With the ever increasing widespread use of the internet for business strategy development, for advertising and for marketing – we attract clients from all over the world and with that prospective clients, as well as those clients who have had some experiences with us can say what they wish to about us – all online. This calls for organisations to be concerned about managing the reputation of their business online.

As this was written years ago I was in the middle of preparing material to deliver corporate business strategy training and was preparing to cover social media marketing strategies as social media marketing strategy for business is very topical these days and becoming more of an important marketing channel for companies both large and small and from varying market sectors.

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The case in point is that when many corporations look to make use of the new technologies – there is very often confusion and overwhelm in terms of which direction to follow; which tools to use, how often etc. Shall they use :-

  • Blogs
  • Search Engines
  • News Engines
  • Other Websites
  • Micro Blogging
  • Peer Reviews
  • Feeds

…. and the list could go on and on. It is unfortunate that at times the key message and brand communication of the corporation is thrown out as companies dive into making use of social media for business.

The key lesson, learning or take away point is to put critical focus on the organisation’s message from this strategic approach you should be able to determine which of the hundreds of platforms are most suitable for you to both communicate your message and to [most importantly] listen to what current and prospective clients have to say.

As we roll out our strategic seminars that focus on combining the new technologies with ‘traditional existing business marketing strategies – do get in touch if you’d like us to deliver at your venue [no matter where you are in the world] or work remotely to help you shape your strategies.

I update this post in April 2015 and the video above being recorded at the beginning of the day as I prepare to deliver a Strategic Social Media Marketing consulting and training seminar as the company I was hired by look to enhance their presence within the social media networks.

You will see from the video that there is a focus on Channel Marketing, as I approach this topic we have many channels that businesses use to interface with the market such as Telephone, Radio, Direct Mail and of course the Digital Marketing Channel, we can then further segment this channel to market to get down to the Social Media Marketing channel. In consulting I do stress the point that the other channels to market as appropriate need to be interfaced with, and we recommend an integrated approach tying in e.g. Direct Mail and the Telephone with the Social Media Marketing activities.

Whatever final plan is implemented depends of course on the market sector being operated within and the specific needs of the business in question, there is no ‘cookie cutter’ approach, therefore we adopt a strategic digital marketing and social media approach when advising and working with businesses and we suggest you take the same approach when embarking on looking at and refining your own company’s digital marketing and social media strategies.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen C Campbell

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.

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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 …

  • Channel Marketing

… 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 ….