Adrian is currently away on a holiday adventure so we thought you’d enjoy a dip into the archives to re-visit some posts that you may not have seen. Enjoy.
Originally posted on December 18th, 2009
…..after the Who comes the Why, Where, What, How and When.
In a recent post I talked about investing time getting to know who your ideal customer is. Now that you have a picture(s) of your ideal clients the next thing, when planning for growth, should be a consideration of the Why, Where, What, How and When in relation to your customers. Follow these steps and it will help you put in place a simple and straightforward marketing plan for the coming period.
Below are some questions to better explain the meaning and application of each question:
Describe the key need your customers have in relation to your product/services. Remember that your customers may not want what you actually deliver but rather the results that your product or service delivers.
Describe where you would find such clients in large concentrations
Will you restrict your search to certain locations, at first?
Where do you think you could meet such companies or where do they congregate?
Describe the key elements and benefits of what you will be offering/delivering to these clients, what makes you different, why it should matter to them and how can they be certain that you will deliver.
Describe here the strategies that you would use to connect with these target clients
When is all of this going to happen?
What resources are needed to enable these activities?
Is any preparation work needed beforehand?
What follow up is needed afterwards?
Do you have enough resources to complete all of these at the same time?
If not, then how should you sequence them?
Put all of this together and you have got yourself a marketing plan. Easy.
Thanks to jamesmorton for the image.