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MARKETING IDEAS and TOOLS
Marketing Mileage
Business Card Design Ideas
Brochure Design Ideas
Die Cut Business Cards
Scented Business Cards
Cheap Business Card Ideas
Unique Business Cards
Unique Brochure Ideas
Cheap Advertising Ideas
Business Card Layout
Promoting Home-Based Business
Competitive Advantage
Email Marketing Tips
Selling With Color
Promotional Magnets
Brochures and Marketing Mileage
Christmas Marketing
Creative Marketing

STARTUP IDEAS and STRATEGIES
Home-Based Startup Ideas
Business Idea Brainstorming
Virtual Assistant
Event Planner
Wedding Consultant
Telecommuting Strategies
Freelance Job Strategies

Marketing Magic:
10 Ways to Make Your Competition Disappear

What makes you so special?

That's what your customers want to know. And they want to know it before they even become your customers.

Consumers can't just be sold on what you're selling. They have to be sold on you.

Here are some strategies to help you differentiate yourself from your competition:

One way to differentiate your business is to do the same with your customers.

Treat them like the individuals that they are. Call them by name. Remember their preferences.

It's simple, free and effective. And many of your competitors aren't doing it.
Write handwritten notes to your customers thanking them for their business. Mail them in hand-addressed envelopes with a stamp, rather than metered mail.

Make a lasting impression with new customers, and give your other customers a reason to keep coming back.
Build a reputation as an expert in your area of business.

Give seminars or offer workshops. Write articles and make copies to include with your mailings. Give them to customers at your business.
Offer free delivery, or deliver for a nominal fee. For some customers, delivery is more than a convenience - it's almost a necessity.

For those with no spare time, or who are house-bound caring for relatives, for example, delivery service can be a lifesaver.
Be open for business when your competitors are closed. Even an extra thirty minutes at the end of the day can send new customers your way.
Customers are people - and people like to feel appreciated. A genuine "Thank you for your business" gives your customers just one more reason to return.
Lack of information can do more than frustrate a customer. It can send them to a competitor who has the answers. Answer their questions even before they ask.

Knowledgeable sales representatives, detailed information on your website, and product information sheets can be some of your most effective selling tools. In-store displays can also be used to answer questions.
Think in terms of value-added services. Offer on-site consultations or repair services.

Customize products with free monogramming or engraving, for example. Include a free greeting card with each purchase of a gift.
Your local market is looking for you on the web. Even a simple website can be an effective way to communicate with your customers.

Include detailed information about your products along with store hours and a Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ, section.

Offer your customers the option of shopping online. It's cost effective for you, and your customers can shop whenever they want.
Give your business its own personality, and market yourself accordingly. Brand yourself as the friendliest business in town.

Give your storefront a one-of-a-kind look. Make deliveries in a neon-painted vehicle.

Be different. Be noticed.

When you're unique, you have no competition.



MARKETING STRATEGIES
Differentiate Yourself
Information Marketing
Building Customer Loyalty
Getting Customer Feedback
Testimonials
How to Define a Niche
Discovering Niches
Finding New Customers
Indirect Benefits
The Consumer's Perspective
Promotional Marketing
Pricing Products and Services
Viral Marketing Magic
Marketing Mix
Website Niches
Cheap Advertising Strategies
Complementary Marketing

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