Though it may seem so at first, there really is no big secret to achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Whether those are personal resolutions or business ones, the main factor that affects your chances of success is how realistic they are. By knowing what’s possible (and what’s not), you can achieve all of your small business goals in 2017. Here are four New Year’s resolutions that we think any small business can, and should, achieve next year.
4. Focus on defined business growth
Growth is something that every single company should be focused on, but how well this is defined can make a big difference. Without specific milestones, growth can be a difficult thing to quantify, so for 2017 it’s a good idea to define your growth targets. This could be anything from launching X new products to hiring X extra staff members. It’s totally up to you, but by putting real targets in place, you’ll find that achieving real growth is easier than ever.
3. Explore new promotional channels
The business world has never been so rich with promotional possibilities. Whether that's creating a viral video or sponsoring a local sports team, 2017 has plenty to offer small businesses. If you’ve been using the same channels for a few years now, it may be time to focus on something new. This can be as simple as creating and maintaining a new Facebook or Twitter account, and it’s a measurable objective that’s achievable for any business too.
2. Have a little more fun with your company culture
If you’re looking to maximise your employee retention and attract the cream of the crop at the same time, you might want to start with your company culture. This doesn’t mean you have to entirely reinvent yourself, but you might consider some of these options:
- Holding regular team-building events
- Adding a break room with games (think Ping-Pong or pool)
- Providing free snacks and drinks
Naturally not all of these will fit every company, but do try to review your culture for 2017 and see what a difference it can make.
1. Keep in touch with all of your customers
While all of the above are great resolutions to ensure 2017 goes with a bang, there’s one thing that will help more than anything else: quality CRM. Customer Relationship Management is often overlooked, especially by small businesses, but it’s a fantastic way to boost retention – which some may say is more valuable than new customers. If you’re having issues with lapsing customers and poor retention, 2017 may be the year to review your CRM strategy – and the AutoVu platform is a great place to start.
Ready to really hit the ground running in 2017? With the AutoVu platform as part of your business, you can make it even easier. Explore the site today for more info, or just call our friendly team now on 0845 474 8824.
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