Looking to market your small business? Marketing your small business can be confusing, especially in today’s environment. Many of the strategies small business owners have used in the past aren’t available or effective right now. Online marketing is daunting, and many aren’t even convinced it will work for their business. How do we make sense of all this? How do we develop the strategies that we need?

First, let me tell you that many businesses are actually making more sales during these times. So it is possible to properly market your business for success. The first thing that you have to understand is how to create a proper marketing plan.

You have to start with:

  • Who are you marketing to?
  • Who is your ideal customer?

Then we can take a look at:

  • Where are we going to find them in the highest concentrations.

Next, we can ask:

  • What is it that they want to buy?

Now we can ask:

  • Why would they want to buy from us? We’re not the only people selling this. We’re not the only people doing this.
  • Why would they want to choose us above everyone else?

And only now can I ask:

  • How am I going to deliver this message to them?

There is another piece to this puzzle that seems like it would be outside of our discussion, but you have to understand where you are in your Growth Stages.

You see how deep you’re going to go into these questions and how many different markets you’re going to go after will depend on your Stage of Growth. There are six Stages of Growth:

  1. Mastery
  2. Niche
  3. Systems
  4. Team
  5. Synergy and
  6. Results.

Only two are really relevant for this conversation, Mastery and Niche. Mastery is about building a solid foundation. It’s about putting together the things that you need to create consistency in your business. So at this level, we only want to put in the very top level of our marketing. We really only want to pick one or at most two target markets that we’re going to market to.

When I say the highest level, I don’t mean I want you to go really high. I want you to pick everybody. I mean, I want you to focus on the ideal clients, the ideal customers, the people that are most likely to buy from you, and you want to narrow that down as much as you possibly can.

Remember, we said, we start with who, but we want to make that “who” as narrow as we possibly can so that we can really define where they are, what they want, why they would want to buy from me and then look at how am I going to market to them?

What’s the strategy and the avenue and the copy that I’m going to use to market to them?

The next level is Niche. This is where we focus on all aspects of marketing. This is where we really start to build out that plan to fill up and make sure that we can get in as many people as we possibly can. But we already have the foundation, the stability, that comes from Mastery. We already have a stable cash flow.

Now we can start to experiment with marketing and try to build that up. This is the way it works. You have to understand that 92% of businesses are in Mastery. So it’s highly likely that you are in Mastery too. And even if you think that you are at a later stage, it would be useful to review the Mastery level to ensure that you have the solid foundation that you need in place.

This is why I created the Insider’s Guide to Success in Business. In this free book, I give you the checklists to know how to create your stable foundation, the tools to see where you are and where you’re going. You can download this free book at insidersguidetosuccessinbusiness.com.

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About the author,

With 14 years of experience in working with small and medium sized businesses to help them grow, Doug is committed to seeing business owners thrive. Business coaching is what drives Doug.

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