How Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Perform in Your Business…

How Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Perform in Your 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.

 

Please share with others–except your competition!

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.

Please join our Direct2Customers Marketing Community today!

Learning and doing, marketing, and selling ideas, is what you will find in your Direct2Customer Community. Join us today by clicking on the button.

This is what I do and what I love to do.

Thanks again for reading. Questions?

Mdoc@direct2customers.com or 800-251-3608

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Here is a Short Story About Buying into a Long Tail

Here is a Short Story About Buying into a Long Tail

How is your customer acquisition program performing these days?

Now, you will not tell me you do not have one in place. Good if you do, but shame on you if you do not. Here are a few ideas if you do not or if you do here are a few new ideas that will help.

Locating and recruiting new customers is an essential activity for every business. So, you spend much of your time attempting to attract the attention of viable prospects and make an initial sale.

Sometimes, however, there is a tendency to concentrate so heavily on seeking new customers that we often overlook the ones we already have. 

That is why it is so vitally important to make sure you divide your direct marketing and mail dollars appropriately between the two activities. 

Go for a tail. 

Go for the “long tail in direct marketing and mail” with as much energy as you go for the initial sale. Go for developing strategies to build repeat business over the long haul with the same energy.

  • What type of tactics were used to capture the first wave of repeat business?
  • Can these businesses become aligned with existing business to see if there are any similarities?

For example, by providing a greater variety of inventory (extending the long tail), businesses hope to reach more customers and generate more total sales. If your customer is a printer, you have an inventory in place of paper, toner, color cartridges, service contracts, and so on. 

You may not think your company does not have a tail but check it out.

  • Could you build in and offer a service or maintenance contract?
  • Could you devise annual reviews or client updates?
  • Could you create innovations in your products or services that encourage customers to repurchase more frequently?
  • Longer life of cartridges? Toner?

Many businesses have tails they do not even know they have. By looking closer at your existing customers, are there different ways consumers use your product? 

If you have weak or non-existent customer profiles in your company database, now is a good time to build them. Just make sure you keep “going for the tail” as the end goal that brings in another revenue stream from existing customers.

No, you will not find a whale in a stream. But you may find a whale of a tale from a new customer!  

Please share with others–except your competition!

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.

Please join our Direct2Customers Marketing Community today!

Learning and doing, marketing, and selling ideas, is what you will find in your Direct2Customer Community. Join us today by clicking on the button.

This is what I do and what I love to do.

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.

(Top of right column) ->

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. 

 

   Please share with others – except your competition!

   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 

         

“I’m looking for answers.” Part Two.

“I’m looking for answers.” Part Two.

“If business growth is all about your marketing and sales effort, which one adds more to the bottom line?”

Within a small business and especially a B2B company, the answer is simple.

They both do!

“I’m looking for answers.” Part TwO

REMEMBER...

“If business growth is all about your marketing and sales effort, which one adds more to the bottom line?”

OK Mike, but you asked, “Why is business growth and development more challenging today?”

Because a large percentage of businesses will increase sales activity, which is a hopeful solution and depends on a defined growth strategy using the tools of marketing and sales. The selling process is a constituting part of a larger whole; constituent, of marketing.

As noted above, a percentage of small businesses do not excel at both sales and marketing. Most businesses try by hook or crook to increase sales, but that is a short-term effort that can bring temporary results.

Therefore, the correct answer is---

The answer for the business owner lies somewhere in the "indecision of sales and marketing."

To achieve success, a business must envision marketing as a business development technique— a broad brush approach to build a business through a variety of marketing channels, to enable the selling team to increase sales. And is the most common problem to befuddle the small business is they think of marketing as—

Yes, marketing is all of that, but does a small business need to spend time and a ton of dollars branding, hoping it yields a return on investment some time in the future?

If a small business advertises, where do they put their advertising dollars? In a newspaper? On the radio? Maybe the TV? Restaurant place mats? Hoping something works?

Who has the time and resources to create a promotional campaign that is all wrong for the company and placed on all the wrong channels of communication and better yet, can afford the promotion hoping to get a response?

