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Strategies Determination – One of the Most Important Business Planning Skills

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

With Goals and Objectives clearly defined in the most simple, specific terms, you must now determine the Strategy you will adopt to reach the Objectives and thereby attain your Goal. For example, your Goal may be to sell 4,000 units of a particular product at a price of $100 per unit within six months. Your Objectives might be:

Month 1: 50 units sold
Month 2: 150
Month 3: 300
Month 4: 500
Month 5: 1,000
Month 6: 2,000
6-Month Total: 4,000 units sold

The question now becomes, “How will I reach these Objectives?” Will you use direct mail? Email? Will you advertise? If so, what advertising medium will you use? And so on. The best Strategy for you will meet three criteria’s:

(a) First, it will be easy to define, to understand and to execute.
(b) Second, it will be based on the skills and resources most readily available to you.
(c) Third, it will be practical, offering you the best chance of success.

Promotion – One of the Elements of a Well-Conceived Marketing Matrix

May 12, 2010 1 comment

The forth element of your marketing strategy is Promotion. With the benefit of clarity regarding your Product, Price and People, you can now turn your attention to how you will Promote your Product. One Promotional option is traditional advertising. This is an area that must be carefully analysed from a cost-benefit perspective. While advertising can be very expensive, it can also be an effective way to raise awareness of your Product. Selecting the most appropriate medium is important.

Perhaps the oldest advertising medium is print. Would your ideal customer be more likely to read your ad in the newspaper or a magazine, or perhaps a trade journal? If you choose to use the print media, be sure your have an experienced copy writer create the ad.

Consider the benefits of advertising on radio or even TV. If you opt for the electronic media, it is important to choose the best time of day as well as the best day of the week. The type of program during which you advertise must match your ideal customer profile. As with the print media, have a professional create your commercials. Have you considered marketing on the Internet? E-commerce is emerging as an important part of the global economy.

In some cases, a carefully targeted direct mail campaign can be very effective. Lists can be purchased from many sources. The quality of the list – in terms of both validity of addresses and specificity of targets – is of paramount importance. It is well worth paying a higher price per name in order to ensure fewer returned pieces due to incorrect address and to optimise the chances of reaching a qualified prospect.

Telemarketing is another option. In the early years of the 21st Century, some countries are attempting to pass laws, limiting this growing industry, but it is unlikely telemarketing will disappear.

In some cases, your marketing plan might include more than one promotional strategy. One of our Focal Point Coaching & Mentoring clients is a financial planner specialising in offering investment products to senior citizens. His most effective promotion involves presenting free seminars on the subject. In the three weeks preceding such an event, he uses radio commercials, newspaper ads and direct mail to enroll his seminars. His ads and direct mail pieces are carefully crafted to induce only seniors with a minimum net worth of one-half million dollars to attend. In addition to offering real value, his seminars also afford him the opportunity to establish enormous credibility with the audience. At the end of his presentation, he urges anyone who is interested in a free portfolio analysis to fill out a brief form, which provides him with a list of pre-qualified prospects. His support staff follow-up and set up meetings between him and these potential customers. His closing ratio is one of the highest in the industry.

Before blindly deciding on a marketing strategy that may prove to be both expensive and ineffective, take the time to fully understand your Product, your Price, your People and your Promotional options. This up-front investment can save you countless dollars and ensure a sound strategy to aggressively grow your business in a cost-effective manner.

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