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Do YOU Have a Marketing Plan OR Are You JUST Winging It?

Are You Winging it? OR Do you have a solid marketing plan?


Do you have a solid business plan? Marketing plan? Strategic plan? Or are you winging it and hoping?

Creating a plan and sticking to it can improve your results. A plan becomes your blueprint for success. We most often see small businesses winging it, because business development is not their knowledge base. They are wonderful at their craft, but creating a plan and living that plan is not in their ‘wheel-house’.

Developing solid strategies and tracking those strategies gives you the real world information that you need to move your business forward in a predictable and reliable way.

This is especially true for your marketing. You need to have a Marketing Plan….

Marketing isn’t simple. To do it right, it requires a great deal of planning. Small businesses without massive marketing budgets have to handle this aspect of their business themselves or outsource in an affordable way. To do this effectively, either way it should be part of YOUR plan and not just a hope.

This is why businesses create a marketing plan. A marketing plan is a detailed document that includes the data you need to make marketing decisions and set a course of action that you can implement immediately. Drafting a marketing plan takes a great deal of time and work, but in the end, the benefits to having a plan are worth the effort that you have put into it.

Here are a few questions to get you started.

Who Is Your Target Market?

If you’re already selling, take a look at your existing customers. Who are they? What do they like about your company’s products? Try to recall any positive feedback you’ve gotten from them. Naturally, if your brand resonates with these individuals, it will resonate with others like them.

It sounds simple but so many business owners tell us that EVERYONE is their ideal customer or ANYONE is their ideal. Defining your true customers is an exercise that is worth your time. It directly IMPACTS your marketing strategies and tactics.

If you don’t already have customers, defining your target market may take a bit more work. Look at companies that offer similar products to yours. Who is buying from them? Who could benefit from your products? Try doing some market research to glean some idea of who your target market is.d

What Makes Your Products or Services Unique? Why You? How Do You Stand Out?

There are bound to be other companies out there selling goods or services similar to yours. So, what makes yours different? Why would someone buy from you and not another company? Think about it for yourself, why do you buy from one company instead of another? Is it the product or the customer service, the location? There is always something that causes the person to hit that BUY button.

If the unique qualities of your products don’t come to mind immediately, some work needs to be done. Do some soul searching and look for the strengths of your products. Write down everything that you love about your product/service. Include what you have heard from your customers.

If, in the end, you find that your product unfortunately resembles basically everything else on the market, how can you differentiate it to make it unique?

What Do You Want Your Marketing to Achieve?

Every business takes for granted that it needs to market, but why? The ‘why’ is critical. You need to identify exactly what you hope to achieve through your marketing because this will guide all of your efforts and help you choose which tactics are most appropriate.

Are you trying to build your email list?
Do you want buyers directly on your website?
Is your marketing for new leads?
WHAT is a critical question.

Once you know who your target market is, what’s unique about your product or service, and what you want to get out of your marketing efforts, you’re ready to get started with your marketing plan.

Winging it in business is most often not a good strategy. Spending money on marketing with HOPE that it will work is a waste of money. If you are like most small businesses you do not have money to waste.

Learn more about creating your marketing plan with our new report….3 Keys to Marketing Success

  • How to guarantee that all your marketing is focused in the right direction….and you’re NOT wasting valuable time
  • What 4 things every marketing professional thinks about BEFORE doing anything
  • The most important part of any marketing efforts, no matter how big or small your company is
  • The action steps you can take RIGHT NOW to make your marketing pay off

Check it out here: CompassRoseConsulting.com/3Keys

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Bizology — The SCIENCE of Building a Thriving Business

Bizology.Biz Updated and Improved…

Several years ago I wrote a business development program and created a membership site.

Memberships are incredible business models…but I digress.

My point here today is about its evolution.

I have rebuilt the membership area and added, added to it.

Bizology — The SCIENCE of Building a Thriving Business!! 

