannot be advertised with the message used by a large business. So, small business owners should focus on their own strengths.

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