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Create A Marketing Plan That Works

Aug 6th 2010 at 1:29 PM

Create A Marketing Plan That Works
by Michael Fleischner

If you're looking to succeed with a basic marketing plan, then you'll need to focus on some core elements of a plan that targets the right audience and produces a result. For your marketing to be truly effective, you should consider using multiple media and a number of touches.

There is so much competition today that the messages you use need to be unique. The effectiveness of any marketing campaign is directly correlated to the quality of your list and offer. Before you even begin, think about your product and what motivates people to buy.

Over the past twelve years I have discovered that marketing results are relatively consistent when sound marketing practices are applied. These techniques can be effective in virtually any industry and with any type of campaign you have. Consider developing your marketing campaign using these strategies:

Set specific marketing goals. Before you start, think about what you want your marketing campaign to accomplish. Most marketers focus on conversion but you need to define what that means for you and your campaign. Some marketers are looking for a sale while others are looking for a download. Before you get started, consider what action you want your respondents or visitors to take and how you are going to measure the result.

Segment your market carefully. Do not try to market to all segments. Choose a specific segment and focus your energies there. If you do, your campaign will be more successful. Considering the specific audience you are looking to attract and focusing on them, you can increase your chances of success tremendously. Review your current customer and find others like them if you wish to create a positive return on investment.

Select a few key messages points. What are the messages that resonate with your audience segment? There may be some key message points you have when describing your product or service. If so, use them to create a baseline and try to improve in later campaigns. You need to talk to your prospects in the language that resonates with them if you are going to grab their attention and gain their trust.

Test multiple offers. The only way to run a productive marketing campaign is by testing various offers. Your offer is a critical component for improving marketing results. Your best bet is to test multiple offers and measuring the result. Once you find and offer that works, try to beat its results during the next campaign.

Use an integrated marketing approach. Don't settle for a single email, post card or ad. Rather, discover the media that your segment uses to get their information, do research, and buy their products. This will help you determine the best way to reach them. Once you develop a campaign, tie together as many of these media types to convey your message and offer.

I have found that using these techniques are paramount to producing a favorable return on your marketing investment. In addition be mindful of campaign timing. Even if all of the above criteria are met, your campaign may still fall flat if you have not exposed your audience to the right message at the right time.

Be sure to review each of the aforementioned steps before creating your next marketing campaign. Your marketing is only going to be effective if you set specific goals, segment your market, focus on key messages, and create a compelling offer. I encourage you to experiment with different media to get your message across.

About the Author:

Michael Fleischner is an Internet marketing expert, author, and website owner who helps small and medium sized businesses improve their marketing results. Discover powerful marketing tips at The Marketing Blog.


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