How To Be An Award Winning Business

Date Posted:2 August 2018 

Solar 4 RVs Shares Insight on Thriving in Business and Winning Awards

We are delighted to announce that Solar 4 RVs is featured on the 2018 Awards page, offering strategic tips on how to differentiate your business and become an award-winning entity.

Nominations for the 2018 Optus My Business Awards are now open.

As a two-time Optus My Business Award winner, Solar 4 RVs takes pride in receiving:

  • 'Retail Business of the Year' in Australia for 2017, and
  • 'Sustainability Initiative of the Year' in Australia for 2015.

2018 Optus Awards Tips for Success

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Tips from an Award Winner for Staying Ahead of the Competition

After our significant wins at the Optus My Business Awards, we frequently receive questions about how Solar 4 RVs continues to thrive in an increasingly competitive market. Trish Chapallaz, our co-founder and director, believes there are six core facets to business success:


Remember the basics

“Solve a problem, meet a need or fulfil a want,” she said.“Customers want to feel special; it’s not just about customer service – it’s about the whole customer experience.”

That means knowing the difference between cost and value, and knowing exactly what it is that you are ultimately selling to your customers.

“We don’t sell solar – we sell the ability to free-camp in remote places without connecting to the grid.”


Success is not random

It can sometimes feel like pure luck is all it takes for some people to achieve success in their field. Yet Trish cautioned that success is anything but random.“Passion is the driver, but it won’t take an idea to reality. Planning and action will,” she said.

“It’s like spinning your car wheels when you take off too quick – it’s exciting but it won’t get you anywhere!”


Be unique

“Don’t try to be all things to all people. Master a few things rather than being mediocre at everything,” said Trish.

“Our target market is customers that want professional advice by a qualified engineer and are prepared to pay a premium for quality products.
“And utilise disruptive thinking to gain a distinctive competitive advantage.”


Build your brand

According to Trish, being price conscious is important, but is far from the be all and end all of customer attraction and retention.

Instead, she suggested that everything a business does has relevance, making the old saying about the devil and the detail more true now than ever before.

“Everything you do impacts on your brand, so make every little thing count,” she said.


Innovate, rather than stagnate

Embracing change is a fundamental component to business growth, whether it be in what you sell or even how you go about selling it.

“Don’t focus on percentage increases in sales/customers. Be unique, be better, and the increase will come,” said Trish.

And that requires a proactive approach to identify changes that could be implemented in your business, rather than waiting for a chance to arise or a problem to force it upon you.


Actions speak louder than words

My Business has heard it time and time again, but yet it seems so many people fail to do the most fundamental of points: action.

“‘Let’s give it a try’ means you’re not 100 per cent committed to succeeding, and ‘That will never work’ is a sure-fire assassin for progress,” said Trish.

“Doing the difficult things gives you a sense of achievement and renewed energy. So blow up roadblocks – don’t wait for them to clear, just get rid of them!”


Checklist for embracing best practice:

  • When was the last time you found a way to lead the future rather than following competitors?
  • When was the last time your business did something innovative/different?
  • When was the last time you rolled out a new product?
  • When did you last have a ‘think tank’ to come up with new ideas?
  • When was the last time you entered a new market?
  • When was the last time you sought to exploit a market opportunity? (i.e. Do you know what is out there?)
  • How has your business embraced social media?