Advertising is the activity of producing advertisements for commercial products or services. Marketing is the action of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.
Why you should advertise your organization ?
Your market is constantly changing People forget fast Your competition isn’t quitting Advertising strengthens your identity Advertising is essential to survival and growth Advertising enables you to hold on to your existing customers and internal personnel
We all rely, in part, on repeat business and referrals. Old customers both external and internal, are the key to both. When old customers don’t hear about you, or directly from you, they tend to move on. Cutting your advertising is a negative signal to those who actively patronize you.
Advertising maintains morale Advertising gives you an advantage over competitors who have ceased advertising Advertising allows your business to continue operating
You will always have overhead; bills, telephone, rent/equipment, your time. Advertising creates the AIR overhead breathes! Advertising is the portion of your organization's business responsibilities that rejuvenates and draws new life (revenue) into the process.
You have invested money that you stand to lose. If you stop advertising, everything you’ve invested becomes lost, as the consumer’s awareness you’ve purchased slowly dwindles away. Sure you can buy it again, but you’ll have to start from scratch
Marketing takes time, money, and lots of preparation. One of the best ways to prepare your organization is to develop a solid marketing plan. A strong marketing plan will ensure you’re not only sticking to your schedule, but that you’re funding your marketing wisely and appropriately.
What can a Marketing Plan do for an organization?
A marketing plan includes everything from understanding your target market and your competitive position in that market, to how you intend to reach that market (your tactics) and differentiate yourself from your competition in order to make a sale.
Your organization’s marketing budget should be a component of your marketing plan. Essentially, it will outline the costs of how you are going to achieve your marketing goals within a certain timeframe.
Once you have developed your marketing budget, it doesn’t mean that it’s set in stone. There may be times when you need to throw in another unplanned marketing tactic -- such as hosting an event or creating a newspaper ad -- to help you reach your market more effectively.
Ultimately, it’s more important to determine whether sticking to your budget is helping you achieve your marketing goals and bringing you a return on investment (ROI) than to adhere to a rigid and fixed budget.
That's why it's important to include a plan for measuring your spend. Consider what impact certain marketing activities have had on your revenues during a fixed period, such as a business quarter, compared to another time period when you focused your efforts on other tactics. Consider the tactics that worked as well as those that didn’t work. You don't have to cut the tactics that didn't work, but you should assess whether you need to give them more time to work or whether the funds are best redirected elsewhere.
Granted, some tactics are hard to measure -- such as the efficacy of print collateral (brochures, sales sheets, etc.), but you need to consider the impact of not having these branding staples in your market tool kit before you reign in your graphic design and print funds.
Marketing plans should be maintained on an annual basis, at a minimum. But if you launch a new product or service, take time to revisit your original plan or develop a separate campaign plan that you can add to your main plan as an addendum.
At the end of the day, the time spent developing your marketing plan, is time well spent because it defines how you connect with your customers. And that's an investment worth making.
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