Today we’ll look at how the titans of industry wine, dine and otherwise cajole prospects.
Most successful professionals use a series of information-based ads that build emotion and a call to action. These are much more effective than standard company branding advertisements. The same principles that go into putting together a high impact (and, often, high priced) ad campaign can be adapted to fit your needs with similar results.
Here are some ways to put together and execute a professional, effective ad campaign:
1. Put together a short report that you’ll automatically send to prospects when they contact you. This should include a short
description of your business and what you specialise in. Don’t forget to include case studies, samples, or other proof of your
2. Develop value-oriented yellow page ads.
3. Consider newsletters as a way of educating and informing customers about your industry and services offered.
4. Offer a free seminar, webinar or other lecture to build awareness of your business, but make sure you make the information
pertinent to your target market and find speakers who are respected and known in the industry.
5. Buy an existing business, introduce better marketing, and grow this new business faster than a “from scratch” business.
6. Always test different versions of your ads to find the most effective ones.
7. Use direct mail marketing to grow your business.
8. Put together a database of previous customers and send them new information.
9. Offer incentives such as frequent purchasing benefits, loyalty programs, referral programs or others.
10. Approach large firms who may need your services and negotiate a deal to be their exclusive expert in your field.
11. Offer a 24-hour information line with a regularly updated recorded message. Make this available to all past and future
12. Donate time or materials to local charities to show support in your area.
13. Offer clinics for the general public to come along and discuss what they need that’s free and approachable.
14. Organise seminars your customers/clients can pay to attend by putting together a high-perception value package.
15. Approach local newspapers by offering to write a weekly column about your area of expertise. Don’t ask for money, just a by-line
16. Develop a weekend or other destination seminar for customers/clients, not only does this give you an action-packed weekend with
the most important people, but it also gives them a tax-deductible business adventure.
17. Take a good seminar and turn it into written form as a home study, member site program, audio, or video program.
18. Approach large companies and offer to give seminars to their employees, investors, or management.
19. Be proactive with your marketing plan.
20. Barter for your marketing. Offer products or services in lieu of payment.
21. Be willing to bring in new clients, even if at an initial loss because it will likely pay off later.
22. Regulate your marketing budget to maximise the potential income from them to hit the next year and try to push back advertising
costs for the next year to offset your expenses.
23. Make offers to target markets or target market businesses to pay them for referrals or shared databases.
24. Offer loaner products to replace equipment that is to be repaired or refurbished.
25. Give away something free to everyone who brings in a print version of your advertisement. This is a great way to see which ads
are giving you the most bang for your buck.
26. Continually consider what new products/services you can offer to current customers/clients.
27. Develop a mail order division of your company.
28. Offer a proposition to your competitors to trade customers/clients you were both unsuccessful in selling to.
29. Use different marketing tactics as an excuse to attract new customers/clients with new offers and goodies.
30. Offer a “you-choose-the-price” program. This is especially good for products you just can’t seem to sell.
So, here are 30 great ways to market to other professionals and businesses. Some other great ways to get your name out there for little or no cost are:
• Get involved in your community-volunteer, donate to local events, etc.
• Join your local Chamber of Commerce and attend the networking and other activities throughout the year.
• Join a local, state, or regional professional association for further networking opportunities.
• Become a board member of a local organisation.
Advertising should never be your only method of marketing, there are a myriad of ways to get your name out there in a way that feels personal to potential customers/clients.
“Effective advertising…must be used to get your name out to the public. If your name is not familiar to people, they will not come to you.” Jay Abraham
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