Get Back To Basics With Your Marketing

It’s a crazy time to try and market your business.  On the one hand, you don’t want to be seen as insensitive or tone deaf to the current health and economic challenges that are facing the country.  On the other hand…payroll.  Your organization still has bills to pay.  And when this is over, you want to have a business to market!

Madison Avenue has decided the best way to do this is to let everyone know that “we are all in this together” (even though we have been ordered NOT to be together).  They remind you that these are “unprecedented times,” and we should not worry because no one is touching our pizza after it leaves the oven!  What?  I wasn’t worried about that…until now!

And while it’s tough to know exactly what to do and say during these “unprecedented times,” I think we are over thinking it.  It’s time to get back to basics with your marketing.  Here are a few quick tips on how to market your organization now…and always.

Decide WHO Your Customer Is

One of the biggest challenges I see with companies is when they try to market to everyone.  Not only is that impossible (and expensive) it makes for boring marketing.  If you identify exactly who your target is, you can create compelling marketing and content that resonates with them.  In addition, you find that your message does not need to be everywhere.  It needs to be where your perfect customer is…and there only.

Explain What Problem You Are Solving

Every good business was created to solve a problem.  The lemonade stand was created to quench your neighbor’s thirst on a hot day.  The pizza shop was started because people are hungry (and don’t want to cook for themselves).  Whatever the problem is that your organization solves, make sure you let your customers and prospects know.  So many times we are concerned that we might be “overly salesy” and we make our prospects guess what we do.  Don’t do that.  Make sure it’s clear what you have to offer.

Add Value Where You Can

Once you let your customers and prospects know what you have to offer, it’s a good time to add value.  I still believe that the Give First Economy is in full swing.  You have an opportunity to be generous here.  Help your prospects.  Give them information to help them solve their problem.  Not only will it establish you as the expert in the field, but it will build integrity and trust with your audience.

Cover Your Branding Foundation

This is a good time to look at your marketing and make sure the foundations are covered.  Is your website up to date?  Do you have flyers, brochures, and print materials that tell your story (consistently with your website).   Does your team look like a team?  Once  you have created that ideal customer, you need to make sure you are showing up the right way to them, all the time.  If you need some help with this, please reach out to us and we can help.

Make Your Offer

If you have identified your customer, explained the problem that you solve, and have added value, then please don’t forget to make an offer.  It doesn’t have to be over the top.  You don’t have to be in their face.  As a matter of fact, if you have take the other steps, it would be weird if you did NOT ask for the business!  This is not the time to “get the digits” from your prospect and NOT make the call!  Make your offer and give them a chance to do business with you.

It’s a great time to get back to basics with your marketing…and these are some ideas to get you started.  If you want to dig deeper, feel free to sign up for our (FREE) 5 Day Marketing Course here.  Oh…and make sure you never miss out on our content.  Head to our blog page now and see what you have missed.

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.