Posts Tagged ‘target marketing’

Put Yourself on the Path to Success

Successful entrepreneurs create their own opportunities for success. Why? Because they know that success is not accidental. You have to make it happen … and you have to actively look for opportunities to make it happen. 

Life is filled with opportunities: people we stand or sit next to, chance meetings, unplanned events, items seen or read, offered projects, ideas that seemingly come out of nowhere. We have to recognize each of them for what they can be if we want to achieve our goals.
 
Seek out opportunity and  leverage it into something more. Watch for it. Evaluate it. Answer the door and build on it. Don’t let it pass you by. Successful people are constantly watching for opportunity and, when they find it, they embrace it. They do not wait for success to happen. They make it happen … one opportunity at a time.
 
We often hear about being ‘on the road to success’. There is no one road to success, but there are a lot of paths and side roads. Knowing which path to take is where strategy comes in. Knowing when to step off the main road and explore a new path is where courage and creativity come in. Knowing when to stop exploring and put the accelerator down for a while in order to get closer to your ultimate destination is where experience comes in.
 
Opportunity is out there. If you are open to it and actively working toward your goals, it will find you. Better yet: Put yourself in the path of success by focusing on what you want to achieve. Immerse yourself in your topic. Think about it, read about it, talk about it.
 
Actively look for and create opportunities to be successful and you will be successful.
 
You’ve heard this one too: ‘Follow the path and see where it leads.’ Opportunity is a path. It is a road that can move you forward, or present a new direction for achieving your goals. Be aware of and open to possibilities – and then act on them. Some will pan out, others won’t. But you will never know what COULD have happened unless you follow the path for a while.
 
In order to truly be open for business, we have to truly be open to opportunity.  … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author, http://www.edcgrow.com, http://www.herlifepublishing.com

Attraction Marketing

Attraction Marketing puts your brand in the path of people who can help you succeed. It is no different with product brands. A brand has to be seen and noticed in order to be part of the conversation, and it has to Be Visible in order to Get Found. Put your brand where its prospective customers are. Do not force them to go looking for it in unfamiliar places. They won’t. 
 
Look for new ways to present your brand, such as innovative social media strategies, leveraging new technologies and communicating with prospects in unique (and meaningful) ways. Keep in mind that once ‘everyone is doing it or using it’, it is probably time to look for a new way to stand out. Sameness — in products or brands and their promotion — does not create top-of-mind awareness or standout competitors.

If you choose to go with the crowd, you will get lost in the crowd. It’s as simple as that.
 

Look for a way to leverage the tools that are available in the marketplace and use them to stand out. The difference is often in the process and not just the product. Think about the HOW as much as the WHAT. It’s how you implement … how you communicate … how you fulfill your customers’ needs that typically makes the difference … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author

Stop Selling What You Have …

Stop selling what you have and start selling what they want. People buy benefits, not attributes … always. They buy the promise of a need or a want fulfilled; the anticipation of a wish come true. Sometimes that promise represents a tangible problem solved. Other times (often), it’s an intangible, but equally important desire for status, convenience, belonging or something similarly wishful.

Every branding strategy should start with a SWOT … an assessment of your offering’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Strengths identify potential benefits. Opportunities identity potential needs. Opportunities in the marketplace that potentially match your offering’s Strengths have promise as competitive consumer benefits … but not quite yet.

Consider the Strengths that you have to work with and identify your target market. Who are the Ideal Prospects for your product or service? They should be people who have a need or a desire that is well-matched with your offering. Then think, carefully, and make sure that you can answer these questions before you proceed further:

• WHO are these prospects?

• WHAT is important to them?

• HOW do they obtain information to make buying decisions?

• WHICH types of media or other information sources do they use to get that information and, therefore,

• WHERE will you be able to find them and speak to them?

Then also ask: WHY is your offering the best one to fulfill their needs? And WHY is it more competitive that what your competitors are offering? There are no simple answers in marketing, but there are very clear, very basic questions that you can (and should) ask yourself before beginning any outreach effort. … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author, http://edcgrow.com

Shine Brighter, Longer …

When you interact and do business with other positive people, you will move forward. When you find yourself in the company of negative, unhappy people, you will not. Choose to protect your light and move forward, always.

