Target your audience
Many small businesses don’t run adequately targeted campaigns, despite the fact that targeting is one of online Marketing’s primary advantages. Indeed, you should be able to create an accurate target customer profile based on the data you’ve collected. With this information in hand, and what you know about your current client, you can begin to target similar demographics and psychographics with your campaigns to attract more customers. Whether you’re advertising online or off, make sure your copy and imagery reflect the kind of customers you want to work with. This is key to targeting well.
Measure and track your Marketing
Many small businesses simply have no idea whether their advertising is actually working. This simply won’t do. Online Marketing platforms like Google AdWords and Facebook provide you with extensive stats related to your ads and will help you determine what is working and what isn’t. This doesn’t mean that you won’t need to test and experiment, as it can take time for you to create an ad that resonates with your target customers, but it does mean that you can make faster decisions about what to try next.
Know when to advertise
At first glance, advertising year-round and spreading out your budget equally month-to-month may appear to be a wise and commonsense approach. But if you think back to your business launch, odds are you did a lot of things that can’t be scaled. There’s no way for you to sustain a similar marketing and advertising initiative throughout the entire year. If you sell seasonal products, you should be advertising in your highest-performing seasons. You may even want to start a little bit early and hold some of your advertising until a little after.
Can your customers immediately identify your ads based on your copy, color choice, imagery, logo or typeface? If that question seems absurd, just look at what the major brands and companies are doing. Oftentimes, you can recognize their ads just from the colors they’re using.
Over time, your customers will come to identify with and respond to your ad layouts. The temptation may be to change your branding every time you create a new ad, but that could be confusing and ineffective over the long haul. Your goal should be to show up in expected places, with familiar-looking ads that consistently resonate with your target customers.
Use your resources well
You know the importance of ranking well in search, but you may simply not have the resources and time to consistently create new, informative content for your website.
In an instance like that, your best bet is to take advantage of services like Google AdWords, so you appear higher in SERP results without having to optimize posts for your chosen keywords. If you have the budget to advertise, but not the time to create content, this is a good use of resources. A Facebook ad campaign would be much more practical since you can control your daily spend.
Show up in the right places
It’s dangerous to make too many assumptions about your target customer. For example, if there’s a certain radio show that you like, and you assume that your customers like it too, you may be misinformed about the wisdom of spending money on a radio ad there that could prove expensive and ineffective.
If your advertising dollars are going to the wrong place, you’re wasting your money. Instead, you need to get to know your customers. So, survey them. Get a sense of where they like to hang out online, what books and magazines they read, what podcast and radio show they listen to and so on.
When your advertising is matched with the right understanding of your customers, you’ll begin to attract more worthwhile leads to your business.