|Marketing Is Made
Up of Many Many Things
talking to a fellow business owner the other day and he told me of a
particular marketing idea that really worked. His goal was to generate
leads and appointments. He gave away something for free and hand
delivered the free item (an information based booklet), to the
requesting client or prospect; an instant appointment. He told me
about some other marketing ideas that he was trying. I asked about
their success. He said to me some of them work some of the time and
others don't work at all.
a classic example of your marketing mix being made up of many many
things. When trying to appeal to many business types of all shapes and
sizes, with many functions, departments, managers and not to mention
personalities involved, different things will appeal and attract to
different people at different times.
often mentioned that for direct mail a 1% return can be expected.
Usually, unless you are talking big numbers, a business cant just
survive on that 1%. There has to be many "1%'s" that add up to make a
why in any marketing plan, there is a whole section devoted to
"marketing strategies". Direct mail might be one strategy employed.
Other strategies might be networking, PR, advertising, promotion in
addition to all the underlying details and sub-strategies of each.
Creating the right mix of these strategies is always the challenge of
also hear talk of testing your marketing. Testing can be done as each
strategy is employed. Sometimes we don't know if a particular
marketing strategy will pull or not. Sometimes we initiate it and are
flattered by the positive results. "This one really worked, this
time." We have to find several of those that "Really work" to add up
to a major marketing contribution.
planning your marketing start with the brainstorming activity that
will provide you the many many things that marketing is made up of.
Then prioritize the ones that make sense for your business and
customer base and start implementing. At the end of the plan year,
take a look at how many things made up your marketing, re-do the ones
that worked and find new ones to add to the mix. These many many
things will come and go and always need refreshed. Don't rely on just
one or a few and have fun while doing it. Marketing can be fun.
to approach a "many many things" strategy is to employ what I call a
"Keep In Touch" Marketing program. A "Keep in Touch Program"
consistently keeps your name, logo and company at the top of your
customer/prospects mind. Much market research has been done that says
it takes 6-8 points of contact for someone to act upon an offer,
solicitation or solution. Rather than a short blast with a fire hose
to get your point across, keep in touch marketing is a constant flow
of water drops to keep your message fresh. A lot of little things will
keep you at your customer's top of mind awareness. This "Keep in
Touch" program can consist of many actions such as and initiatives
such as letters, postcards, newsletters, article reprints, media
clippings, etc. The key is that it is a consistent program and it
usually is made up of many many things. Start making your list today
of what works and what doesn't and see how such a program of many many
things could take shape for you.
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