Marketing mistakes to avoid.

marketing mistakesWhen marketing your product or service, you need to have a firm understanding of your audience, the message you want to deliver, the offer you’re willing to make, and the optimal timing for your marketing campaign.

Too often novice marketers, even marketing veterans, make costly mistakes that result in poor performance of their marketing campaign. Common marketing mistakes can be avoided with adequate planning, attention to detail, and ongoing measurement and evaluation.

If you’re considering a traditional marketing campaign, an Internet marketing campaign, or something that’s never been tried before, be sure to avoid these common marketing mistakes.

1. You may have a great list, a fantastic offer, and even a well designed marketing piece, but if your timing is off, so too will be your results. As an experienced marketer, I have seen some very expensive marketing campaigns that were very compelling but failed to produce results because of marketing mistakes. This is because the campaign reached consumers at a time in which they had no interest in buying the product.

2. As the first thing your prospect usually reads, the headline is essential for luring your prospective buyer into the message, your offer, and the action you want them to take. This ensures that your marketing message attracts the largest number of prospective buyers.

3. Failure to Test Your Offer. In direct marketing, the offer is directly correlated to 40 % of your response. People respond if you have the right offer. There are other factors to consider as well, but providing a compelling offer is required in most instances. Offers can range from discounts to “hurry while supplies last”, but the commonality remains. Test your offers for optimizing response. Avoid these marketing mistakes.

4. Having the best offer and award-winning design is not enough. For many types of marketing campaigns, success is directly tied to having a targeted list. If you’re wondering where to invest your marketing dollars, spend them on developing a good house list (names you acquire on your own) or by renting/purchasing a well segmented marketing list. Many marketing mistakes involve list issues. be certain yours is up to date and a good list.

5. On average, consumers are hit with over 2,000 marketing messages everyday. Recent studies have indicated that consumers need to see your marketing message an average of 12 times before they take notice. Determine the media that prospects use to gather information and develop an ongoing campaign that works within your budget.

6. Not Measuring Campaign Effectiveness. Over time, your business is going to do a lot of marketing. Regardless of the marketing campaign size or expense, you need to track your results.

7. After consulting for a number of large companies, I’m still amazed at how many fail to communicate to customers on an ongoing basis. Often times, businesses or consumers only hear from the seller when its time to buy again. You should be spending some of your marketing budget to retain them.

Even Veterans Make Marketing Mistakes

If you’re new to marketing, have experience as a marketing professional, or simply want to improve your current marketing results, be sure to learn from the mistakes of others. To be successful, continually work towards improving your marketing effectiveness. Avoid the 7 most common marketing mistakes, and you’re on your way to delivering tangible results.

You may have a great list, a fantastic offer, and even a well designed marketing piece, but if your timing is off, so too will be your results. As an experienced marketer, I have seen some very expensive marketing campaigns that were very compelling but failed to produce results. If you’re wondering where to invest your marketing dollars, spend them on developing a good house list (names you acquire on your own) or by renting/purchasing a well segmented marketing list.

Regardless of the marketing campaign size or expense, you need to track your results. If you’re new to marketing, have experience as a marketing professional, or simply want to improve your current marketing results, be sure to learn from the marketing mistakes of others.

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