Are you ready to grow your online business? It is a huge success to even get a small-scale business up and running. But no entrepreneur should be happy to settle with their business merely ticking over.
Growth is the driving engine of business and will allow you to generate more profit from your work.
Whether you are a tiny startup only employing yourself, or an industry-leading enterprise with dozens of employees, the potential for online growth is massive right now. Your strategic vision will allow you to build on your business strengths and expand.
One of the most important things to do to grow your business to a global level is to plan an expansion strategy that takes you abroad. You need it to be a part of your end game for it to be successful and expanding your business abroad means that you have a lot of considerations to make.
Not only do you have to think about your current employees and new ones, you have to consider things like human resources and rights, payroll issues and more. You need to think about whether cloud services could help you to balance a home office and a global one.
If that’s the case for you then you are ready to consider going global. These are factors that require you to analyze everything from top to bottom – and these reasons, too. Here are some of the reasons you should take your business global.
5 Ways To Go Global
- Go into your market before the competition does. You know your business but does everyone else? If you can find a market abroad for what you do then you have to get in there first – and early. Look at global businesses like Uber so that you can model your business the right way. Your competition may overthrow you at home if they can get their market out there before you go.
- Use the help of the experts. You need to make sure that you have support for this global expansion because going it alone may not be the best idea. It could make so much sense to tap into the product and the market abroad to do some research before you get there. You need to tap into the knowledge of your existing market and this can help you to see if there are any gaps in your own knowledge of the market. Once you know those gaps you can plug them and make things easier.
- Take advantage of all the programs out there. There are so many opportunities for small businesses out there that you have to tap into those in the market where you are looking to go. Planning a strategy for expansion is going to potentially help you to secure investment funding.
- Expand what your products look like. When you solve problems for your customers in a new place, it can mean diversifying. When you diversify your products you are offering to suit the audience, you are going to be more successful overall.
- You’ll improve the global economy. You want to do all that you can to increase what you offer abroad. An increase in trades and investments in an international market can improve the overall economic outlook in a big way.
Going global changes the way your business runs and how successful your business is overall. Taking the time to look at the possibilities will make a difference to the way in which your business looks in time, too.
Grow Your Online Business
All business expansions should be well-planned and thought through to maximize the possibility of success. Here are 10 ways you can begin to expand your online business.Growth is the driving engine of business and will allow you to generate more profit from your work. #onlinebusiness Click To Tweet
Expand Your Target Audience
To have established your business foothold you will have to secure customers. Whether you are selling products or services, this will have likely been due to concentrated marketing campaigns.
One of the simplest ways to expand is to try and reach a larger customer base. Think about who you have previously targeted in marketing campaigns and whether you can expand your target audience.
You can build your client list by offering your skills or products to more people. For example, you may sell garden furniture and your primary target is homeowners in your local area.
However, have you considered approaching businesses?
Businesses like restaurants and hotels might wish to update their outdoor seating and you could offer bulk deals. Think creatively about your product or service.
Who might need it that you have never thought of before? Try to reach them through marketing that is specific to their needs.One of the simplest ways to expand is to try and reach a larger customer base. #onlinebusiness Click To Tweet
Expand Your Range of Products or Services
If you have built up a good customer base who trusts you then you can offer them more opportunities to purchase.
Try to think about the needs of the specific audience demographic you are currently reaching. What other products or services might that same customer base be interested in?
Are there any accessories you could offer?
For instance, if you provide web design to companies, you could also offer graphic design to your clients to provide a consistent look to their brand.
Don’t be afraid to ask customers what products they might be interested in as well.
Expand Customer Spend Per Visit
If you already offer a good range of products and services then try to utilize this catalog strategically. Look at customer data and analyze any trends or patterns that you may see emerging.
If your customers are purchasing the same product over and over again, you could offer a subscription service to ensure that you retain the repeat custom long into the future.
Another pattern to look for is items or services that are commonly purchased together. This tactic will help you grow your online business more quickly.
Try to offer bundle discounts that will attract other customers to buy multiple items every time they visit.
If an item is commonly left in a basket but the order is not completed, look to see if competitors are offering the same product. They may offer it at a lower price and then you can try to entice customers to complete the purchase.
For example, I offer social media services but have expanded my offering to help businesses with Google My Business as an add-on service.Another pattern to look for is items or services that are commonly purchased together. #onlinebusiness Click To Tweet
Retain Your Customer Base
Customer retention is about building a relationship with your clients. The easiest way to ensure repeat custom is by offering high-quality products or services and an excellent customer service standard.
Try to utilize your client lists by creating newsletters or mailouts where you can update them on new product ranges or offers coming up in the future. Rewarding loyalty is also a clever strategy.
You can offer points that can build up and be exchanged for discounts or rewards. Furthermore, you can try to exponentially grow your customer list by offering a discount to them when they refer a friend who purchases from your website.
Make sure you only offer discounts that still leave you with profit, use a percentage calculator to work this out.The easiest way to ensure repeat custom is by offering high-quality products or services and an excellent customer service standard. #InspireToThrive Click To Tweet
Expand Your Global Reach to Grow Your Online Business
Logistics is a primary concern in ensuring a good customer experience. If a product is damaged or delayed in reaching your client then they may be less likely to buy from you in the future.
