any businesses discover it the hard way…a business is only as good as its marketing. That goes for customer-oriented businesses of course, but almost every company can and should benefit from better marketing, and there’s almost always something more you could be doing.
We’re talking about basics here, intuitive reasoning about how you as a bank, a diner, a hardware store, a bar, a clothing store, a carry-out, etc. etc., are perceived by the public. Practicing good business goes a long way (goods/services offered, pricing, accessibility, etc.). But before all that you rely on the visuals you provide to draw in your customers, be it your logo, brochures, ads, signs, menus, or website. And assuming you have a physical location, sometimes the most important thing may be your storefront itself.
Some bad examples…
These are extreme examples of course, but the fact is, walk to and around your closest city sometime and you’re bound to find some equally unfortunate visuals. Big-name companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s and countless others outsource much of their marketing with experienced marketing professionals, and justifiably so. But many smaller businesses can’t afford that luxury. Despite perhaps having a great product to offer, many businesses don’t know how to market themselves, never truly reach their potential, and have to close their doors when profits aren’t met.
As a real estate firm ourselves, we never like to see this happen with our clients, and offer services to landlords and tenants to ensure it doesn’t. And it would be great to see a bigger push to help the “little guy” thrive in our communities, from any avenue possible. After all, if we walk, ride, and drive these streets, we might as well make them look their best.