By Aimee Woodall
To stand out in the business world, you need to do something valuable and unique — and you need people to know about it. Simple, right? From there, all you need is an integrated strategy, a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, plus an SEO-optimized blog and a video production arm that creates snackable content. Still sound simple? For the few that have made it this far without immediately calling HR about hiring a new social media person ASAP, I have good news: It doesn’t have to be like this.
Marketing today, for small and large businesses alike, is complex. It’s a choreographed dance of content, cadence and clicks that makes even the most seasoned marketers nervous. There’s a reason there are an endless supply of articles that promise “10 Tools to Pump Up Your Digital Strategy,” and “Internet Ninja 101: How to Win Twitter.” The truth is that the marketing landscape is crowded and that there is always something new to learn, to keep up with or to conquer so that your message is heard.
No matter what changes, there is a true path to marketing success that will withstand the test of time. Here’s how you reach people no matter what medium you choose.
Like trying to follow a person’s rambling story about that one time they went on vacation to Croatia (or was it Latvia? Or was it Prague?) and they can’t keep the details straight, your brand needs a message: A clear one. One that speaks to the heart of what you do. Often called an elevator pitch, this bite-sized story needs to be communicated quickly and easily no matter where your audience encounters it.
Your customer isn’t “everybody” — even first-year marketing students know that. Embrace who you’re made for. Get granular about who you’ve built a business to serve and go serve those people with gusto.
Memorable brands are the ones that stick around. That’s why marketing experts are always chasing the “sticky” brand experience — one that people will remember and think fondly of for years. In a noisy world of brands competing for eyeballs and dollars, think about how you can create memories for your customers. How you can draw them in and wow them so hard they can’t help but tweet home about it.
No matter what platform people are talking out about next, no matter how “new” new media gets, these principles can guide you to a brand people don’t forget.
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