25 Sep How to save time and money on marketing
Once upon a time, there a was a small business with a great marketing plan.
There were even executing their plan – networking, advertising, social media, referral schemes and so on.
They were getting customers – only problem was they were spending so much time on delivering their marketing plan they were struggling to keep up with demand for their product.
They were also spending lots of money which was impacting their bottom line.
Then, one particularly stressful day when they were signing another cheque to pay for advertising and about to dash off to another networking event, whilst trying to manage their social media at the same time on their smartphone, a fairy godmother appeared.
‘You have one wish I can grant’, she said. ‘What will it be?’
The busy business owner didn’t have time to think about this long and replied ‘How do I stop spending so long on marketing so I can focus on other areas of my business’
‘Measure it’ said the fairy godmother. And in a puff of smoke, she vanished.
‘Measure it?’ thought the business owner, ‘what type of answer is that’.
Whilst driving to her networking event she began to mull over these words and think about how they answered her question.
She didn’t really measure anything right now. As long as she was getting customers to her business, that was the main thing.
But she knew something had to change for her business to thrive and to keep customers coming back.
She had an idea.
‘How about if I start to measure what each of my marketing activities delivers for me. Then I can see which ones are working and which aren’t’.
So, over the next 4 weeks she started to measure by asking every customer ‘how did you hear about us?’
At the end of the 4 weeks it didn’t take long to realise that most of her advertising wasn’t working (except 1 publication that seemed to reach her target market), some of the social media sites were bringing lots of customers and others nothing, referrals were one of the biggest answers customers gave and some networking was effective for referrals and others had produced nothing.
Armed with this information, she changed her marketing plan for the next month. She stopped all advertising, except the one that reached her target market. She stopped managing all the social media sites and focused instead on the ones that worked for her business. She improved the referral scheme she offered and she cut her networking events in half to focus on the ones that worked.
Result of this? She saved money from the advertising and she saved time on social media updates and networking.
She used this time to focus on customer service instead and making sure her existing customers bought more from her.
The moral of the story: Always measure the effect of what you are doing in your marketing plan.
Every business should at the bare minimum be asking each customer where they heard about them.
If you’re not doing this then stop everything else right now and find a way to build this into your process. Whether you need to build something into your website or whether it’s a question you can ask over the phone – add it in now.
If you’re already doing this, great. But have you checked the results recently? Go take a look now.
You need to get really close to what is working in your marketing plan and what isn’t, and then take steps to focus more on the stuff that is working.
Don’t make your business any harder than needs it needs to be.
Have you got any other tips on how to keep your marketing effective? Please share them by leaving a comment below.
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