Are you eager to grow your client base and spread the word regarding your services and products? Are you wondering if you even need to bother with marketing programs when you’re on a shoestring budget?
The answer is yes. It’s riskier financially for businesses not to market. Also, there are so many ideas for marketing that are truly cost-effective and ready for you to use in order to increase your revenue. Here are a few.
Talk to Clients
It’s astounding how much money can be spent in the effort to gather market information and to attract new clients when there isn’t a necessity for it. There is a wealth of information and opportunity in your client base. One of the best methods of increasing revenue is simply to talk to those clients. You don’t even need to talk to all of them. Just choose about 10.
For example, if you run a substance abuse treatment center, you might ask them how important the services provided were when it came to solving their issues, and what services they wish you offered that might help them or other people better.
Creative Packaging for Marketing Campaigns
Postcards are one way you can market your business. On the other hand, how about putting a small box together that contains a knife, fork, spoon, and a napkin that has been custom printed and says, “Have lunch on us”?
You might also get a few cartoon videos made up and share them on YouTube and other social media outlets. If they are funny or thought-provoking, they will get a lot of shares and could get you a lot of new visitors.
If you think this can’t be done without spending a lot of cash, it can. What you need to do is to leverage any coverage your business gets. Don’t expect a single story to generate a ton of leads. The success you’ll have will depend on how you leverage each article, press release, and published mention. Put all of it on your website. Create a page for News and you might even add a What’s New section on your homepage. PR is much more cost-effective and credible than advertising.
Make a Commitment to E-Mail
Before doing this, you will need to identify your target market so that you’ll be able to gear the publicity toward them. Marketing through using e-mail is high-impact, easy to measure if you have the right tracking, cost-effective, and flexible. It will allow you to drive people to your site and can reach a broad demographic audience while staying in frequent contact with your prospects and customers. This type of marketing will let you market your products and services while establishing a sense of expertise with your audience. You can use this for new product announcements, newsletters, sales, publicity and so much more.
Marketing your business isn’t something that needs to be complicated or expensive. You just need to know who you are marketing to, what you want the message to be, and innovative ideas to get the word out.