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Nostalgia is a powerful feeling. People often yearn for the good times of the past, and may even long for the old days when things were simple and secure. Nostalgia has its place, but it can be dangerous for business owners. Today’s business environment is continually evolving, and the successful business is the one that can adapt to social and technological changes because that’s what their competitors are doing!

Check out the Trends
2015 was unquestionably a mega year for business trends. One new trend is the ‘Share Economy,’ giving rise to many innovative and revolutionary businesses: Airbnb, Lynda, Uber. They grew to become industry titans. What all these businesses have in common is their attempt to provide comfortable solutions for the general public to leverage assets they already have.

The Lesson
It is important to understand the strategies you are able to employ that can benefit from such trends. How far do you think this trend for sharing will go? How can you enable your customers to get actively involved to help you grow?

It is important to assess current trends in domestic as well as international markets to provide your business with a favorable boost in both popularity and revenue.

Keep an Eye on your Competitors

Look around. Competitors are all around you. No matter how popular your brand is now, you need to continually research the trends pertaining to your industry. Savvy businesses have done just that, and they’ve seen the popularity of their brands grow at a faster pace.

Your research of all your competitors can ensure that you aren’t wasting your time and money, missing out on important, new trends. By studying your competitors, you will also be able to identify crucial gaps in the market, which in turn can lead to an abundance of opportunities.

Automation
Automate as much of your tasks as much as possible to save time and stay on top of everything. Automation allows for increased operational efficiency. Consider just one example: if your customer buys a 30-day supply of your product, you can secure the next month’s sale with an automated reminder.

The Bottom Line
Change is inevitable, and it can be an important element in securing corporate success and growth. Embracing and even fostering change can be one of the best things you can do to ensure your business never becomes mired in the past.