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Make an Impact Idea #1: Increase Your Sales Focus

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“I have a different sort of steakhouse,” the salesman said. “We specialize in serving concrete workers.”

“But why only them?” I asked curiously.

“Because we want to POUR all our efforts into a niche market!”

Okay, the “dad joke” may be a bit lame, but it segues nicely to the purpose of this post: In a staffing industry brimming with generalists, be an exception – be a specialist.

The Problem with Being a Generalist

In the recruiting and staffing industry, where “everyone” is your potential client, the temptation to cast a wide net is strong. “We provide staffing solutions for all!” sounds inclusive but is far from effective. The staffing world is cluttered with firms echoing similar broad claims, often resulting in a white noise that fails to resonate with any specific audience.

Carving Out Your Niche (and then your Micro-Niche)

The antidote to the generalist’s conundrum? Sharpshooting precision. Here’s where the concept of a niche, and then a micro-niche, becomes not just a strategy, but an imperative for impact.

A niche focuses your expertise, sharpens your marketing, and drives your messaging to resonate with the right prospects. Think of it akin to crafting a key specifically cut to unlock one door, rather than carrying a bulky set of keys, hoping one might fit.

And why stop there? A micro-niche grants you super-specialist status, targeting an even more defined segment of your market. It’s where you aren’t just a key maker but the maker of a key, for a specific lock, in a specific building, on a particular street.

Crafting Your Niche Strategy

Step #1: Define Your Niche

Begin by asking, “Where do I excel?” Is it IT staffing, healthcare recruiting, or legal consultancy? Determine where your greatest successes have been, where the competition is leanest, and where the demand is growing.

Step #2: Research Your Micro-Niche

Dig deeper. Within IT staffing, for instance, is your forte in sourcing cyber-security experts, or do you shine in matchmaking firms with cloud service savants?

Step #3: Align Your Messaging

Every piece of communication should speak the language of your niche and resonate with the micro-niches you are targeting. For instance, if your micro-niche is cloud services professionals, your content should discuss trends in cloud technology, not general IT news.

Step #4: Tailor Your Solutions

Develop service packages, guarantees, and pricing structures attuned to your niche, reinforcing your specialized stance.

Aligning Tactics with Strategy

Idea #1: Create Compelling Content

Tailor blog posts, eBooks, and webinars specifically geared toward the interests and needs of your niche market.

Idea #2: Leverage Niche SEO

Optimize your online presence for niche-specific keywords to attract more targeted traffic.

Idea #3: Network Strategically

Engage in forums, LinkedIn groups, and trade associations where your niche market gathers.

Idea #4: Curate Custom Campaigns

Use email marketing services like a custom blog newsletter (which turns your custom-written blog content into a digital newsletter) or automation services to craft targeted messaging sequences that engage your niche market.

 

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Tired of Being “All Things to All People”?

A strategically focused sales strategy is far more potent than a “spray and pray” approach. If you‘re looking to increase your impact, redefine how you sell and recruit, and stand out in a sea of generalists, we are your specialists. Through targeted website development, niche digital marketing, branded content, industry-leading marketing technology and more, we tailor our offerings to help your firm carve out its niche, captivate its audience, and amplify sales.

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