It is safe to say that the majority of the existing strategies that have been developed for small businesses (SMEs) as well as some of the larger corporations were originally developed before rise and rise of the internet in our personal and professional lives.

Now we have to deal with Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Optimized Websites as well as the widespread use of Mobile Apps. The point being that to be successful, long standing business strategies need to be modified accordingly or said another way, the online strategies that are developed need to be done so by incorporating more traditional [offline] strategies into every activity that takes place on the internet.

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We like to stress the point that it is not about ranking a video on YouTube, or even ranking a website in Google, or about how many tweets that are put out. This is how we differentiate our services to clients when it comes to working with them to develop their go to market online strategies. It all starts by understanding their core business strategies, i.e. their :-

  • Channel Marketing Strategies
  • Branding Activities
  • Distribution Channels
  • Market Segmentation
  • Category Marketing Choices
  • Lifetime Client Value
  • Unique Value Proposition

… and the list can go on and on, the point is that using the internet does not mean that these core business fundamentals change. This is why we caution businesses that even if they do not work with us, they need to vet carefully who they work with.

The person or company who is the best technically may not be the best at making sure that your business’ marketing strategy is appropriately conveyed via online internet activities in relation to your business.

So in conclusion : your business’ strategy may well need to be modified accordingly to ensure that the internet is incorporated, you as the business owner do not need to know everything about how this is done but you need to make sure that whoever you use understands marketing fundamentals as well as the ins and outs of how to incorporate the internet in the go to market strategies of any corporation.

This is our specialty which we look to continue to develop, any question, comments or thoughts, feel free to get in touch.

To your business success,

-Stephen C Campbell

One of the most common questions that I get asked by those who are starting out in business; also by those who have been involved in business maybe for some time who maybe running a functioning business and making a decent living is : ‘just how to I actually go about developing a marketing strategy’ ??

At a recent networking event when speaking a business owner who by his own admission if well versed in the technology of his business (but not in the marketing) I spoke of the three pillars that I use when thinking about, explaining and developing a marketing or business strategy. They are :-

  • Product/Service categories
  • Channels To Market
  • Market Segmentation

… that is to say, we work on defining the category of the market that the Product or Service fits into, we then work on the marketing Channels. When it comes to channels we consider the channel that we use to deliver the product or service to the marketplace and secondly the channels that we use to push the message to the marker place through. And finally, we have to ensure that our preferred market segments are at the end of the channels that we use. That is the essence of the framework that I work through when refining and developing a marketing strategy.

Now, let’s assume we are you are selling massage therapy services [as one of my previous clients were]. For sure the channel for delivering the service would be in the therapist’s salon but they business owner will have many options in terms of channel marketing for delivering the branding message and services of the business to the market place at large. They can use direct mail, blogging, mobile, articles, newspapers, radio and more to deliver their message to the target market.

Next, we need to ensure that our product/service is positioned appropriately in terms of location, offering and pricing – a particular segment of the market may wish to pay say $15/hour for a massage but other high end clients may be perfectly happy to pay $100/hour if they see the value in what it is that you have to offer. The question is – which market segment is it that you will choose to target ? If this discussion we have covered the market segments and the category of the market that we wish to be positioned in.

So there you have it – an insight into my methodology for developing marketing strategies whether working with $multi billion clients in China [Swatch Group] or with a wedding reception services business such as http://www.lowcostchaircovers.co.uk/ that I consulted for last year.

In summary we want to be thinking of Channels, Market Segments and Product/Service categories.

To your marketing strategy development success,

Let me know if you wish to engage with myself and the team to assist you in your business.

-Success,

-Stephen C Campbell

 

I had an interesting conversation today with a colleague [Mark Stonham] and we were discussing strategy development and the conversation, for a while became centred around the internet. It was then that I started to talk about my concept of how I feel the internet should be viewed and positioned as a key component of a company’s marketing strategy.

Those of you have read my thoughts before will know that I position the internet as a [nother] marketing channel that organisations can use to get their message out to the world at large, this channel can be used to collect market intelligence, survey customers as well as being used to deliver the products and services of the company to the client.

I also went on to stress the point

that I believe that not enough

attention is paid to segmenting the

internet itself as a channel to market.

What do I mean by this ? well – the internet itself provides multiple sub channels that can be used to communicate with – some of them are :-

  • blogging
  • article marketing
  • video marketing
  • email marketing
  • social media marketing

… it is through these marketing channel that we as marketers and business leaders need to make sure that we communicate effectively with those who are to become our customers. For that to happen those clients must be interfacing with us through specific sub internet channels.

It is here that I can see where many companies are potentially making costly strategy development errors in not taking the time up front to develop their internet channel marketing strategy. It is here that they will be told which internet sub channels their clients are interfacing with most and direct them with respect to how much effort, time and energy should be directed towards any one or multple internet marketing sub channel.

