When we look at the makeup of corporations, we can readily identify the different functions that makeup the organisation. Some of the more common functions are :-
Research And Development
Human Resource Management
.. and we could go on adding to the list. Now if we are to ask the question as to what most important functions are, we would most likely get different responses depending on who we posed the question to.
As the reason for the existence of any organisation is to provide its products and services to specific end user customers and; no matter how fantastic the research development engineers are, how streamlined the manufacturing department has become, how well the employees are looked after – if not enough attention is put into the Sales and Marketing functions; there will of course not be enough clients who are purchasing from the corporation.
I’d like to make the statement that Sales and Marketing is the Heart and Soul of every business and the failure to pay significant attention to this part of the business will ultimately end in the failure of the organisation.
To illustrate the point – let’s talk about my favourite company at this point in time when I am looking to illustrate excellence in the Sales and Marketing function – that company is Apple. To learn more about Apple’s latest and fantastic release I suggest you read apple ipad reviews by following the link. In recent years we have seen changes in Apple’s distribution strategies and walking into any Apple store will enable anyone to see what every company looks for – Raving Fanatics – who are passionate about the organisation’s products and services.
During my business radion program when going through the Marketing Mix – I posed the questions :-
… the answer to all are Yes and yet Apple, through excellence is Sales and Marketing Strategies dominate in each specific Marketing Category. Time will tell as the iPad starts to sell internationally. At the time of writing – the iPad is yet to be release here in the UK and I for one cannot wait to get mine !!
To summarise – never fall so much in love with the products and services of the organisation so that you lose focus in constantly engaging with the targetted end user clients – they at the end of the day are the ones who must be depended upon to make consistent purchases from the organisation in order to keep the company in business.
The constant ongoing refinement and development [and execution] of the Sales and Marketing Strategies of the company – from large corporate to Small and Medium Enterprise, right down to the Solo Preneur will ensure the success of the business endeavour.
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 ….
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.
As I continue to be asked to appear in the media to comment on current news and events and, link those events to key Business Sales & Marketing Strategies the Small & Medium Enterprises should be taking on not just due to the current economic climate but just because all businesses should be based on solid Business Marketing Fundamentals.
During this interview we deal with viewing the internet as a Channel to Market, in the papers was a news story detailing how Waitrose are moving into the non foodstuffs business which will be based on the internet. The large corporations are conditioning and preparing the market for the smaller business owner to be able to more effectively and readily take advantage of making use of the internet as a Channel to Market.
Take a listen and let me know what you think – get in touch if I can be of use to you in any shape or form.
At the end of last year my business partner and Public Relations Expert Kelvin Graham put on an event at Cass Business School where I spoke about Marketing Strategy Development with a focus on using the internet as a primary marketing channel. You may listen to an exerpt here – let me know what you think
Key points :-
Branding is a key component of a company’s marketing strategy
Consider what your brand is
Determine how you will communicate your brand to the world at large
Ponder your brand as the business owner
Consider the brand of the company as seperate and distinct from your personal brand
Here’s some useful information relating to sales and marketing in order to increase your business sales and revenues. First, analyze the current number of customers that you are targeting with your present sales and marketing strategies. Next go on to find examine your previously determined strategic plans.
“Next; it makes good sense to examine and see if you have a proven sales process or not and then devise and tweak your strategies further. It is very important to have all of your strategies in place to get the right actions executed at the correct time. After you are all set with the plans, it’s time to get down to action -that means execution, execution, measure, correct and then even more execution.
Sales and marketing are the two processes that complement each other completely. One can not go without the other. Lead generation is marketing and closing the final deal is sales accomplished. The model followed by each company for these two processes may differ.
Cold calling is one very popular method adopted by many. ‘Sales and Marketing- Six Sigma Way’ is one system that is used and adopted by various organisations. Whatever the stage of your business, whether you are in the startup stages or rapidly growing, it makes good strategic sense to emply robust sales and marketing strategies in order to take your business to the next level.
On the internet – the term ‘Time Management’ is one of the terms which is searched for over and over again. Everyone is busy with business, life, family, commitment and everythings which life conjures up we either let things drop of we need to manage our time better than we do at present.
I have a busy life, my company provides Self Development coaching and training, we devise marketing strategies for companies, manage website design and development and the list goes on. I also have a very busy personal life and love to indulge in my passion playing jazz on the double bass.
All that takes time management and with that said I have recently put together an excellent resource (even if Isay so myself!) to help all with their time management. Too many people I know complain to me that they can’t get things they want to completed due to the lack of time and; I know that it’s all a matter of how we manage our time.
If you are running a home business part time, managing your own work from home business and/or just hoping to do more and be more – you need to work more on your time management!
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.
Working mainly with small businesses we develop their marketing strategies and in the majority of cases those small businesses do not have an internet presence or if they do, they have a website sitting up there in cyberspace performing no real function or doing anything to enhance their business.
Now in addition to instructing and coaching our clients in the fundamentals of marketing and devising strategies focusing on channel marketing, creating a compelling value proposition and producing products and services to fit into the appropriate categories of the market. We now incorporate a section into our consulting on instructing business to take advantage of the amazing opportunities which exist for using the internet to drive one’s offline business.
Fortunately with a background in traditional offline marketing and have my experience gained in conducting business in over 20 countries throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East coupled with the embracing the new technologies has given our customers the edge and the tools to use the new technologies via the power of the internet to grow their businesses.