After reading, What Small Business Owners Need to Grow their Business in Today’s World, Site Tech asked:
“Wow! Where to start. I actually have three segments of my business that all tie together in my grand plan of things. The problem is I don’t know exactly where to start. I have checked and rechecked and rechecked and everything and everyone (customers, friends, family, strangers and competitors) see that I have a very good competivive advantage. The problem is, how do I get the message out”
Here’s your answer . . .
First, define exactly who your potential customers are. Think about a real person that would be your ideal client. What do they read? What do they do online? Are there forums or online communities where they ask each other questions and share experiences?
For a lot of people LinkedIn is a great start. For you, I think there are several others that would be better. Online forums have been around for a long time. I’m sure there is one that is perfect for your prospective clients.
Pick only one community to start. Join the community. Answer questions. Ask questions. Get known in that community as someone others can trust. Make sure your profile has a link to your website. If you can include a signature with your post, include a tag line or slogan and a link to your website. People will start checking out your website and things about you AFTER they start trusting you in their community. Hope that helps.
SIDE NOTE: If you can’t find a community online for your prospective clients, then create one. Create one on Facebook or LinkedIn. That’s what the tools are for.
Next, start a blog. You’ll find more info about starting a business blog here, How to Blog Effectively for Your Business. One of the great things about a blog is that you can publish a post on your blog and automatically share your blog post on Facebook, LinkedIn and several other places.
One whole section of this website is devoted to blogging for business. In the next few days, I’ll be sharing more info about growing your business with your blog. So stay tuned.
Thanks again Site Tech for asking your question in the comments. Your questions and comments are one of the reasons blogs are powerful. They start conversations and help others learn more from each other. If you’ve thought about asking a question or commenting on this blog before, don’t be shy. Just do it. You’ll help others and yourself by sharing your thoughts.
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- What a Successful Blogger Looks Like: Interview with Stagetecture (writtenbysumer.com)
- 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Leverage LinkedIn’s New Features (mashable.com)