Two Methods To Guarantee Your Business Succeeds

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With all the buzzwords surrounding the retail environment these days, it’s important not to lose focus on the basic business rule of how is your business better or different? Such terms as augmented reality, Omni- Channel, brick and click, dynamic clustering and more…. all describe ways to run a business and can’t be ignored, but don’t put the horse before the cart, remember to constantly ask yourself how is my business better or different?

If I go back in time I can remember my marketing lecturer preaching that the golden rule to success in business is in identifying how your offer is better or different to your competitor? I think this question stands true today, and perhaps gets lost in today’s ever-changing retail environment.

Take the time to truly step back and forget about Omni-Channel, social commerce and yes even webrooming, webrooming by the way is described as the practice of looking online before buying products in a brick and mortar store (who knew). Ask yourself how is your business better or different, this will force you to look at your business thru your customer’s eyes, why do they or don’t they shop or use your service. What can you change to improve your offering compared to your competitors?

Let’s look at being Different:

Excluding fundamentals (everyday standards consumers expect) things like customer service, car parking, a business website etc, how is your business different?  The fundamentals as mentioned above should not be seen as being different even if your competitors are not doing them as it will be easy for them to step into this space should they decide to. To truly distinguish your offering you should look to offer something different or something that is difficult for your competitor to copy or compete on.

Take the example of Uber, Uber expertly highlights everything that is wrong about taking a traditional taxi and shows how its service is different. The copy taken from the Uber homepage, excellently conveys the simplicity and ease that lies at the heart of what makes it such a different service:

  • One tap and a car comes directly to you.
  • Your driver knows exactly where to go.
  • Payment is completely cashless.

Everything about this directly contrasts the typical experience of getting a traditional taxi, no phone calls to disinterested dispatchers, no painful discussions trying to explain to a stressed-out cabbie about where you need to go, and no scrabbling for change or worrying you’ve got enough money in your wallet. Just a fast, efficient way to get where you’re going.

Now ask yourself am I different than my competitors? If you can truly answer yes you can now extend your business offering with all the buzzword options available to you, even webrooming! If you struggled to see how you are different or maybe your business just can’t be different it’s ok you just need to look for ways to be better.

Let’s look at being better:

If it’s difficult for your type of business to distinguish yourself by being different, look for ways to be better. Again, fundamentals such as customer service, having a website or car parking available are not strong enough features to be considered being better as they are easily copied.

Take the example of Apple and the IPhone. In today’s crowded consumer phone market, it’s hard to imagine a more iconic product than the Apple iPhone. It’s also difficult to think of a phone with as much competition as the IPhone, so what sets the iPhone apart from the hundreds of competing phones on the market? Apple knows how crowded and competitive the smart device market is, so rather than focus on a specific feature – virtually none of which are unique to the iPhone, Apple instead chooses to focus on the experience and the genuinely unique features only available on the IPhone. As soon as the competition copies the IPhone, Apple will update the next model with new or unique features or experiences to stay ahead of the competition.

So, to sum up, never lose sight of what is unique about you’re offering, the further you can distance yourself from your competition the harder it will be for them to compete against you. Also, a superior offering with a point of difference has more value to the consumer and will be more appealing to your target market.  You just need to look around your industry and you will see countless example of business that fully understand and embrace the concept of being better or different, more often than not these are the successful ones.

 Thanks for reading

Leigh.

What Are Long Tail Keywords?

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What are longtail keywords and how can they improve my website?

Having a website is just the first step to better online exposure for your business. If you want to run a successful website, you also need to take care of Search Engine Optimization – SEO. Keywords used in your web content are one of the most important elements in this process. In the recent period, more and more SEO experts are focusing on long tail keywords and it seems that there is more than one good reason for that.

In case you didn’t know, longtail keywords are an extension of basic, generic, and popular keywords or keyword phrases. So, generally speaking, they include different combinations and permutations of keywords and other popular phrases. What makes these keywords unique is the fact that they are completely irrelevant when they are used individually. However, when they are used together in a specific order, they can help you get more traffic to your website.

Keywords can be separated into two main categories – short keywords and longtail keywords. This classification was first used by Chris Anderson, a popular SEO expert. In order to understand longtail keywords in a better way, we will use an example. For instance, a short keyword is “real estate” while a longtail keyword is “Melbourne Victoria Real Estate”. The example is clear – the phrase real estate is extremely competitive and you can find it on thousands of websites. So, trying to make progress by relying on this keyword will be difficult especially if your website is new. However, Melbourne Victoria Real Estate is a longtail keyword that guarantees less competition. This is a more specific phrase which is used less frequently. However, this is also a phrase that will get you more relevant searches. In other words, you can expect quality traffic and visitors that are truly interested in your offer.

Now let’s highlight the most important reasons why would someone use longtail keywords on their website. To start with, you have significantly less competition when using longtail keywords. This gives you more chances to reach the first page at search engine results. If you want to achieve this goal fast you will need to use longtail keywords more frequently. Be careful, though, because using longtail keywords too much can lead to penalties from popular search engines. It is recommended to keep the longtail keyword density lower than 2% per page.

Another way in which longtail keywords can help you improve your website is that they act as lead generators. Namely, a very high number of the visitors that are coming to your website thanks to these keywords will become buyers.

Before you start using these longtail keywords, you should know that the research requires a lot of time. The good news is that there are many SEO research tools that can speed up this process ,start with the Google keyword planner and take it from there.

 

Thanks for reading,

Leigh

 

 

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