September 26, 2018

Grow Faster by Identifying Your Target Audience

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Grow Faster by Identifying Your Target Audience

Modern day business is more competitive than ever. Because of this, firms can advertise all around the world for any industry. If you’re going to stand out and compete with the major brands in your space, you have to work smarter, not harder. You can’t outspend a Fortune 500 company, so instead you need to take a closer look at your target audience and then focus your attention on them. Here’s why:

Conversion Focus

As SEO marketing agency Big Leap puts it, when you identify your target audience it allows you to create “experiences and websites that drive conversion.” This is because you know the deepest needs and fears of your audience. When you know what they want, you can give it to them.

Imagine you are trying to cook for a large crowd. You try to guess what they want, so you grill up a bunch of hamburgers. But after trying to serve it to them and asking for $5 each, you find out that the audience consists totally of vegetarians! This is the same thing you’re doing when you try to guess what your audience wants in any capacity of your business. With the tools available today, it’s easy to find out what your audience wants, so don’t waste time and energy on your ego-based guesses.

Getting the Market View

How do you meet your market’s desires then? There are several ways. Each one has advantages and disadvantages.

Create a survey. There are many services that allow you to plug in emails and send people surveys about what they’re looking for. You can trim the responses to determine who is more likely to buy your products.

Money matters. Are your ideal clients making six figures or are they struggling and in debt? Knowing their income needs and realities will help you speak to your target demographic more compellingly.

Don’t forget geography. There’s a difference to a market in NYC and LA. And there’s even more so between those cities and Hong Kong. Know your locations and go from there.

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When it comes to marketing, the biggest mistake you can make is not identifying your audience. Your audience tells you everything you need to know about what products to create and how to brand them. If you start here, with the end in mind, your development won’t just be cheaper — it will be more profitable and more speedy. So don’t throw away time, energy and dollars. Put the marketing tactics above into use so you can identify your target audience and hit the ground running with your next project.

We offer business and marketing consulting to increase revenues, develop a high performance team, and avoid costly mistakes. Book a complimentary 15-minute strategy session with Shannon today!

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7 Fundamentals for Your Press Kit

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press kit Media MagicA media or press kit is an essential part of your marketing strategy as it allows the media to take a look at your body of work instantly so that they can make the decision to run your press release quickly without needing to do much outside research.

You want to make your press kit a vital part of your business. It is important these days that your press kit is available both physically as well as electronically.

Here are the fundamentals for every press kit:

1. Articles written by you

Include any previous articles you have written in the past along with the press kit. This will show instant credibility, help you stand out from the crowd, and showcase your writing style and area of expertise. If you are online, you may want to include some of the positive reviews of your blog as well, showing the relevance and interest of customers.

2. Articles written about you

It is always more powerful if a third party expert is talking about you rather than you promoting yourself. If you have come across any articles written about you, add them in your press kit.

3. Power Bio

Make sure your power bio is concise and to the point. In my 12-step power bio complimentary guide, you will find all the details to create a bio that stands out. Offer relevant info about your current field whenever possible. Also, you can add something about your partner, kids, or possibly your interests in a single sentence; however, avoid writing an entire paragraph about them.

4. Action Photos

Pictures are a great way to tell a story and engage readers. Action photos are what the media is looking for to include in articles. Many people believe that a headshot is the most important and, although it is very important, having a shot of you doing what you do in action gains the most attention. A high resolution image of at least 300dpi is required for any print media. Do have an updated headshot as it is needed; however, action photos hands down get picked up and printed more times than a headshot.

5. Press Release

Professional and compellingly-written press releases are one of the most important elements of a press kit. Add your website URL within the press release for additional reference.

6. Other related press clippings or endorsements

These may include quotes from authors, newspapers and magazines, and experts in your industry. Endorsements are great. It is important to include the name of the person, title, & association. Idea endorsements can be powerful; when other experts in the field are agreeing with your point of view, it adds credibility to you!

7. Company Marketing Pieces

You can also consider creating a customized pocket folder in order to distribute your info, along with the business cards, slip sheets, tri-fold brochure, etc. These can help you position yourself and your brand as an expert in your industry. Include your speaker sheet if you want to attract speaking opportunities.

Your goal in creating a suitable press kit must be to offer all of the important info which the media needs if they decide to write about your product/service. Make sure you’ve made the job of the media person easier. A professional, attractive, and informative press kit can really set you apart from the competition.

Share your press kit here for a free publicity opportunity right now!!

Happy to give feedback upon request.

To your business & life success,
Shannon Gronich

P.S. If you’re enjoying learning how to get free publicity, positioning yourself as an industry expert, and developing your media kit, however you haven’t started your 12-step power bio yet, NOW is the time. You will love this help I am offering with a step-by-step guide FREE Go to http://shannongronich.com/training/powerbio2/ to check out NOW you won’t be disappointed!

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