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Boost Your Business’ Profile With These Simple Steps

Boosting your business’ profile can seem like an overwhelming challenge when you’re just starting out. Even if it feels like you have found the perfect niche for yourself, you’re going to have to face a huge amount of competition. What’s more, with the rising cost of living, people are thinking a lot harder before they shell out their hard-earned cash. That means that bigger companies with a lot more resources (and indeed, maybe their own advertising team) are all looking for ways that they can muscle out the little guys.

So, you’re going to have to put your homework in to make sure that your company stands out. After all, you’ve got the skills, you’ve got the talent, and you’ve shown that you have the tenacity by launching your own business in the first place. So, let’s take a look at some simple boosting options.

Find Out What Your Target Audience Is Looking For

You need to identify exactly who your target audience is and what they are looking for if you’re trying to find your tribe. It’s not always as easy as it sounds, and it can often go against your assumptions. However, sometimes it can dictate the kind of platforms that you should be looking at and the kind of media that you should be using. For example, younger audiences are more likely to be on a wider range of social media platforms, but they may be on them for different lengths of time. And while people were told that you needed to produce audio content for podcasts a couple of years ago, research is now showing that people much prefer bite-sized video content. This may sound like bad news if you have hours of audio content ready to go, but you can convert audio to video quickly and easily.

SEO Is Your Friend

So, you probably have a pretty good idea of what SEO is and how it works. But there are still plenty of business owners who don’t really understand its full potential. There are also a lot of businesses that have a quite lazy understanding of how to use it. Years ago, there may have been some truth to the idea that you could simply load your content full of keywords and assume that people would be directed to your homepage. These days, Google is a lot more invested in the quality of the content than it is with articles that have simply been written to hit some kind of keyword quota.

Get Active On Social Media

Most businesses have a social media account, or rather several social media accounts. But they’re not doing anything for you if they’re just sitting there gathering dust until you remember to post a TGIF meme. Your social media has so much potential for boosting your profile. It can get your brand persona out there, showing people the personality and human face behind the business. It can showcase your expertise by firing out useful tips, especially if they are relevant to current challenges such as the rising cost of living. It’s also a direct line between you and your customers. Answering queries and engaging in conversation doesn’t just make the customer in question more likely to shop with you again. It will show everyone else out there that you care enough to take the time to talk to your followers. And don’t be afraid to share when things are difficult, it will make the moments of success all the more important for the people who have become invested in your business journey.

Look For Local Partnerships

There’s a lot to be said for a mutually beneficial business team-up. It would be great if you could do everything by yourself, but given how tough things are for everyone right now, it makes a lot of sense to think about what businesses in your area you could schedule a campaign or event with. Local businesses had a particularly tough time during the pandemic, and we saw that communities really rallied around them when they could. Now, with the cost of living so high, it’s important to remind the customers in your neighbourhood that you are still here. You could also think about what local charities you could work with that have causes that mean a lot to you. For example, everyone is thinking a lot harder about sustainability and having a positive impact on the environment. If you’ve been wondering how your business could be greener, why not look for local green initiatives? It’s also worth pointing out that this is an increasingly important issue for customers and clients too, so you could try and get them involved.