Em "The Neighborhood Bookstore’s Unlikely Ally? The Internet" encontro um exemplo que muitas PME podiam estudar e procurar tirar lições. A pequena livraria a fazer o seu ressurgimento apesar da Amazon!
"he quickly realized his business wouldn’t survive in this remote locale if his only customers were local buyers.
A decade ago, independent bookstores were viewed as an industry on the decline. [Moi ici: Uma das lições mais importantes da minha vida profissional aprendi-a num livro: "Na página 255: “… there are no “sunset” industries condemned to disappear in high wage economies, although there are certainly sunset and condemned strategies, among them building a business on the advantages to be gained by cheap labor” - Na página 257: “If they prosper despite competition from foreign companies with very low-paid workers, it is because they bundle into the products they sell other desirable features, like speed, fashion, uniqueness, and image.”"] Crushed on price by Amazon and by the wide selection of national retailers like Barnes & Noble, thousands of mom-and-pop outlets had closed up shop.
.Como é que a sua empresa pode aproveitar a internet? Se for como a empresa típica, manda fazer um site e usa-o como um anúncio nas páginas amarelas. No tempo das páginas amarelas o potencial cliente pesquisava por ordem alfabética, hoje, a Google é que lista a ordem de aparecimento e essa ordem ou se paga ou exige actividade digital. Qual a actividade digital da sua empresa?
But after years of losses, they are emerging from the decimation, with the number of independent bookstores rising 21 percent from 2010 to 2015.
In a twist of fate, it is the internet — the very thing that was supposed to wipe them out — that is helping these small stores.
“Bookstores are being reinvented by taking advantage of how the world has changed,”
Some bookstores are investing in infrastructure, such as in-shop e-book printers and new back-end systems, while others are embracing social media as an inexpensive way to connect with new customers.
owners like Mr. Makin are finding ways to gain customer loyalty with the aid of technology. He knew he could not compete with Amazon on price, but he believed that online buyers would flock to Brilliant Books if they experienced the same customer service that shoppers in his physical store do.
“I say, ‘We are your long-distance local bookstore,’” Mr. Makin said.
He began offering free shipping anywhere in the United States and hired a full-time social media manager, who promotes the store and has used Twitter and Facebook to talk to readers who would never find themselves near Traverse City."