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For most small businesses, there is not a lot of movable cash to throw around on big advertising campaigns. While this may be true, it does not mean that you still cannot put what money you have to good use. Just like with every other aspect of your business, you just have to do more with less. A well-implemented marketing campaign can serve boost business in the now and lend a hand to build your brand in the future.
A quick-fix marketing campaign is designed to directly boost sales, while a continuing campaign focusing on increasing brand recognition and your company for the future. A strong marketing campaign will include aspects of both to improve sales in the present and growth in the future. Most short-term marketing campaigns will be limited run, like a special discount, endorsement, or contest. They serve a number of purposes, which include (but are not limited to) pulling in new customers, invigorating sales, and/or introducing a new product line.
While short-term marketing campaigns may focus mainly on immediate results, it would be a waste of money to limit their potential to help improve your company’s brand building and reputation. Every campaign should include aspects of brand building. A marketing campaign should always be aimed at building a future for your company. You should always be trying to expand your market without alienating your preexisting customer base.
Try to put out a new brand message with each campaign, but make sure it fits in with the overall image you are trying to project for the company. A deal is a great way to get people in the door, but a powerful brand message will help to establish a strong company ethos. A strong reputation is going to do a lot more for your business in the long run than any coupon or promotion.
Do not limit your advertising to just pushing customers to come in for just a onetime bargain. Include things in your promotions that direct consumers to extra resources, such as your company website. Online advertising that directs traffic to your main site will get viewers in and gives you a much better chance of enticing them towards giving your company a chance. For your website to have the biggest impact, make sure it reflects—from the landing page—what your company is all about. You only have a short time to make an impression on a visitor, so you need to make the most out of the time available.
Depending on the goal of your advertising campaign, you may choose to focus more on the short-term or long-term. Whichever direction you choose, try not to limit the impact the advertising can have on consumers. Try to give the customers a good reason to give you a chance, but do not stop there. Once you have a new customer in the door, make sure to follow through with quality customer service that makes them want to come back. It may not seem like it, but the best way to build your company is by word-of-mouth. A happy customer today may mean a lot more potential customers tomorrow.