It continues — to provide incredible resources.

What we’ve really done is take other courses and add them into the Bizology.Biz program.  Some of the courses, actually many of them are video courses, including:

How to do:
–>>Facebook Ads
–>>Instagram Ads
–>>LinkedIn
–>>Video Marketing
–>>List Building
–>>Business Assessment
and more….

Bizology.Biz — will give you the strategy piece and then the tactics that you need to really implement good sound marketing strategy.

Most business leaders fail when they fail to market effectively.  And, I have been there myself. I was totally clueless.  I had to learn HOW to market effectively and HOW to implement effectively.

Without those keys in place it is hard to make a business really work for you.

Make sure that you are learning the pieces and then putting them together into effective strategy. Bizology.Biz makes your business development easier and becomes a go to resource.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Bizology – The Entrepreneur’s Marketing Center

Bizology.Biz Updated and Improved…

Several years ago I wrote a business development program and created a membership site.

Memberships are incredible business models…but I digress.

My point here today is about its evolution.

I have rebuilt the membership area and added, added to it.

Bizology — The SCIENCE of Building a Thriving Business!! 

It continues — to provide incredible resources.

What we’ve really done is take other courses and add them into the Bizology.Biz program.  Some of the courses, actually many of them are video courses, including:

How to do:
–>>Facebook Ads
–>>Instagram Ads
–>>LinkedIn
–>>Video Marketing
–>>List Building
–>>Business Assessment
and more….

Bizology.Biz — will give you the strategy piece and then the tactics that you need to really implement good sound marketing strategy.

Most business leaders fail when they fail to market effectively.  And, I have been there myself. I was totally clueless.  I had to learn HOW to market effectively and HOW to implement effectively.

Without those keys in place it is hard to make a business really work for you.

Make sure that you are learning the pieces and then putting them together into effective strategy. Bizology.Biz makes your business development easier and becomes a go to resource.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Building Your Lead Generation System

Having a Lead Generation System is KEY To Your Business Success.
lead generation system

Many small business owners fail to create a lead generation system that includes a lead capture system. Generating new business leads and then not capturing the leads info fails to be a system.

Whether you are doing newspaper ads, radio ads, or online marketing you still need a call to action that leads to your website that is a lead capture system.  The easiest way to do this is to have a call to action that has a compelling offer.  Typically that compelling offer is a free offer.  A report or white paper or tip sheet or video series are all ways that you can encourage visitors to opt-in.  The key is having something of real value that your prospect wants.

Once you have the prospects contact info — name and email, minimally, you can continue marketing to the prospect. This is your opportunity to continue to build your relationship and rapport with the prospect.

That marketing continues to guide the prospect in the buying journey.

Buyers want to do business with people that they know like and trust.  This is relationship building.

The relationship is you and your prospect.

Build it carefully.

Your lead system can bring new customers to your business that are eager to do business with you, because you have provided value, value, value.

Content is your pre-seller.  Craft your content or information to give your prospect and customer information that helps to solve their problem and keeps them coming back to you to work with.

Blogging and email marketing are two of the best ways to deliver content to your prospect.  These can also be syndicated to your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.  The syndication brings in new traffic to your site, where people can see your call to action.

This is what becomes part of your system.

IF you just drive traffic without the system in place to capture the traffic into your system, then you are missing key leads, that are visiting and bouncing off of your site without a way to continue building the relationship.

Be sure to pick up my strategic marketing video training here:

Learn one of my most powerful marketing strategies with this 3 part video series:





Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

What is YOUR Business Reputation?

reputation managementHave you ever wondered if your business reputation was being trashed?

Do you know what people are saying about your business?
Your business reputation is important. You need to know what is happening to your reputation. Well you need to.

With the Internet there are many places that people can post a complaint as well as a good review. But do you know where they are and what they say?

It simply isn’t worth the risk to stay in the dark.

