Whether you’re a small start-up or an established business, it is always important to get ahead of the game. It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd in a competitive marketplace and maintain advantages over other businesses. Read on to hear our tips for keeping the competition at bay…

1. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain

In order for customers to choose you over competitors, you need to offer something better. “Zig when others zag”. If everyone is going in the same direction, take that as a sign to find another. What has worked for others won’t necessarily work for you and may limit your success (and originality). Once you have found your USP, make sure people know about it.

2. Update your brands image

Does your visual identity represent what you stand for as a company? If not, it is a good idea to change it. The top companies regularly relook at their branding to ensure it still reflects their brand well. This can range from a full rebrand to small tweaks. If your brand is starting to look dated, you will benefit from creating a cleaner, more modern look.

3. Be flexible

Success takes change so you need to be open to adapting. If a new opportunity appears, you should be able to quickly respond in order to avoid missing out. If you can adapt to different situations, then you’re setting your business up for success.

4. Keep up with technology

If your brand is not digitally savvy, you will likely miss out on a lot of potential business. Firstly, a professional website is a must. “If a consumer walks into a store and it’s in a bad shape, the likelihood is that consumer is probably not going to be coming back.” The same goes for your online presence. Also, digital marketing is a great way to connect with your customers – whether this is through social media, emails or blogs.

5. Keep an eye on your competitors

Whilst it is important to know who your competitors are and what they are up to, avoid obsessing over the fine details too much. Analyzing your competitors is a great way to see how you can pivot and offer something different. However, you must remain focused on your own business rather than trying to keep up with your rivals. If you obsess too much over your competitors, you can end up straying from your own unique ideas and producing a copycat brand.


To keep ahead of your competition, you need to stay on the ball and constantly push forward. To grow as a company, you should always be looking for ways to improve your offering and never let your standards drop. 

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