Marketing Strategy Helps Businesses Get Paid
How can you produce increasing revenues quarter-after-quarter?
What needs to happen to accomplish your business goals?
The goal is to improve revenue, which leads to increased net profits.
How do organize your current pool of resources to improve net profits?
Some marketing strategies are intended to get results quicker, but have a cost to implement them. Content marketing strategies can have deeper long term effects and cost less, but take longer to achieve critical mass.
Which strategy suits you better? It depends on your resources. Let’s start out with some definitions so we have a baseline.
What is business marketing strategy?
Lets look at the 2 words;
Strategy – simply, this is how you deliberately choose to allocate your resources to achieve a goal.
Marketing – is how you educate leads and prospects to become informed customers.
I like to break up phrases in this manner because it helps get clarity back into the meaning of the words. After some separation, we can define marketing strategy as organizing your business resources with the intent to communicate with leads, prospects and customers.
Exactly what to communicate is an area where many get lost.
How to Structure Your Marketing Strategy
Should you be informative or persuasive?
Most people WANT to be informative because they hate to sell. I have two statements for that:
- You are in business to make money- you opened a business to sell something. Money will not magically come to you without asking for it.
Remember once you’ve acquired a new customer, it’s ok to offer an up-sell. It costs five times more to get a new customer than it does to sell to an existing customer.
- You don’t need to be a sleazy salesman to successfully make offers. Structured content marketing will help you in this area.
A quick note about persuasion techniques. There is nothing ethically wrong with helping someone feel good about purchasing from you. You’re proud of your product, right?
Regarding the question of informative or persuasive the answer is both. You want to inform, but you also want action. The best action is a purchase. Other action includes asking for an email, a phone call or showing interest or better, specific interest (I want a car or I want a blue Chevy).
People buy because they want to accomplish something. Ultimately we make the purchase emotionally and justify logically. I may join a gym to get in shape, but what is it really want; health or self-confidence? Do your best to uncover these deeper benefits and get them into your marketing funnel.
Your marketing strategy should be structured to help people make an informed decision to take the next step. A well structured marketing strategy helps educate prospects along the buyers journey. Nobody likes to be sold, but you happily buy, when you feel you made a good decision. This is effective marketing at it’s finest.
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Close your eyes and imagine you have 30 seconds to get someones attention, to get your message across and ask for a call to action. Now imagine you are standing back to back with your prospect. You are not able to speak directly to them. Pretty tough assignment.
The truth is you have access to millions of dollars of marketing research every time you get in your car. Simply turn on the radio. Listen for two things.
- Is the reward for listening obvious?
- Is the call to action clear?
You don’t need to take notes but you will gain a new appreciation for how to make the messages in your marketing clear.
Types of Marketing Strategies
There are essential two core marketing strategies that you need to make a decision about.
One of them costs money and works quickly if done well. The other costs time. Time to organize and time for it to be effective, but the roots are much deeper because the results last longer.
The best context for your marketing strategy is to start with a belief everyone is not ready to buy today, even if they are interested, qualified lead. Studies have show that only 3% of those in your marketing funnel, are ready to make a purchase. As my friend Rick says, “I need to talk to everybody so I can get the guy on the phone who is ready. I don’t take the rejection personally.” This is a good lesson for all of us.
Outbound Marketing Strategies
Outbound or “push” marketing strategies is essentially paid advertising. Some call it interruption marketing because you are going out and attempting to get attention, so you can deliver your message.
You are paying to attract attention. How cost effective you are is based on some other skills you have or pay for, such as direct response (see below). If you organize a solid campaign to attract prospects with a system in place to improve on the “lead attraction” offer, you can build a nice marketing plan for your business.
What I have just described is a process of getting a new customer and having in place a plan to move them deeper into your buyers funnel. Paid marketing can be off-putting for business owners because they only know the first part of the plan. Realize you are attracting attention, not making a final sale.
A real-life example from early in my career
When my family owned a pizzeria we advertised using a coupon. I literally hated all those customers who only came in when they had the coupon. Notice I said ALL THOSE CUSTOMERS. There were a lot of people who used them.
This is where so many business owners drop the ball. I didn’t know I was supposed to be building a list of customers I could later sell big ticket catering! I wasn’t building a list.
Here is the crazy part and how a little knowledge can get the juices flowing. Today we have what is known as pay-per-click. This is how Google makes its money. We pay to drive traffic to a page to build a list. This costs money so we can sell them something later to justify the cost. With coupons I was getting paid to build the list!
How can you use this two step approach in your business? What can be your low ticket “coupon?”
To excel in outbound marketing you need 3 things:
- A logical one-two punch of: a low ticket lead attraction item (usually free online download) with a planned up-sell of additional purchases or simply one larger purchase.
- A clear and obvious benefit your customer will receive (marketing message).
- A working knowledge of direct response marketing so you can create headlines and offers that will attract your ideal customer and persuade them to take action.
Inbound Marketing Strategies
This marketing strategy is also known as “pull” marketing. You are producing great content to be found in search engines and shared in social media.
When done well, you become an authority in your field. At a minimum you want to produce content that demonstrates your expertise in the core topics that encompass your core offer.
If you are a CPA for example, you would write articles about the various tax laws and tips to lower your tax bill. But you would do it in a way that was interesting that attracts your ideal client. “2 Ways to Claim Your Ferrari as a Deduction if You’re A Landscaper”
“How to” content is always a winner and forces you to be clear about the benefit you are offering. “How to Write Off Your Home Office as a Business Deduction”
The reason Inbound Marketing is considered to have deeper roots is the better the content, the more likely it is to get shared and found. It’s not like paying for an ad once and then needing to feed the machine again to run the same campaign. The niche known as content marketing is a huge specialty in the business world.
How to Apply the Different Marketing Strategies
The obvious question is “Which is the right choice for your business?
To answer that, also ask which do you have more of, time or money?
If your marketing budget is tight, there are plenty of ways to get qualified prospects using a content strategy.
Create a You-tube video on your phone. Do a podcast. Contact other entrepreneurs who may have your ideal client but are not direct competitors and ask if you can deliver a speech. Write articles and contact popular websites requesting to be a guest contributor in exchange for a link back to your website.
Ideally, if you have the money to spend on qualified leads through direct response marketing you should use both strategies.
You get market feedback immediately on your promotions and if you are smart, you quickly adapt the feedback into your outbound campaigns as well.
One strategy feeds the other ammunition to improve.