Try to find a logistics partner who can match the service you expect and deliver products safely in a timely fashion. If you partner with a company that can deliver to lots of countries begin researching how you can expand the number of territories you serve.
This can be difficult as there may be increased paperwork shipping over borders but the rewards can be lucrative as you are immediately opening yourself up to a whole new market.
Be careful not to expand into too many territories at once. This can leave you overstretched and under-resourced as you try to grow your online business.
Look For Partnerships
Not every business in your industry will be a direct competitor, some may offer complementary services or products. Partnerships allow you to harness the goodwill and customer loyalty built up by another business in a reciprocal relationship.
You can often find this used with a good effect within the real estate industry. Real estate agents work with mortgage companies and home inspectors. They can easily refer to one another to clients and go back and forth.
Formalizing a partnership with an organization allows you to promote each other to your customers and increase the potential views on your website.
Improve Your Website to Grow Your Online Business
The design and layout of your e-commerce website will have a huge impact on your bottom line and ability to grow your online business.
If customers find it difficult to complete a purchase or to find products then they are likely to look elsewhere for what they need.
Try to ask friends and loyal customers for feedback on how to improve your website and listen to their advice. It is often hard for you to notice the difficulties that a customer might experience as you are so familiar with the layout. Websites also follow trends.
Try to keep your website up to date so it doesn’t look old or tired on modern devices. Your website should be updated every 2-3 years at a minimum!
Brand Expansion for Your Online Business
If you have a lot of ambition and intend to maximize your online business as fully as you can, you should consider the value of your brand. Using brand loyalty rather than product reliability, you can begin to use the same brand to market to different industries.
A brilliant example of how to do this can be found in the story of Richard Branson’s Virgin Mr. Branson opened a small record shop in 1972 but has successfully expanded into numerous territories.
Virgin is a globally recognized brand with a large media division, a variety of travel franchises, and even its commercial space program.Using brand loyalty rather than product reliability, you can begin to use the same brand to market to different industries. #branding Click To Tweet
Keep Ahead of Competition
Keeping your finger on the pulse of technology will mean you do not get left behind by more tech-savvy competitors.
Bear in mind that often customers are looking for convenience, ease of use, and good quality products. Anything to save them time is key!
Try to look at what your competitors are doing and don’t let them drastically outpace you on digital development.
A Cautious Combination to Grow Your Online Business
Finally, remember expansion is a tricky business. If you try all these things at once your brand might become unfocused and it will be hard to execute them well.
Carefully combine one or two methods of expansion and try them out together. If you are confident then you can begin to increase the rate you are expanding.
But remember the road to success is seldom smooth. So, expect a few dead ends and bumps along the road on the way. By picking the best suppliers you can avoid some of the bumps along the way too.
Businesses learn through trial and error. So, as long as you take the learning forward you will always be gaining invaluable skills. These will allow you to expand the business even more in the future.
How are you planning to grow your online business today? I’d love to more in the comments below.
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I’m currently considering a partnership and expanded service offering. So, I’m glad to see they made the list! Good advice as always Lisa.
Hi Elijah, that’s great to hear and I can’t wait to hear which ones you will be expanding upon. Thanks for coming by and sharing that. Have a wonderful day Elijah.
Expansion is genuinely a long term, patient strategy for growth. So happy you mentioned that point because many try to expand too quickly, fail and flop for a while. Take your time. Keep your foot on the pedal but patiently and mindfully.
Hi Ryan, yes, I’ve seen that so much over the years with clients.Those who tried to expand quickly had to close down new locations or close up all together. Not a good thing. Thanks for coming by Ryan and have a fantastic day.
I found partnerships as the most effective way to increase my reach, this year.
What was your favorite one, Lisa?
Hi Erik, I would say partnerships as well and adding more products and services to my business have helped. I like to be able to pivot quickly with different products and services as things change so fast today. Thanks for coming by Erik and have a great new week!
Every New Year should bring us new spirit and level of confidence to take us to the next level. And, that never comes sitting idle or doing the regular things. Should adopt to NEW strategies to see drastic change or growth in business too. Hope, I’m right, Lisa?
Hi Sathish, you are correct! We have to continually grow to move ahead and sometimes that even includes taking a risk. No risk, no gain! Sort of like, no pain, no gain in exercise terms 🙂 Thanks for coming by on this one and make it a great day!
Hey Lisa mam ,
Excellent post with effective ways to grow the online business. Glad to say that you have provided rapid-fire techniques to boost an online business. You have used good points here and elaborated them very well that are truly providing a clear-cut understanding. I completely agree with your each & every listed tips. yes expanding the target audience reach, expanding the range of services or products, retain the customer base, expanding the global reach and looking for partnerships are really good tips and undoubtedly works well. It is really essential for any business to focus & improves website performance. Keep ahead of competition is really a good idea and smarter tip. Adopting and implementing your tips will be a great helping hand and undoubtedly helps people to boost their online business so that they could get astonishing outcome.
After going through this complete guide i really gain ideas and learned about various ways to grow an online business. I am sure that this post is definitely going to help lots of people & readers. Keep sharing more similar post.
Hi Aadarsh, Thank you for your comment. I like the term rapid-fire techniques 🙂 Looking for partnerships is really key today as no one person or business can do it all on their own. I hope you have a nice weekend.