As we approach the end of the year, many businesses become busy with the Christmas period but are also content to slow down a bit and enjoy more time with family and friends.
While this is great, it shouldn’t be an excuse for not creating a plan to thrive and grow in the next year. There are some marvelous creative ways to increase your online presence and grow your market share beyond what you thought was possible. Let’s explore some of the best ideas together, shall we?
Here are some creative ways to take your business to the next level:
Give visitors a reason to sign up, use a modern chatbot, and spruce up your SEO
If you have a shop or a website for your business where you just have basic information, but nothing much going on there, a great thing to do in a new year is give it a revamp. You could add in certain aspects like pop-ups, which give exclusive discounts and get people to sign up for your newsletter. You could give it a more streamlined flow, and add things to the website like an instant chat messenger and a blog. Instant chat messenger will help customers contact you a lot quickly and be able to get answers to their queries in real time. A blog is a great way to increase traffic to your website. I’m talking about quality content that shows you know what’s going on in the industry, demonstrates your expertise, features products, and behind-the-scenes tidbits, and unveils the inner workings of your business operation. If you want to work with a gifted writer and you struggle to come up with ideas on what to write about, you can always outsource this work to someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and look at an SEO firm. This way, you can get top-quality content on your website and have to worry about it as they will write it, check it, make it SEO friendly, and then upload it to your website. the only thing you have to do is perform a few last checks and hit the “publish” button.
Get into the social media game for real
Embracing social media is another way to make your business stand out in the online world. If you have an online-only business then social media will be your best friend. Platforms like TikTok and Instagram, give you the chance to incorporate a shop into your social media platforms while being overall fantastic communication platforms. You can do paid ads which can show off your products and services to people and hopefully bring some new followers and customers. the best idea is to embrace a single platform first, master it, and then expand your operation to make your reach much wider. Some of the most prominent social media platforms you should consider for your business are Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, LinkedIn, X, and Snapchat. One thing that is going to be trending like crazy in the coming future is short-form social media videos. Right now you can use very simple tools like CapCut or Runway ML to edit your videos in seconds. You can also use a teleprompter to deliver your message to your followers. It’s so much easier than trying to speak to the camera perfectly if you have no experience. It’s important to focus on volume at first and see what resonates with your following. Perhaps you will end up using just two or three social media platforms because that’s where your audience is hanging out. But with all the filters, software, recording tools, and the quality of the camera embedded in your phone, there is simply no more excuse to avoid producing social media content. Especially since you have advanced scheduling tools that can help you fill up your social content calendar in a matter of minutes.
Here are some other trends in online business you can take advantage of:
- AI Chatbots
- Predictive analytics for precise targeting
- Voice search optimization
- Using distinctive sounds to be associated with your brand
- Individualized marketing experiences
- Personalized marketing
- Targeted marketing messages
- Social commerce integration
- In-feed shopping
- Video content dominance
- Mobile-first marketing
- Leveraging smart devices
- Authentic, humanized long-form content
- Google Analytics 4
- Social Listening
- Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)
- AI Influencers
- AI Dating Apps / Assistants
- AI Agents / AI Fleets / AI Swarms
- Preparing for a cookie-less future
- Gathering first-party data
- Push notifications / SMS marketing
- Email marketing segmentation
- Transparency, ethics and authenticity
- Using AI for creating marketing graphics
- LinkedIn as a sales and business development tool
- Gen Z becomes a major group with purchasing power
- Podcast advertising
- Sympaphonic ads
- Smart speaker marketing
- Creative Marketing
- Using storytelling
- Quizzes and polls
- Competitive analysis
- Social media as a search engine
- Automating PPC (programmatic marketing)
- Conversion rate optimization
- Machine consumers (AI that will make purchases on your behalf)
- Preparing for SGE (search generative experience)
There are so many things going on in the business world right now that it’s honestly difficult to keep track of all of them. Entrepreneurs have a soft spot for trying every new tactic and gimmick that comes along. Don’t let this be you. Pick a few ideas you want to experiment with and give yourself time to nail them before calling it a day. The landscape is shifting, but there are more opportunities than ever before if you know how to take advantage of them. Next up, you may want to explore a guide to the best business book publishers.
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