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How to Market Without Breaking Your Budget

Marketing on a strict budget? We’ve got you covered!

Investing in marketing efforts might initially seem like a costly venture. If you are on a tight budget, you might even be thinking about skipping out on these costs altogether. Having a solid marketing strategy will achieve more than gaining exposure; it will increase your brand awareness, expand your audience, and attract more loyal customers to your business.

Businesses should never completely cut their marketing budgets. Instead, they should shift their focus on more cost-effective solutions to allocate their budget. The goal is to receive the highest ROI (Return On Investment), which can be accomplished using these inexpensive marketing tips!

Distinguish your target consumer.

To reduce unnecessary costs from your marketing plan, take the time to discover your target consumer, the top candidate who would be interested in what you can offer them. Identify your ideal customer’s habits and interests, and deliver your sales pitch in the areas that they will be most likely to see them.

Network.

Volunteer your time and get to know the people in your community who could be interested in your product or service.

Consumers demand the assurance that they are spending their money at businesses with a mission and purpose. Networking is a valuable way to convey your brand image to consumers. This fosters strong, trusting relationships that will turn new customers into devoted ones.

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Maximize social media channels that fit your business.

Select the right social media channels based off of your audience and the commodity you sell. Determining your audience will assist in selecting the right social media platforms to utilize.

Younger audiences are most active on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a broader audience, Facebook is the perfect place to target both men and women of all ages. LinkedIn is where you will find business professionals, who can be targeted by the industry that they work in, and their job titles.

Choosing the right channel will help you focus your energy on users who will be more apt to engage with your posts. This economical approach will decrease the amount of time you spend targeting your audience… and time is money!

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Join the #conversation.

Just as important as selecting the right channel is the content you produce. The goal of social media marketing is to create content that will generate leads. Enticing content will influence consumers purchase decisions, without having to break your budget.

Attracting social media users without paying to sponsor your posts can be attained by creating a conversation or joining an existing one. Sparking conversation with your audience about a trending topic followed by a hashtag will get your post reach and engagement, and drive traffic to your page.

Micro-Influencers.

Rather than paying social media sites to promote your product, invest in micro-influencers (influencers with a niche following) who have followers that would be interested in your product. Influencer marketing is on the rise and is statistically proven to deliver higher ROI than other forms of marketing. Micro-influencers are a more cost-efficient means of influencer marketing because they will expect smaller payment for their contribution.

Reach out and offer free services in exchange for a review or shout-out on their social media or blog. This strategy can be effective if you select the right influencers because they have already established a fanbase of individuals who trust their word. When these influencers promote brands, their fans are confident that the influencer is sending them to the right place.

DIY your SEO.

Great content and marketing methods are worthless if you do not maximize your search engine optimization (SEO). If your website or blog isn’t on the first page of a search engine result page, consumers are not going to recognize that you exist.

Instead of hiring someone to do your SEO, try doing it yourself. Ensure that you have a strong SEO strategy by assigning relevant keywords to your web content and proper meta descriptions that will allow search engines to recognize the purpose of your website. Think about the keywords and phrases that your ideal customer would search for in relation to your website. Embedding these words and phrases into your site will solidify your spot on the top of search engine results.

The readability of your site is another important element that you need to ensure works well on both desktops and mobile devices. If users cannot easily view your website, they will leave before continuing to read your content.

With proper training, you can be a marketing expert on your own!

At Pearl Marketing, we provide training and seminars to business professionals who want to learn the latest and greatest marketing tools and techniques. We work one-on-one with marketing DIYers to coach them on marketing strategies that will enhance their brand and attract more customers for their business. Our goal is to leave clients feeling empowered to manage their own marketing strategies that will drive their businesses future success.

Let us help you bring your brand to life! Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com 

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Implementing a Successful Rebrand | Pearl Marketing

Change is good!

