As a business owner or manager you must realize that to bring in the customers you will need to market your products/services correctly. There are many different methods you can use to get your name out. How do you know which ones to use and how to use them to achieve the best results? You can choose to hire marketing companies to do your marketing for you, or you can learn how to successfully market for yourself. This can save you a lot of money, though it will take more time and effort. But the knowledge is universal, if you ever sell your business or move to a different company, your marketing skills follow you and can be quite an asset to you.

Your strategic marketing plan needs to follow the 80:20 rule. To get the maximum impact, your marketing plan must be clear, concise and simple. It needs to concentrate on the 20 percent of products/services, and on the 20 percent of customers, which will account for 80 percent of the volume and 80 percent of the profit.

  • Planning

Your marketing efforts will fail if you do not have a set plan that is executed precisely. Do all of your research before putting anything into action. A formal strategic marketing plan is essential, in that it provides a clear reference point for activities throughout the planning process.

  • Decide and Target your niche market

This is the absolute most important step in setting up your strategic marketing plan. While methods of mass marketing may reach a lot of people, unless you are offering something that the masses need/want, you should have a more precise market targeted. You want to target your marketing towards the people who are already looking for exactly what it is that you have to offer.

  • Decide what methods of marketing you want to use

After figuring out your niche market, you need to decide how you want to reach them. This will depend mostly on what product/service you are offering and what demographic you will be targeting. Television and radio would be examples of mass marketing methods that you could use to reach out to everyone. These will cost you A LOT of money, and will give you traffic, but general interest traffic. Whereas methods such as internet advertisements may cost you less and give you more niche specific interest.

  • When will you put into effect each marketing method?

Depending on what your product or service is, you may not want to launch all of your marketing methods subsequently. You may want to stagger some depending on the success of others. Say for instance you are an aspiring musician wanting to get radio time. You may want to try launching a MySpace music page. You can easily gain the interest and support of thousands of people in a minimal amount of time for little to no cost. After you have established a good amount of people that are interested in you, you could launch your music on the radio.

  • Establish and Split Test

Even with strategic planning not all of your marketing will be a success. Failure is a part of business, as long as you don’t give up you will prosper. So as you market yourself, split test multiple types of the same marketing methods. whether its television commercials or post cards, try two, pick the one that gives you the best results and then test it against another. Keep doing this for the entirety of your business life. Your marketing will only improve and bring more business.