Three Tips to Getting Your Business Ready for Summer Tourism

The sun is shining, temperatures are (finally) warming up, and the black flies are coming (sadly). It’s almost summer in Maine, which means it’s also a busy time of year for so many of our small businesses. We are lucky enough to welcome tourists to our beautiful state.

Is your business ready? Will they remember your business and want to come back year after year?

Helping to create unique and memorable experiences with your business will improve their trip and help increase your sales. A win-win! There is still time to do a few quick and fairly easy refresher steps:

1. Can they find your business online? 

Is your business listed on Google My Business? Is your listing up-to-date? Are the hours right? The menu? The summary? Have you claimed your listings on Yelp, TripAdvisor and other related review sites? Managing your profiles on these sites can help customers understand you and your business. You can add details, menus and photos. You can interact with reviews (always do so professionally!), which helps customers to understand your commitment to customer service and can influence their decision to visit your business.

2. When they find you online, what will they experience? Will they want to come visit you?

Once they’ve found you on an external site, will they see an active and attractive business web presence? Have you kept your website up-to-date? What about your social media channels? Are the two consistent in terms of branding and messaging? Customers want to be able to easily view your website from their mobile phone. Is it mobile friendly? They want to see an active social media presence. Do you post regularly with engaging content and photos? 

3. When they visit your store/restaurant/etc, will they enjoy the experience? Train your staff!

You got them in the door, now what? Now is the time to WOW them! Training your staff on the importance of customer service will go a long way for your business. These satisfied customers are not only more likely to return to your business but are more likely to write the positive reviews online which will help get more people in the door.

Need some more help? The Maine SBDC has business advisors throughout Maine that can assist! Give us a call 1-800-679-7232 or email us at mainesbdc@maine.edu to get set up with an advisor nearest you!