Your light is an asset. You must nurture and protect it to keep it bright and strong. Good gatekeeping will encourage success by inviting those who can facilitate your success to come closer … and by keeping those who will drain your energy at arm’s length.

Gatekeeping requires you to direct your attention and effort toward the people and activities that will help you get where you want to go. Focus is key. You should always direct your energy to where it will do the most good. Making good decisions on target marketing, networking and outreach at the earliest stages will ensure that you start off in the right direction … get on the right track … and stay focused on achieving your goals.

Be selective, not selected. Always. Choose where you want to place your energy and attention.

Read more in Be the Bulb! at www.herlifepublishing.com

Adopt vs. Adapt

Early Adopters seek out new ideas and put them to work.

Adapters put up with what is given them, often reluctantly … and usually without joy.

Adopt versus Adapt.

One is offensive, the other defensive.

One is proactive, the other reactive.

One requires courage and curiousity … a trade off of risk for reward.

The other is more about compliance, complacency … or even fear.

It is difficult to get Adopters to adapt, but it’s easier to sell them on new ideas and products.

Adopters live life and experience it. Adapters cope with it.

 

Adapters will follow Adopters, as their numbers grow.

Target Adopters and they will help you spread the worrd … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author,
http://pplusonline.com
 

Branding Defined …

 A brand is a set of perceptions, experiences and expectations that people have and hold about working or doing business with an individual, a company, a community, a region or an organization. It is entirely subjective on their part and it is based on experience, exposure and interpretation. Strong brands are clear, confident and consistent and they communicate clearly, confidently and consistently — online and off. They claim a position of value in the prospect’s mind and work tirelessly to build and maintain top of mind awareness. They inspire trust and confidence always.

Successful brands have thoughtful branding strategies directing their growth. A positioning statement is at the core of every branding strategy. Branding is the execution of the positioning statement. Effective brands make a clear promise and provide a clear and believable ‘reason why’. The effectiveness of everything that follows relies on the success of the positioning effort and strategy. Absolutely everything …. Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author

Be a Window, Not a Wall

Be a Window and not a Wall in 2010. Look for opportunity and embrace it wherever you find it. Be open to new ideas and strategies and always put your best foot forward, online and off.  Prospects who have been waiting on the sidelines are about to come back.  Customers who have tightened their belts are beginning to cautiously move forward. Be Visible and Be Ready. Don’t follow the market, Lead It! … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert and Author,  http://lorimartinek.com

Take Aim At Influentials …

Choose quality over quantity always, and especially in social marketing. Using a ‘rifle’ (versus shotgun) strategy aims your resources directly at the people who are most likely to become your supporters and customers. It is efficient in terms of both time and money. Target marketing works the same way in social media marketing and even in vehicles like Twitter.

Think about it this way:

 

It is more important to reach the top most influential people in a market than to try to create gross visibility in the marketplace. These are people who have the reach, the following and the influence to pass your message on to others who are members of the SAME target market. Think of them as channels, conduits, whatever … but they are certainly influentials. When they pass your message on … by re-Tweeting, by becoming a Facebook fan, or by forwarding your newsletter …  they are indirectly giving a testimonial on your behalf. Seek it, reach out for it and embrace it. It will always be better than a cold contact.

 

Someone asked the question online: Does having a lot of Twitter followers make you influential? No. Only if your followers are truly influenced by what you have to say, and not just blindly following the crowd. Gross numbers mean nothing if your followers aren’t reading your tweets and passing them on or responding. Look for high numbers of RTs, links and other references. If you’re listening to the networks where your prospects socialize, you’ll be able to spot key influentials pretty quickly. … Lori Martinek, Branding Expert & Author, http://activeattention.com

 

Q & A With Lori Martinek on Attraction Marketing, Strength-Based Branding and How to Be the Bulb!

What is Attraction Marketing?
Attraction Marketing combines personal branding, target marketing and strategies for putting your brand’s energy into the marketplace in a way that attracts the types of people and opportunities that you need to be successful. It is a very dynamic process that anyone can learn.

