The Man Company’s Online Marketing – A Comprehensive Guide to How to Do It Right

Whether you’re just getting started or you’re already well into your online marketing efforts, you’ve probably experienced some growing pains along the way. Maybe you’ve tried launching a new product or service and had to work through various bugs or unforeseen issues. Or perhaps you’ve seen some impressive results from a campaign you created, and now you’re trying to figure out how to replicate those powerful effects without having to re-invent the wheel.

What you need is sound strategy, effective planning, and expert execution. Luckily, we’re here to help with the first and last parts. With this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn about:

The Anatomy Of A Great Marketing Plan

You can’t hit a home run without solid base-work. In the same way, a great marketing plan won’t produce great results without first being formulated correctly. You need to have a clear understanding of the market, your product, and the competition before you can begin to design a marketing strategy that will give you the best chance of winning the game.

According to HubSpot Blogs’ data, “just under 50% of respondents reported that they would consider themselves to be very successful in their efforts, while 44% would describe themselves as moderately successful, and only 6% as unsuccessful.” The key takeaways from this are:

Be Clear About Where You Are

You can’t tackle every aspect of your marketing at once, so you need to be clear about where you are, what you’ve accomplished, and where you’re going. Taking a step back and defining your present situation is an essential part of formulating a marketing plan.

You should have a clear idea of your target audience, which will guide your choice of marketing channels and tools. You should also know what you’ve got (ie, assets) and what you need (ie, resources) to succeed.

Put Yourself In The Mind Of The Reader

You can’t write a marketing plan for a reader that doesn’t understand your language or, at a minimum, have an ambiguous understanding of your product or service. To create an effective and memorable piece of content, you need to enter the mind of the person reading it. This means tailoring each part of your plan to be as easy-to-understand and interesting-to-read as possible.

Choose The Right Marketing Channel

You can’t just throw darts at the wall and see what hits, so to speak. Instead, you need to consider the type of information the target audience is most interested in, and then craft a message to appeal to that audience.

Your first step should be to define your target audience and the main problem you’re trying to solve. For example, if you’re a shoe company, your target audience may be women between the ages of 18 and 34 who like to keep their nails long. Your main problem is that you want to encourage these women to buy your shoes, since long nails are a symbol of a fashionable and elegant woman.

Once you have your target audience and main problem, you can begin to choose the right marketing channel. You need to decide whether you want to target consumers directly or businesses, figureheads or decision makers, and so on. You’ll also need to decide which platform you want to use for your campaign, since there are pros and cons to both options.

Make Sure Your Plan Is Actionable

Even the most brilliant marketing plans can’t do you any good if they’re not implemented effectively. You need to take a step back and consider what you’ve learned, and decide which parts you can actually put into practice.

For example, if you’ve developed a brilliant plan to promote your hotel’s spa, but you’ve only got a small team of employees who can actually implement the plan, you’ve wasted a lot of time. The only effective strategy is one that you can practice, measure, and, when needed, revise.

Make Sure You Practice Test And Adjust As Needed

You don’t want to rush into a mass production of a marketing plan just to find out it doesn’t work. Instead, you need to practice with a smaller test audience to see how the plan looks and how easy it is to implement. Even then, you may not end up using the full plan. You can either keep it for educational purposes or find a way to improve it.

Plan Of Attack

Now that you’ve got a clear idea of your target audience, product, and competitors, it’s time to lay out a strategy for attacking the market. As mentioned above, you can’t do this all at once; instead, it needs to be done step by step. The first step is to assess the current marketing environment, taking into consideration both your competitors and market leader.

You need to look at both the external environment — the competitors — and the internal environment — the mindset of your audience. The former will give you a clearer idea of what you need to do to be successful in the marketplace, while the latter will help you craft better marketing content.

For example, if you’re a hotel chain and one of your competitors has an excellent reputation and frequent customer reviews, you may decide it’s time to introduce yourself to the market. To do this, you need to set up a hotel presentation that is equal to or better than what your competitors offer. This includes hiring staff that is more experienced and using high-quality equipment and apps. Additionally, you should try to implement new technologies that will give your guests a better experience. This will also make you stand out from the competition.

As you can see, the above steps aren’t easy. The best marketing plans are developed over time through experience and continuous learning. Don’t expect to come up with the perfect plan on the first try. Instead, take your time and do it right.