Robert Parisi

Merchant Services Senior Vice President

Staying Ahead of the Competition

Operating a successful business means staying one step ahead of the competition. Your product needs to be better, your offerings more compelling, and your customer service friendlier – there’s really nothing you can afford to not be the best at. It’s an extraordinarily competitive market out there and only those at the top of their game are thriving.

Thanks to technology and the internet, consumers have information readily available to them. This means two things – they can easily compare your product to your competition’s product and their tastes and desires are more complex and sophisticated. You need to be able to meet their growing demands and you need to be able to do so better than the competition.

In order to stay ahead of the competition you can use the same technology your consumers are using to evaluate your competition. Find out what they are doing and how you can do it better. Another way to stay at the top is to anticipate the needs of your consumers. Try to figure out what the next big thing is going to be and get it before the competition does.

Finally, don’t forget the small things. While pricing is always a driver, consumers also love those special details about your business. They can be swayed by the little things like the ambiance of a store or exemplary customer service. Draw them in with gift cards, promotions, customer appreciation events and other events that might pull them away from your competitors. If you offer the best quality and in demand products in addition to cornering the market when it comes to those fun, small details, you’ll easily outmatch your competition.

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