As a small business owner, you’re responsible for a variety of tasks. However, developing the right marketing strategy for your business is a critical step toward success. All you need is a little time and effort to make a plan. Let’s get started with these five simple tips to developing a marketing strategy.
Developing a Winning Marketing Strategy
Step 1: Company Snapshot
To predict where you’re going, you must identify where your business is now, so map out an outline of your firm’s current state. Try to be as objective as possible when you’re identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Though no one likes to focus on the negative aspects, it’s invaluable to recognize where you can improve. Establishing a baseline for your company’s performance to create an accurate marketing strategy.
Step 2: Target Audience
It’s crucial to identify your business’s target audience to create a marketing strategy. This can be done by analyzing past customers’ behavior. As the owner, you already have a unique understanding of the consumers willing and able to purchase a product or service from your business. Once you establish this, tailor your marketing strategy to appeal to similar patrons.
Step 3: Goals
The next step is to start planning. It’s great to have short and long-term goals that you can benchmark. Outline your goals by asking the following questions:
- What is your time frame?
- Are your goals too hard or too easy?
- What do you hope to achieve with your marketing?
- Are your goals measurable?
Step 4: Mediums
In a world that’s gone digital, it’s important to pick platforms that will benefit your business. There are many options to choose from. One of the best places to start is with website design structured for search engine optimization (SEO). Choosing the proper social media platforms is also essential. You can base this decision off of your average customer’s age and whether a visual or text-heavy platform would be most effective.
Step 5: Budget
Discussing money can be uncomfortable, but it’s always on the mind of any business owner. While it’s important to reach for the stars, it’s also necessary to set financial boundaries. It’s true that you need to “spend money to make money.’ However, budgeting for marketing can help you reach your goals and still profit.
ClearBridge Media Consulting is a full-service marketing agency in Millvale, NJ, with experience in brand consulting, digital marketing, and social media advertising. They’re dedicated to working with small businesses in the area to create and sell your brand’s image. Visit them online or call (856) 327-4141. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.