Marketing isn’t a one-legged stool- it’s a Swiss-Army knife; while this is contrary to what self-made marketing experts and gurus tell you, there are no hacks, secrets or set-it-and-forget-it templates that are going to grow your business. Marketing that delivers a return on investment is smart marketing; a methodical plan and a balancing-act that ensures marketing, sales and customer service are all in-sync. Listed below are key business growth areas we help you improve in order to achieve long term and sustainable growth for your company.
If the list overwhelms you, don’t be discouraged. Like many frustrated small business owners, you’ve surely tried, or are still using, quick do-it-yourself ‘airy-fairy’ solutions and templates that promise results. You’re not alone and I would ask you to take a deep breath and recognize that“Survival of the fittest” has never been more critical than doing business in the 21st century.
We work on a project-basis or a monthly retainer that covers all of our services.
If we find that we’re a good fit and whether we work on a retainer or project basis, you’ll have a marketing executive on your team with unique hands-on business growth experience, coupled with marketing, sales, customer service and solid academic education.
We believe that every business is unique and we design a plan that is highlights your differentiation and the needs of your customers, and employees. This is YOUR business, not a company you own that follows someone else’s template for success.
STEP 1: Take our eye-opening marketing self-assessment! We’ll follow up and schedule a complimentary call to review your results. We’ll even present you with some ideas for improvement. Carefully check the spelling and accuracy of your email address with our promise that you will not get an avalanche of spammy sales emails.
1. We always start here: 360° Business Vital Signs Assessment
The 360º Business Vital Signs Assessment is an in-depth analysis of key drivers in your business with a comprehensive report that identifies:
What is working?
What can be improved?
What is not working?
Included in our final report is an action list of the steps necessary to correct, refine, improve and get your business growing. This is a four-week intense engagement that includes interviews with your leadership team, managers, employees, customers and a comprehensive competitive marketing analysis. This "module" can be purchased separately but it is included with any monthly retainer plan.
2. Tailored Marketing Plan
We develop (no templates, no cookie-cutter solutions) a marketing Plan (roadmap) that is based on the results of your 360° Business Vital Signs Assessment and it includes the following components:
Value Proposition & Differentiation
Target Markets & Segments Identification
Ideal customers and Persona Development
Marketing Mix Selection & Strategy
Web Marketing (on/off page), Social and Digital Media (free and paid)
Short and long term customer acquisition and retention goals
Dashboard of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to ensure a return on marketing investment.
Annual marketing budget to meet growth objectives
3. Marketing Plan Execution
As your in-house hands-on marketing executive, I manage all aspects outlined in the Tailored Marketing Marketing Plan. I deploy tools and use platforms that fit your existing and target customers. Depending upon the Plan, we bring in members of our my vetted parnters (Web development, social media, etc.). We start slow, measure and adjust based on results.
We pick from a wide selection of options:
Website content development to enhance differentiation and web engagement & conversions
Segmentation and database development of prospects for selected target markets/audiences
Segmented email marketing to target specific audiences with tailored content for each one
Direct-Mail. We believe in going back to basics and returning to the forgotten power of printed, tangible and creative messaging.
Social Media. Careful selection of platform and curation of content to engage with target audiences
Paid Advertising: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google AdWords/Bing
4. Sales (leads) Conversion
While our marketing plan is designed to generate qualified leads, we always turn our focus to sales in order to ensure that leads "convert" into paying customers. I conduct a detailed review of the current sales process and review it's effectiveness. Often, I will also implement improvements to improve conversions by:
Developing or adjusting the current process designed to engage and convert
Training all team members involved in sales on effective sales behavior and practices.
Developing KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to measure, & ensure that sales conversion goals are met
5. Customer Experience & Retention
My Customer Experience & Retention implementation goal is to secure the highest level customer retention as well as a well as drive a dynamic and ongoing referral activity.
We improve, or create a process, that protects your existing business and ensure that it is in-sync with our marketing retention campaigns:
A detailed, well documented process is developed to address all aspects of the “customer’s experience” including: SOPs (standard operating procedures) for onboarding new customers, handling inquiries, complaints and asking for referrals.
Dedicated in-house customer service reps (as well as all other members of the team) are trained to provide consistent and high levels of customer satisfaction.