Effective Marketing & Advertising Takes Time & Effort

Marketing strategy

Creating & Maintaining a Successful Marketing Strategy Takes Time & Effort

“I don’t have the time or resources for marketing.” “Is social media just a lot of hype?” “I need to get the word out, but I don’t know how to do it.” These are some of the thoughts that keep business owners, practice managers and marketers up at night. You can have successful marketing strategies for your business or medical practice that would cost that you would pay a part-tgime employee.

The biggest mistake made by business owners is not investing in marketing as a priority point for their business growth. Many business owners do not see advertising or marketing investments as “hard” or fixed expenses and end up losing out in the long run. They often choose to market their business in a piecemeal manner – “Let’s try this to see if it works” only to learn that it never leads to the expectations promised by the media salesperson.

Successful advertising and marketing require more than talent – they require smart strategy, time and effort. Whether it is an investment in traditional advertising platforms such as print media or television, or a new endeavor in social media or blogging, every marketing venue takes time and effort. Ultimately, successful marketing begins with a change in the mindset of the business owner. Once the owner accepts changes to their respective marketing strategies, they will begin to see the benefits of their newly-developed and wise investments. However, until the business owner is willing to accept new tactics, marketing will remain a tedious and even fruitless drag. Unfortunately, improper marketing efforts may reap little to no benefits. For such reasons, a dedicated approach to the marketing campaign is a required and worthy investment, as it will provide positive and lasting effects on the business. You would never think of running a business without electricity, signage or even a computer. Why would you ever operate one without the most important sales generator – a comprehensive marketing strategy?

Business owners always make time for things that prove successful. It is natural to focus on programs that show a return on investment. However, the ROI in marketing or advertising is not instantaneous. Like all great things, it takes time. In many instances, the initial efforts of any marketing campaign can seem unrewarding: if a business just started a blog, it can be like speaking to the wall. When starting a social media promotion, it may often feel like attending a cocktail party of one; and when airing a television advertising campaign for the first few months, the only one watching may be the house pet. However, all business owners should realize that building an audience or a following requires time. Consistent focus in the same medium will prove worthy of the effort.

We all know that best things are worth waiting for. Whether it is working out to look and feel better, or pushing a car to move it forward, time and effort are the key components to success. Have no fear – success is an ongoing process.

The voice of your business will be heard. People will begin to notice. It just takes a bit of patience and work to get the ball rolling into the right direction.

 

How to Engage Through Sales, Marketing and Artificial Intelligence

How do we engage with consumers throughout their entire buying experience and keep them coming back? This age-old question is what has kept business owners up at night.

With so many avenues for customer interaction in today’s world – from brand content to social media, email, web search and so forth – today’s business owners are more challenged than they have ever been to engage with customers on a multitude of platforms. Increasingly these jointly engineered, end-to-end strategies are more personally tailored to the individual consumer, beginning with development and concluding at the point of sale.

Remember, it was not too long ago that marketing and sales functions were extremely compartmentalized and rarely engaged at the level we are seeing today. Previously, marketing would develop a campaign, which included themed e-books, whitepages, webinars, and blog posts. From there, sales would then passively respond to new leads generated from these campaigns and target customers with unsolicited emails, much to their chagrin.

In order to overcome the many challenges facing modern engagement, many B2B companies are investing in marketing automation to understand target markets and potential buyers. Companies are enabling their marketing and sales professionals to work with artificial intelligence (AI) tools to predictively interact with prospective customers and grow revenue.

Take, for example, Stanley Black & Decker, who no longer uses sales teams to make decisions based on chance. Instead, sales representatives can see whether content captured a potential consumers attention. For instance, if the target opened an email, clicked through it, or skipped it, a member of the sales team will know how to respond. If someone clicked through but only spend a short time on their website, it could mean that the email content was interesting enough to draw a consumer in, but the brand is not industry relevant enough.

Artificial intelligence is already improving cross-team collaboration due to its ability to see the entire scope of a business, from an individualized team to its targeted customers. When customers scroll through an email, they send important read data back to the original sender. The AI then interprets those signals and prioritizes which leads are most likely to generate new or recurring business. These leads are then processed by the digital sales rep, who is also given critical customer insights such as prospect location, past purchase history, and job description.

A-I provides a tremendous advantage in enabling companies to engage & connect with consumers just when they are thinking about a brand.

As a result of the more widespread use of artificial intelligence, companies are now predicting sales results with greater accuracy. They are also helping sales and marketing departments to better understand future customer demands. But, at the end of the day, the need for a highly motivated and effective sales team remains preeminent.

With today’s use of AI, marketing teams can now develop extremely personalized campaigns, and this technology enables the sales team to pick up right where marketing left off. Sales leads are more accurate and unsolicited calls are now a thing of the past. Sales reps are also given more information on their customer so that they can better tailor their sale. The number one reason to opt for marketing automation is to increase revenue (79% of CMOs polled) and generate higher quality leads (76%) according to a survey of CMOs at top-performing companies. Overall, the proliferation of artificial intelligence is enabling marketing and sales teams to unify their strategy, which leads to more sales and ultimately more happy customers.

Here are 24-7 Marketing, we institute similar programs utilizing artificial intelligence for the benefit of our clients. They benefit by accelerating the sales cycle, engaging with prospects, improving sales results and eliminating wasteful marketing expenditures that were misguided in the past.