STAYING LOCAL IS KEY FOR ANY BUSINESS

There is something about showing your local pride to the world. There is something special about staying attached to your roots. More companies need to feel this pride. Lots of companies get a taste of the big league. As soon as this happens, they want to leave the local stuff behind. This is the wrong approach.

Here’s why.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSUMER PRIDE

Did you know that local pride has more trends than the bigger things? It’s true. There are lots of companies who prefer to show their pride and stay small. They know their customer. Their customer base is happy.

The other day I saw a picture of three people wearing Georgia hats. These two guys and girls were representing their hometown. There is something magical about this. We all go abroad. At some point though, we all make the journey back home.

There is something about being home. This is what this pride represents. There are lots of ways that business can make bank on this pride. Look at what I just described. I was describing the hats from Georgia.

There are ways that companies can attract people this way. If just two local business teamed up to advertise the emotional aspect, the sales would get better. Lots of people buy based on emotion. It doesn’t matter where the emotion is coming from, people will buy.

This is why companies need to use this idealogy to their benefit. Find at the niche that local people are looking for. Find a way to utilize this in ways that other businesses are not doing right now.

If you build it, people will come.

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This is why I bring up the psychology aspect of business. You need to tap into the mindset of consumers. Look at people down here in the south. People down here care about good cooking, home and family. Lots of businesses down here get this. They get it and advertise it.

This is what you need to be doing. Look at some of the flea markets. You’d be amazed at how much business flea markets do down here. The companies up north tend to concentrate on the big things. With us, it’s about the simple things. Companies down here do more business, all because of this mentality.

Psychology is very important when it comes to why people buy. Once you tap into why someone is there to shop, you can build your brand around this.

Some shop out of anger. Some shop out of comfort. These people want that emotional outlet. Do not laugh. The comfort outlet is one of the biggest sellers for businesses.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CAPITALIZE ON THIS

Display local things on your site and business doors. Advertise things like the state flag. Say things like “support your local bike shop.” Once you tap into this energy, people will come buy.

–Advertise something that says “made in—-“. Insert your locality where those lines are. This plays right into the psychology of the consumer. You’d be surprised how many people will come in and take a look.

–Advertise where you eat locally. My one friend does this. Every time she eats out, she posts something on Facebook about it. This boost sales in a big way. She did it the other day. She got a few likes for it. It made me click on the eatery. I actually want to go eat there now. See how this works?

–One last thing you can do is go out and support your local events. This is one of the best ways for people to get to know you. Pass out some flyers. You might get some people who are not interested, but the right people will stop in.

WHY YOUR EMPLOYEES NEED TO BE RECOGNIZE MORE

Employee recognition is so important. There are lots of companies who do not to do this. These companies are missing out. The more your employees are recognized, the more they will want to stay on board.

Still not convinced?

It’s okay. It takes more than this to convince employers to recognize their employees hard work and value. Here are a few more reasons to do it.

TURNOVER

You will have a reduce turnover rate. One company I worked for in the past had the worst turnover rate ever. People kept leaving, especially the good people. The bosses didn’t seem to care. They also didn’t care about recognizing their employees in a good way. This caused the good people(including myself)to walk away.

Bottom line: You need to recognize your co-workers. You can recognize them via Deal Toys or whole Employee Recognition Programs & Services. If you really want to keep them on board, recognize them. Give your associates a reason to stay. Otherwise, the good ones will bail on you. Do you really want this to happen?recognising is very important

HAPPIER MORALE

Would you stay in abusive relationship? Would you stay with someone who blows you off constantly, making it all about them? Same goes for your team morale at work. When the environment is happier and healthier at work, your co-workers will stay with you.

I am talking about genuine concern for your co-workers. I am not talking about being fake. Your co-workers can spot this a mile away.

PERFORMANCE IS GOING TO GO UP

This goes along with the above two. If your company is a healthy and happy place, your associates will work harder. Your associates will look forward to coming to work. This is a big deal for many people.

I knew someone who got so sick from what was happening at work, he had to leave the company. The company did not seem to care. It’s in your best interest to not behave this way.

SHOW SUPPORT

Show support for your co-workers. Congratulate them on a job well done. If you validate your associates work in a meaningful way, this will encourage them to go the extra mile.

The next time there is a big project, your co-workers will not putting in the extra hours. They will do it knowing they are appreciated. I am talking about more than just the money appreciation. It’s one thing to give a bonus. It’s another thing to really go up and show a genuine interest in their work.

Just think about it. Doing these three things will make a huge impact. Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s what you don’t say that says it all.