Would you like to build a brand that reaches millions of people?
Whether your brand is about you, your company, or both, you can draw the attention of millions of people. Depending on how you’ve positioned your brand, you can have a deep impact on society, help a ton of people and earn a fortune.
However, I’m often surprised by the vast majority of companies that focus on establishing their brands before finding their strategy. These people set up their social media channels, websites, books, photos and everything else, but they fail to pull in a dollar, while losing thousands in the process.
This behaviour is synonymous to asking for taste without supplying the salt. If you want customers, you need to concoct a flavor that builds trust in the marketplace, while simultaneously giving your prospects something to satiate their appetites. Your marketing message is the salt that adds flavour to your branding efforts.
The better your marketing message is, the hungrier people will be for your products and services. Even as you add flavour to your brand, you’ll still need to attract those who are salivating for your services. You also need to pay attention to those who don’t know that they’ll be hungry in the future. Therefore, your brand is always supplying a feast, regardless of who’s ready to eat.
Whether people know you exist or not, you need to have the right approach when creating a branding strategy. If your goal is to reach the masses with your products and services, here are the seven ways to attract millions of people to your brand:
1. Leverage social media
Most social media platforms are free, yet most people fail to use it correctly for branding purposes. The problem is that they are too busy consuming articles, videos, quotes, and stories, instead of producing it themselves. Of course, you want to be a diligent learner, but at some point you’ll want to create your own content for the world. Your social media platforms should build massive excitement for your targeted audience.
You should be fluent in at least three of your social media accounts. Personally, I advocate Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn since they’ve helped me reach the most clients. However, I’ve seen people who’ve made a massive impact on Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, and others. Only share content on the social media channels that work best for your business.
Content is King. – Sumner Redstone
2. Develop strong websites
Every legitimate business has a website, but not every website out there is good. There are many crucial parts of your website that must be master: Email capture, contact information, layout, copy-writing, visual aids, etc. Overall, good websites require substance more than anything else.
Substance is basically content that appeals to your audience. Your website must inform, inspire, and engage. If people don’t find what they want in a website, they leave immediately. At my company, Dignify Designs, we build websites that draw traffic and get people to engage, giving you the ability to convert your leads into sales, which is the purpose of a business website.
3. Learn copywriting
In order to reach the masses, I highly suggest you learn the secret skill of copywriting. Copywriting is a form of writing that publicists and advertisers use to reach billions of consumers every day. If you don’t have time to learn the million-dollar skill of writing copy, you can delegate it to someone who does. This is the single-most missing element in the majority of brands.
There are many books on the subject of copywriting: Joe Sugarman, Robert Bly, David Oglivy, and Victor Schwab have all written fascinating books that could change the entire course of your brand. By cultivating the skill of writing copy, you’ll have the ability to reach millions of people. Either way, writing excellent copy allows you to strategically fashion your words to optimise your reach.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ Benjamin Franklin
4. Implant visual aids
Have you ever seen websites without photos or videos? Webpages with videos and photos stand out far more than those that don’t.
It also allows your reader to focus their attention on your brand by capturing their eyes. Since most people have photographic memories, the right visual aids dramatically enhance your brand.
Your websites and social media should be tattooed with visual aids of yourself, events, products, and other goods. Photos and videos add proof of what you’re doing in your business.
In many industries, many people aren’t able to secure opportunities simply because they don’t have visual aids to build trust. Who’s going to believe you without any visual evidence?
5. Be memorable
What do you want to be remembered for? If you want to have a favourable reputation in the marketplace, you have to create your own reputation. You also want to make sure your name is easy to spell and pronounce. It’s perfectly fine to cherish your name, but if it’s difficult to spell or pronounce to your client, you won’t be remembered.
The biggest names and easiest names have two syllables: Gates, Branson, Buffet, Trump, Clinton, Oprah, etc. Then there are easy business names: Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Wal-Mart. Also, if your name is very common, like John Smith, you might want to have a nickname or add a middle initial. Your name is a big part of business and you want to be searchable for your audience.
Your reputation is your best advertisement.
6. Write a book
When people like you, they’ll always buy your book. In my business, my book allows me to get me through amazing doors of opportunity. My chances also increase dramatically when people read my book. Once they discover the great ideas that I share, I automatically have a new life-long fan. Plus, you never know who could be reading your book!
