You Need a New Marketing Plan!

Steps to launching a successful brand campaign.

A couple of months ago, I met with a CEO of a graphics/print shop who asked for some strategic marketing advice. While the conversation centered much on the difficulties in the marketplace, one thing became crystal clear. The business was still being marketed with traditional print marketing communications as it had been for the past 10 years.

I explained that the times I’d seen this strategy work were few and far between. I recommended a shift in his perspective in four concrete ways:

1. Realize you’re at war, not a party.

2. Understand who is eating your lunch and do something about it.

3. Be willing to change how you market your business.

4. And, most importantly, draw out a battle plan that can be put into action immediately and changed on a dime.

The chart above illustrates the primary steps to launching a successful brand campaign using both print and interactive communications. First, plan your campaign with your target market’s needs in mind. Second, develop three pilot mini-campaigns and test to determine which one works the best. And third, once you see which pilot pulled the greatest response, ramp it up into a major campaign level.

These steps will ensure that you choose the most effective marketing approach and allow you to control your marketing ROI throughout the planning-to-campaigning process.

Tom Wants to Hear Your Branding Issues:
If you are a printing company, or product/services company serving the industry, and would like to be considered for a feature in this blog, please contact Tom Marin for an interview.

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Tom Marin is the managing partner of and provides corporate and brand strategy to organizations of all sizes. He has an extensive background in the graphic arts, printing, publishing and media industries. Marin is an accredited member of the national and international chapters of the Business Marketing Assn., is a (CBC) certified business communicator and a past marketing chair of the Chicago chapter.

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