With so many marketing options available, you can really struggle with what you should be doing, when are the best times to do it, where your marketing placements should be, why one marketing activity over another, why one niche market over another, and how to get the most out of it all.
Of course, there are some variables (such as goals, industry, and capacity) that will affect your decision, but let me share with you the foundation to simplifying some of this.
1. Identify and separate your vertical markets. Unless every one of your customers fits the same profile, you should really focus first on creating profiles for your clients based on industry and type of client. For instance, I work with consultants, businesses with 100 or less employees, and marketing departments with offices around the world. A consultant with no employees fits a different profile than a private school with less than 100 employees or a marketing department that needs me to set up a recruitment event for a marketing professional.
2. [In your campaign] Focus on your expertise, not the client profile. This one totally contradicts identifying and separating your vertical markets. However, there is a place and time for you to market with general campaigns that focus strongly on your expertise and deliverables. While it’s nice when you can develop campaigns that focus on the pain and pleasure points of a particular industry, if you haven’t chosen to work with one industry or another, you will need to market generally.
3. Decide if you are running a marketing project or a marketing program. A marketing project is a temporary endeavor, has a definite beginning and a definite end, and is finished when all project objectives are met. A marketing project creates a unique product, service, or result. For instance, developing your website is considered a project (even though web marketing and casroannual will go on). Whereas on-going marketing for such website could be part of an ongoing marketing program to drive targeted traffic and prospective clients to your website.