After selling thousands of books, I can tell you that publishing a book is a potent credential. In some cases, it can be comparable to an MBA or Ph.D. Either way, your book will expose you to other opportunities, which can lead you to bigger audiences to serve. If you’re interested in publishing a book, but don’t know where to start, send me an email and I’ll give you more information.
Writing is the beginning of all wealth. ~Benjamin Franklin
7. Create your back story
Since the beginning of human civilisation, we’ve learned our greatest lessons through the art of story-telling. A back story is a narrative that gives your audience enough information about you to make an informed decision. Back stories give your audience the transparency to know who you are and what you represent. It also gives your brand an emotional tone and deeper meaning to your marketing message.
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Your back story should be congruent and favourable to everything you’ve marketed about. This includes biographies, testimonials, and credentials. Oftentimes, you’ll see people with back stories that are either confusing, contradicting, or boring. The brands with the best back story will always set you up for your front-story, which is the moment you deliver your product or service.
Establishing your brand is about planting as many seeds as you can with your marketing. Before you take any of these suggestions, make sure you have a plan for execution.
If you invest in a first-class brand without a strategy, it’s the same as having a restaurant without chefs. However, once you find a branding strategy and add taste to your menu, everyone will be able to have a feast!
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
Ask These 3 Questions To Determine Where To Spend Your Marketing Budget
Stretching your marketing budget is imperative, especially when there aren’t that many marketing rands to stretch.
As you grow your business, it’s important to be creative and efficient with your money. When it comes to marketing, there are a number of cost-effective ways to spend and save your money. So, if you’re worried about marketing on a limited budget, here’s some helpful info to know.
First, great marketing is about highlighting wants and needs and attaching them to desired outcomes. It’s possible to do that regardless of budget — and every company’s strategy will be different.
For example, when my consultancy worked with Dollar Shave Club to grow its platform beyond viral videos, we focused on establishing a unique voice, which led to creating an editorial component. When we worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger on his fitness and nutrition products, we focused on creating a core mission and understanding why he was involved in the product. And when we worked with Four Sigmatic to market its coffees and teas, we focused on customer acquisition and retention.
3 Questions that Cut Through the Clutter
Those projects all started with the same three questions: What is the value and purpose of your product or service? Who is your target audience? And what is the best platform on which to reach them? That’s where you’ll want to invest most of your attention before you determine where to spend your money. (Notice my word choice: Your planning is an investment; where you spend is a cost.)
1. In general, we prefer to use digital campaigns
It’s easier to track what works and what doesn’t. Plus, digital creates multiple opportunities to engage. Think of it this way: 10% of your audience will buy, 10% won’t and 80% will be on the fence. Would you rather have one shot to convince that 80%, or multiple? By retargeting through something like Facebook ads or Google, or even creating a distribution channel like an email list, you can communicate repeatedly.
2. If you don’t have an audience, spend money fishing in small ponds where you know you can get a bite, and then set yourself up to communicate repeatedly
(This is where creating content as a form of acquisition or building an email list can be incredibly valuable.) Depending on your product or service, this could mean a very targeted ad to a small audience on Facebook — rather than attempting to reach millions — or setting up a pop-up shop, or getting a spot at a local farmers’ market.
3. If you already have an audience, turn them into super-fans who will bring their peers into your universe
Identify previous buyers and give them direct access to you through focus groups or calls. Reward them for their time with product or a gift certificate. When you show your consumer that you care about and appreciate them, it not only increases the likelihood of repurchase but also helps them personally invest in the soul of the business. Not to mention, their insights will help you understand why they bought and how to replicate that process.
Whatever you do — and no matter how big or small your budget — keep finding better answers to the core marketing questions and your success won’t hinge on any one platform.
Gen Z Is Coming! Are You Ready?
How do you market your company to this generation?
According to the CNBC, about 61 000 Gen Zers are on the verge of entering the workforce and consumer market in the US alone.
They are digital natives; they have grown up in a world of vines, txts (yes, we know) and internet. Their attention span is shorter than ever, they are more connected than any other generation, and they are brilliant multitaskers. Gen Z is a more tolerant generation but also more cautious; studies have found less risk-taking amongst this group and an increase in thoughtfulness and questioning authority.
