Not Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Suit Every business

Not Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Suit Every business

Here's 4 reasons.

Out in the country, nestled between farms, silos and other tall structures, the wind can change direction in a moment’s notice.

Change. Not the kind in your pocket or purse. More like the movement and direction of the wind. Plus, even in your audience and customer contact list.

How do you plan for a change? You have a plan?

You can pick up a book pertaining to your situation. So, if that is your choice, you decided on learning by reading. Depending on the answers you are searching for, that can be a smidgeon of books or thousands of books deemed for your situation.

You might try a search on your browser of choice. If you are lucky and found some interesting reading, you still need to determine if it is right for you. I did not say this would be easy.

 

All good things come in 4's

Check out additional information on proofing by clicking here for a copy of Direct Marketing Success newsletter, Vol 18, No.34, “Four Simple Steps to Sharpen Your Proofing Skills and Keep Your Good Reputation Intact.” In addition, you will find 3 more articles, “Ready to Get Serious About Email,” “The Right Time for Business Growth Starts Today,” and “What’s New in Direct Mail?”

1. Change inherently happens to a person who plans for change.

For example, people who work in marketing, advertising, or sales comes to mind. Yes, they understand change can happen at a moment’s notice. I was consulting with a firm, which used company employees to proof marketing and sales materials. An employee in accounting found a mistake but did not turn her copy sheet in on time. Unfortunately, they sent it to a print-shop. I recommended to my contact to call the printer and ask for a proof sheet prior to printing.

2. The best copywriting can capture more sales and customers.

These direct marketing professionals have a very strong motivation gene in their DNA to use specific words go after the consumer tooth and nail to make a purchase. It is the powerful copy and presentation of offers no one can refuse.

Each direct marketing copywriter needs a design that aligns with their copy and pulls the reader into direct and digital marketing copy. All direct marketing and mail specialists know the frequency of messages sent on a schedule is incredibly read. They also know, not every direct marketing method will suit every business.

Every contact in your list needs a variation in parts of the copy to get attention. When it happens, it is like finding a pot of gold. I base some variations in customer segments and their profiles in a database. Especially true if you can do it below budget. Check out my post, “The Art of Copywriting.”

3. Learn by reading, learn by doing.

Seek to understand your unique audience and customer base. Personalization of your audience and customers used with multi-channel or digital marketing may be a double whammy and produce a significant increase in responses. However, do not forget the intricacies of personalization. Today’s direct marketing must be beneficial to your customers. Memorable messages to your audience with your marketing goals in sight is to learn more about them and to please them.

Read any marketing journal or the many advertising service providers’ daily emails you will find across the board, from small business to the largest companies. Marketing copywriters appear to lack understanding when, how, and why using personalization. Or some writers do not want to know. Memorable messages to your audience with your marketing goals in sight is to learn more about them and to please them.

In today’s data driven marketing era, it is important to capture customer information to drive business and future marketing decisions. When you use personalization wisely and appropriately, it is a powerful direct marketing mail tool that attracts attention, increases readership, and invariably boosts the chances for a response.

For additional information on data and personalization, click here for a copy of Direct Marketing Success newsletter, Vol 17, No.32. And on the front page read, “How to Turn your Customer List into A Dream List.” In addition, you will find 3 additional articles of reading and doing.

  • How to Motivate Your Customers into Action,
  • Quantity vs. Quality and,
  • One Word When Not Used Correctly

4. A solution provider mindset works well with a learn by reading and learn by doing skill set.

How can a company know if they stage it for complete success for direct and digital marketing? What is a good way to identify gaps in strategy, to repair mistakes that testing brought about, and what they learned from the last campaign that made your strategy not as effective?

Asking questions in the previous paragraph, need solutions. You may have or may wish you would have created testing points, such as response, communication channel tracking and website traffic.

If you are using direct marketing mail plus digital marketing, there are testing methods available from the USPS and response results from Google Analytics. If you used email and website landing pages, there is data to collect from the email provider to gather information on how your website took part in the analysis.

As the questions add up, a wise person would visit Direct2Customers marketing community to kick start learn by reading. Marketing Doc, the librarian, works with each member of the community to find the right marketing articles or content to start on the right path, free. Which then leads to learn by doing.

Seek to understand your unique audience and customer base and then work hard to find the most effective way to serve them.

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Sum-up

View marketing as a science. Whatever product or service you offer your audience, everyone is different. The larger the audience, you must adjust your data collection and analysis. You will need to adjust or add new segments and customer profiles on a schedule. Change comes and goes differently within your audience. You are always reading and always doing.

