Is Your Marketing Vanilla?
If your marketing campaign just isn’t working, or you’re just getting started, take a long look at what you’re trying to do. Is it exciting? Is it eye catching? Is it unique? If not, your campaign is likely too bland to get anywhere.
It used to be that simply advertising your business could get you more than enough customers, but this is normally no longer the case. Look around you. There are advertisements EVERYWHERE.
There are commercials, online and print ads, billboards; your mind is overrun with images every day. And if you run the same old marketing campaign, you’re just going to blend in with everyone else. If you want to get business, you need to get noticed, which means you need to stand out from the crowd. And just being good at what you do is probably not enough to get that done.
The trick to getting noticed is being creative. It may be how and where you advertise, what your ads look like, what your website pages present, or the deal or gimmick you’re offering. Whatever it is, something has to stand out if you want to get noticed. Coming up with a great idea doesn’t always happen in an instant. It takes thinking, research, and lots of brainstorming. Whether it’s taking a few days to work on it, or simply setting aside some time at the end of every day, you have to put some oomph behind it if you want to get results.
Believe it or not, while it may take some creativity and crazy thinking, you may find that the crazy thinking has already been done for you.
An example? Instead of sending out a boring old mailer, there are companies that make unique mailers like messages in a bottle and coconuts. Sure, other people have access to buy this stuff and use it too, but if you’re doing a mailing campaign, what are the changes you’re competing in the same market with someone who uses the same product? Slim to none.
Plus, if you get two coconuts in the mail, are you really going to read what’s inside one and ignore the other?
When it comes to marketing, flashy isn’t always better. Sure, you don’t want to be boring and blend in, but the key to standing out isn’t different fonts, bright colors, flashing images on your website pages, or making claims you can’t back up or keep.
The real key is being unique and different. Often a simple eye-drawing headline is enough to get people to notice your ad or open your email, catching their attention without blinding the customer. People want to do business with someone they can trust, not just someone who can yell the loudest. Again, people want to do business with someone they know, like, and trust.
While it may take effort and some amount of investment, if you come up with a good marketing campaign, the end results will likely be more than worth the effort.
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