Five Reasons Your Marketing Feels Out of Control

Here are five areas you can rein in without getting bogged down in details. If you can sign off on these five areas, you can delegate the details of your marketing to others, knowing that it’s pointed in the right direction.

Jeremy Harrison


Does your marketing ever feel out of control? Many small business leaders throw money at advertising, local sponsorships, website maintenance, social media and more, but they find it hard to really know what’s working and what isn’t.

If you’re a small business leader, you DON’T need to micromanage. But you DO need to ensure the time and money your company invests in marketing gets results.

Here are five areas you can rein in without getting bogged down in the details. If you can sign off on these five areas, you can delegate the details of your marketing to others, knowing that it’s pointed in the right direction.


marketing plan, spire advertising

#1: Do you have a marketing plan?

If you’re going to spend any time or money on marketing, you need a plan. Something in writing that guides your activity and helps you stay on track.

A good marketing plan should:

  • describe specific targeted customer profiles,
  • outline clear strategies and tactics for how you will reach each profile,
  • and include timelines and budgets.

Don’t let a vendor’s proposal for the thing they are selling — social media, inbound marketing, radio, digital ads — be a substitute for a holistic marketing plan. Their proposals can be helpful, but remember that they are giving you tactics, not a complete marketing plan.

At the end of this article, I’ll share a worksheet and video — our “30-minute Marketing Planner” which will help you draft an effective marketing plan.
 

targeting right people, audience, spire advertising

#2: Are you targeting the right people?

Mass marketing no longer works. If you’re running ads that everybody sees, you are probably wasting money. Attention is more expensive than ever, so you need to be really clear about 1-3 targeted groups of people who your product or service is for and what problems you can solve for each group.  Your marketing plan should spell out a profile of each targeted group and a plan for how you’ll get their attention.

call to action, spire advertising

#3: Is there a clear call-to-action?

Okay, so now you know WHO you’re trying to reach.  What are you going to ask those folks to DO? Many marketing efforts fail because there is no clear call-to-action.  Other efforts fail because they are asking the prospect to take too big of a step, or to take a step that’s not aligned with the customer’s buying journey. Effective marketing happens in very carefully aligned “baby steps” that establish trust while helping prospects feel good about moving forward with you.

measure results, spire advertising

#4: Are results getting measured?

What does it cost to acquire a single customer?  What percentage of your leads turn into sales? How much does each customer spend with you on average?  Which marketing campaigns are working and which should you eliminate?  These are important questions that someone needs to measure so that you can make informed choices about your marketing.

Don’t get caught up in vanity metrics like hits, impressions or likes. Make sure your marketing plan spells out the goals that make a difference in your business and that you have a way to tie everything you do back to results that matter.
 

effective follow up, small business, spire advertising

#5: Do you have effective follow-up?

I’ve seen small businesses generate solid engagement, but they don’t get results because there’s no follow-up. Without effective follow-up in your sales, marketing, and customer service you will be leaving a lot of money on the table. As you generate more leads and engagement, follow-up gets harder. That’s why we help small businesses improve their follow-up with software and automation that simplifies everything.  To keep your marketing in control, make sure you have a plan to effectively follow-up.

16
years in business

1287
customers served

9.6
our leaders' avg years at Spire

4978
Successful Projects

“I was just thinking about how thankful I am that Spire did the NCSAA web site last year. I remember the road we were traveling down, prior to coming to Spire -- and the concepts and direction of the previously proposed site were headed toward something far less than what Spire has built for us. So, I felt compelled to write and let you know how thankful I am for you and your staff, and for what you've done for us. You are very different than the "typical" web design company -- something that I'm sure (at times) can lead to frustration for you. However, it's also something very, very important -- as your integrity and relationship-driven model really do meet a need. Thanks again.”
Nate Hartmann
Spire Marketing

Have a Question?

Spire Advertising Locations - Ashland Tiffin Medina

North Central Ohio HQ

Serving Ashland, Wooster, Mansfield Ohio area

1181 E Main St, Ashland, OH 44805
(419) 496-4212 | Contact | Directions

Northwest Ohio Growth Center

Serving Tiffin, Fremont, Findlay Ohio area

19 W Market St, Ste E, Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 443-8358 | Contact | Directions

Northeast Ohio Growth Center

Serving Medina, Brunswick, Akron Ohio area

107 N. Court St, Ste 7, Medina, OH 44256
(330) 769-8421 | Contact | Directions

Copyright ©2021 Spire Advertising, Inc. 

Schedule a Call

Please answer a few quick questions and we will get you connected with a Spire Account Manager.