The brand positioning that a company – no matter what the size, that is if the company happens to be a
home based business
small and medium enterprise all the way up to the
… will have an effect and bearing on how clients view the company when compared to similar organizations who are seen to provide comparable products and services.
We do know that the largest companies have huge marketing departments often with specialists focusing on the positioning in the market place that the company takes – with that said, often the practice is to use outside agencies to develop the positioning strategy.
Smaller companies should focus on the core elements of their brand equity such as :-
… and drill down into the key components of these categories and allocate appropriate resources from within the organisation to work on those areas that have been identified as being the priority in terms of the overall strategic direction of the organisation.
Constant and regular focus on this and the pushing out into the market place of the message will serve to drive the positioning of the brand in the market place, this will ultimately serve to separate the organisation from the competition, engage with customers and therefore drive revenue.
Internet marketing training programs are growing in demand as more and more corporations are correctly placing the internet in its correct
position in terms of the overall business strategy development activities that will determine where the company is going.
The question is, where is the internet to be placed in terms of the development of the corporations marketing strategy and the answer is as a marketing channel.
Channel marketing is a component of the ever popular marketing mix, more commonly known as the 4 P’s and comes under the Promotion and Place P’s :-
Promotion is for getting the message out to the world at large
Place is for the channel where the user purchases the product and/or service
For the small business owner and work from home entrepreneur – I have developed the Internet And Direct Marketing blueprint which is an internet marketing training course designed to give the internet marketing entrepreneur the tools to market their product making full use of the internet.
As for the corporates – they should look at the internet in two ways :-
As a marketing channel to promote the products and services of the organisation
As a distribution channel from which the end user customer will end up consuming the products/services as developed by the organisation
If you are reading this as a result of you wanting to gain some expertise in making use of the internet as a marketing channel, check out the internet and direct marketing blueprint.
Any thoughts, comments ? get in touch and let me know.
When we look at the overall economy of the united kingdom it is amazing to consider how much revenue is generated in London alone and; the amount of businesses that are starting up on a weekly basis.
Now – we do know that many businesses have readily understood how critical it is to make full use of the internet as a marketing channel which has lead to the demand for london internet marketing consultants.
Business owners who are looking for products and services turn to the internet in order to make their initial assessments, on the other hand corporates, small businesses and work from home organisations are doing all that they can in order to deliver their message via the internet to their chosen target market.
With all that has been said, it is unfortunate that for some and internet marketing strategy is not much more that having a pretty looking website, this is where making sure that making full use of the skills and competencies of a professional who can demonstrate their expertise in using the internet as a marketing channel comes into play.
As well as developing coherent go to marketing business strategies, we are able to integrate the internet and all of its components into your :-
Marketing channel strategy
Category marketing options
Ideal client profiling
… and all of other possible components needed to develop an ongoing marketing strategy.
As you read this post, consider your need of some of the services that we are able to bring to your business in terms of kick starting your day to day activities through the development of your internet marketing based business marketing strategy.
As always, any thoughts or comments ? Get in touch.
I tend to give a lecture or short talk to business owners once a month, in addition to this in my consulting work I am frequently astonished at the lack of discipline that businesses have when it comes to developing and implementing ongoing marketing strategies.
Given that marketing [and the resultant sales] are the life and soul of every company I am continually baffled at how little time business owners pay to marketing. The title of this article is ‘small business marketing ideas’ but when talking to executives from corporates I see a tendency to continue doing what has been done in the past.
That, of course will guarantee past results ! So – what are some of ideas that business owners can start to think about in order to effect change in their organisations ? Without looking at the details of the business of the reader, I would like encourage taking a look at the field of …
… that it to say; stop and think about the various routes ‘Marketing Channels’ that you are currently using to …
a) Get your message out to prospective clients
b) Deliver your products and services to the end user
Take for example; some of the large supermarkets – here in the UK we have bit ‘T’, ‘S’ and ‘A’. They present their messages to us via the television, via the internet, newspapers, radio, billboards, flyers and the list can go on. In addition to this we can purchase the goods that they have on offer via the internet, via the TV or we can of course go into the store. We have described various Channels To Market that the supermarkets use to ultimately get us to purchase their goods.
Now, one of the lessons that we can learn from this is that there are / can be / should be various means / methods / techniques in use at any point in time as part of our ongoing marketing strategies. This is of course an ongoing process and something that will be developed / strategised and worked out during any business strategy consultation.
Marketing is a skill and discipline that many business owners who are experts at their particular business field often fail to appreciate – this is not something is done when it comes to Accounting and Finance and Manufacturing, the expert is normally called in to perform these functions. Marketing is the most important part of your business – do not leave it to chance, get expert help that can help you develop an ongoing coherent strategy from which to work from.
If you have any questions about this and would like to discuss personal consulting and coaching with me Stephen C Campbell, do not hesitate to get in touch ….
Companies all over the world deliver products and/or services to end user clients – these customers by definition are located at the end of a marketing [distribution] channel.
Whilst Small and Medium Enterprises and Large Corporates by definition will be using some form of distribution channel through which to deliver their products, services and messages – very often we see that they are all but doing more of the same. The recent intensive corporate training seminar that I wrote and ran for Marcus Evans Professional Training was focussed on Enhancing Channel Management Strategies to Maximise Sales Through Distributors. In essence companies face to major decision when it comes to dealing with their distribution channels :-
The Design of the Distribution Channel
The Management of the distribution Channel
… as we see that when new employees join an organisation they normally end up sitting with someone who knows how things operate within that company. They learn how things ‘have been done’ and are often judged and measured on how well they measure up to that which they have been taught. However when we look at some of the great business breakthroughs – take for example Dell migrating away from a …
Direct Only Distribution Channel
…. to that of one where customer can purchase their products via retail and even the television. We see that challenging the norm when it comes to dealing with distribution channels is the same as with everything else in life i.e…. Keep doing the same things and you will get the same results !!! As an Business Strategy Consultant I always aim to look if there is another way as well as looking at what is working and methods for improving on that. It is often said that one cannot change distribution channels easily or taking on new partners is fraught with danger as the existing partners will object, resist and damage the ongoing business relationship. It looks as though many companies are in fact modifying their distribution channel strategies as well as looking to manage exisiting partners and relationships more effectively. As you look to get more out of your business could it be that taking some time out to examine your current distribution channel makeup and management should be the very thing to concentrate on ?? Get in touch if you’d like some outside perspective to help you on your way in your business endeavours. Best, Stephen C Campbell [distribution channel management trainer]