In a previous article, I emphasized that the ultimate secret to successfully marketing your business is to “ NEVER STOP MARKETING –no matter how busy or successful you become “ In this article, we will discuss the essence of finding your business’ main focus, and getting more clients by utilizing effective strategies to optimize your business through successful marketing and promotional campaigns.
Your overriding objectives in any marketing activity should be aimed at creating goodwill and positive buzz for your company, products, and services from the ground up.
The following are a set of actionable marketing and lead conversion (sales) activities that are essential to every business owner and start-up entrepreneur.
Clarity and focus:
Determine which business you are really in and pursue it and clarity and focus by developing a strong self-awareness and alighting your passion with your strength, skills, and goals. Define your value proposition and then go about delivering it, while riding the trends of your industry.
Point of difference:
Go the extra mile and deliver your product or service with a point of difference whilst adding profitable value and enhancing your customers resulting experience
Develop your marketing mix opportunities, and then decide how you are going to spend your marketing dollars. Start by choosing your marketing goals and selecting effective promotional tools. Measure your marketing effectiveness against your set budget and objects
Nothing happens until you make a sale. Therefore, prospect, prospect and continue prospecting. Find out where your customers are. Reach customers beyond your website and use social media and search engine optimization by providing and syndication good content and relevant articles on popular portals. Learn how to convert your visitors and sales leads into buyers by managing your sales funnel and closing the deals.
Create a strong market presence by determining what you stand for and then go creating and building a sustainable brand. Set a clear branding strategy by aiming at impelling potential customers to immediately connect your brand name with the value proposition you deliver.
Deciding on which tools will create awareness for your business, and whether traditional direct marketing and promotional activities are still worth the effort, can be a valuable exercise. Marketing your business these days can be done with a very low budget. Learn how to create high customer visibility by promoting your products and services online in a line with a low budget; Starting a blog, writing an eBook, utilizing social media, and creating a newsworthy event can be a great free vehicle to promote your business online with high impact.
We live in a new world where customers are truly in charge. Hence, no matter how much money and effort you spend on developing and launching your products and services, a single dissatisfied customer can blast your product in front of thousands of people on popular online review sites, thus hindering your entire operation. At the same time, an admiring customer can lift your product or service out of anonymity and turn it into a major success overnight.
Therefore, it is prudent to point out that your marketing activities should address both your strategic positioning and your customer’s strategic choice. I will further expand on this final point in my next post.