2020’s reign of terror is almost over, and whether or not 2021 is going to be better, we can’t be sure. But what we do know is it’s going to be different.
The economic impacts of Covid-19 are long-term, which has caused many small businesses to struggle, fight to stay afloat, and ultimately go under. If you are one of the lucky ones who has sustained despite enforced closures and new rules and regulations, congratulations—we know it hasn’t been easy.
To give yourself an even better fighting change in 2021, here are six marketing strategies you should focus on to remain competitive, valuable, and indispensable to your customers.
Until we are living in a dystopian nightmare where reading is no longer an activity for education, information, or recreation, content will continue to be king. Your content marketing needs to be strong and give you the voice to speak confidently while others whisper.
To create quality content your customers and potential customers want, you need to:
Take the level of customer service you had in 2020 and multiply it—several times. Because more people will be online—working, browsing, searching—you’ll need to be available to help them when they need it (which likely 10 seconds from now).
As a small business, it can be difficult to manage your day-to-day operations, fill orders, and respond to emails, support channels, social media DMs, and comments. There are tools you can use (cough, cough, us for one) to help your business maintain and improve customer service response times while balancing everything else you need to accomplish.
The longer it takes your customers to reach their goals, the more time you’re giving them to leave. High click-through rates are well and good, but you’re really looking for high conversion rates. Aka: you don’t just want people looking at your site, you want them buying your goods or services.
How do you do that? By making the customer journey as short and sweet as possible. Don’t muddy up your website or paid ads with unnecessary content, hidden CTAs, or keywords that aren’t relevant. Build strong, precise content fueled by simplified UX design so your customers can get what they want in a couple of clicks.
If you want customers to sign up for a newsletter, make sure you’re leading them to this action. If you want them to purchase your products, check that they can do so quickly, easily, and without hiccups. Put your customers’ goals first, and create a way for them to achieve those goals seamlessly.
The more you make, the more invaluable you make yourself to your customers—as long as it’s good content. The web fills up with new content faster than a Cardi B. concert (when we could go to concerts), so the more good stuff you make, the more people will gravitate toward your business.
Think of the keywords you use to build SEO. Go back to these keywords and brainstorm ways you can create content that makes these words come to life. If one of your best keywords is ceramic pots, build content surrounding that keyword. Shoot a short video on how to make ceramic pots or how to paint them. Write a blog about all the uses for ceramic pots. Bid on a paid ad that highlights your ceramic pots and why they’re special. Keywords can do more than just work for your SEO, they can also be the inspiration for a variety of content you can use to reach current and new customers.
What’s that old adage.. .shoot for the moon so you land among the stars? It’s kind of like that. Every business wants to grow, but if you’re a small business or a startup, it’s smart to think local, act global.
How can you become a household name in your community? How can you position yourself as the go-to business for X, Y, or Z? Local marketing can bring in a surge of new customers and put your business on track to grow in the direction you want. For example, if you’re writing a paid ad, instead of simply saying:
Ceramic pots | All colors, All Sizes | Handmade
You can build your local presence by saying:
Ceramic Pots | All Colors & Sizes | Handmade in Indianapolis
Now, when users search for ceramic pots near them, your company is more likely to appear in an organic search. However, local marketing goes beyond paid ads, but also involves your website content, blogs, social media posts, community outreach, and grassroots marketing to support the community where you live. Remember this when creating content so you’re producing information your community needs.
We live in an age where you can find out almost anything about anyone at any time. As terrifying as that is, it can also be helpful for small businesses. You can tap into trends related to your businesses, habits, and needs of your target audiences, the market conditions that may impact your business, seasonal trends, and dips and spikes of your revenue.
Analyzing data allows you to make smarter decisions and generate new ideas to help your business grow. After all, the more you know…
There are many marketing practices that can help your business in 2021—these are the tip of the iceberg, but assuredly practices you’ll want to look into and implement in the coming weeks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a hand with your marketing, let us know! We’re here to help.