Do you feel hesitant or confused about where to start with your marketing? Many small business owners and marketing managers I’ve worked with feel this way. We need marketing to create the appeal that will attract our customers but sometimes we aren’t always sure where to start or how to sort out what we may have inherited on the job. For whatever reason, we decide to do nothing, or worse, plunge in and spend a lot of money with little or no return!
I did that – tried many different things and spent a lot of money for nothing other than the experience of learning. Not a good business practice. I knew I needed to find the right tools and learn how to use them in order to be successful. But how?
Last week, I was watching the construction of a new 5 story academic building on the campus of George Mason University. It’s been going on for months but this time I noticed something that I’d like to share. As I watched the construction crew assemble the big steel support structure I realized a nascent thought about digital marketing coming to mind. Other than a plan to follow – what are the benefits of a structured plan for digital marketing?
Marketing isn’t a pattern or recipe or model. Marketing is a dynamic conversation with shifting interests and topics. Conversations often start slow, sometimes circling till they find a common thread that both parties find interesting.
About 6 months ago I watched a TED Talk presented by Simon Sinek on the subject of how great leaders inspire action (see video below). What fascinates me is the idea is so simple and powerful. I believe we all instinctively judge how much we trust someone talking to us. What’s more fascinating are the reasons behind why we judge and how they can be influenced.
Say what you will about my choice of music but I happen to like some of AC DC’s music. I think their best song is Night Prowler – rather obscure unless you know AC DC. There was some controversy on the origin and topic of this song but that aside, the music and the way the lyrics flow with the music is masterful. It’s a nice bluesy rock song with a lot of emphasis on the beat – which appeals to the target audience.
If you’re lucky enough to have been present when an Irish music session takes over a pub, then you’ll understand what I’m about to share. But like social media marketing? Read on.
Social media is a marketing tool that many businesses have not figured out how to use and measure the value of, let alone higher ed. Social media is a great way to connect with your target audience but when it comes to a marketing strategy and measuring ROI, many are stumped. Are you? Here are 7 steps to develop a social media campaign that will get attention, be successful, and prove the value of your social media investment – or not.