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You Ask, I Answer: Starting Marketing From Scratch?

Katy asks, “What’s one thing you would do and one you wouldn’t if you could build your marketing from scratch?”

I’d avoid rushing in, and I’d start with an overall 6W strategic plan.
– Why would anyone buy what we have to sell?
– Who do I have available in terms of talent?
– What tactics are available to us?
– When do we need to start generating results?
– Where will we be marketing?
– How will we measure success?

You Ask, I Answer: Starting Marketing From Scratch?

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In today’s episode, Katie asks, What’s one thing you would do? And one you wouldn’t if you could build your marketing from scratch? Well, the one thing I wouldn’t do is just rush right in and start doing things, right.

That’s generally not a recipe for success anytime except perhaps in like life threatening situations.

But what I would do is an overall strategic marketing plan.

Because as much as sometimes I might dislike planning, you gotta do it.

You got to do if you want to be successful, and you want to be able to say yes and no to the right things, because that’s really what a plan does.

A plan gives you the ability to say no to things that don’t matter to say yes, things do matter, and to help you prioritize, so what would be in this filling out this one thing it would be the six W’s right? Who, what, where, when, why and how.

And it would be number one overall business golden strategy Why would anyone buy what we have to sell? And this part takes a lot of time as it should because you have to be real clear that you have to real clear on your unique selling proposition.

My friend Ann Handley says if the logo fell off would anyone know it’s you? It’s a fantastic way of expressing is the logo fell off? Would anyone know it was you take any given product or service? Would someone note was uniquely your companies or could it be any company in your space? So gotta solve for that first.

Second, who do I have available as talent? This can be employees this can be partners this can be agencies can even be customers.

rank for user generated content.

But you got to know who, who you got and what they can do.

Because if you don’t, you can’t choose your tactics.

Well, you have to be able to know what the palette looks like.

Number three, what tactics are available to us.

If you know where you’re going, it’s a question of how you’re going to get there.

Right? If you have a destination, you can fly, you can drive you could take a train maybe might take a boat could bicycle you could walk.

And there are different measures based on your resources available, right? If you have no money, you can theoretically walk.

If you have very limited amounts of money.

You could bicycle or drive if you have got a lot of money, you could fly first class.

The same is true for marketing.

What do you have? What kinds of money do you have and what kinds of restrictions What kinds of content Do you already have? what’s available to you? Either regulatory things that prohibit you from doing certain tactics, you may not be able to use certain social media channels.

For example, if you are in a highly regulated industry, or in a controversial industry, like if you’re in the cannabis industry, paid ads are generally not available to you on mainstream marketplaces.

So, what are the tactics? Number four, when when do we need to start generating results? What’s the timeline? What does the company’s calendar look like? If you get into a new job and they say we need to be generating, you know, 200% more leads yesterday.

Okay, if that’s if that’s what the company requires, and you’ve got to adjust what you’ve planned to fit that, but more than anything, you’re just getting started.

Start building out a realistic timeline.

What are you going to do in the first 30 days, the first 90 days the first quarter the first year.

Knowing that timeline again helps you with resources like all things, you, if you don’t know how long you have, you may not be able to make great decisions.

Again, example from the the travel thing, if you’re walking somewhere, it may take substantially longer than if you fly there.

But if you’ve got the time you can afford to walk if you don’t have the time you have to fly or you won’t get there.

Same is true for marketing.

SEO, for example, is a fantastic way to generate long term results.

Seo takes a lot of time, right? You won’t probably see any good results in the first 90 days.

And you’ll start to see better results after the first couple of years of consistently generating a lot of content it takes time.

Where will we be marketing right? So again, going sort of the channels, the capabilities Do you have a service area, your company geographically constrained? Again, these are all limits on what you Do so knowing these things is important.

And finally, and my personal favorite, how will we measure success? If measurement is not part of your plan, it is not a plan.

Right? It is a wish list measurement, analytics, data, insights, all that stuff is essential.

How will you know that your marketing has been successful? If you don’t have a plan, played a way to measure it.

So is it going to be Google Analytics, you’re going to be building dashboards? Are you going to need to create executive reports Do you report to a board of directors? Do you have to report results publicly right if you’re a publicly traded company, even if you’re not if you were in a new say a new startup, and they have aspirations to be publicly traded, then you should know that in advance so that you can plan And conform to the reporting requirements for publicly traded companies.

All of these questions are things that need to be in your your overall strategic marketing plan.

And if you do them, if you invest the time to build this plan, take your 30 6090 days to build a plan getting input from all your stakeholders getting input from your customers getting input from the audience that you want to serve doing surveys and focus groups and things you will come up with a a fantastic plan of all of them.

I think that the to the people will struggle with the most of the unique selling proposition because a lot of companies out there have very generic products and services and the measurement of success.

Again, marketers have not been great about measuring and making decisions from data.

So those are the two areas where I think you’ll have the hardest time I think the most important So really good question, build a plan and avoid jumping in, avoid just starting to do stuff especially if you don’t have measurement in place.

One of the critical mistakes I’ve seen people do is just keep doing what the company has been doing as soon as you get into the job without asking does this work? I mean to jump in and start building those social media calendars every every week’s calendar, it’s gonna take it four or five hours a week to do it.


Does it work? Otherwise, that’s four to five hours, you could be doing something else.

So really good question.

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