You may automatically think that the answer is yes but do you know why your
potential clients may choose your competitors?

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Stacey Hylen

is the creator and host of Business Optimization
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This became very clear to me last weekend when I stopped for lunch at Tim
Horton’s with my daughter (for the non-Canadians, this is THE doughnut chain in
Canada which is one of the strongest brands in Canada. They even have a location
in Afghanistan for the Canadian troops).

I like to stop at Tim Horton’s
for lunch when out shopping or when on the road. They have sandwiches and soup,
and no french fries to tempt me. However, in the past, I often drove by Tim
Horton’s and went to one of their competitors. Why? Was it better food? No. Was
it convenience? No. I often would wait till the next exit to get lunch there.
The reason? They were a cash only business, and in the age of debit cards I
often had no cash. Driving to a bank and getting my daughter in and out of her
car seat to go use the ATM was too much to ask before getting a quick
lunch.

So I was happy to see last week that they now accept credit cards
and are even going to offer a prepaid card to use. So now I can stop there and
get soup and a bagel any time the fancy strikes.

What are the blind spots
that you have in your business? What areas you could improve to make it easier
for people to do business with you?

Here are some areas for you to
consider:

Payment methods: Do you offer all credit cards?
PayPal?

Number of staff: Is there enough staff available to help
clients?

Ways to buy from you: Online, Phone, Fax, etc.

Does your
website answer the most common questions prospects may have?

Is your
voicemail system customer friendly or are they stuck in voicemail
hell?

Do they understand what you offer and how they will receive
it?

Are there certain products that you don’t carry that they are going
elsewhere to buy?

Go through each of these questions and take an honest
look at your company. I discovered that my clients would like to pay by AMEX so
they could get air miles. When looking at staffing don’t just look at the number
of staff, look at how available they are to your clients. For example, on a
recent trip to buy a DVR it took me 5 minutes to find someone to answer my
questionFree Reprint Articles, and when I found him he was standing with 5 other employees. Dig deep.
Walk a mile in your client’s shoes and see how easy you make it to do business
with your company.