Having said that, I do understand that there are many social media marketing experts that push the idea that using this form of marketing on the internet is all that is necessary – needless to say, I disagree as …

Strategy should precedes execution

… and this stands true for marketing on the internet as it does if you were to be selling products and services into a new country.

As always, I hope you find this useful – and do feel free to hit the contact button above and get in touch if you would like to discuss business consulting, training, coaching, speaking or mentoring services.

To your business success.

-Stephen C Campbell

Corporate internet marketing strategy in line with social media marketing strategies seem to be at the centre of most of the questions I get asked when business leaders are enquiring about my Internet Channel Marketing strategy consulting and seminar delivery that I am currently involved in more and more.

The point is that many executives have been told that they must get involved with Social Media Marketing, that they must immediately get training in this area or else they will get left behind.

This is where I start to explain about the concept of …

Internet Channel Marketing

… or, how to effectively incorporate the marketing tools that the internet give us into existing and new business strategies. Internet Channel Marketing is centred around the fact that the internet is but another channel to marketing. I say ‘yet another with the thought in mind that it is a very powerful channel.

We all know that marketing channels are there to enable us to :-

  • Effectively promote our products our services to current and potential end user clients
  • Effectively deliver our products and services to those who choose to purchase from us

… so coming back to Internet Channel Marketing : we like to highlight the fact that there are many tools within the complete internet marketing tools box to enable us to accomplish our channel marketing objectives.

Internet Channel Marketing gives us access to :-

  • Blogging
  • Podcasting
  • Social Media
  • Micro Blogging
  • Article Marketing
  • Forums
  • Directories
  • Joint Venture Marketing
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Affiliate Marketing

…. and the list could go on and on. Effectively using the internet for marketing means that we will use the combination of the above that adequately suits our business in terms of the ..

  • Marketing category of our products and services
  • Market Segment of our target end user clients

… this may mean that we use mainly Blogging, Podcasting or Article Marketing or it may be the case that Social Media Marketing as a key part of our Channel Marketing Strategy.

That is the essence of Internet Channel Marketing where we instruct clients on the marketing tools available to them from the internet and how to effectively use these tools to effect the execution of their business strategies.

This is why I believe it is not the best advice to push companies and executives headlong into throwing money at Social Media when it may be that their target market may be better suites to blogging internet strategies.

As I work with more and more clients on a global basis and apply my consulting skills in different industries, feel free to get in touch if you think I could be of assistance to your in your business endeavours – no matter where you may be in the world, remember the world is flat !! we would be working together face to face in a matter of days.

Hope you found this useful, any questions or comments – feel free to let me know.

To your business success,

-Stephen C Campbell [Shanghai, China]

This is a critical question that is being answered on a daily basis by the most successful corporations around the world. This extremely important topic is one that is relevant for every business …

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… no matter what industry or size of organisation. In other words the question to be answered is :-

what is you Promotional Channel Marketing Strategy ?

… of course, we know that Channel Marketing can readily be split into two main categories, that of delivering your product and/or service to the market place and; the specific channel used to promote your company’s products / services.

In some cases you can use the same channel for both consumption and delivery but in many cases there will need to be a careful blend of pushing the message of the organisation through specific channels and, using various channels more that others and therefore driving customers to take specific actions in order to get them into the marketing funnel.

One of the best things you can do today is to stop and take a blank piece of paper and consider the blend of channels that you are actively using the promote your products and services to the world at large.

The blend is critically important as the blend that you use will be based on the results of your market segmentation activities in line with who you are selling to and where they congregate in terms of what the best medium is to use to deliver your message to them.

This is but one small part of a component of developing a business strategy.

Thoughts, comments ? want to work together [nationally or internationally] ? feel free to get in touch.

-Stephen C Campbell

The question that many small business owners as well as executives from some of the largest corporations in the world have asked and are asking is, ‘what about the internet’ ?? …

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… My response is that the internet is to be viewed as a marketing channel for the corporation.

That is as a marketing channel to promote the company’s message through as well as using this particular channel to possibly deliver products and/or services to the end user client.

As many organisations are struggling to fully incorporate the internet into the core business strategies, I have devised the Internet Channel Marketing seminar which focusses on the main things that executives need to be aware of in order to go forward and develop their strategies with fully incorporating the internet.

I say that to mean that the internet should not be viewed as an ‘add on but as a key component of the corporate strategy, for this to happen of course, there will need to be certain changes to the organisation both in terms of structure as well as mindset.

If this topic is of interest to you – view the video above and – if I can help you by answering any of your questions, running a seminar, consulting or if you just fancy a chat !!! Feel free to get in touch.

