This blog post is aimed at business managers and entrepreneurs - just to start you thinking about ways to improve your marketing strategies, messages and efforts.
In today's dynamic environment, where the consumer has a wealth of choice and loves brands – you may need to focus more on the customer’s 'experience' of your service, products, outlets, staff, website, etc.
Collect and compile a database of their email addresses then ask them what they think. Ask them what they want. Then see if you can offer it, and stay in touch.
What is it that you are actually solving for people?
The need to wear something nice that makes them feel better? The need for a cold beer? A hassle-free way to sort out their tax or legal affairs?
Do they mainly want the feeling of comfort or pride? Or mainly avoid hassle and pain?
Does what you provide as a business alleviate their fear, or increase their happiness?
You need to be aware of their 'pain points' and explain in your marketing literature and website how you can solve their problems or increase their happiness.
Collect and analyse your customers/clients behavioural data and be aware of how consumers have changed in the digital information age - online shopping is getting more and more popular for example. Does your website need an over-haul?
Be aware of how different generations think and react -
They all have different buying decision processes:
Which are your target market? Approach and communicate with them appropriately.
Economic downturns present some very challenging issues and decisions for businesses. More than ever it's about the survival of the fittest. You cannot try to run your business like you did before a recession.
Flexible workforces - freelance could work for many occupations - why not?
Rather than cut prices - how about promoting your offer's benefits in a more sophisticated way, or add some more features with benefits.
There is much to be made from predicting the future - trends in consumer needs, behaviours and attitudes, enforced conditions.
As a business manager or entrepreneur - your empirical skills and knowledge are made very much more powerful when you also use PREDICTION. Try it when you lie awake at night.
Surviving or even thriving in a recession starts with some great ideas and some well researched and applied business and marketing strategies.
Don't launch a product just because you like it; make sure you know there is a need for it in sufficient quantities for you to make a decent profit; and ensure you have the budget to promote it.
Thinking positive isn't enough - you need to work smart, be pro-active and get things done too.
It doesn't matter how hard you bark - if the squirrel's in a different tree you better stop and find the right one.
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