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Top 5 Marketing Strategies to Help Your Small Business Be Successful

Top 5 Marketing Strategies to Help Your Small Business Be Successful

Do you want to make your small business achieve colossal success? If yes, here are some of the top marketing strategies to help you achieve this objective.

Have you noticed that there are two types of entrepreneurs? Those who run rapidly developing companies and those who just get stuck ‘getting by’. What makes them different? It is basically based on one thing: how strong and effective their marketing strategies are.

Regrettably, marketing as a whole topic is often viewed as a secondary concern, and entrepreneurs focus on separate things such as printed advertising, websites, landing pages, blogs, e-mails, or even social media. These, treated individually, will not have the same impact as a full, thoroughly thought-out marketing strategy aimed at clear objectives.

What’s a marketing strategy? Well, it basically contains the steps you have to follow in order to reach the goals you have set for your business. A complete, well-thought marketing strategy is the key to creating brand awareness, making your potential customers or investors interested, getting new sales, and even making your current customers loyal. A marketing strategy is a guideline towards the culture within your business, how your products and services are offered and the prices you set.

Focus is one of the most important things for you as an entrepreneur. It will be one of the things that will make you that entrepreneur who runs a rapidly growing business and not the one who’s trying to survive. Set realistic goals, stick to them and focus your actions on building them.

In order to shape an effective strategy, you will need to ponder many elements. Today, I would like to tell you about 5 key elements that worked for me when I was starting and have done wonders for several new entrepreneurs. The most important thing is to be very clear on each element in order to concentrate your efforts on it.

1. Your Customer

Defining to whom you are aiming your efforts should definitely be step one. You must have a clear definition of your target customer, so you can build your tactics around it. It may even mean that you must ‘exclude’ some customers that could buy from you but aren’t your prime recipients.

customer

Clearly defining your star customer type is not something that will happen overnight. You and your team will have to sit down and discuss the pros, cons and everything related until you reach a decision you’re all satisfied with. It might take work, but your marketing won’t be effective without clarity on this topic.

Narrowing your target market, and finding out who your target customer is, will allow you to understand who you are selling your products/services to, will allow your customers to feel appreciated and loved once you focus your efforts on them, and its ultimate goal will be increasing your sales (which, by the way, is called the target market paradox).

Just keep in mind that the more focused you are on a specific set of clients, the more you will know about them, and the better-suited your strategies will be. Thus, the return on those efforts will be better.

2. Your Business

If you started a business, it’s because you clearly understand who you are, or at least who and where you want to be. Try to describe your business in a concise matter. Just like Nike’s ‘Authentic Athletic Performance’ or Starbucks’ ‘High-quality coffee’, simple descriptions that deliver non-confusing messages are best for your business, especially if you’re just starting out.

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Coming up with a complicated description for your business may sound attractive, in theory. However, what it actually does is send a confusing message to everyone that’s trying to figure you out. People will be uncertain of what exactly you do, and in turn, this will make your marketing tactic unsuccessful.

Let me give you a simple tip: If a customer, potential customer, or even someone who could refer you cannot recall clearly what your business does one month after knowing you, then they never actually knew what your business did in the first place.

3. Your Differentiator

Once again, being simple and narrow will make a good impact on your customers. If your product is brand new, never seen before, great! But chances are, your product or service is something that’s already been invented. But fear not. This is an opportunity. Innovation is key to any business; pick the main features (2 or 3 at most) that make you different.

Remember that to keep your customer’s interest and be remembered, you should not suffocate your customers with detailed information. Instead, focus on your main features, which your target customer has proven to want. Market, in plain words, the benefits you are providing your customers with your product or service.

4. Your Competition

All the steps we have mentioned relate to each other, and this is no exception. It’s extremely important that you understand who your competition is, down to the target market you have described initially. This way you will know who your competition is targeting, and you will be able to aim your marketing strategies to grow your business.

know your competition

Try to reduce your main competitors to one or two, and then build your strategies, your differentiation around that, don’t try to hoard all the market, be specific. Be unique

5. You

Why should a customer pick you? Why your service or your product is better than the rest? You’ve defined your perfect customer, your business, and your competition, and now you should define yourself. What’s the thing that is going to separate you from the rest and lure those valuable customers over?

It will be the core of all your strategies, so it’ll be good to think it through. In my case, corporate gifts for customers and employees were the way to go. Sometimes it could be something as small as a pen, or it could be a bag or a water bottle, it was a simple gesture, but it made my customers feel loved and appreciated, and it made my employees feel like they belonged (which made them my brand’s ambassadors as well).

6. Your Marketing Strategy

Having clear elements surrounding your business and your strategy will allow you to make the right choices when it comes to building and marketing your business. It really doesn’t make any sense to hire fancy community managers, build a shiny new website or create big e-mail strategies if your fundamental marketing strategy has no focus. Being clear about what you are and where you are headed will pave the path towards success.

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The main key to victory? Discipline and patience. It won’t happen in one or two days. But with detailed analysis, concentration and hard work, you will be the entrepreneur who grows and runs a multimillion-dollar company.

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