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3 things you must do before you start marketing

Since we soloists wear so many hats, it means when it comes to marketing, we can take an ad hoc approach to things. This means even the tiniest bit of structure to our marketing efforts can yield some big results.

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As soloists we’re always in a rush, and often marketing activities that would take weeks in a corporate environment, we squish in between a morning meeting and lunch at the desk.

However, time and time again, I see micro business owners who start marketing and PR campaigns without the basics in place. Here are three non-negotiables you could knock over in an afternoon that will make your marketing work better for you.

1. Your tag line

Do you have one? If not, get a pen and paper now and start writing down some ideas. A tag line is a snappy sentence that you can use across everything from email signatures and business cards, to Facebook ads and press releases.

           “Mentos are the freshmakers.”

           “Lust Have It are Australia’s #1 beauty box service.”

           “Nandos are the home of the original flamed-grilled chicken.”

"Don’t buy an ad because it’s cheap, or run a Facebook competition because you can’t think of any content ideas. Your marketing should reflect your business needs."

Who are you? While it’s hard to sum up your business in a sentence, your tagline is crucial to helping people understand what you do at an emotional level.

2. What’s your why?

Be careful not to throw money at marketing without a strategy behind it. Be clear about your goals and write a list of them. It’s important to refer to this list every time you’re looking at spending time or cash on anything! If it’s not to meet these goals, why are you doing it again?

Don’t buy an ad because it’s cheap, or run a Facebook competition because you can’t think of any content ideas. Your marketing should reflect your business needs.

For example: a marketing strategy for getting new customers would be very different to a strategy to encourage current customers to repurchase from you.

3. Lead capture system

A lead capture system is essential. This could be a whiteboard, an excel document, but ideally it’s a great CRM system like MailChimp or Infusionsoft. If you’re having leads slip through the cracks because you’re busy, you’re losing money. Before you start running marketing you need to have a tight system that captures and nurtures all the leads coming through the door.

That way you can take advantage of every opportunity that’s coming your way.

Have you got these three essentials in place?

Amanda Westphal

created Prize Pig, an online platform busting with media competitions that any small business can access to get major media space without the media spend. Connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter

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