Developing Your Marketing Skills
Starting a company based on your vision and ideas is fantastic, but how will your company succeed if nobody knows about it? This is the purpose of marketing. By marketing your company, you'll let people know who your company is, what it does, why it does it, and why they should care.
Marketing isn't just about increasing your company's visibility among the public, however. It's about establishing your brand, developing a positive image for your business, and creating a clear advantage over the competition.
Using Social Media to Market Your Business
It doesn't matter if your business is local, national or global - a social media marketing campaign will greatly increase the visibility of your business. Essentially, a social media marketing campaign is an effort on the part of your company to create a presence on various social media and social networking sites, such as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. You can use these campaigns to drive extra traffic to your website, advertise a new sale or promotion, or debut a new product offering. Here are examples of how you can use some of the biggest social media sites to market your business:
Facebook - Create a page specifically devoted to your company. The page should look professional and explain the purpose of your company. If your business already has its own website, the Facebook page should complement it. Give Facebook users a reason to "like" your page, such as a promotion or discount code.
Twitter - Twitter is great for posting quick updates and messages to keep in touch with your customers and supporters. Since the length of each message is restricted, it makes for a great way to "tease" your followers with bits of information, encouraging them to explore your company further. It's also highly popular among smartphone users, who make up a large portion of the overall internet population today.
Youtube - Many people find videos more engaging than text, and chances are good that at least some aspects of your business will translate well to a moving image. Some ideas include giving a video tour of your office, filming a product demonstration, or making a short documentary about the history of your company.
One of the biggest misconceptions about online and social media marketing campaigns is that they're only valuable to online businesses. In reality, social media can be a huge help to your company even if it represents its one and only online component. Restaurants and bars, for example, rarely do any business online, but the most successful ones virtually always have at least some sort of social media presence.
The Importance of Offline Marketing
Although some companies will be best served by focusing on online marketing exclusively, others (such as the aforementioned restaurants and bars, as well as other companies that only provide services or goods in their local areas) must devote at least some resources to local, offline marketing.
Getting your company listed in the phone book is an excellent place to begin, especially if your target audience isn't exactly internet-savvy (such as older or lower-income individuals). From here, you can get a lot more creative:
- Host a grand opening. This can be a great way of getting a lot of people excited about your company in a short period of time. You'll need to provide big incentives, such as major discounts or free perks, in order to build peoples' trust in a brand new company.
- Have a barbecue. Who can resist free food? You'll have the opportunity to tell people about your business while they're happily munching on burgers and hot dogs.
- Post flyers. Savvy marketers never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth advertising and catching people in the right place at the right time. If you're trying to promote a new music venue, for instance, you might post flyers at bars, nightclubs, record stores, instrument shops and local college campuses.
Marketing becomes especially important in a crowded industry, where just a tiny bit of extra consumer awareness can make the difference between failure and success. If you are ready to learn the skills essential to marketing in a competitive industry, Prosperity Equation offers a lucrative and easy income opportunity.
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Business marketing is an in-depth topic that's certainly worth further exploration. For additional information about marketing and other business development topics, contact us today.