Some business owners feel that they need to sell their product or service to everyone – anyone and everyone listening. While that may make sense to some, think about your last purchase. Do you believe that everyone in your family, town, city, or state purchased the same product as you? If they purchased the same product or service, did they also purchase it for the same exact reason?
Why You Want to Have a Targeted Audience
This is why you need to figure out who your ideal avatar is for your business. If you waste time trying to target everyone, you’re targeting no one. It’s like the business owner who hands out business cards in a circle to everyone they meet. Almost no one calls that person because they don’t know what they are about or who they serve. This is how you’ll distinguish your company from your competitors’ services – even if you do the same service. Targeting a specific demographic of who you serve is vital to having a marketing plan that is effective for both your time and money.
Who Should You Target?
The most important aspect of marketing is to know who your ideal client is and why they are your ideal client. Is your ideal client a mom of four who is strapped for time or is it a single woman who has more free time on her hands? These are important elements of your ideal avatar you’ll want to know so you can target your marketing.
What are their purchasing habits? Are they buying products or services from Instagram or do they hangout on Facebook? You need to know who has influence over purchasing, who does the actual buying, and how they buy.
Ask Your Audience What They Want
Figure out a way to get in front of your ideal audience before you spend money on an ad campaign or a new website. Poll them via email, a phone call, or on social media. Ask them questions that will help you refine your website, your products, or your services. Your name needs to be at the top of their list to buy from so they go to you first. But you need to know why your name is there, and polling your ideal clients is the best way to find out.
Use Your Avatar’s Lingo
Advertising to millennials is a different game than advertising to Gen Z or zoomers. You need to learn your avatar’s unique language and communication methods. These can include buzzwords and even the nicknames they have for their pets.