To Your Success,

-Stephen C Campbell

As I was discussing during my radio program a few weeks ago, China is now officially the world’s second largest economy …

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… overtaking Japan and as far as we can see the business opportunities will continue to rise in the coming years. After my very first business consulting seminar in Shangai [in Channel Marketing Strategies] focussing on the Internet and Distribution,

it was very educational for me to learn from some of the executives who I was standing in front of for days delivering the first of many marketing strategy seminars and consulting sessions.

Having managament from different industries all desiring to have their needs met meets with certain challenges, however as I am striving for excellence – I was happy to stretch myself up into new comfort zones.

With there being a shift from China just acting as a manufacturing arm for many of the world’s Multi National Companies to being an economy that is innovating and producing goods and services that needed domestically and internationally, we see a corresponding need to learn from the west in terms of process management and strategy development. The point is that – by learning in the form of taking in business consultants from the West, the country will save itself years in terms of trial and error, not to mention the amount of money that goes with that.

With all of the dynamics that goes into piecing the economies of the world together, as a business consultant I can see many opportunities for strategyt consultants like myself to lending a hand to the development of the economy of China.

With that said, I look forward to many more interactions and learning from as well as assisting Chinese [based] companies to grow and prosper as the dependency on the strength of business China continues to be one that is growing.

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Your company’s [Distribution] Channel Marketing Strategy is key to the success of the products that you are selling in the market place, is used to be that technological superiority could be relied upon for market dominance. Looking at companies such as Walmart and Dell, we can see how critical it is for organisation’s to be continually refining the particular [Distribution] Channel Marketing Strategy used for getting their products from Manufacturer to eventual [Business or Industrial] end user.

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The enclosed video gives an overview of the two day Channel Marketing seminar that I run for corporations. Take a look and get an overview of the whole topic and see if you can pull anything from the video to maybe modify some of the actions currently being pursued in your business.

Any comments ? let me know just hit the contact link above.

Success,

-Stephen C Campbell

digital online marketing

A successful internet marketing strategy requires the right amount of resources to be allocated. These resources include funding, technology, and staff levels.

You should first figure out what capabilities you have internally, so that you can determine whether or not you have the skill and knowledge you need internally or whether you will have to outsource some of the work.

After you have determined which type of internet marketing would be the most appropriate you will need to figure out the best way to track your efforts and measure their effectiveness.

You need to find a technology that will help you to keep track of and create reports on your progress in terms of your key progress indicators.

This ability to measure and track your efforts is part of the reason why companies are choosing methods of marketing. You can get a lot of useful information when you use the proper technology to track performance and activity so that you can better tweak your future campaigns to get optimum results.

For the best results, your Internet Channel Marketing

Strategies should be designed to help

with specific objectives of your business.

Your digital strategy will most likely need to be developed apart from the offline marketing strategy. This is due to the fact that internet marketing methods engage audiences and generate responses from them in a different manner than traditional marketing methods.

However, all of the channel marketing strategies you use, whether digital or traditional in nature, should still be complementary to one another and consistent with one another.

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The large amount of interaction that can be had through the use of online methods is a key advantage to this type of marketing. With internet channel marketing, you can take advantage of the opportunity to more closely manage the whole experience of the user and refine this as it becomes necessary.

This is possible from the moment they visit the website, through the buying process and then all subsequent parts of the life cycle that a customer will go through. Your digital channel marketing strategy should make sure to integrate all these processes.

Doing this will make the provision of a coherent message during the whole experience that a customer has with your company easier to do and more effective. There is usually more of a strategic decision involved when it comes to coming up with a digital channel marketing plan over creating a traditional plan.

The reason for this is the fact that there is continuous activity involved in the strategies that are used for a digital marketing plan. The strategies, such as …

  • search engine optimization
  • customer relationship management
  • affiliate marketing

… tend to be more long term strategies meant to help bring more traffic and revenue, as well as provide greater customer retention.

This is why it is so important to do the research to find the supporting information you need to back up your formal strategy. The more diligent you are the less the risk that you will end up wasting time, money and resources. In order to set up your internet channel marketing strategy you need to figure out appropriate key performance indicators and objectives.

What you want to be able to achieve will be your objectives, possibly including such things as improved customer retention, a larger market share, or more brand awareness. The way that you will determine whether or not you have met those objectives is through the use of your key performance indicators.

Before setting an objective you have to

think about how much of an investment

would be required to meet that objective.

You want your strategy to be realistic, so you need to consider how much of a budget you would need to implement it; and achieve the objectives you are considering. It will help to make it easier to use objectives and priorities to divide up the financial resources available in the budget.

You then need to determine just what you will need to do in order to actually reach the objectives and goals that you have set. In order to do so you will need to properly select your target audience, and understand both your market position and the product that you are offering. These are the components of designing and implementing a digital multi channel marketing plan.

You need to understand where your target audience goes, when they go there, and what they do there so that you can determine which internet channel marketing methods would be the best for you to use.