- The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. Ernest Hemingway
Be a Leader in my Field
Be the educator and advocate for your market
To position yourself as an expert in this field and thus increase your customer base, posting regular blogs on your company’s website that showcase your expertise is wise.
For example, if you wanted to position yourself as the leader in the lawn care world, you could blog about what types of plants should be introduced at what time of year or offer tips on how to naturally repel harmful bugs from shrubbery. This not only helps customers, but it also confirms your status as expert in your field – and potentially lead to more sales.
When possible, give interviews on local TV or radio stations. Or ask publications to reach out to you if they need someone to speak on a topic that you are an expert on. This will allow people who never knew you existed to have the chance to see what you are all about.
During your interview or talking point, share information pertaining to your business as this will make you seem helpful, knowledgeable and giving -- all traits which will garner you more attention and respect.
Write a book
Just as you share tips and such with your customers on your blog, it is also a great idea to write a book, even if it’s short. You can even turn your existing blog posts into a Kindle book and publish on Amazon.
Speak at or hold a conference
Look for conferences that are in your field and reach out to see if you can be a panelist for one of the sessions. By getting in front of your peers or potential customers at a major event, you are positioning yourself as an authoritative figure in the industry.
If there is no way to garner a speaking spot at an already planned conference, consider hosting your own. By doing so, you also have the opportunity to advertise your business (through sponsorship and ads) while also being seen as a pro in your market.
Start a podcast
Podcasting is a wonderful tool to utilize in order to increase your outreach and confirm your position as an authority in your field. Use the podcast to share some useful tidbits about your business, along with advice that others can use. To do so, focus each episode on one specific problem you can solve for your target market.