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How to Create a Marketing Plan for Your New Business

When you think of marketing, your mind may slingshot to social media. While this is one aspect of marketing, there are many other elements to digital marketing that you need to know before you jump right into social media. It’s important to design your digital marketing around a plan so that you’re spending less time, in the long run, working and posting your digital marketing than you are in the other aspects of your business.

 

Marketing Plan Step #1: Build a Website

Make sure to have your own website with your domain name. No one else can pull your information off the internet when you have your own website and domain name. You also have control over all your content. Make sure not to mistake having a social media page as your “website.” Your content or entire page can be pulled down at any moment, with no recourse, leaving you to start all over with a new site.

 

Marketing Plan Step #2: Choose an Email Service

While there are many email services out there today, Convertkit is one of our favorites for creators. Start with an email service that gives you a free account, then add the emails you have from prospects. Start with three to five tags, which are categories that you can set up to identify your email subscribers. A few categories that are good to start with are: clients, prospects or leads, and workshops (if you offer a free workshop). Whatever works for your business, categorize your email subscribers so that when you have an email campaign in the future, it’s easy to develop a targeted campaign right to the avatar you want to send them to.

 

Marketing Plan Step #3: Design a Lead Magnet

What is a lead magnet? A lead magnet is a freebie that you offer that is typically easy for you to generate and doesn’t use more of your time when your potential client takes you up on the offer. A lead magnet is a way to collect the email addresses of potential clients interested in what you offer.

Examples of freebie lead magnets are: ebooks, a mini-online course, a video series dropped via email, or a newsletter. Take one of the most common questions you get in your business and give them that information in your lead magnet. If you’re not sure what’s popular in your niche right now, take some time to do a Google search to find out what’s hot and trending online. 

 

Marketing Plan Step #4: Create Content Pillars

Content pillars are themes that you want to build your content around. For example, if you’re a florist, weddings, proms, and holidays are three content pillars you can build your content around. Create a theme for one to three months of content and build all of your marketing content, both print and digital, around the same theme. In doing this, you are continually reminding your followers about the service you offer. 

Why do you want to build your content around pillars? 

Because nowadays, in marketing, it takes up to 15 impressions for people to buy from you with all of the content they see on social media, email, and video. With that many impressions needed before someone considers buying, you need to think long-term for your digital (and traditional) marketing efforts.

When you’re building your marketing plan and content, remember that your plan doesn’t have to be perfect! Start small and see what works. Your first plan may be an email once a month, social media three days a week, and adding one blog to your website each month. Once you have a groove and are comfortable, start adding more content to your marketing!

Four Essential Keys to Marketing Success Part I

Marketing is a word that scares many business owners but is a necessity to bring in new clients. Whether creating digital or traditional marketing, you can always repurpose or reuse your content. However, use these guidelines to create a successful and reusable marketing campaign that you can duplicate with minor adjustments – making less work for your small business in the long run!

 

Four Essential Keys to Marketing Success

While there are many details to successful marketing, we’ll be going through the four essential keys to a successful and reusable marketing campaign. Once you have these basics down, you can use them every year, making minor changes for new ideas you have to add to your marketing campaign. We’ll go through each of these, so you can see exactly how to use them and how they all affect the overall outcome of your marketing campaign.

 

Marketing Essential #1: Define Your Unique Selling Proposition

Your Unique Selling Proposition, or USP, is the perspective your clients who hire you will have about your business. To find out your USP, take the time to ask yourself questions from the perspective of your current favorite customers and clients. What gets their attention? What needs are you meeting? Which pain points are you solving for your clients? What promises are you fulfilling for the people you provide a product or service to? Why are they hiring your services? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start putting together a plan to meet the needs and wants of prospective clients.  

Next, take a look at the USP of your competitors. Then, utilize the components of the USP they are using to help you develop your unique USP. Your focused USP is what you are “promising” your customers and clients. Your unique selling proposition will set you apart from your competition and distinguish what you do and who you serve as a small business.

 

Marketing Essential #2: Putting an Effective Sales Offer to Work

You’ll want to take the time to develop an effective sales plan for your business or platform. If you don’t plan, your marketing efforts could be as effective as throwing spaghetti against a wall, hoping your efforts will pay off. Often, a good marketing plan will not only give you a sense of satisfaction. Still, it will pay off in more income and profitability for your company. Check out our weekly blog for a future post about how to create an effective sales plan and for more detail on the steps to take when making a sales plan for your business.

