As an entrepreneur you have a million and one messages being sent at you as to what is the best way to grow your company brand.
Every small business has a million and one decisions to make on a daily basis, their top priority (along with most Fortune 500 companies) isn’t Facebook….but it should be. There is literally no other form of media before or after radio, tv, direct mail, Google adwords, or banner ads that has this single known fact:
“One out of every five page views in the United States is on Facebook.”
― Gary Vaynerchuk,
I talk to business owners, often….more than often.
They usually come to me to solve a perceived design problem. Which of course I love doing. However, I have learned through experience that they are coming to me with a bigger problem than just a design issue. They believe a brochure, a new shiny logo, or an updated website will help grow their business, and since it’s such a small investment, they take it.
Cliches tend to be thrown around haphazardly in every industry, but marketing and branding professionals may be some of the worst offenders. Still, I’m about to drop one. Here goes:
Create Visual Billboards to Promote Your Blog Posts – A picture is worth 1,000 words
You know what else tends to be about 1,000 words (give or take)? Blog posts. Except those are 1,000 words you want people to read, because those words are your business, your voice, and the valuable information you wish to pass on to your dear readers.
But, what if you could use 1,000 words just to convince a potential reader that they should read your blog post? 1,000 words to persuade them, entice them, and communicate with them before they even read line one of your post.
If you could create a billboard, advertising your online content, for free or almost free, how could you say no?
The first step in targeting your local audience is figuring out who they are and how best they receive information. Your advertising campaign needs to target both your local, consistent customer base as well as the tourists and out of town visitors that will take advantage of your services. Type of advertising and locations are key to effective local customer advertising.
Local Rewards=Easy Advertising
Encouraging repeat business means providing a great service at a great price. Local customers will be your loyal and consistent base if you treat them properly. This may include great prices on goods, or fair cost on services your Anchorage business may provide. Other perks can be extended to local customers, or those you think you’re going to see again. A punch card that rewards them for buying a number of individual coffee, rewards cards where customers get points for dollars spent, or a locals discount are great things to advertise as perks for your local Anchorage business customers.
Tourist Connections=Easy Advertising
If much of your business is dedicated to tourists or out of town customers, your Anchorage advertising should reflect this but it also needs to reach your local customers. You will want to focus your advertising in the right places- in brochures about your location, on websites that boast “best things to do”, and in places that travelers and tourists will frequent. Posters and billboards are seen by both types of customers if they are in the right places.
Word of Mouth=Easy Advertising
Reaching your local customers and having them as loyal consumers will extend your word of mouth advertising. When a tourist asks a local waitress where the best place is to go for your service, if that waitress frequents your business, she will surely recommend you. Contact us today to see how we can help with your local Anchorage advertising!
Bianca Frank Design offers a comprehensive brand and brand development package that can be utilized to begin or reinvigorate your small business marketing strategy. Whether you are in need of small business marketing strategies, graphic design, brand design, web design, or just need brand or design consultation on where to start. Drop a note and we will be in touch soon.
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