Article written by Jannie Rossouw, Head: Sanlam Business Market
In order to properly address this subject, we first need to understand the difference between marketing and sales.
Marketing drives the demand for a product or service; Sales fulfil the demand and create relationships with clients.
The recommended basic elements of every marketing mix are as follows:
- A brochure (electronic and/or print)
- Website (do search engine optimisation, apply Google Ads and doing search word campaigns)
- Advertising (using the most suitable media options)
- Public relations plan
- Sponsorships that are suited to your target market
Here are a few alternative marketing elements to consider:
- Vehicle advertisements
- Marketing non-competitive products and services to your client base in collaboration with other businesses (while they do the same for you)
- Thank clients for business (email, phone calls, discount on next transaction)
- Do after-sales service assessments, at the same time asking for referrals
- Give away samples to introduce clients to your product/service
Your marketing mix should deliver the following results:
- Creating awareness of your product/service and business
- Creating a 24/7 presence of your business
- Educating your clients on your product/service
- Creating credibility and giving clients peace of mind that your business will deliver on promises made
- Showing that you understand the needs and requirements of your target market
- Creating qualified referrals (in most cases this is a by-product, but you can launch campaigns primarily aimed at lead generation)
The well-known American writer and speaker Zig Ziglar once said: “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” These obstacles can be removed only if the marketing and sales functions are working together.
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