The Australian unemployment rate is currently sitting at 5.5 per cent, and it has lead to a surge in the small business start-up scene. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 60 per cent of small businesses cease operating within the first three years of starting.
So what does a small business need to do to thrive in its first year in business? Here are five tips to help you build a robust marketing strategy and plan for your business.
1. Create a marketing strategy
A marketing strategy lays the foundations for building a successful business, and it consists of four components:
2. Build a marketing plan
Once you have researched your ideal client, you will have a firm understand of who your ideal clients are, how they make purchase decisions, what information they need to make purchase decisions and where they start their search for your product/service. Build your marketing plan around this research.
So for example if they search on Google, invest in Google Ads, landing pages, content offers and optimising your website for search engines, and blog regularly. If they are on LinkedIn, have a content plan in place to educate and add value to your audience.
Don’t underestimate the power of building relationships via networking and speaking at events. There are so many great networking events available now to small-business owners. However, do not go with the intention to sell and hand out your business cards.
3. Have a monthly marketing spend
To reach your ideal client, you will need to have a monthly marketing spend allocated from when you launch your business. This spend can grow as your business revenue grows, but it’s imperative to the success of your business.
If you do not invest in marketing your small business and your brand, how will it to grow?
4. Allocate time every day to market your business
Marketing your business is something that you need to work at every single day. A good approach is to block out time at the start of each day, to work on marketing tasks and activities. Start with one hour per day, and it will soon become a habit.
By continually focussing on ways to market and grow your business, you will gain traction with your new business.
5. Know what’s working
You need to know what is giving you a return on investment, what’s driving the most number of customers in your business. Understand your Google Analytics, your social-media insights and your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) data to get a feel for where your marketing plan is having the biggest impact.
When you find a marketing channel mix that is working for your business, stick with it and invest more in these channels!
Vanessa Geraghty, Founder and Principal Marketing Consultant, Vivacity Marketing