Every sustainable business will change and rebrand throughout the years. It’s what keeps your business growing and improving. Whether it’s internally through the business plan and the products and services, or externally through the branding and logo design, change in your business is inevitable if you want it to stay relevant and provide consumers with something of current value. Staying up to speed with the trends and technologies of your target audience is important, and coming up with new ways to engage and share your business’s messaging is crucial. Major corporations that we all know and have seen have decades of business success and relevance, like Pepsi and Apple for example, know this. Even those famous golden arches have changed and modernized over time.

If your business or company is stagnant, or seeing a decline in sales, consumer interest, brand recognition, or online traffic and engagement, perhaps it’s time to…..CHANGE. Changing your business direction and revamping your brand does not mean you have failed. It means you’re being a wise business owner and adapting to changes that need to be made. If you are a business owner that found your way to our blog, we want to encourage you through this post. If you are an employee of a company looking for new ideas, or a person thinking about starting a business, we want to provide you with meaningful and beneficial insight on where to start developing your brand.

We’re speaking from experience.

In this blog post we’re speaking from experience, as well as from our knowledge as marketing consultants. Our company, Pearl Marketing, is in the midst of a rebrand itself. We’ve changed our company name from Pearl Marketing “& Design” to reflect the new direction and focus the company is taking to bring the most value to our clients and increase employee productivity. Our goal as a marketing company is to increase our clients’ return on their marketing investment (ROI) and allow business owners to confidently work IN their business knowing there are experts working ON their business. One way that helps us recognize the need to define and refocus our brand is through running a brand audit!

Brand audits allow you to reflect on your business’s internal and external attributes, values, and goals and how well those have translated to employees (internal) and logo, marketing collateral, social media messaging and website (external). Organizing your business’s current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) helps you to better understand what you should focus on, what you can improve upon, and what is or is not going to help your business grow. It also helps you to evaluate the current market your business brings value to in the way of competition and helps you understand the changing trends of your target audience.

Knowing how to set your business’s brand apart from your competition and reach your target audience effectively is key, and over time what was understood and worked in the past might not work in the present. Brand audits also help you organize the important elements of brand representation that you will update, like a defined brand statement, slogan, catch phrase, and elevator pitches, an eye catching logo, and a refreshed, user-friendly website.

Preparation and follow through is key.

While your new and improved brand is coming together, we suggest preparing your current audience and clients for the change. Be sure to use your social media, your website, your email newsletters, any blogs, and press releases to avoid brand confusion BEFORE you incorporate your rebrand. This also creates excitement and hype around your business or company, so use this time to your advantage! Once you have launched your new brand, be sure to be consistent with the changes made. If you change your business name and update your logo, make sure your social media pages, website pages, etc. are updated to reflect these changes, or people will become confused and won’t know what to call you, or how to search for you online. It’s important not to overlook a single spot where your brand may be represented online or in print, including the metadata associated with your website (metadata = how people find your website on search engines like Google).

You don’t have to do it all yourself!

Hiring a marketing coach or consultant during this time to stay on top of these aspects of rebranding and to ensure the audit is done right is another recommendation of ours. Partnering with a relationship marketing company, like Pearl Marketing, strives to make sure you are maximizing your business’s brand potential. Pearl Marketing can run the brand audit for you and walk you through it step by step so the process is understood and completed effectively. We also take care of the redesign elements that come out of a brand audit, like an updated logo and website redesign. Once the audit is processed, we can guide you through the transition – the before and after relaunch – to make sure the new brand is incorporated seamlessly and without any brand confusion.

Consumers have now come to expect businesses to reach out to them with personalized messages based on their interests. A successful rebrand will have a plan in place through lead generation that will provide consumers with the information they want and the business with a standardized process to nurture those relationships. Your beautiful new brand won’t be effective if this is not understood and followed through with.

The reasons above are why Pearl Marketing works to implement creative messaging that captures consumer attention, and we strive to educate our clients on search engine optimization (SEO), which is a way to make sure your rebrand is reaching your target audience. Our marketing coach and consulting services help businesses to run effective campaigns and advise on proper lead generation tools. This leads to an increase in brand awareness and keeps messaging consistent across channels while nurturing leads that turn into sales or new clients.