Why is Be the Bulb! relevant and timely right now?
It has never been more important to shine brightly. Competition for business, for jobs — even for relationships — is fierce. You have to be a standout and set yourself apart from the competition in a positive, magnetic way.

Who is the ideal audience for this book?
Be the Bulb! is relevant for anyone who wants to achieve the personal and professional success they’ve always wanted. It is a must read for new and aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone who is looking to jump-start a new or stalled career. It is also ideal for companies that are looking to reach out to new customers and grow their business and for anyone who is interested in learning how to put social marketing strategies to work effectively.

What advice do you have for people who are looking to start a business?
Always build a business based on what you are good at and what you love to do. As a former
SBDC counselor, I have met many entrepreneurs who pursue business concepts strictly for the money. Money and all of the things that it can buy is fine, but you really do have to be in love with what you do. It really is true: If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, and the quality of the time and effort that you put into building your venture will be a higher caliber, all the way around.

How about people who are involved in a job search?
Today’s job market is the toughest that we’ve ever seen and it’s certainly the most competitive. There are a lot of good candidates out there who have great resumes. You have to make you and your qualifications stand out. One way to do that is to be proactive, optimistic and positive. Candidates who approach their job search as an opportunity instead of an unemployment crisis will find that attitude spilling over into every part of their life. Attitude is everything. Show potential employers how you will have a positive impact on their business, beginning with the very first impression that you make.

Is Be the Bulb! strictly a business book or does it also have personal implications?
The principles of Attraction Marketing will work in every part of your life, whether you are looking for career success, a great relationship or more meaningful day-to-day living.

Social networking is a very hot topic. How does it fit in with Attraction Marketing?
An important step in
Attraction Marketing comes after we ‘Flip the Switch’ and start projecting our brand and its message into the marketplace. Social networking makes it easier than ever before to reach out to exactly the types of people that you want and need in your life, whether they are potential customers, partners, investors or dates. Social networking tools are attainable, accessible and affordable for companies of any age, size or location and for individuals of any income level. They are a great equalizer and they make it very easy for anyone to Be the Bulb!

How does your background qualify you to write on this topic?
I am the owner of a
national marketing and public relations firm that works with companies and communities across the U.S. Prior to that, I worked for one of the largest advertising agencies in the world before becoming a national marketing manager for a retailer with locations across the country. I am a branding expert with the education, the experience and the entrepreneurial resume that gives me a real-world understanding of what works and why. I travel the country to speak to business and professional audiences about online marketing and branding and, now, about how to Be the Bulb! I built my company and have helped many of our clients achieve success using Attraction Marketing principles. It was time to share the process with others who are also ready to achieve their dreams and goals.

Can you explain how Attraction Marketing has worked for you?
I’ll tell you this much. If you are confident in yourself, the world will have confidence in you. Walk into the room, greet people, speak with confidence and project positive energy and the audience will always be yours. I call it contagious enthusiasm. Others are searching for it. Be the one who radiates it. Some people are born with this ability, others have to learn it. The best part is that anyone can learn it. Each of us already has everything that we need to Be the Bulb!

What’s next?
I’ll be starting on
my next book later this summer. It is on a topic that I call Holistic Entrepreneurship, where work and life are true extensions of each other, in a good way, and where the businesses that we create are a true reflection of who we are, what we want to give to the world and what we are hoping to get back in return. It has everything to do with creating a life where work, learning and success are circular and self-feeding. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘Is this all there is?’ the answer is no, there’s more. This book will explain how to get to the next level.

Let Your True Light Shine Through!

Authentic. Organic. These are two favorites in modern marketing lingo, but what do they really mean? When you are focusing on your strengths, when you are being genuine … and shining brightly … you are being authentic and the world will beat a path to your door. Organic is all about drilling down to Core Strengths … whether it’s the brand that you project for your company, your products or yourself. So many companies (and business owners) get caught up in trying to be something they’re not …. or modeling themselves after a company that they admire. Skip the buzz words and the mirroring and Be the Bulb! Use strength-based branding, target marketing and social outreach strategies (online and off) to be the company that customers want to work with and offer the brands they want to buy. That’s what happens when you let your true light shine through