Creating an effective marketing campaign is crucial to every business, but the type of campaign you should create differs depending on your business.
This means that if you want to see your business grow, you have to understand your audience. When you understand how your audience spends their time, it’s a lot easier to create a campaign that will reach them.
1] Finding the Right Advertising Channel
Before you create your first marketing campaign, you need to choose the right channel for advertisements. Basically, you need to figure out where to place your ads. This will be different depending on the people your business serves.
For example, if you own a business that rents 10×20 canopies to people hosting events in your local area, you might want to consider advertising on a popular radio station or creating a local TV ad.
However, if you own a business that serves customers globally, online marketing may be a better fit for you. The key to finding the right advertising channel is determining the best way to reach your target audience.
2] Understanding Your Customers
If you don’t understand what motivates your customers to purchase your products, you’ll have a real hard time selling them.
One of the easiest ways to discover what makes your customers buy from you is to ask them. So you should consider creating a short customer survey that asks things like:
- What made you choose the item you purchased today?
- What problem is the product you purchased going to solve for you?
- What made you purchase this product instead of other similar items?
If you’re starting a new business and you don’t have current customers to survey, you should ask yourself:
- What makes my product different from my competitors?
- What does my company offer that my competitors don’t?
- What problem does my product solve for customers?
Finding the answers to these questions help you determine your unique selling proposition. This makes it a lot easier to sell your products because you can highlight the benefits that your competitors don’t have.
3] Determining What Medium Your Customers Respond To
Everyone is different, so not only do you have to choose advertising channels that reach your customers, you need to determine what type of content gets them to respond. For example, if you have a young, trendy target audience who is always on the go, they may respond better to short videos than they do long, informative blog posts.
If that’s the case, video ads would probably work better than a strong content marketing strategy that focuses primarily on blogging. So instead of paying a writer to create long-written blog posts, you should consider doing a video blog or using graphics instead.
If you aren’t sure what type of ads will appeal to your customers, consider testing a few different options before putting most of your focus on one thing.
You could test graphic ads on social media, video on YouTube or the television, written information through blogging and/or social media, and audio on a podcast or radio show.
4] Selling a Solution, Not Your Product
You can have a content marketing strategy that’s amazing, but if you’re focusing on your products instead of your customers, there’s a good chance it would still fail. Every product and/or service sold solves a problem for the buyer. It’s your job to tell your audience why your product fixes their problems.
For example, if you own a company that sells mattresses and you focus on the mattress features — sturdy springs, soft memory foam, etc. — you’re missing the mark. Your customers aren’t looking for those things. They are looking for a good night’s sleep.
So instead of loading them up with information on the mattress features, you need to tell them how those features will give them the uninterrupted sleep they want.
It’s common for people to get caught up in the unimportant details when creating their marketing campaigns. But you shouldn’t strive for perfection.
The key to creating an effective marketing campaign is focusing on your customers, not your products, and testing your options until you find one that clicks.