If you have anything to do with marketing planning and implementation you’ve likely heard of the owned, earned, social and paid media pillars. While all are important, owned media should be the foundation and driving force behind how these different pieces of your marketing mix interact. Without owned media, how do you get attention from journalists, share your content and information on social media, push consumers to your site through paid social ads, or keep potential consumers in your funnel through your e-mail program? The answer is, you don’t. Or at least you won’t do it well and you’ll spend extra money and reduce ROI.
Messaging is a critical part of any brand. Among many other benefits, it helps set the tone for the brand and ensures that all stakeholders involved in communicating any messages about the brand are aligned. But, arguably, the biggest reason to ensure your brand messaging is thoughtful and purposeful is because it enables potential and existing consumers of your product or service to consistently hear what you’re offering, your values and brand pillars, and why these things are important to them. If this is done correctly and effectively, consumers will connect with your brand and see the value in your product or service.
We kicked off our series, “Tools and Tactics to Grow Your Business,” with a little hINgeSIGHT, about audience analysis and how it can literally mean the difference between success and failure of a brand. Today we’re going to briefly identify what audience analysis is, discuss the importance of this simple, yet powerful tactic and offer a few basic questions you should be asking as you determine who your audience is, why they need your business, and how you can reach them.
Many times, businesses overlook the value of branding because they view themselves as just a business and not a brand. Brands should not be viewed as something only concerning Fortune 500 companies. Regardless of the size of your business, branding can provide support to your marketing and communications efforts and, if implemented correctly, will increase the value of your company.
Ask any group of people what branding is, and you will likely get a different answer from each person. You’ll hear all things from a logo to your look-and-feel to letterhead. Often, the words used to describe branding are about what a consumer can see. But, branding actually runs much deeper.
Last week, we gave you all the details on marketing plans, so now that you know what they are, let’s talk about what they can do for your business.
A marketing plan?! What exactly is that?
A marketing plan is a comprehensive document that describes your marketing efforts ideally for a specific time frame. In its most basic form, it’s a road-map for introducing and delivering your products or services to a desired audience. It will guide you in selecting different platforms for promoting your business and tailoring those to achieve your end goals.
The past few months, we’ve been talking a lot about social media. We’ve shared The Top Social Media Platforms You Should be Familiar With where we introduced some of the top platforms to research and understand; Accomplish These Two Steps Before Implementing a Social Media Program where we offered some planning ideas; Visual Content Speaks Volumes During Social Media Consumption where we provided ideas for how to improve your visuals and increase engagement on social media; and many, many more. Are you bored yet? We hope not! Our real hope is you feel less intimidated and overwhelmed because you have a better idea of what platforms are right for your business, how to create a social media strategy,
A couple of weeks ago we shared a post that focused on the importance of creating Reputation Management marketing strategy. An important component of that strategy is crisis management. Every moment we turn on the news, radio or open social media, we see someone or some business facing some sort of crisis. Perhaps they handled a situation incorrectly, provided a poor product or service, responded to an issue unethically in the eyes of the consumer, or made a damaging or inaccurate statement… the list goes on! The clean up after that often seems like a long and daunting process and can ultimately make or break that business or person if they are ill-prepared.
Now that we’ve made The Case for Goal Setting, called out Goal Distractions that Can Get You, and lead you through How to Set Good Goals, we want to help you measure them. You’ve done the hard work by setting measurable goals and now you need to see if that work is paying off or if you need to shift directions to ensure you’re making your budget and resources work hardest for you.