 

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Direct marketing copy is like a puzzle.

Sharing my time with you is not over at the end of a post. There are many ideas I experienced in owning a small business. My ideas about using and writing direct marketing and customer-centric copy are intertwined in the marketing, advertising, and selling content, articles, reports based on my philosophy of people learn by reading, then learn by doing.

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Thanks again for reading. Questions?

Mdoc@direct2customers.com or 800-251-3608

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How to Survive and Succeed in A New Small Business…

How to Survive and Succeed in A New Small Business…

...or To Correctly Reorganize One

Making either decision is difficult. Nobody wants to fail. If you decide not to give up the ghost, and give it a shot, keep it simple. Look closely at your company’s operations and strategies. Determine what you need to improve.

What do you know about your customers and prospects? Customers are hard to get or to keep. Marketing and sales must perform and to meet their goals.

There are a variety of practical steps to take with marketing and advertising your company’s products and services to your prospects and customers.

First, let me talk about what a company needs.

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What your company needs.

You need a business marketing strategy on how you plan to sell your products and services to prospects. When you sell and get a few customers, you will need a strategic marketing plan in place to boost your customer totals and revenue.
For a small business, I highly recommend a direct marketing strategy. Direct marketing means just that–sending a message directly to a prospect or customer who more than likely will make a purchase.

Next, you will need a list of contacts that have a propensity to buy and tell them why your product is the right choice for them. You will need a copywriter that knows persuadable copywriting.

Last you need creative marketing and advertising offers that your products were made for them. Direct marketing goals include a prospect to buy directly from a campaign, lead generation activities, and/or supporting your field selling activity.

The Heart of Business Success- 

Prospects and customers. 

As the sales trickle in, a customer-centric marketing strategy outline should be on your whiteboard, or at the minimum, in your head. If the customer-centric marketing strategy eludes you, here’s a smart start. 

For a new, or to reorganize a small business, a customer- centric marketing strategy means you have a goal to fulfill all the needs and wants each customer expects, with a passion to succeed, provide an extra step of service, and do it all with a smile. 

Stop and think for a bit about the block quote above. Then place a customer in your shoes. How would you react?

How do you decide to purchase a product or service comparable in pricing and some resemblance of similarity? Was it price sensitive? Did it come in assorted colors? How was the service? After your purchase, what did you think about the customer service?  

Another way to look at customer-centric marketing is-everything marketing starts and ends with your customer… cater to them, listen to them, and react to them. The results are amazing.  

When you email  a purchaser, ask them what they  think about your service or product. Their  answers will probably show you are already doing customer-centric marketing. The best marketing strategy that pinpoints the many reasons to keep and gain new customers.  

Summary 

However, many people, who work in a small business management capacity, who read the preceding sentence will comment, “I know my customers and know what they want. I need more customers because I want to grow.” 

 Do they? Do you? 

Your time is better suited to listen to, talk to, and better understand your customers. This can increase your marketing results, customer acquisition and customer retention. 

Here are 17 short sentences that can help you learn more about customers. Plus, there is no rule saying you will not be able to use it with prospects. 

 

1. Keep it simple. 

2. Use automation such as a CRM.  

3. Learn and use analytics every single day. 

 

4. Halloween is every day. Customers get treats and offers to build on their relationships. 

 

5. Customer-centric marketing strategies remind us to learn more about customers.  

6. Prospects are potential customers which require  stronger messages of attention. 

 

7. Develop customer profiles pays you repeatedly.

 

8. Think of direct and customer-centric promotional  strategies as a well-oiled machine. 

 

9. Your response rate will hit double digits. 

10. Have you heard the phrase “Direct-to-Customers Marketing?”  Remember you heard it here first. 

 

11. Do you follow a customer’s journey? Make sure it’s  connected to your data and analytics. 

 

12. Thinking creatively can help you get more customer information. 

 

13. Direct-2-customers  marketing  can increase the likelihood of a two-way communication with each customer. 

 

14. Increasing customer conversations (your customer service) can increase data collecting  for additional personalization. 

 

15. Better customer data leads to future relevant communication. 

 

16. Customer acquisition is easier when you “buy in to a long tail.” 

 

17. Create a great opening line for networking and your direct marketing toolset to increase customer connections. 

 

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   Sharing time with you is genuinely appreciated. Please join our Direct2Customers Marketing Community today!

  Learning and doing, marketing, and selling ideas, is what you’ll find at your Direct2Customer Community. 

  It’s what I do. It’s what I love to do. 

