Friday, November 6, 2020

How To Be A Marketing Maven On A Minimal Budget


Image via Pexels

Marketing your business may sound like an expensive endeavor. And, it can be. If you have grand ideas that involve television, billboards, or huge events, you can expect to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars. But, not all of us have a corporate-level budget. Oevae Marketing wants to help you succeed, so here are some great ways to jumpstart your efforts.

Keep Email Marketing In Mind

Email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to reach your customers. Contrary to popular belief, email is not dead, and more than eight out of 10 adults report logging into their inbox regularly. 

Oevae Marketing’s affordable email marketing starts at just $9.99 per month for up to 5,000 emails. Something to keep in mind here, however, is that you have to mind your manners. Ask permission before adding anything to your customers’ inboxes. When they give you the okay, as Forbes recommends, make sure to provide exceptional content. Coupons, special offers, and interesting information are usually welcome; generic sales pitches are not.

Make Your Presence Known On Social Media

Before there was email and before there was television, most municipalities had a town crier. This is a person who would stand in the square and shout the news. Social media is the town crier of today. But, instead of a single promoter, you have billions of people sharing information, reviews, and events. Learn how to utilize social media to capture your customers' attention. Targeted ads are often inexpensive and, although you may not reach a huge number of people, those that you do reach matter. 

A word of advice, whether you are working with emails or social media, is to invest in and understand cybersecurity. Both of these platforms frequently ask your customers to input information, and you want to be able to protect them and yourself from identity theft and digital data breaches.

Design and Distribute Infographics

If you’re handy with design, you can quickly, easily, and cheaply create infographics. These are essentially pictures that clearly outline an idea and relay information. Visually appealing infographics are shareable and will draw attention to your brand.

Claim Your Listings

Yelp, Google, HomeAdvisor, and other platforms offer free or low-cost listings. Claim them, and use them to your advantage. Google My Business, for example, allows you to post content, such as daily menus, a quick link to Google Maps, one-click calling, and special events that customers can see directly from their Google search.

Create a Podcast

Podcasts are an easy and effective way to keep your name in front of your customers. Basically, this is a digital download or live stream that people can subscribe or listen to at their convenience. A podcast requires a computer, microphone, and something to talk about. Find out what your customers want to know, and record valuable information on these topics. For example, if you are a dog groomer, consider a weekly podcast on how to keep your pet clean and healthy. Launching a new show is not that difficult, but Big Podcast recommends doing some research on which platforms you’d like to publish your podcast.

It’s a common misconception that you have to bottom out your bottom line just to get your name out into the public’s eye. While there’s nothing wrong with large-scale marketing, starting small can have big effects. It takes work, and to save the most, you’ll need to DIY. But, it’s an effort worth the time and energy. The above ideas can get you started but don’t be afraid to get creative. Remember, anything that puts your name in front of your customers is a smart part of your marketing plan.