Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

If you run your own business and don’t have your own marketing team and you don’t want to spend money on outsourcing to a marketing company then you need to become a marketing expert as well as a business owner. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that marketing is the difference between a successful business and one that goes into administration because no one knew about their products and/or services.

Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy becoming a marketing expert and it certainly won’t happen overnight. If you don’t have a lot of spare time to dedicate to learning the ropes of marketing, then you need to find a way of getting the information that you need, fast. There are a number of websites that you can use to download templates and read about the most effective methods, such as Entrepreneur and other well-regarded business news sites.

Read Articles

At the beginning of each year, these types of sites will pretty much always publish an article on the upcoming predictions for the marketing world in the year to come. Reading these articles will keep you up to date with what is happening and what you should be thinking about.

Whether you are struggling with email campaigns or you don’t even know where to start with your marketing plan, look to the experts to find this information. You don’t have the time to spend hours trialing what will and won’t work, so let the experts give you this information so that you don’t have to. Save your valuable time for the more important aspects of running your business.

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Keep An Eye on Competitors

As well as keeping up to date through the top business sites, you should keep an eye on what your competition is up to when it comes to marketing. With some quick research, you should be able to find out lots of information about your closest competition. What sort of content are they putting on their website? Are they creating videos, writing blogs, offering people trials of products or discounts? You can easily gather all of this information and use it to help shape your own strategy.

Obviously, you shouldn’t copy their content as you don’t want to face a lawsuit but it is more to get an idea of what techniques are working for them. Is it something that you can tap into and possibly do even better? Work out what information your target customers need and produce content that they will search for. The majority of consumers will research a product before they buy it, so this is your opportunity to get your product or service in front of them.

Be Useful

Don’t be too pushy with your content; try to be as useful as you can be. If a potential customer finds your information useful then you will stay in their mind (and their search history) for when they are looking for the services that you provide. Creating useful content will also improve your search engine ranking, making it easier for new customers to find you.

Jesse Fin
 

Jesse worked as a journalist for a large tv station in Korea in her past life. She now works full time at home as a blogger and loves to help her friends manage their personal budgets.

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