Merging Old School Marketing With the Electronic Age
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There have always been many different ways to market an organizing business – some free, some inexpensive, and some costly – and it seems that there are more options every time you turn around!
Before you get lost chasing after the latest bright shiny object, read this article by Holly Horsman. In it, Holly uncovers some “old school” marketing tactics that are just as useful as ever, and explains how you can blend them with newer methods for maximum impact.
When building your business and creating a unique brand that sets you apart from the rest, marketing should be one of your main priorities. Obviously, you must make good on your promises and deliver what you’ve advertised, but there are several ways to combine tried and true methods with new ones, specifically in conjunction with technology. Staying flexible and able to easily go with the flow of change in marketing is going to be the secret to a successful strategy.
Here are a few ways to rev up the way your company promotes itself.
One of the most timeless strategies in marketing is word-of-mouth advertising. Clients want to promote you when they’ve had a great experience and are usually receptive to offering a testimonial or giving you a reference if they’re happy with the product or service you’ve offered. This is one of the many reasons having integrity in the way you conduct business is so important.
Feel free to include one or two short sentences (avoid long-winded paragraphs or irrelevant information) on your website and be choosy with the kind of testimonials you include. Featuring too many can seem overwhelming or as though you’re pushing something on the reader, which you want to avoid. You can also include a link for contact information asking clients for any feedback or reviews they may have, as it will give you perspective on ideas you may not have considered. It will also encourage you to continually work towards improving.Don't be too quick to throw away your old school marketing strategies.Click To Tweet
Television and Visual Advertisements
Since pretty much everyone is linked in (no pun intended) these days, you’ll be hard pressed to find a client who doesn’t watch television or stream programming on the internet. YouTube specifically has thousands of ads promoted every single day. If you decide to create an advertisement and share it on any social network, particularly Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and use hashtags or the appropriate funnels, you’ll reach a lot of viewers, quickly.
These platforms will help promote your services and expand your audience and potential client base, while simultaneously captivating the interest of the audience, and keeping them interested and engaged. Include links or widgets to various outlets somewhere visible on your website and make sure they’re updated. It’s going to leave a bad impression if your Facebook page has three likes and hasn’t been updated since December!
It’s important to create a LinkedIn account, which will serve to give your business more credibility.
You can also integrate your brochure as a printable or interactive accent to your website, which will include an eye-grabbing headline or mission statement. Just be careful not to overwhelm the reader or offer redundant or repetitive information on the site.
You can also create a unique blog that allows your potential clients a more relatable and true version of you, as well as a more detailed description of ongoing projects, changes, and improvements, but only as long as you intend to stay on top of it and produce content regularly.
E-mail & Promotions
Never underestimate the power of the e-mail!
Create a newsletter and keep it updated, yet refrain from overwhelming subscribers with too many messages. You can include promotional offers, gifts, or discounts for specific days of the week, holidays, or for limited time periods. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve become a patron of a new business solely because they sent me coupons.
You can also feel free to reach out to your contacts you’ve known for a long time or have done business with in the past. Use discretion when getting in touch with previous clients, as to not seem like you’re overreaching or desperate. Spread the word with close friends and family and, if you feel comfortable enough, ask them to reference your services.
As the use of technology becomes more widespread, your business will have to be flexible and comfortable conforming to new approaches in the world of marketing. It’s okay to get creative and mix and match which strategies are best suited for you and the type of business you’re promoting.
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Holly Horsman is currently a content consultant associated with Martin Print, and as a prior business owner herself, wants to share her passion for business marketing to as many readers as possible.