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4 Ideas to Kick Off the New Year with Your Business

The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time for individuals to set resolutions for the year ahead, and there's no reason that can't apply to your business, as well.

Below, six entrepreneurs share their top tips on how to make the most of the turning of the calendar to ensure you're optimizing your business in the year to come.

1. Align with your customers' goals.

"Many of your customers are pursuing their own transformations through New Year's resolutions, whether they intend to get in better shape or make more of their time," says Ali Mahvan, CEO and co-founder of mobile shopping app Sharebert. To make sure your company is staying top of mind, think about aligning your marketing efforts with the goals your customers are pursuing.

"Try to align with your customer's goals and aspirations rather than your own. Be the coach that helps them run that extra quarter mile or free up extra family time each week. Be a branded go-to part of their goals," suggests Mahvan.

2. Analyze your vision statement.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make sure your company is still working toward a vision that makes sense for where you are now. After all, a lot may have changed in the past 12 months.

"A vision statement is a rudder that holds the business on course. As we react to new situations, we can drift from that course," says Vik Patel, CEO of VPS hosting service Future Hosting. "I like to reimagine the vision statement each year: Should it be changed in light of new realities? Were the decisions made in the last year in line with our greater goals? Taking the time to think about where we've been and where we want to go is hugely valuable."

3. Update your visual presentation.

A new year could be the perfect time to introduce a new look to your branding. "As our business and clients evolve, so does our visual brand identity," notes Kristin Marquet, founder and creative director of PR firm Creative Development Agency, LLC.

"We strive to update our brand colors, website, logo, voice, and messaging across all client touchpoints every November and December," she says. "If my team and I don't update our visual presentation during the fourth quarter, then it's safe to say it won't get done at all, and the visual aesthetic will become outdated."

4. Refresh your content marketing strategy.

Visuals might not be the only part of your strategy in need of a change. Syed Balkhi, the founder of conversion optimization software OptinMonster, suggests using this time to consider whether you're getting the most out of your content.

"The new year is a great time to take a look at your current content strategy and find opportunities for improvement," Balkhi says. "Perhaps there are new keywords you'd like to rank for, or you want to increase your guest post contributions. Figure out which parts of your strategy produced the highest ROI the previous year and expand on those."

Have you started this yet? Let me know in the comment!

Thanks for reading!

Renee VanHeel

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