However you feel about online reviews, they’re an unavoidable part of running a business today. Over 90% of online shoppers check reviews before purchasing, which means it’s vital to provide prospective customers with this opportunity to check your reputation.
Precious little can be worse than launching your online store with what you thought was the perfect product, try and market it the best you can, but then no one buys it. Making it this far in the e-commerce business is something to be proud of.
So don't get too disappointed, the fact that you are here looking for solutions to fix your problem is commendable. The Huffington Post reported that 90% of all online startup businesses fail in the first four months. Once you notice your products not selling in the first week or two make sure to do something about it.
Do not wait for several months stuck in limbo, hoping things will change. You need to be proactive and make the necessary changes to your operation, or it will be too late to remedy the situation.
One common problem for many blogs and websites is that they're getting plenty of traffic - but not enough of it is converting to sales. If that's something you're struggling with - you're not alone.
Believe me - I've been there too. When I first started my website, I'd had a bit of early success getting some good traffic - but hardly any of it was actually opting-in to my list or making a direct purchase. I knew there must have been a way to get more of my traffic volume to convert - so I learnt more about how my website design was really working for or against me. After a lot of trial-and-error, I soon started seeing positive changes from my actions.
In this article, I'm going to show you what I did. Hopefully, these 12 design tweaks could be enough to start turning your blog into a money-making machine.
It’s odd to think that in a world of email, instant messaging and LinkedIn, traditional networking events are still regarded as a vital tactic for business growth.
If you’re yet to attend a networking event because you have fears it might result in a wasted day, I’m afraid you’re missing out.
Chances are, there are some fabulous networking events right on your doorstep, just waiting for your attendance, and while you’re certainly not alone in being wary of them, I’d like to take this opportunity to debunk some common myths.
If you’re a business owner looking to get some exposure, a trade show can really help you stand out. Not only will you raise awareness of your brand, you will also be able to meet potential clients and investors. The main challenge you are likely to face at a trade show is competition from other businesses that are also looking to get noticed, so here are five trade show tips that will be sure to make your business stand out among the rest:
Reviews and testimonials are valuable and crucial to the success of any small business.
Each review acts as a word of mouth referral about your business, and potential customers will actively seek out reviews from previous customers to ensure that they’ll be getting a good product/service.
Did you know that simply having readily available reviews from past customers can build a potential customer’s trust and lead to increased sales?
The key thing to remember is that your reviews should be everywhere, and there’s no limit to how and where you can use customer reviews to market your business.
Try these top tips to make the most of your small business reviews:
How do you decide to spend your marketing budget? Are you sure you’re investing in the right areas?
Yes, you need online presence and printed marketing. But are you missing out on one of the most beneficial tools every business should invest in?
I call this an investment, not an expense. That’s the power of company signage. Here’s why.
Do you have an amazing product/service? Do you want to generate more sales, draw in new customers and encourage past customers to return?
Of course you do! That’s why you need a solid marketing plan!
Marketing plans don’t have to be long, time-consuming or difficult to produce. They should be simple and effective. You can even find free tools online to help create your small business marketing plan.
Whilst building your plan, remember these simple marketing tips to help give your small business a boost this year and get you moving in the right direction.
Does your brand need a new lease of life?
Look at some of the big household names; Netflix, Starbucks, Google, Domino’s and Apple as just a few prime examples.
At some point in time all of these brands went through a refresh and a logo overhaul that updated their branding, keeping it current. Just remember that changes to branding don’t need to be drastic. Something simple can make all the difference, whilst retaining your identity.
I know what you’re thinking, “Not another New Year resolutions post!” You’re right, they’re everywhere at the moment. We’re three weeks into 2018 and we’re being hit left, right and centre with New Year resolution suggestions for our personal life, work life, family life etc. It’s a little overwhelming.
The thing is - these articles all have a point. The New Year is the perfect time to reassess your business goals and strategies, to reflect on what you learned over the previous year and to implement new ideas that can take your business forward.