Five top tips for creating a marketing strategy for a small business

Shlomi Sharabi, Founder & CEO of Winky

For small businesses with unlimited promotional budgets, putting together a marketing strategy can be quite daunting.

Having established the Winky start-up company in Adtech since 2018, it is true to say that we have experience in this field, so here are our top five tips.

1. Learn about your company

Jumping in and putting together an advert or posting sporadically on social media without having any form of message or purpose is a definite no-no. Generally, a marketing strategy aims to gain more customers or grow a business, so before you do anything, you need to work out what makes your company stand out.

Either work with a marketing expert or get together a trusted team of staff to have an honest chat about your company. Are you the only business supplying a type of product? Does your company have a long history? or do you have a particular service that a competitor doesn’t offer?

This message should be woven through all your marketing activity to bring structure to your strategy.

2. Discover your target market

So, you now know what you want to say, but who do you want to say it to? It’s now time to determine your target demographic.

To do this, it can be beneficial to carry out some market research to establish how your potential customers or clients view news and advertising, as this can help you choose what marketing platforms to focus on.

Your target audience and your thread should be in your mind whenever you start a new piece of marketing and doing this work at the start will help you determine objectives and set targets.

3. Stick to a budget

Marketing is a completely different arena unless you have a bottomless pit of money, don’t try and cover every platform. It’s best to do something well or not attempt it at all.

Your marketing strategy could fall flat if you try and stretch your budget to do a little bit of everything, whereas focusing on two or three options, and doing them well, can bring more lucrative results.

4. Narrow down the marketing platforms

This is where you pull together all your research and work out where you will focus your budget; it’s perhaps the trickiest bit. If your research indicates your target market is mainly online-focused, think about a digital campaign. This could encompass:

Creating a new or refreshing your existing website, Search engine optimization, Social media, Online advertising or, maybe they prefer to do business face-to-face so that trade shows may be the way forward, or maybe you could benefit from a PR campaign to build your brand awareness. Perhaps potential customers would respond to printed adverts, so lifestyle ads in a glossy magazine might be the route to take.

It’s highly likely that to achieve your desired results. You will need to combine two or three marketing elements.

5. Monitor results

Whether you want to grow sales, improve your social media engagement, or increase the number of clients using your service, ensure you monitor the results to guarantee your objectives are being achieved.

With any marketing campaign, it can take at least six months to see any results, so don’t assume you will be inundated with calls after placing one advert. Plan for the long-term and don’t be afraid to evaluate and change things as you go.

Feel free to share with me your experiences using my tips.

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People First. Passionate about Innovations, Web3, Marketing and disrupting industries. Founder of WEB3M, Winky. Disrupting the Marketing industry as we know it.

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Shlomo Sharabi

People First. Passionate about Innovations, Web3, Marketing and disrupting industries. Founder of WEB3M, Winky. Disrupting the Marketing industry as we know it.