Approaching your business like a scientist Living in the era of the internet, the raft of data readily available is phenomenal. This is great news for retailers, especially those that operate online, in that they are able to take a tried and tested approach to marketing strategies, getting almost instant feedback along the way. This [...]Continue Reading
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Many business owners say that their sales slow down in the summer for various reasons. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it has to be slow for your business. Here are 9 summer marketing ideas that will help keep your business sizzling all summer long. 1. Celebrate a celebrity’s birthday! Make your business the [...]Continue Reading
So you’re getting ready to start your own business; have you thought about your marketing plan?
Your marketing plan doesn’t need to be 100 pages of graphs and charts; it can be as simple as a one-page snap shot of all the strategies that you plan to implement to get the word out about your business.
Every business needs to have a marketing plan. Here’s a simple way to put one together that I call the “10 Minute Marketing Plan TM.”
1. One an Excel spreadsheet, write the 12 months of the year in a column down the left-hand side leaving about 10 spaces between each month. This will be column 1.
2. Create a second column to the right of the months, label it “Highlights.”
3. Create a third column to the right of the highlights; label it “Marketing Activities.”
4. Create a fourth column to the right of “Marketing Activities” and label it “To Do’s.”
I can make this even easier for you, email me at WNKenney@23Kazoos.com and ask for the “10 Minute Marketing Plan TM spreadsheet.
Now it’s time to fill it out.
For this exercise, I’m assuming that you already know who your ideal customer is. Now you will need to do some research.
- Highlights: For the “Highlights” column, you need to research events, holidays, or happenings in your industry, and even seasons because these will help you create marketing promotions that will help create excitement and tap into the mindset of your clients. For example, for January, highlights could include; New Year’s Resolutions, White Sales, certain sporting events, winter, New Year’s Day, etc.
- Marketing Activities: In the Marketing Activities column, write down the marketing activities that you plan to implement each month. Don’t spend all of your marketing budget on just one marketing activity. You should do a minimum of 3-5 marketing activities monthly because your customers are every where. Furthermore, it takes time for marketing to work. The marketing you do this month will pay off next month, next quarter, and even next year! Always be marketing!
- Some sample marketing activities could include: email newsletters, daily Twitter and Facebook updates, blogging, website optimization, direct mail, networking groups, newspaper or television advertising, publicity, contests, door-to-door canvassing, etc. (Note: You don’t need to do each marketing activity every month. For example, you could decide to send out an email newsletter once every two months. The idea of the calendar is for you to write it down so you have a schedule of when the activities are going to occur.)
- To do’s: In this column write down activities you need to do to make your future marketing activities occur. For example, if you have decided to do a direct mail campaign, then in the “To Do” column you could write down “Contact Direct Mail companies.”
How much should I spend on marketing?
The answer is: It depends. What are your revenue goals? What kind of business do you have? For some companies, it might be appropriate to spend more than others. The key is to have a budget and use it wisely. For many smaller companies, low cost and no cost marketing strategies such as networking groups, social media, publicity and direct mail can be very effective.
What marketing strategies should I use?
Again the answer is; it depends. Strategies will differ based on what your business is, who your customers are, and where they are, and what your revenue goals are.
Survey what other companies in your industry have done that has worked and hasn’t worked. Ask your CPA to help you with a budget, and then stick to it. And most importantly, measure the results of your marketing efforts to you can understand what is working and what is not.
For a list of 101 Marketing Strategies, email me at WNKenney@23Kazoos.com.
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Wendy Kenney is a nationally known Buzz Building Expert and the Founder and CEO of 23 Kazoos, a marketing firm specializing in inexpensive and creative small business marketing strategies.
She has honed her marketing skills through over 26 years of entrepreneurship and business management. She fell in love with marketing with her first marketing at Showbiz Pizza Place. Since then she has gained experience marketing for several industries including restaurants, legal, insurance and financial services, independent retail, nonprofits and more.
Wendy is about to release a new book called “Buzz: How to Tap into the Power of Social Media, Publicity and Relationship Marketing to Grow Your Business” based on her knowledge of what works and what does not work in small business marketing. This book features practical and low cost marketing strategies, such as “How to Grow Your Business Using Social Media,” as well as valuable links, resources, and tips.
Wendy frequently speaks to organizations about marketing for small business. To get more information or to schedule Wendy to speak go to: Business Marketing Speaker
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Wendy lives in Mesa with her husband Mike, and three teenage sons. Her personal goal is to visit all of the Major League Ballparks in the US before she turns 49. So far she has been to 12.
So you’re getting ready to start your own business; have you thought about your marketing plan? Your marketing plan doesn’t need to be 100 pages of graphs and charts; it can be as simple as a one-page snap shot of all the strategies that you plan to implement to get the word out about your [...]Continue Reading
Thanks so much for joining us for Part 2 of our interview with Newt Barrett of “Get Content. Get Customers.” If you missed Part 1, please click here to Read Part 1. Heather: You mention several content types in your book such as print publications, magazines, newsletters, white papers, websites, blogs, webcasts, and eNewsletters. I [...]Continue Reading
Also, I personally use online sources such as Google Alerts and Alltop.com to help keep me up to date and to generate ideas for content. To use Google Alerts, visit www.google.com/alerts and set an alert for keywords relevant to your industry. Google will then email you links to information on the web that may be relevant. This is helpful for brainstorming topics for your content. Alltop.com is similar. However, it gathers good blog based content on all topics. For example, I visit www.contentmarketing.alltop.com to keep me up to date with my industry on the web.”
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According to the Domain Name Industry Brief by VeriSign, 24 million new domain names were added in 2008. A 16% increase over 2007’s numbers. In case you haven’t noticed, the web is getting crowded. Just imagine 24 million more websites out there all competing for a click-thru on Google. So how do you stand out [...]Continue Reading
"Hitch your wagon to the littlest star" could be the name of the marketing strategy used by the owners of Belly Maternity, a Denver boutique that sells maternity and baby clothes. They sent Angelina Jolie a "thank-you gift" for her humanitarian work. They also sent gifts to other pregnant stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer [...]Continue Reading
Calling on all marketing experts! Or at least any entrepreneur (in-training, even) who has an opinion … One of our new StartupNation Community Advisory Board members, Aron North, has a marketing dilemma. Aron has asked me to go to the StartupNation community to get some small business marketing strategies advice. Here’s the challenge: Aron’s company, [...]Continue Reading
We recently featured Craig Newmark of craigslist on StartupNation Radio. He told us all how he gets 10 million people to visit his web site monthly. Even though Craig hung out with the Sloan Brothers for the entire show answering questions from live callers, we just couldn’t get to every question. So here’s one that [...]Continue Reading
A recent survey about marketing to marketers examined how marketers want to be contacted. It claims they do not want phone calls, they prefer an e-mail with links. They say they don’t want cold calls or face to face meetings. What the survey didn’t examine is how effective the e-mail strategy really is. I know [...]Continue Reading