Some marketing strategies are brilliant for one brand, yet absolute fails for another.
What makes the difference?
Marketing strategies should be built with the target audience in mind. The marketing strategy that is brilliant for a spa (a local consumer audience) isn’t going to work too well for an enterprise level Customer Relationship Management software (a national/international corporate audience).
There are four steps to choosing the marketing strategy that’s best for your brand.
Step #1) Know The Four Quadrants of Inbound Marketing
The four quadrants:
- Q1: A Local Consumer Audience
- Q2: A Broad (national/international) Consumer Audience
- Q3: A Local Corporate Audience
- Q4: A Broad Corporate Audience
Inbound Marketing Quadrant #1 – B2C Brands with a Local Audience
Quadrant 1 Businesses can be broken into two subcategories – Service Area Businesses and Brick and Mortar Businesses.
Quadrant 1a – B2C Service Area Businesses
Service Area Businesses (SABs) are businesses that serve consumers at their place of residence and therefore includes many home services:
- Pest Control
- Senior Care
Quadrant 1b – B2C Brick and Morter Businesses
Brick and Mortar Businesses (B&M) are businesses that have a physical location that consumers can visit and therefore includes many retail shops and health services:
- Gas Stations
- Drug Stores
- Clothing Shops
- Home Goods Shops
Inbound Marketing Quadrant #2 Businesses – National/International B2C
Quadrant 2 businesses usually sell goods (but sometimes services) that are deliverable and don’t require a home visit by the brand or a visit to a shop by the consumer:
Inbound Marketing Quadrant #3 Businesses – Local B2B
Quadrant 3 businesses are business/commercial services (but sometimes products) that usually require the brand to have a local presence (a lot of times due to licensing and legal regulations). Like quadrant 1 brands, quadrant 3 brands include both Service Area Businesses and Brick & Mortar Businesses.
- Commercial Insurance Agents
- Commercial Real Estate Agents
Inbound Marketing Quadrant #4 Businesses – National/International B2B
Quadrant 4 businesses do ESPECIALLY POOR with marketing strategies meant for any of the other quadrants, but these same businesses have some of the highest possible returns when implementing marketing strategies optimized for a quadrant 4 audience:
- Marketing Services
Step #2) Further Define Your Audience
Now that you know your quadrant, time to further define your audience.
For B2C you should define:
- Target Age
- Target Gender
- Target Education Level
- Target Interests
- Target Income Level
For B2B brands you should define:
- Specific Companies
- Company Size
Step #3) Know Your Numbers
With a defined target audience, it’s time to crunch some numbers. Here’s what you need to know:
- The pricing of the product/service that you will be marketing.
- The Lifetime value (in revenue) of your target consumer/corporation/client.
- The profit margin of said revenue.
- Total lifetime profit of a purchaser.
With the first three numbers, you’ll be able to project the fourth, the total lifetime profits of acquiring a customer/client.
Sometimes this is a less than a hundred dollars.
Other times this can be tens of thousands or more.
You’ve got to know your number.
There is one final number: The cost of acquiring a new customer/client.
If your total lifetime profit is $100, you’ve got to be able to acquire new customers for less than $100.
IF YOU CAN’T DO THIS, you either have underpriced your product/service or you’re marketing strategy isn’t up to par.
IF YOU CAN, especially if you can generate $3.00 or more per $1.00 you spend; you’ve got something, and should focus on building an operations process that can scale. In the stock market – people take on quite a bit of risk hoping to turn $1.00 into $1.10 – so if you can turn $1.00 into much more than $1.10 (annually) – you know where you should invest.
Step #4) Get Started
Now that you’ve defined your target audience and know how much you can spend per client acquisition – get started on the marketing strategy that works best for your brand!
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