To some, marketing is everything a company does to build and promote its products or services. That is a good use of marketing. But eventually, marketing loses its glamor or attention, it falls way short of expectations. From that point onward, marketing is never enough!

 Other organizations who have ventured down similar marketing paths and felt somewhat disappointed, may decide to ramp up sales by adding bodies to the sales force. That may work for a time, but it usually leads to a dead end, leaving you where you started but with less money.

 Business growth and development is a very specific strategy an organization needs in its business building activities. Business growth and development does not replace marketing— it increases marketing effectiveness by maintaining a steady flow of communication to your marketplace.

 Business growth and development does not replace sales, but it increases sales because your market is better informed and educated by better selling efforts. This leads to improved sales, happy selling, generating larger profit margins, an increase in return on assets, and the accountability of your sales team.

   Please share with others – except your competition!

   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 

         

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I’m looking for answers.

I’m looking for answers.

“If business growth is all about your marketing and sales effort, which one adds more to the bottom line?”

MarketingDoc

THEY BOTH DO!

Throughout my ownership of a small business, I worked with a variety of healthcare practices, higher education, universities, B2B companies, direct mail companies, a proud selling solution provider as a partner, and entrepreneurs like myself.

No one small business I met with was the same as the next, but for marketing their products or services, marketing, advertising, and selling was usually in all the wrong ways.

Hence, I am looking for comments to the second headline of this post. Do you agree or disagree?

Which one adds more to the bottom line, marketing, selling, or both? Please share your thoughts and experience with some examples if possible in the comments below.

Let me Explain

Let me Explain

Most small businesses are excellent at one or the other, but rarely very good at both. Based on experience, depending on which one the management team is comfortable with, well, it could be one or the other. Either will grow the business if leadership makes sure there is a firm commitment to the sales or marketing effort.

However, why stop at one?

Today, the future success of an organization’s sales team depends on the business leadership and their development strategy. The strategy is usually a blend of their marketing and sales tactics they have developed over the years. Logically, that provides results needed to keep a business growing.

But somewhere down the line, business growth becomes stagnant.

Leadership has become complacent. It seems like when a small business finds a new customer, an existing customer somehow disappears. It becomes more difficult to meet business growth goals.

Once contracted, I collect a lot of information about a company’s marketing and sales teams. I ask selected questions and provide examples from my e-Book, Custom-Made Marketing, to stimulate discussions.  Marketing professionals and salespeople love first class business growth and development ideas.

 

Summary -

Build A Direct Marketing Strategy Using the Four Basic Business Building Blocks Below.

When marketing and sales are looking to return to first-class business growth and development.

NUMBER ONE

The business team must have a complete understanding of customers’ and prospects’ needs and wants, and selling the products and services that meet those needs and wants. People change. Markets change.

 

 

NUMBER TWO

A successful selling growth strategy requires a focus on the basic skills of prospecting, lead generation, and face-to-face selling. Add personalization as a goal. Do you need better data? Is your database or CRM up-to-date? Don’t grimace, just do it!

NUMBER THREE

Leadership must define “what is a great sales lead” and what are the steps to take to nurture the lead prospect into a customer. A past customer will require some incentives to establish them as a returning customer.

NUMBER FOUR

Provides a customer service strategy that encourages more and repeat business. Learn more about prospects and customers. I used a storybook type of writing that served as a reminder of the needs and wants of each prospect and customer. Add personalization. Become known as a solution provider.

OK Mike, you asked,

but why is business growth and development more challenging today?

First, let me hear your answers and comments.

I want to get an ongoing discussion session and share with us what you learned by reading and/or by doing. I’ll be happy to share my thoughts and answer all your questions. 

Plus, all answers and comments will receive a free subscription to our Direct2Customers Marketing community and an issue of Direct Marketing+Mail Success.

I will complete this blog post week, February 8th.

Click here to read Part 2 of I’m Looking for Answers

Please share with others – except your competition! Your time is genuinely appreciatedPlease 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 

                                                                                                                                                         

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