A successful marketing strategy and good products/services are how we can stand out as a business. Of course, this is easier said than done given how the number of competitors has significantly increased over the years as the market becomes more saturated, and sometimes luck is an extra variable that plays a role. However, if you are not able to attract new customers, you might want to look at your products/services and, your marketing and advertising strategy. If you know your products and services are great, then you might want to examine your marketing approach and check out a few advertising and marketing tips to try and breathe some life back into your business model.
When it comes to marketing/advertising, you need to figure out the balance between online advertisements and physical advertisements. This is a delicate balance and a variety of factors need to be considered like the population you are trying to target, what your product/service is, your budget, and so on. Even if you do not want to hire someone full-time to manage your marketing, you should still have an expert come in from time to time and consult with them about how your business should move forward with its marketing strategy.
One thing you do need to do regardless is adopting a hybrid model at some level. You cannot stick to just online advertising and neglecting physical advertisements, and vice versa. The hybrid model increases the likelihood of more people from all backgrounds coming to your business and casting a wider net. It does not matter if you are Fortune 500, a local business, or an at-home one. Effective advertising requires that you create a model that incorporates both of these means of advertising even if that means opting for 70% of one and 30% of the other.