As a business strategy consulting working with businesses from multiple market sectors on an international basis there are certain trends that are so dominant that for ongoing consulting and training sessions I cannot help but point them out.
One of these trends is the astounding use of mobile devices (smart phones, iPads, tablet computers & other mobile devices) by the population at large. Of course it could be pointed out that this is mainly for personal & social purposes; however – the business person must also consider those business purchasers looking for information (as we consider business to business marketing) and; those end user clients who are out searching for news and information using their mobile devices. Given the small screen size, it is becoming critical not to present searchers with a full blow website but with the reduced options given by your business mobile website.
One of the things to point out is that for those searching for news and information using their mobile devices is that they probably are not looking to read essays on your company, latest press releases and full length biographies concerning your business’ executive staff.
More to the point is that they wish to contact your company and find out where you are located. Granted, in some cases it may be that internet searchers are looking for detailed information but for the purpose of the mobile website – I am of the opinion that ‘less is more’. That is to say – when it comes to the options given on a mobile website, present the user with contact details and location information as a basis and; give them the option to access the full blow business wesbite as well.
As a business strategy consultant I am pointing out the fact that the options presented in your mobile marketing business website should be a subset of your ongoing business strategy (not an afterthought or something passed on to someone in the company who has some technical information & knowhow !).
What we call a ‘tap to call’ mobile marketing wesbite will be sufficient for the majority of businesses; this would in most cases have location map details included allowing the searcher to easily contact your company (and will have the option to access your full website).
Managers and business leaders – please do not relegate the decision making regarding the mobile business website that your company must have down to the technical staff. Bring the decision and strategy direction up to the business level discussions where revenue generation is being considered and how the company can bring more customers into the marketing funnel.
Mobile marketing business strategy is included as a full session in my consulting and training work – if you’d like to engage with a consultant with an international perspective and experience in working with multiple blue chip organisations, feel free to get in touch in order to discuss your business and internet [including mobile] marketing strategy today.
It is taken as standard that all businesses will have a website presence these days. Just consider the questions that you ask when someone is informing you about their business whether it be the largest corporate or a Small & Medium Enterprise organisation. At some point in time their website address will come up in the conversation or maybe viewed on a business card.
Now consider the rise in use of mobile phone, or should we say – smart phones and the number of tablet devices that are being used to access the internet on a daily basis. It is with that in mind we can attach the significance of businesses making their websites easily accessible for mobile devices.
So the question is, are you a local business owner ? are you responsible for marketing your business and for getting the message out to the world at large ? if so then what is the current state of your website in terms of allowing clients to have easy access to the content that they are looking for within your site.
Due to the market demand and customer feedback we have started to provide mobile marketing websites for businesses – take a look at our sister websites over at http://www.MobileMarketingBusinessWebsites.com/ which will give you an idea of the what a mobile website is, why you need it for your business and how you can get in touch with us so you too can have the right mobile website for your business.
When we say ‘the right’ mobile website for your business, what do we mean ? well to be brief, most of the times when someone is searching on a mobile phone, they are not interested in reading an essay on your company, they most probably want to know your location and in many cases just want to call your business. This is where the ‘Tap To Call’ mobile website comes into play – this gives the searcher a simple mobile website of your business with only a few options, one of which is a BIG BUTTON which when they tap it; they call direct to your company.
As you continue to plan and refine your business strategy – be sure to include the mobile marketing specifics into all of the marketing execution that you do.
OEM marketing and business development is where I spend a few years managing clients within Europe, the United States and the Far East. It is an exciting part of business to be involved in as so many people are unware of the fact that when they are driving a car or using a computer – that many of the components in the product are not manufactured and developed by the company that has its name stamped on it.
This is where OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer – business development comes into play where the 10s of millions of $s of revenue are generated where companies supply various parts and components to other companies. This could be :-
… and many other components parts that are necessary to manufacturing lines operating.
… and Business MarketingStrategy development – we covered development of appropriate Marketing Channels, Segmentaiton of the Market from both a Demographic and Psychographics perspective as well as working on which Category of the Marketing Lisa’s business would be operating in.
Some months after working on the business, I coached Lisa form a Self Development perspective as often, this is the part that is underdeveloped in many of us.
Your business, my business and overy other person’s business out there in the world at large lives and dies by the strength of its sales and outbound marketing. While it is at times easy to get focussed inwards working on the day to day business activities – it is imperative to keep an outward looking marketing, strategic view when it comes to thinking about and dealing with ones products and services.
One of the best things to do is to continually ask the question ‘who is my product and services for’ yes, that is who, in the singular. Although we do sell to groups of people and organisations, at the end of the day it is individuals that make purchasing decisions. Refining our business marketing message so that we are targetting our products and service for someone will enable us to meet the needs of the end user and; ultimately sell more.
This in line with core marketing strategies when considered will serve to assist take your business to the next level. As I continue to work with SMEs – the challenge is to get them to focus outwards and of course to get them to embrace the richness that the internet has to offer when considering it as a Marketing Channel.
More on this in another post, let me know if you have any comments or if there is indeed anything I can do for you to assist taking your business forward.
During a Business Consultation where I normally spend time working on client’s Marketing Strategy I spend time
instructing and coaching clients on Niche Marketing or Market Segmentation. Unfortunately many small businesses and solo preneurs fail to spend time to work on the Market Segmentation strategy which should form a part of their overall marketing strategy. In turn this means they often spend time selling their products or services to the wrong or an inappropriate niche in the market place.
So what does Market Segmentation entail ? To get to grips with Market Segmentation consider various ways we can segment the population i.e. by :-
… and so the list can go on. Do you get the idea ? the point is that the segment of the market that you decide to sell your product or service into will determine your pricing, delivery, packaging and related strategies.
As we live in a diverse world with a global market place market segmentation or niche marketing plays a critical role in our efforts as business people and will continue to do so. In order to take your business forward keep market segmentation in your thoughts and consider this as you discuss where you plan to take your existing or new product. This will help you to make more money and to achieve the success that you have in mind for your business venture.
If you need help with your Market Segmentation or Niche Marketing strategies, get in touch and let me have your comments. You also wish to take a look at http://www.BusinessmansEncyclopaedia.com/ which is a resource I put together to help business people wherever they may be in the world.
Niche Marketing is one of those terms that is bounded around all of the time. The definition of niche marketing is critical when working on your marketing strategies tactics and deciding upon your fundamental niche for the working of your business.
When working with my clients I work on the pros and cons of niche marketing during the very first session. I work with them closely on their defining their business and developing marketing strategies with a focus on their Ideal Client Profile.
It is indeed critical to define which segment of the market each of your product and service fits into, this in turn will lead to finding, attracting and attaining your target. The reality is that, niche marketing is critical to your business success.
Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any comments.