Your Reputation Is YOUR Business

It’s important to know exactly what is out there about you; 1 – You can improve anything that seems to be a ‘sore point’ in your business to increase customer satisfaction overall 2 –

You can stop an ‘outbreak’ of bad feedback from one disgruntled customer that could stop your business in your track. You can of course, set up a Google Alert and find some of the problems. But not all.

It has been a challenge to find it all.

NOW you can track EXACTLY what people are saying.
The best part is that it is not going to take you hours and hours of research.
Now, there is a system, a software actually, that I found that monitors your reputation for you.
Its important to keep on top of your social presence and image.

This software — easy to use and set up, not only monitors your reputation but it can also monitor your keywords. (or your competition).
I started using it and found some key pieces of new press that went out for direct competitors. It was helpful and useful to my business.
I can check in on the software each day and deal with anything that comes up right away!

If you are wondering about your business reputation, STOP and find out!!

Click the link below to learn more about why reputation management is so important and how ignoring it can literally destroy your business overnight.

Protect Your Biz

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Using Business Cards To Generate New Business Leads

The Business Card Challenge!

Offline Marketing Success Strategy – Hand out your business card! BUT, BUT —>>> Make SURE You Have a Call to Action AND a Strategy!

Many business owners order business cards, then they never hand them out. Amazing isn’t it? Why waste money on business cards if you’re not going to use them. Even if they are the “free version” (which by the way you probably should not use those for anything anyway) you still pay postage, so why not give them out to appropriate people.

Business Card Design Mini Primer—

  1. Be sure your cards incorporates your brand
  2. Make it professional and memorable – being full color can make your card stand out. (I use an orange card with a compass – people remember it and keep it!)
  3. Use both sides – the back of the card is valuable real estate.  Send people to your free report or offer. Or get carried away and use a folded card.
  4. Include your contact details—your name, company name, address, phone, website and email address.
  5. Redesign it if it doesn’t seem to work for you! Download our business card template!

In order to make sure that you actually use these valuable marketing tools here are some rules to follow:

Keep them with you always — Get a nice carrying case, get one for your cards so they are simple to find in order to give out, and also get one to house cards given to you. If you have a nice case for both sets of cards people will be impressed that you’re not going to lose their card and will be less likely to ignore yours.

Insert one in every mailing — Every time a letter, a bill, or other information leaves your office or home put a business card in. Usually someone, a gate keeper, opens the mail and you never know when what your business card says will attract them.

Ask for other people’s cards — Always ask, in every chance meeting, if an acquaintance has a business card. There are two reasons: It gives you a chance to give them yours, and every contact you make, even if they’re not interested might know someone who is interested.

Give out two at a time — Give everyone you give a business card to, two cards, and ask them to pass the second one on if they ever have the opportunity. Tell them to write their name on the back and you’ll give them a discount off your service or you’ll know to send business their way too if they’re referring you. Tell them if they ever need more, just ask.

Talk to strangers — Always talk to people in front of you in line, or in back of you, or at the bookstore, or before and after meetings. These are always networking opportunities. Ask them what they do, and listen. They will ask you too, then, you can exchange cards.

Follow up — Once you’ve given and received cards make sure to follow up with them. Most cards have email addresses, send them a friendly email, which of course has your signature to your website. Likely they’ll click it, and join your mailing list if only out of curiosity at first. If appropriate don’t just say you’ll “do lunch” with someone you meet, actually do it. Likely it will have to be you that initiates it, so go to it.  Follow-up is where most business owners fall down.  They fail at the follow up.  Don’t miss this valuable step.

Be sure to check out my video about follow up plans:

 

Be creative — Lastly, try to create a business card that is creative enough that someone is interested when they read it. Today it is not very expensive to have very artistic and effective cards made that truly get the word across of what you do. Remember there is a front and a back to the card. This little card needs to help the receiver remember who you are and what you do for a long time.

The Business Card Challenge!

