When it comes to marketing, there’s always something else you could be doing. Another platform to be on, another software to utilize…the list goes on and on.
But when it comes to your strategy, there are four significant components that can and should be considered in every decision you make.
Establish your target audience
If you shoot for nothing you’ll miss every time – and by trying to reach everyone, you’ll end up helping no one. You must have a target audience and it has to be specific.
For instance, by simply establishing your target audience as WOMEN, you are targeting 3.8 billion people. That’s essentially half of the world’s population. On your first ad campaign, you’re probably not going hit them all.
A buyer persona is a helpful exercise to establish who your ideal client is, but again, you must have a target audience. It will significantly narrow down the platforms you invest time in and the kinds of content you need to create.
Establish a marketing strategy
A marketing strategy is a must. And mentally knowing your objectives simply isn’t enough. So plan, plan, and plan.
It doesn’t mean every decision you make has to be by the book, but you should have a plan in place as a framework and foundation to guide your brand. It may not include your daily workflows or the most minute decisions on your agenda, but your strategy is your foundation for every marketing decision you make.
If you’ve never formulated a marketing strategy, now’s your chance to start. Your plan will develop and grow over time, but putting a strategy in place will help when you’re caught in a rut.
Consistency is key, and before you take on anything else, make sure you are consistently executing the marketing practices you have in place now.
Wait until you’ve done something consistently before you analyze the results for at least a month (preferably a quarter) before you drop it or change it substantially. Sometimes, you just have to show up, rain or shine. (And until you show up consistently, you won’t know what to fix or improve.)
If you loathe a particular strategy that you know is effective for your target audience, hire someone.
Whatever you’re doing, do it well, and just do it consistently.
Follow through your objectives
Finish what you start, and take action. Telling someone else about your idea or writing about it in your journal isn’t going to wish it into existence. You have to do. So take action.
If you’re overwhelmed with being consistent with everything you’re implementing already, schedule what you plan to do. Create an annual calendar with benchmarks of the goals you would like to accomplish this year. And if not this year, the next one.
Need to ramp up your understanding of SEO? Put it on your calendar. Set alarms.
Along with that calendar, keep a running tab of all of the ideas you’d like to implement. Instead of becoming distracted, keep your list in a document close by where you can quickly jot down your objective. When you have time, revert back to the list…and schedule it! To be successful over time, you have to follow through.
You are important, and your goals and aspirations are a priority. Implement these marketing musts to ensure you are being proactive in investing in the one thing you have got to stop brushing off: yourself.