Here are five short-term goals with longstanding benefits that any business can put in place today.
Listen to your customers
Thanks to online tools and social media, listening to your customers has never been easier. It’s what you do with their feedback that counts. Surveys, focus groups, social media, online contact forms and in-store customer service can all help identify what your business is doing right and – more importantly – what it’s doing wrong. Establish some of these listening tools today.
Open an online store
According to a report by eMarketer, Australia’s total online sales are expected to reach over $32 billion in 2017. That’s a huge market your business could be tapping into. An online store isn’t for every business, but if your competitors are online and it’s becoming industry standard, it’s time to make the move from bricks to clicks. An e-commerce platform can help with this growth to online channels, including an online store or a cloud-based point of sale.
Focus on a marketing activity
Whether it’s search engine optimisation, social media, face-to-face networking, blogging or email marketing, focus on one channel and aim to build it up. The plethora of channels can be overwhelming, but it’s important to bite the bullet and just execute.
As Agassi says, all that matters is what is happening now. “Find your purpose so you can engage with today, not worry about what yesterday was and not solve for tomorrow’s worries either. They all work together.” Concentrating your efforts on one aspect of marketing today allows the opportunity for growth in other ways further down the track.
Learn more about your competition
Understanding your competition is vital if your plan is for your business to provide a better service or product. Shop in their business, analyse their pricing and pitch, look at their websites and check any public information or media on them. At the very least, it should provide a benchmark for your business.
Cherish your employees
Employees are the cornerstones of a business, so it’s crucial to keep them engaged. Higher productivity, lower staff turnover and improved efficiency are just some of the business benefits that come from satisfied employees.
Empowering staff by giving them increased autonomy and responsibility helps them to feel part of the bigger business journey. Establish an employee recognition program to help them feel appreciated by recognising their achievements; it doesn’t need to have a big budget to be effective.
If communication has slipped, try tools such as Spark and Microsoft Yammer. These internal social networks encourage a more supportive employee community, through online chatting, shared documents and expertise, and smarter collaboration. Finally, don’t forget to emphasise work-life balance and lead by example. Employees are generally happier when they’re not working 60-hour weeks!