Now for the challenge – how many cards can you hand out in a day? In a week?  In a month?  Make a log and note who you give them to and how many go out.  Track it for a week and the increase the number by 20%, meet your challenge and the increase another 20%.  If you follow up with each of these new contacts you should see an increase in your business volume.

Challenge your friends and colleagues too!  Share the challenge and see WHO gives away the most!!

Come back and leave your numbers…

Think about it — you hand out 5 cards per day. That’s a total of 35 cards in a week.  If you have compelling offer that generates a 10% conversion rate — which is conservative, that’s 3.5 new leads per week.  If just one converts to a new client — that is 52 new clients per year from handing out your business card.  If your new client is worth typically $1000 per year —-(drum roll) –> yes, that is increased business of $52,000 per year.  That might be a high estimate for some, but for others that is low.

I talked with a business owner the other day that had an average client value of $4500.  Now if she adds one new client per week that is an increase of $234,000 per year.  You can see the value of handing out business cards.  But this only works if you have created a complete marketing strategy – Learn the complete strategy.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Customer Reviews On Your Site Increase Conversions

Customer Reviews Are GOOD For YOU!!

Do you include product or service reviews right on your website?

Are you coordinating the customer reviews right on your site or are you importing them from another site?

Believe it or not — reviews — good or bad can increase your conversions.  (That means more sales!) Right off the bat you would think that a bad review doesn’t help you.  But it is the fact that you have reviews at all that is helping you.  The advantage of having them right on your site is that the visitor is in your sales funnel.  If they leave your site to check reviews then there is a good chance that they aren’t coming back.  Keeping them on your site increases your chance of converting them into a buyer or customer.

If you are using WordPress to manage your site there are several nice plugins that will add customer reviews to your site.

I generally play with plugins to see if I like the way it works.  I read the reviews on the plugin and ratings and also check when it was last updated.  If it has been longer than a couple of months then I generally move onto another plugin.  It is important to use up to date plugins as WordPress is always updating and old plugins or themes can mess up your site.

Bottom line on customer reviews is that they are good for you.

You can also collect them on your fanpage and import those to your site.

Ask your customers for reviews.  Offer an incentive for the review…. such as a free report — or info sheet — or coupon for 10% off a service, find a way to reward them for the review — good or bad!

And of course if you do have a bad customer review — try to do some follow up with the person. Not so much to get them to take down their bad review of you, but to try to remedy the dissatisfaction and provide excellence in customer service.  Many times a bad review is based on a bad interaction and can easily be remedied with a good one.  Be the kind compassionate, customer care rep that turns the situation around.

Customer Reviews helps you in building your business operations as well as helping your onsite conversion.  Take each customer review as a gift and be thankful for the positive or negative feedback. Each customer review can help you grow and develop your company.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Live the Dream V Review

April Marie Tucker with Donna Price

Me with April Marie Tucker at Live the Dream V talking lead generation, business growth, building the dream!

Lessons Learned from Live the Dream V

Just returned from Austin, Texas.  My first time in Texas other than a plane stop and transfer years ago in Houston.  But that hardly counts as being in Texas!! The weekend was incredible.  the Founders of MLSP, Brian Fanale and Norbert Orelwicz created an incredible event.  Presenters throughout the weekend were inspiring, but more importantly shared usable information about generating leads, growing businesses and increasing results and revenue.

Over the next few days and possibly weeks, I will be sharing tips and info that I learned at the event, along with stories and pictures!!

YOU can benefit from it all!!  I will share with you information about building YOUR brand, getting it on your blog effectively, using Instagram, building followers on your Facebook Fanpage (building one if you don’t already have one), YouTube marketing, list building, webinars and more!!

I will be putting together a series of videos for YOU.  (Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel or the Blog) So that the information is there and ready!  Already here at CRC Online Marketing there is a lot of valuable info!  There are our 5 Day Crash Courses on a variety of topics — a crash course is a short email course.  Search around right here!! Pick up what you need!!

