A Guide for What You Need to Consider In Order to Make The Best Choice
”What should I do?”
This is what most of us ask ourselves whenever we are encountered with making a decision for marketing techniques or plans. The reason is that there are hundreds of them and many of us make huge mistakes while choosing an option.
It is not easy to create a marketing plan for your business. Many of the times while searching for the best marketing techniques over the internet, you encounter techniques which are termed as ”must” for every business. This makes you wonder if those techniques are really going to help you in a positive manner.
If you talk in the sense of traditional marketing then there are more than 50 techniques and over 30 techniques which can be applied in the sector of internet marketing. So the question is how to find the most powerful and best marketing techniques out of so many to bring in the best possible results and rankings?
Whenever I design a marketing campaign for my clients, I never let go some important things or questions out of my consideration.
What are the Goals and Objectives of Marketing?
It is very important for a business to know about objectives and goals they are looking forward to achieve with their marketing. This can help to a great deal in choosing the right technique. Basically, marketing is implemented to achieve these four purposes:
- To tell your target audience about your brand and how they can know more about your brand, product or services. In textbooks, this is known as Brand Awareness.
- To build a pre-sales relationship with your target audience in order to talk about the sales or make them request information about your product or services. The textbook term for this purpose is Lead Generation.
- To allow your target audience to consider your brand as one of their short listed choices. This is known as Brand Consideration.
- To perform direct sales with your target audience.
You should select those techniques to which your target audience will respond to and pay attention to. But, did you properly identify your target audience? If yes then you should know that there are some people in your audience who will not buy from your business unless and until they get to know you very well. For this, you will have to make your audience aware of the brand by making use of a marketing technique such as public speaking. Then, for lead generation, you can either use SEO where Google Adwords can be useful or by providing your audience with free offers. Finally, when you are confident enough about the trust of your audience, use email marketing to achieve direct sales.
Services vs. Products
This is one of the biggest and most destructive problems that many of us face in internet marketing: the application and implantation of same marketing techniques for both products and services. The effects of such blunder can only be poor results because there are different mixes of marketing techniques for both services and products. The purchasing pattern of people is different when it comes to services as compared to products. Therefore, a single marketing mix cannot be used.
What Else To Consider?
Your timelines and your budget are also very important things to consider. By budget I mean both in terms of money and time. You will see that some marketing techniques can be implemented for free but they require a huge amount of time to spend.
If you know your audience, your budget, your objectives and your time along with the regular testing, you will be able to figure out the top marketing techniques to use for your business over and over again.
Posted By: Zia Ul Aein