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10 years into running Altrincham HQ I’ve worked with a lot of businesses, learnt a lot of lessons and grown as an individual

The great thing about working with thousands of individuals each year is I get to see the successes and struggles of both B2C and B2B

From the outside B2B is often seen as B2C’s less interesting cousin – but there are so many great B2B businesses thriving that B2C could learn from

And whilst there are many support groups out there “helping” the high street, why not take lessons from someone actually running a business rather than on a salary

Here are 4 Business Lessons B2C Businesses Can Learn From B2B

1. Take Location Out Of The Equation
I know you spent months thinking of the right location for your shop, restaurant or bar – but I want you to ignore that

A Great location makes businesses complacent

You only have to look at the huge amount of businesses that have failed in prime locations with thousands of people passing them each day to realise that location isn’t everything

B2B businesses are often home based, office based in the edge of town, on 2nd floor locations away from eye level and have no signage to direct people into their business. They’ve taken location out of the equation in terms of awareness and therefore they never ever get complacent about the power of networking and marketing to grow their business

Ask yourself if we were in the worst location in the world how would we get people to hear about us?

2. If You Don’t Market You Die
Now I’m not saying all B2B businesses realise “If You Don’t Market You Die” – but the majority do

Someone in B2B rarely sets up in business and says “I’ll see how word of mouth goes for 6 months” in the same way B2C businesses think word of mouth is this magic bullet

They jump on LinkedIn and let their thousands of contacts know they’re open for business

They network at least once a week until everyone in the area knows their name

They go knocking on doors and introduce themselves

There’s a market or die mentality to a lot of B2B businesses

They realise word of mouth comes after marketing, not before

Ask yourself have you done enough marketing in the past month?

3. Networking Matters
Your network is your networth

And by networking I don’t mean knocking on next door for a moan about how quiet it is today or how the local council are messing up the town with parking problems. I mean proactively networking to get your business name known in the local community

I’m always impressed when I see a bar owner or a high street business come to a networking meeting to meet other local businesses, but the biggest mistake high street businesses make with networking is they turn up just once and expect the 50 businesses attending to buy from them within the week

With networking it’s about turning up time and time and time again

With networking it’s about supporting other businesses attending

With networking it’s about relationships not hard sales

4. A Strong Personal Brand Helps
Gary Vaynerchuk recently posted on LinkedIn

“Let’s not get confused by semantics – “personal brand” is just another word for your reputation. And your reputation in perpetuity is the foundation of your career.”

Companies have a reputation

And individuals have a reputation

So many B2C businesses are focused on showing off their products that they forget to put a human face to the business

The next generation are starting to understand the important of a personal brand / reputation as companies like mine are speaking to thousands of people

You and your staff are your greatest asset – never forget that!!!

NEED HELP WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA?
Chat to us about Social Media Marketing for YOUR organisation , so we can better understand YOU and what will grow your organisation

We can only find out what is unique to your business by chatting with you

Look at our Social Media Training and Social Media Management services

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Please call Alex on 07806774279 or email alex@altrinchamhq.co.uk

 

 

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