Instagram is a vehicle to Live the Dreaminstagram

Today, I set up my Instagram account.  Okay, it is totally basic right now.  At Live the Dream V April Marie Tucker shared great information about generating leads using Instagram.  I have to say, I am behind here.  CRC has a great YouTube presence, Google+ presence, Facebook presence and Twitter presence but Instagram — we are just getting started.  BUT, I did another webinar today!! and you can take that one too (for free!)

CLICK HERE <===

Follow me, because I am going to EXPLODE my Instagram over the next few days and weeks and I will let you know HOW my lead generation goes.

The real point of the entire weekend was that leads are key in building the dream and living it!  Without business growth you do not have a business.  Generating new leads, having effective systems for follow up and resources that benefit those leads turns into new business.

To YOUR Success!!

business success coach, Donna Price

 

 

 

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Marketing SYSTEM to Generate Leads

Generating Leads is a Must for Home Based Business Owners

Do YOU have a system that works? Does it work to attract YOUR business partners to YOU? OR Do you have to go out cold calling and searching for them?
Attraction Marketing System

Have you ever wondered why some people find success marketing their home business while others struggle and struggle along…never getting anywhere!

I’ve wondered that forever… and only recently found out the answer in a HUGE way!

I Found This Video Training That You’ve Got to See…

Leads are the bread and butter of business, without new leads turning into new customers businesses fold.

Most are frustrated going to friends, family and trying to build their team.

This video reveals the 3 MUST-HAVE steps for Internet Success…

CLICK HERE TO WATCH…

Here’s the thing…the Internet is a wealth of resources…but most of us don’t get it right.

In fact, most of us only get one or two steps right. The Internet is a BIG place and there are “experts” all over it. In fact, I’ve been studying it and how to use it to build my business for a years.

IT can work for you and for me!!  It takes a system — this video reveals just that.

ALL 3 to get financial freedom.

This video shows you how to complete all of the steps super easy, and start earning huge income…
FAST!!

Okay — here’s a brief overview of what you will see:

One of the major steps that you MUST have is a way to earn HIGH commissions, and the simplest way to
do just that is to sell your own products…

So that YOU keep 100% of the profits!!…

Learn more about how to sort of get around this step…while still getting to earn the same amount of
money as if you had your own products…

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Lots of people are working hard to sell other people’s products as affiliates and that is one way, but in this video…. you will see a different way!

While that’s a great way to make some descent cashola…the fact is that the faster… surer path…
is to sell your OWN high priced products.

However…that’s not all that easy. To do that you’ve got to have those products created. Its fun and cool to have your own product — but it is a lot of work! Takes time! And YOU have to be an expert.

Now, I’ve created products and written books but it takes time to make it all work!!

On top of that you’ve got to have a solid and proven marketing campaign, plus the sales funnel for selling those products.

So… already just at that step of the game…you’re falling behind and catching up is NOT easy!!

However, in the video…they give you a way to earn high commissions with resell rights to selling high
priced and already highly sought after products, by the biggest names in the industry!!

HOT PRODUCTS that SELL!!  And YOU keep 100% of the profits!!

You’ve got to see how this is possible…and how YOU could be earning these commissions almost
immediately!!

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW…

But there’s more, because it is not just selling products that makes you money… there are other parts of this system that help you to build your existing business and team.  But, really you just need to watch the video.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

Social Media Overview

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Social Media for Small Businesses(Main Street Businesses)  will give you an overview of the different social media outlets…for your Internet Marketing Plan!

Register for our next event:
Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00 AM EST

During this hangout we will cover the social media essentials that you need to have in place for your Internet Marketing Plan.  We are at the beginning… we will keep diving deeper into social media for your marketing plan.

This overview will give you a deeper view of Google+.

Google+ is often challenging for new users.  Learn some of the basics and WHY it is a must have strategy for your business.

The benefits of Google+ outway the challenges.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.