In conclusion…

From one business to another, don’t discount how far you’ve come and throw in the towel. Just get creative and get to changing/rebranding! Pearl Marketing is here to help, so if you need a hand, just let us know! To receive expert coaching and consulting services on rebranding, brand strategy, and lead generation, contact us at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for updates and more insight. Visit our website at www.pearlmarketing.com.

Stay tuned for more info about Pearl Marketing Academy, which will provide business professionals with a complete education and training experience focused on marketing fundamentals, lead generation, brand management, and highly developed skills for any social media platform through seminars, trainings, and online courses.

Why Hire a Marketing Consultant | Pearl Marketing Design

If you have stumbled upon this article, you might be deciding whether your business should invest in hiring an independent marketing consultant. There are many different factors that contribute to whether a company should hire a contract marketing agency to help evolve their marketing strategies. In a competitive online world of getting your brand recognized, sometimes help from a specialist might be the best option. Here are 5 advantages to hiring a marketing consultant.

If you have no marketing team or want to strengthen your current marketing team.

Marketing consultants are great resources for those who currently have no marketing strategy and are not currently looking to build out a team within the company. On the other hand, if you think your marketing team is losing a sense of direction, hiring a marketing agency could be a great solution. Often times agencies can provide unique insights and ideas that the team can run with. This can add a huge rate of return directly to your company and marketing team.

No fear of losing staff mid-way through projects.

Marketing consultants are hired on a contract basis, so there is no fear about losing staff throughout the year. Losing a member of a team during important projects or right before a large event, could take a massive toll on your company’s future financial health and success. Hiring a marketing consultant can take the edge off of that worry due to the contract they sign, agreeing to be committed to your business for a certain amount of time. This also allows your company to be flexible and decide after the contract ends whether you might want to build your own marketing team instead.

No on-board training.

Marketing professionals can immediately give you advice and tend to have experience in many industries. This will save on time and cost that a new marketing hire would have to go through with their on boarding training. The advantage to this cost savings can go directly back into areas of your marketing needs such as website development, promotional content, and other projects your consultant might recommend.

Team of experts costs less than you think.

You would think that a team of marketing professionals would induce costly expenses. Marketing agencies are formed as a team of strong professionals who have 10+ years of experience in various industries. The cost of hiring a marketing agency to place you with one of their advanced consultants will almost always cost less than hiring a whole team. This is especially important if your company is just starting to build upon their marketing developments.

Ability to ‘Shop Around’ to find the right fit. 

Every marketing consultant has a different expertise, this allows your company to research and meet with whomever could be the best fit. When researching various agencies it is important to ask yourself some questions. Does this firm’s functionality match the unmet needs we have? Is the price range flexible and can meet your company’s budget? What efficiencies are you looking for and do you think the team/consultant is the right fit to work with your company? Do you need local knowledge or a consultant that strictly specializes in one field? All of the questions answered can lead you to the best consultant to form your marketing strategy.

Marketing consultants bring a lot of knowledge to companies who need more focus. Sometimes a company might need an external perspective to figure out how to improve their marketing strategy. And in some cases, companies might have too many ideas in which they ultimately spread themselves too thin. A marketing consultant can use their expertise to ultimately determine which ideas to put into action for your company for maximum brand recognition. If you or your company identifies with one or more of these statements above, meeting with a marketing consultant could be the next step.

At Pearl Marketing, companies hire us for objective advice and marketing strategies related to launching a new product, service, or business idea. We have a combined 55 yeas of experience in various industries and can effectively penetrate target markets. Primary consultant and CEO, Amanda Schneck has over 13+ years of marketing and social media experience and over 12+ years of being a marketing professor at one of the top business universities in the country. Contact us today to see how we can help your company!

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