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Two Ways to Boost Sales in a Recession

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During a recession, consumers are more likely to analyze where they spend their money, so you have to work hard to earn their business. Here are two major ways to boost sales. These tips will get new customers stepping through your doors and coming back for more. The great thing is, they’re not just applicable to recessions. You can use these methods any time business is slow or competition is high.

1) Use Non-traditional Marketing

Direct marketing is nothing new, but businesses are increasingly turning to non-traditional media. Why? Because it’s less expensive than traditional advertising mediums (like television and radio) and can be tailored to reach a small or large target demographic. Direct campaigns and direct selling have become very popular among businesses during recessions.

Examples of direct marketing:

  • Fliers
  • Street ads
  • Promotional letters
  • Coupons
  • Customer appreciation events

The more clever your campaign, the more likely it is to boost sales. For instance, PETA’s 2009 Super Bowl advertisement was banned for being too sexually explicit. It is widely presumed that PETA intentionally made the ad overly explicit with the intention of creating word-of-mouth publicity, which is even more valuable than airtime during the Super Bowl. The supposed “plan” worked – PETA’s commercial was spoofed on television shows like The View, and copies of the video floated around the Internet virally for months. PETA also avoided the $3 million it cost in 2009 for 30 seconds of Super Bowl air time. By understanding how the marketing world works, PETA earned almost free major national publicity.

2) Use Technology to Boost Sales

Social media sites are great ways for you to keep in touch with your employees, but technology can also offer huge pools of potential customers. Advertise online and make sure your business has professional accounts on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. (TimeForge offers great schedule notification options through social media and SMS.)

Check reviews of your business from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Google, and Angie’s List. Be proactive with review information and use it in your next staff meeting to improve your product. And don’t forget to respond to reviews on sites where you can do so. Especially if the review is negative! You want to respond quickly to let other readers know you care.

Make sure your company’s website is accessible and interactive so customers will return. Also, consider offering an online newsletter or blog with coupons or other incentives.

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