Crafting a marketing plan will help you understand how to get the word out about your offerings. Not only that - as you develop the marketing plan, you’ll also come up with new products and services to provide for your audience. It doesn’t matter if your business is big or small; a marketing plan will help you achieve the results you desire. Your marketing plan can be one page or longer.
Here is a checklist of what you need to do.
* Create a Mission Statement – It can be as simple as describing what you do, for whom, why you do it, and how you do it. It’s just one to three sentences. The best way to create a good mission statement is to look at other mission statements and try to fill in the blanks with your own thoughts for your audience.
* Describe Your Target Audience – You should be able to describe your target audience easily. If you do the research and get to know your audience, you should be able to pick out and describe one...
Local marketing is important for any small business. Even if your business is mainly web based you may find that local marketing is still beneficial. Here are some tips to help you build your local marketing campaign:
Build your reputation. Nothing ensures local marketing success more than positive word of mouth. Build a positive business reputation by going beyond what is expected and providing excellent customer service.
Many customers are willing to pay a little extra to get great customer service and individual attention. By building your business to provide this, you ensure that you can retain your customers longer and even raise your rates a little in some cases.
Spread the word. Talk to locals about your business. Social media has become very powerful recently due to the current quarantine situation. Use the variety of social media channels to connect with your market. Promote through your own business page...
If you want your business to make you money or even just get off the ground, you’re probably going to have to advertise. For many companies, advertising becomes a huge chunk of the overall budget, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of free or inexpensive ways to let people know about your business and get them coming back.
Email is a great, cost-effective way for get your name out there, contact potential customers, and keep existing customers up to date and coming back. And while developing an email list may take some time and effort, sending out an email once you have a list takes very little time.
You can get email addresses by simply asking visitors to sign up for your newsletter on your web-page, offering a free product or service in exchange for an email address, or asking for them from your customers when you take an order.
The key to success with email is to maintain contact with your mailing list...
If you are not a social media whizz, you may not appreciate the importance of having a Facebook page for your business. Even if you don’t know anything about Facebook or Social Media, it would be a wise move to consider creating a business page.
Below are a few reasons why it would be a good addition to your Marketing Plan.
When you start to engage with your Facebook audience you can find out more about their wants and needs. Their responses and comments to your posts will offer valuable insight into how you can serve your customers better.
By offering interesting and useful information to your readers you will build trust in your brand.
A business is not just the products or services it provides, it’s about the people within that create the feel good buying factor. People buy from people, so let your customers know who you are.
A Facebook page...