  Thanks again for reading. Questions?  Mdoc@direct2customers.com or 800-251-3608 

         

Valuable information you need to know to fine tune marketing and selling in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Valuable information you need to know to fine tune marketing and selling in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are you looking for more business? Or better business? Or a new prospect list?  

You are not alone. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our business marketing and selling world upside down.

Maintaining your team’s enthusiasm to get people to buy your product and/or your service in our present pandemic is mind boggling at best. Try this! Do that! That never works! And the beat goes on.

It’s always been a challenge to create consistently awesome attractions. But now, it is a overwhelming challenge to earn the attention of potential prospects. The playing field of marketing and sales has changed dramatically.

One such solution is finding a group of marketing sleuths in your organization. Look for people with a variety of ability, such as having a keen sense of solving problems, people in your marketplace looking for change and even good thinking customers. The result is mixing all suggestions and ideas in a marketing blender and spilling it all on a table for you and your team to sort out.  

You need to arrive at ideas which is the right marketing content and communication channels that can reach your contacts and tempt them in ways with a compelling mix of opinions and insight in today’s economy as transformed by the pandemic within your industry. 

So much of the knowledge and thought leadership from the people on your list that works them may also work for your company. You need to stop thinking that the pandemic will somehow disappear, and everything returns to normal. So many of the normal ways of attracting customers are no longer useful. Business’s small and large, are laying people off every day. For example, when was the last trade show you visited? 

Comment and offer at the end of this post. 

Delegate technical customer manager.  

This role is for someone that sees the value of the science of data analytics and the art of marketing. Then, make it in the employee’s job description and might include incentive payGoals could be copywriting, using printed materials, landing pages, personalization, digital, and whatever is collected from prospects and customer segments. Without a single ‘owner’ to take responsibility on marketing, sales activity and response of testing, the investigation is often disorganized, and the results are inconsistent. 

If you are a company who believes in and use some of the concepts of customer-centric marketing strategyyou probably have an advantage with communication channels choice. Conversely, if you are not a fan, you need to start.  

Just the other day I saw these two headlines. 

  • Walgreens Marketing Moves into Mass Personalization  

  • Mercedes-Benz marketing boss: Our customised agency is making us more human-centric 

Customer-centric marketing, or whatever you may call it, is a known marketing strategy that works. 

Experiment with a little bit of this and just a touch of that. 

Think of customer-centric marketing as a consistent delivery of value to each customer. Your company marketing and sales must be centered on listening to what your customers want and have a particular opinion, belief or ideas using more ways for building business relationships with personalization. 

Our second strategy, data driven marketing is also based on personalization. It assumes that you know something about the contacts to whom you are mailing, emailing, or sending to a landing page and so forthIt’s an effective way to keep customers spending their money on your products and servicesby understanding their needs 

Number three, a digital marketing strategy, design solutions for your business to attract and keep customers, get end-to-end visibility into all marketing and selling campaigns, from impression to revenue. You need a customer-focus mentality (personalization) to see and understand why your customers buy or not buy. 

Digital marketing is a good marketer’s choice for the near future. 

Direct mail, websites, email, advertisements, even content marketing, are a few of the communication channels, you may use today. They each have their pro’s and con’s. But this is a challenging time with so many unknowns. 

At this point in time, what works? Marketing and sales? Are the salespeople getting appointments? Are they still making sales? These questions need answers. Staying on the same course may work for now, but for how long?  

Depending on your answers, your new technical customer manager will have her or his back to the wall, to havanswers you need to compete in the pandemic marketplace. Ease in other company contributors with their specialties in the wheelhouseChallenging times can uncover thought provider ideas or insights that may enhance marketing and sales success.  

Summary 

The only known that I am sure of, is not to do nothing. recently read an article on the CDC website that this pandemic may last through 2021. 

Your advantage is what you decide on doing now, going hard after new and present business, will keep working for your company in the new world you are facing when a vaccine is available for controlling and ending the pandemic.  

Could you comment how your company has changed the way they are marketing in the pandemic.? 

Conversely, if your company is facing tough times in marketing and sales, send me a note or comment about your situation and I’ll be happy to share some suggestions. 

Everyone who responds will become a subscriber to our Direct2Customers community. 

Thanks for reading and please share with others – except your competition! Your time is genuinely appreciated. 

Learning and doing, marketing, and selling ideas, is what you’ll find at your Direct2Customers community. 

It’s what we do. It’s what we love to do. 

Thanks again for reading. Questions?  Mdoc@direct2customers.com or 800-251-3608 

                                                                               

 

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Five Strong Marketing Skills to Kick Up Your Response Rate…

Five Strong Marketing Skills to Kick Up Your Response Rate…

and borrow more customers from the competition.  

