Small Business Marketing is Easier Than You Think

Small business marketing is not only necessary to your success as an entrepreneur, it’s easier than you think. Statistics say your small business has a 1 in 6 chance of survival, but without effective, ongoing marketing, your odds are far less than that. Utilize proven small business marketing strategies that will let you spread the word about your business quickly and get in front of the right people.

Small business marketing can seem like a big task. After all, big corporations have entire departments devoted to nothing other than marketing, so what can you do with a one-woman (or one-man) show? The good news is …plenty! You can market your small business in a number of ways that will have your phone ringing, inbox filling up and your bank balance growing. One of the keys to success is to build a compelling brand and consistently create awareness for that brand. Read more about Small Business Marketing is Easier Than You Think

5 Keys to an Irresistible Services Menu

In last week’s article, we went over some of the basic steps to create a great services menu. As a service provider, your menu of services will be one of the critical factors in whether or not someone hires you. By paying attention to these five keys you can make sure that you are developing a menu that meets your clients’ needs as well as your own.

Key #1 – Package your solutions with your clients’ problems in mind.

Woman ChoosingDon’t create packages just for the sake of creating them. Make sure your offerings will really fit the needs of your ideal client. The packages should help them solve their most pressing challenges. You can do this by making a list of common challenges and then coming up with ways that one or a combination of your services can solve those problems. For example, an interior designer may find that many of her clients aren’t sure what their preferred style of décor is. She can offer a consulting service that both helps educate the client on different styles and guides them toward the right fit for them.

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4 Must Know Tips for Designing A Business Card That Gets Results (SSMS Episode 31)

Subscribe to Sydni's Podcast Your business card is your doorway to new business and powerful partnerships. If your card isn’t getting you the results you’re looking for, you may be missing a few MUST have elements. In this session, I’ll share some tips for designing your new card so that you’ll get the attention you deserve!

How to Stand Out From Your Colleagues and Create a Thriving Business (SSMS Episode 16)

Subscribe to Sydni's PodcastYou’re not the only professional offering your particular service. To consistently attract YOUR ideal clients, you need to show prospects that you are the ONLY solution to their problems. So how do you go about doing this? How do you stand out from the pack? Implement what you learn in today’s episode and you’ll never be without a full practice of clients!

Are Your Marketing Materials Helping or Hindering Your Business?

One of the most important considerations in creating your version of a successful business is having a brand that reflects the high quality services you provide.

Just because you have a small business, doesn’t mean your brand should look “homemade”. Everything you do from participating in social networks, to your website and how you show up at networking events should reflect a polished professional image.  There is NO second chance for a first impression.

Therefore, you’ll want to give careful attention to your marketing materials and what they’re saying about you.  No matter what it is: your website, email newsletter, headshot, social media profiles, etc., your marketing materials should be first class.  They speak to your audience even when you aren’t there or long after you’ve met.  What are your marketing materials saying about you and the services you provide?

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Reinventing the Business Card – How To Optimize Yours To Attract More Clients

We all collect business cards. When you’re out networking and meeting people, you get their business card and you give them yours. Then you get home or back to the office, you put their business card in a nice little pile and often never look at it again unless you need something, right?

How can you make sure that this doesn’t happen to YOUR business card?

One of the most important pieces of marketing collateral you can have is a high-quality business card. Take the time and effort to make this an impressionable marketing tool so that it will talk to your ideal client, even when you’re not there.

Traditionally, the problem with most business cards is that they are boring. They have a logo, a name, a phone number, physical address, email address and website…that’s it. So no one really gives it a second look or wants to keep it around because it doesn’t really “say” anything. There’s nothing on that business card that makes someone stop and say, “I need to save this card because I’m going to need these services soon.”

Here’s how to ensure your business card isn’t thrown away or forgotten:

  1. Spend some time designing your new business card. Really take the time to make it look polished and include all the necessary information. (I’m always amazed when I get business cards without a physical address!) This isn’t the time for “do it yourself” by just using the software that comes with your computer to create a business card and print it on your home printer. Hire a graphic designer who can incorporate style and function into your business card.
  2. Don’t go cheap! Your business card shouldn’t have any other companies information printed on it. Your card is a reflection of you and your business, make sure it leaves a good impression. Spend a few extra dollars on the good card stock and color printing. It makes a big difference!
  3. Utilize the space of the entire card, both front and back, but don’t put too much info. Maximize the back of the card too by speaking directly to your ideal client. Consider printing your targeted tag line on the back of your business card, or a few open ended questions that speak to catch your ideal clients’ attention. You may also include an offer for the compelling freebie you have posted on your website to drive traffic there. When prospects see you as a solutions provider, they will keep your business card.
  4. Resist the urge to put a lot of information on your card, people simply won’t read it. Don’t overwhelm them with details right away, make them contact you for more information.

After you’ve designed a great business card and have them printed on high quality card stock, the next step to ensure your business card isn’t ignored is to follow simple business card etiquette. That is, don’t give your business card to a person unless they ask you for it.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are out networking and meeting people, is that they automatically shove their business card in the other person’s hand. They haven’t even had a chance to find out their name or what kind of business they are in and they are already “assuming” the other person “needs” them and their services.

Wrong.

Networking is as much about building relationships as it is about building business. But you have to have a good relationship first. Make sure to wait for someone to ask you for your nice new business card before you give it to them. You will be glad you did. This gracious gesture helps create a solid foundation for the beginning of a great relationship. And, it ensures that people will want to remember you and keep your card because of their positive experience with you.

Resources for Developing Your Social Media Brand

Having a consistent brand across ALL of your marketing materials is critical to conveying a clear message to your audience.

This includes the look and feel of your social media profiles. Social media is one of the easiest ways to connect with ideal clients in en-masse and you’ll do well to leverage the powerful features of each of the platforms where you have a presence.

Equally important is how your profiles look and how they function. Customizing the branding of your profiles is much easier than you think and fairly inexpensive.

My friend Denise Wakeman shared a link to a valuable resource list on her Facebook profile last week and I wanted to share the link with you as well:


http://www.blogworld.com/2010/07/22/people-who-can-design-your-twitter-background/

Here you’ll find a list of 23 different service providers who can assist you developing a custom Twitter background, Facebook Fan Pages and more.

Check it, pick one that resonates with you and get started updating your social media brand!

P.S. Once you’ve created your new profiles, please be sure to stop back by and post the links so I can check them out! 🙂