You know that your products and services are just what your target audience needs. You’ve shored up operations to reduce costs. You may have even revamped your marketing. Everything about your business should be propelling you to a brighter future. So, why isn’t it? Here are three marketing habits you should break.
Relying Strictly on Unpaid Marketing Strategies
Relying on unpaid marketing strategies could be seen as a way to cut costs for new startups until the business really takes off. Unfortunately, DIY SEO strategies combined with constant social media updates aren’t enough to compete. Facebook continues to throttle organic reach for businesses seemingly more each year, currently allowing less than 5% of your followers see your posts, which speaks to the importance of a paid + organic approach on social. What about search? Making it to the coveted top-fold on Google search results is essentially a thing of the past for most organic results, with paid ads and maps dominating your view until scrolling to the bottom half.
A lack of familiarity with digital marketing could be why a company simply defaults to the unpaid category. You set up a website and have social media profiles that occasionally get updated. Unfortunately, this is just the starting line. Has your business ever considered how people are finding you online? Do you even rank in search results?
What business doesn’t love to cut costs? But those racing towards greater success understand paid advertising isn’t optional – it’s a must.
Spending Marketing Dollars Aimlessly
The opposite problem of relying strictly on unpaid marketing is spending your marketing dollars aimlessly and hoping something sticks. Few things are more dangerous to a business than this.
There are some marketing channels every business must be on to thrive, right? Not exactly. Even if a platform makes complete sense for your business to have a presence on doesn’t mean you should be there. Apple was essentially a ghost on social media until 2016.
Forget if you have the cash flow; do you have the ability to determine what’s working and what isn’t? The right reporting and focus on the right metrics can make all the difference. Are you able to track what marketing is actually driving leads to your business?
Not Refining Your Marketing Plans
Business growth requires strategy. Spending money on all the latest trends or avoiding paid advertising altogether and hoping for the best are both fast-tracks to failure. Take time to regularly review what’s working for your business and what may not be. Think about new strategies you can try and existing strategies you can refine to be successful.
So, what’s the next step you should take? Start with research. See what your competitors are doing and learn what resources are available. Then, pick strategies you know work for your industry. We can help, no matter which step you’re on!