Imagine if you were able to accelerate your marketing message frequency to customers, by boosting response using strategic marketing in direct and customer-centric marketing?  Next, imagine directly reaching customers online with a dash of traditional marketingsuch as email for example, with a higher frequency of response, building and writing a series of relevant marketing messages. 

If you like this idea, here’s how to start. 

Learn how to study your marketing data. Today, your company must capture and study marketing data, to determine what you need if your goal is to increase sales. The best way to start is by building custom marketing segments based on customer data. It will allow you to send specific messages to like-minded buyers from your database  Maybe you’ve thought of testing marketing segments, but time slips away. Today it’s not a dream. You can create datadriven direct marketing with ideas from your traditional marketing results easily by using another communication channel, such as email.  For example, if youre a small business-to-business company with 500 or less employees, it’s a good time to learn how to build a company specific multi-channel marketing platform. It can lead you towards a fair share of new or larger corporate customers.   Borrowing a few customers from your competition is also within reason. If that’s your goal, a customer segment project will cause companies to stick around. Learn how by reading the next 5 points on customer acquisition. 

1.  Don’t waste time on building a strategy.  

Yes, tongue in cheek. The best strategies we always recommend is direct and customer-centric marketing strategies, developed for company growth. Think of the direct marketing strategy as a message sent directly to a prospect or a past customer. The customer-centric strategy means you know something about your contacts and customers to deliver a relevant message to their needs  Check out the article in this issue of Direct Marketing Success; How a multi-layered personalization can snag a few more customers…when something is known about the recipient which provides a significant benefit for advertising. It’s guaranteed to stimulate an idea or two.  If you are hungry for more information using segmenting in your database, it’s a great article to help you understand what you need to increase your customer base. Start tinkering with personalization and customer segments as such and you’ll experience first-hand how the two work together in great unison and see the results for yourself 

2.  Use a silicone emollient, such as learning customer data, that keeps your marketing running on all 5 cylinders. 

Data, data analytics, and data management are the work horses that hold your marketing platform together. If you feel that data analysis is not your strong suit, find someone who does understand marketing data. There are more people available today who understand and can interpret the appropriate data for you  Start and stay in a learning mode in your quest to understand customer data. Steady the course and avoid trying to do more until you have a better understanding of the assembled data. The more you know, the more your campaign will grow as well as the marketing segments. 

3.  There are many advertising channels to choose from. 

If you feel there is a lack of customer data, stay the course. Test your assumptions and learn more from existing customers. Test your ideas by talking to a select group of your best customers. Next, use direct marketing mail to reach other contacts. Direct mail is usually a great place to start data collection because everyone has a mailbox.  Add email to the mix of direct mail. Using the Pareto Principal, 80% of mail business addresses have an email address. If you start out with direct mail, use a simple website landing page to capture additional email addresses from those who have purchased from you in the past. Offer something free. For example, a gift to offer a percentage off their next purchase.  Eventually, you’ll have enough information and data, which will make multi-channel your double-digit marketing response of choice. 

4.  Besides having an address, use direct marketing mail techniques, specifically for creating offers. 

Most, if not all direct marketing professionals have a very strong motivation gene in their DNA to go after the consumer tooth and nail to make a purchase. For instance, powerful direct marketing copywriters can use the right words and craft creative offers. Copywriting professionals know the importance of an offer no one can refuse.   Bring in the customers with dazzling design, pulling the reader into the mail piece, to consider an offer  Lastly, frequency of messages is like finding a pot of gold, especially if you can do it below budget! 

5.  Customers like to play coy. 

In today’s economy, prospective customers don’t want to be sold to. Customers can decide where, when, and how they want to interact with your company. They want to make their own decisions. This decision could be in your first contactor after two months of messages before there is any contact.  With the capability of better web searches, the growth of social media and even communication with business associates, there is literally a mountain of information available to gather for the next copywriting project. That’s a big reason why we know frequency is an important direct marketing tactic. When used with multi-channel communications, you can collect additional data to record, and even sell products and services.  Cross-selling and multi-channel communications get a better response. It even makes your customer service better. The list of accolades for a great customer information and list data is a job no one regrets tackling. 

Summary. 

Customers that receive relevant messages tend to respond higher. Revenue increases with every marketing campaign. Add as much information as possible to your database. Data is the key for better business and more business for the future. Start today. Thanks for reading. I can be reached at Mdoc@direct2customers.com or phone 800.251.3608 (USA)

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