How to create your small business marketing strategy

How to create your small business marketing strategy

In one moment, I’ll tell you how to create your small business marketing strategy. But first, let me ask why you need a marketing strategy in a small business? Isn’t strategy something that only big businesses do?

Well kinda… Or rather, it’s only big businesses that actually talk about strategy. It’s normally something that’s put together at a high level and then forced upon the “little people” further ¬†down the organisation.
But small businesses need a strategy too. Why? Simply because in a small business we have limited marketing resources – both money and time are limited. Without a though-out and written down strategy, we can be tempted to chase every new shiny object that comes along. We’ll hear or read about how the latest new social media is the place to be… Or that someone is getting loads of business with Google. Or the Golden Pages rep calls us up and tells you about the great deal he can do for you….

Without a defined marketing strategy to follow – we can easily become advertising victims!

Creating a marketing strategy may seem like over-kill for your business – but t will help you to attract the type of customers that you want. It helps keep you focused and doing only the type of work that you want. And it will help make you more money – which is the most important…

Now I’m gonna tell you how to create your small business marketing strategy.

There’s three simple steps to follow.
1. Define your ideal client or customer.

This means you need to think about how your best customers have been in the past. Those who were the easiest people to work with. Those who didn’t haggle on price. those who paid on time. Those who referred you to their friends, family and colleagues.
This is the general criteria for an ideal customer.

2. Create a marketing message that will attract the attention of your ideal customer.

This is not about being the cheapest guy around. The whole purpose of creating a marketing strategy is that it automatically makes your business more profitable and less stressful. the alternative is serving customers who are a pain, and working for low prices. I hope this is an incentive for you to do this bit of thinking…
Think about the best customers you’ve had. What was most important to them? What did they value most? What could you say that would appeal to them?

3. Decide how best to get your newly created marketing message in front of your ideal customers.

Part of the process of defining your ideal customer should have got you to think about how your past customers have found you. did they see your advert somewhere? Did they find your website? Were they referred to you? Was it a flyer that got their attention? This is probably something that you haven’t given much thought to before. But doing it now will save you lots of time, money and more importantly, bring you more customers.

Now this is a high level guide on how to create your small business marketing strategy. There is obviously a bit of work to be done to create this and a bit of thinking. the more effort you put in to doing this – the more you will benefit. You’ll attract better customer, more customers and make more money. You’ll also have a business that’s more fun and less stressful.

If you think that this is all a bit daunting or troublesome – fear not. We run a workshop for all our new members on this very subject. The good news is that by the time you leave the workshop, you’ll have your strategy more or less completed.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Adrian at Adrian@FMBIreland.com or finn out the contact form, and I’ll be happy to help or point you to some free resources that will get you started.

How to create your small business marketing strategy

Why Does Your Business Need A Website?

Why do You Need a Web site?

Unless you’ve been locked away in a cave somewhere for the last X years, you will have almost always used one means of finding a supplier or business…. and that means of finding thing is… Google!!!

…and if you want to be found on Google – you’ll be found much easier if you have a web site!

You might reply – but I have a Facebook page – or it’s expensive to get a website – or maybe there’s another excuse …

Starting with Facebook – Google doesn’t have a great affinity for facebook – and unless there are no other results that closely match what you are searching for – Google won’t display a facebook on page 1.
Add to that, a Facebook page, unless it’s been set up specifically for your business, is generally not the best first impression you want to give a prospective customer.

A web site, properly designed to attract prospective customers (they only become customers when they begin to spend money with you), will be your opportunity to target your IDEAL customers.

After all, there’s no point attracting people who want the cheapest supplier/builder/ tradesman? Is there? You want to attract the people who you would like to work with as customers. Bingo!

So is a web site expensive? Well if you get a web designer who wants to build you their dream site – with all the bells and whistles, and might win them a design award – then yes – it probably will be expensive.

On the other hand – if you want a site that’s designed specifically to attract the right type of customer and encourage them to contact you – look professional, but not too flash – then no it wont – and especially if you are using our discount voucher…

Get in touch with us – even if it’s only for a quick chat about getting your site started.

Talk soon!