Big or small, businesses can experience disruption full throttle.
Sometimes disruption can put a company entirely out of business thanks to upstarts chomping away at your revenue. Other times, it is smart to evolve and diversify to ride the wave of disruption.
Whatever you do, it’s important to look ahead and adjust your small business strategy accordingly.
Keep in the mind the following tips to help you grow when faced with industry changing challenges.
- Expect change. All you can do is anticipate that change will come. Remember when local flower shops would bank? Now, the industry has moved online and little shops on the corner have nearly ceased to flourish. Your industry will change to, and so will your customers. It’s critical that you stay abreast of what’s ahead and what your customer want and need. Try to serve them now and figure out, with feedback, of course, how they consume your services and/or products. This invaluable information will inform you.
- Learn data analytics. Stay competitive by doing a deep dive into your customer’s data. This insight will tell you what you’re doing effectively and ineffectively. It also might help you to figure out what is ahead. The data will inform your decisions and help you save time and money.
- Use automation. Nowadays, there is so much software that automates simple tasks such as lead generation and email marketing that you can sit back and focus on other core areas of your business. Figure out the little ways you can save time, and money, through automation.
Follow the above mentioned tips and keep evolving. It’s the best thing you can do for your small business and bottom line.
Remember that they say….if you don’t innovate, you will fail.