So, on the one side of this coin, how do you market your company to this generation?
1. By being transparent
Be upfront about your business, what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. They have lost faith in corporations. Thus, you must stop relying on and hiding behind small print. Yes, you need terms and conditions to protect your company, but when it looks like a miracle weight-loss advert of the 80s (“Eat anything you want just take this pill. Ts&Cs apply.”), you’ll lose customers.
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Gen Z consumers want to see you are real; they don’t want models or celebrities but regular people who can assist them in a manner that speaks to them. And they will hold your business is socially accountable. Instead of producing millions of T-shirts at the cheapest possible price, they want local, equality and free-trade, and they want to know what businesses are doing for the environment and society.
Gen Z won’t accept your claims at your word; they want to see evidence in your company culture.
2. By offering options
A jewellery purchasing study has found that most Gen Zers don’t have a preferred shopping platform. What this means is your messaging, availability and culture need to be spread evenly across all contact points – sales, call centres, website and digital advertising. In fact, many Gen Z consumers rely on mixing their contact points.
That being said, they want immediate action. If they see something they want online, they will go to the shop just to have the item right now. More than immediacy, they also want custom-made or made-to-order products and services. They shy away from traditional made-to-stock methods, which creates plenty of room in the production industry.
3. By being forward thinking
We have to always remember what was mind-blowing inventions to other generations are the norm for Gen Zers. They hold brands and businesses to high expectations, and instead of being loyal to brands, expect brands to be loyal to them. As Gen Z is more focused on individuality, they are also proving to be a generation with a high entrepreneurial output. All this shows that they don’t want the norm; they don’t crave what’s new today, they want tomorrow, sustainability and innovation, and they want it now.
On the other side of the coin, how do you attract this generation to work at your company? In much the same way.
1. By being transparent
As much as you are hiring them based on what they bring to the table, so too are they looking at what you can afford them. But, they don’t just want to hear you tell them about the benefits, they want to see it – and they are not after just money. Gen Zers want to be financially secure, but also one that is fulfilling; one where they find purpose in their jobs and company.
2. By offering options
Gen Z employees don’t want to work eight to five, they don’t want to be chained to a desk, and they don’t want to be micro-managed. Give them flexibility on how they want to conduct their work and how they can communicate with their colleagues. Create an understanding workspace for their needs and help them improve their skills – for instance, it’s been reported that a stumbling block for Gen Zers is communication. Growing up with emojis and text messages make face-to-face conversations, business calls and writing emails difficult for them.
Gen Z employees want to work hard and grow their skills. Even though they’re growing up in a super-paced society, they want to climb the corporate ranks at the given speed. What they crave, with urgency, is gaining value from their jobs.
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3. By being forward thinking
They are lateral thinkers, and their creativity is not just outside the box but has broken the box completely. Gen Z is incredibly tech-savvy, and they will challenge the systems and procedures you have in place if these are not providing the needed speed and data required. Thus, they crave to work in an environment where they can push boundaries and ultimately help the company move forward. Hiring from the Gen Z pool can provide you with innovative insights into your business that can grow it towards tomorrow’s giants.
The only way to be sure you are future-proofing your business is by guaranteeing it caters for future customers and employees, by relying on forward-thinking enterprise resource planning software, for instance. Epicor ERP software ensures that their clients stay agile and innovative through trusting top minds to build and develop intelligent systems that open doors for Gen Zers. It’s Epicor’s innate tech-savviness that allows them to visualise the landscape of tomorrow and develop the software to support it today.
Free Sample Marketing Plan Template
You don’t need an MBA to write a marketing plan for your business. While no two businesses are alike, all solid marketing plans need to provide specific information. Use this sample marketing plan template to get you started on the right foot and cover all the essential information.
Your marketing plan should provide a comprehensive blueprint of the business, its market and associated market activity, its position in the market, target and expected customers, offerings, competition, solutions and contingency plans.
Using a sample Marketing Plan Template can save you a lot of time in creating your own marketing plan.
Download a Sample Marketing Plan Template
Use the free templates below to help make sure you’ve covered all the important bits:
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