With a sales plan, you’ll combine what makes your products and services unique and stand out among your competitors. Your sales plans should compel customers to buy. The plan you come up with should make them feel they need to buy, even if the product doesn’t cover a basic need. Your sales pitch should answer a question, solve a problem or feed an obsession with your ideal client.

 

In your sales pitch and plan, you’ll want to provide your lead with all the information they need to make an informed and confident decision. When you do, you’ll be sure to land the sale and make a new customer! 

 

Check back for this series on marketing essentials, as we will post part II at the end of this month! 

Strategic Steps to Take For Business Growth

Strategic Steps to Take For Small Business Growth

The first step to creating a more profitable business is to consider the 80/20 or pareto principle. This rule states that 20% of your actions result in 80% of your results. This is true, no matter what vertical or category your small business falls into. Now, consider this. If you multiply the 80/20 rule by 4; it states that only 1% of what you do generates 50% of your business income. Imagine what would happen to your business if you found that 1% activity and focused on it relentlessly. Would you agree you would have one profitable business?  

Let Me Hold Up A Magnifying Glass To What Makes Up That 20%

The five elements of business that make up the 20% of activities that are making you the most money in your small business are leads, conversions, transactions, pricing, and profit. When you look at these components that make up your 20%, seek out one action item in each area. Focus on your best lead generation effort, tighten up your conversion rate, add value to create another point of sale for your customer, examine your pricing structure, and audit your costs; if the cost is not making you money, get rid of it. That’s just a few options out of literally hundreds of strategies. Even a small shift of 1-3% can make a big difference to your bottom line. Would you like to see how compounding works, visit my free Profit Simulator >>

How to Make the Right Marketing Decisions for Your Business

Okay, so we know that we all HATE being sold to but we do LOVE to buy stuff! Each time we purchase anything, we are looking to either solve a problem, create certainty, or have a meaningful experience.

With more than 10,000 messages per day bombarding consumers online, how do you get your message to stand out among your competitors with your marketing?

You’ll need to find your voice and narrow down what you’re saying to your prospects with focused messages. To break through the noise and create a message so compelling it’s like a dog whistle to your superstar client or customer, you’ll want to get down to the fundamentals of what your message is for your business (also known as your market dominating position or unique selling proposition). Really, what separates you from everyone else selling what you sell? Besides examining the inside of your company or its services you also need to know who your target customer is for your business. 

Your Target Customer is More than Just Demographics

Instead of looking at typical demographics such as age and gender, I coach companies to dig deeper and find out more about their ideal customers. When you’re only marketing based on common demographics, you’re only scratching the surface. Instead, I want you to think about the process people go through when they buy anything. The buyer’s journey is where 99% of prospects that consider buying what you sell are in the investigative stage. They are considering reasons to buy a product/service and overcoming objections to the purchase. It’s not until the very last 1% that they are considering WHO to buy from. 

To dive beyond simple demographics and create this compelling message, we need to tap into the emotional reason for your customer to buy. 

How Do You Know What Your Superstar Client Looks Like?

To identify your superstar clients/customers, you need to do nothing but look at your most loyal customer or the easiest clients you work with. You know the ones, who jumped at your offer, are excited to become customers, love what you do… really in their eyes, you do no wrong. The relationship is fluid… you’ll hear me say, in Changing the Sales Game Podcast, “If you feel goosebumps talking to someone, they are close to your ideal client.”

To find out more steps you can take to grow your small business, listen to my interview with Connie Whitman here >>

 

Are you ready for the next phase of your business?

My business was running me.

If you’re anything like I was, your business is running you. The everyday struggles of a bakery employing 15 people and non-stop production almost killed me. I was beyond exhausted and wasn’t sure where to turn.

When I went searching for support, I was overwhelmed by the amount of tactical “solutions” recommended to get my business to the next phase. It seemed like everything was surface-level. I didn’t want the latest marketing trend, a social media calendar, or prompts for content, or dead-end financial management support.

I say this often, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know what you didn’t know.” I know now that I needed someone outside my business to help me see beyond the day-to-day. A person with the financial know-how to examine and question current systems — someone that could get us beyond what I already knew. 

Does this resonate with you? Maybe you feel stuck and aren’t sure how to get to the next level. Or your business is growing but relies on you 24/7, and you don’t know how much longer you can take it.

Download my Profit Jolt book and we’ll also share a link to an email training series on how to build a profitable business. We’ll get you off the “hamster wheel” so your passion can fuel the world.

Let’s take care of you and your business.