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Strategic Marketing to Make the Business Grow!

Let’s say you have started a business and it is starting to grow. If you are excited by this growth and you are thinking “No one can stop me” you are dead wrong.

Competitors know you exist. They have seen you grow and they feel threatened. They don’t want you to take their customers away and they will try hard to keep the customers just as much as you are motivated to take the customers away from them.

There are several strategies you can do to beat the competition. They are called:

1. The Flanker

2. The Fortress

3. The Expansion

Knowing when to use these strategies is the key to maximizing the chances of success.

Throughout these four strategies, I will be using car analogys

The Flanker.

Let’s say I run a retail used-car company and I have a competitor. The customers have diverse opinions on what is the best car to buy and my competitor sells used-Ford cars. This is where I would try to use the flanker strategy.

A flanker strategy is all about discovering a new gap in the market and penetrating it. This gap is more likely to be found if the customers have a wide variety of preferences. Instead of trying to climb the mountain of trying to sell Fords that your competitor capitalized on, you can attract the people who prefer Holdens.

It’s much easier to get the customers who have unmet demands than it is to get the customers who are loyal to competitors. That is because your competitor is probably using the fortress strategy.

The Fortress

If my competitor through “Hey, this (your growing) business has got a good idea selling all of these Holden’s. Let us try to take customers from him by selling Holden’s ourselves”

You may decide to buckle up and build your fortress of Holden’s

The Fortress, like any other fortress, is a strategy used to protect yourself from others. In this case, a fortress is used to protect your market share.

A fortress strategy is best executed if the customers have similar preferences and you have a strong influence on the market. I would only try this strategy if your growing business is up against a smaller growing business.

The fortress is is the most basic and commonly used marketing strategy for businesses that have established themselves in the eyes of their customers. However, if you want to further grow as a growing business you may want to try the marketing expansion strategy.

A fortress strategy is like defending your territory. It aims to sustain your market by constantly appealing to your current customers and dissuading them from joining a competitor.

If a company who sells Holden’s sees a growing competitor, the company who sells Holden’s will double down on their efforts and further increase customer satisfaction by adding new features (like increased car warranty, shinier tires, better steering etc.) to prevent their customers from switching to the competitor.

In other words: A business sees a competitive threat and responds by trying to keep their own customers from switching,

The Market Expansion

The market expansion strategy is the equivalent of jabbing and weaving in boxing. You are defending by attacking. It involves defending your share of the market by targeting a new market.

Say your used car company only sells Holden’s and you know that your competitor that has Fords will not let you in on the Ford market by using a fortress strategy. If he is too busy selling Fords and not letting you in on that customer base, you can go after different sets of consumers that have not been marketed to.

If your competitor has not targeted consumers who are into Kia’s, Mazda’s and Fiat’s, you can market to those people if the market is deemed large enough. Because of this, you have expanded your market. Even though you risk abandoning your Holden consumers, you may gain a whole new set of new consumers, increasing your presence in the market

The Bottom Line

These are just a couple of the strategies that business’ use every day in order to maintain a competitive advantage. To determine the correct marketing strategy, you must understand how these strategies will or won’t work based on the competitive landscape and the state of the consumer market.

Article Co-Authored by Nelson Cumming and Adrienne McLean.

Nelson Cumming is an enthusiastic business blogger with AdrienneMcLean.com with a keen interest in Marketing and PR.

Adrienne McLean is a BookYourselfSolid marketing coach who helps business owners to achieve their goals and keep them focused on achieving their goals. Adrienne offers BookYourselfSolid online and in person workshop as well as mentoring.  You can contact Adrienne on adrienne@adriennemclean.com  or ring on 0414 367 960.

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How can an Implementation Strategist help any size enterprise?

How can an Implementation Strategist help any size enterprise?

You run your own business, you want to grow – have you thought of putting on an Implementation Strategist?

Ok, so you haven’t heard the term “Implementation Strategist” before – what is an Implementation Strategist ?  And why do I need one to grow my business?

So there’s not enough hours in the day, you’re working long hours and could be some inefficiencies in your business and processes that if looked at could be improved and made more efficient helping you make more money. You’re wanting more clients, more income and want to grow. You are lacking time, overwhelmed and simply there’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Staff are doing their part but really some important business decisions are needed and you’re running around putting out fires!

Does any of this sound familiar?

Wouldn’t it be great if you had some one willing to roll up their sleeves and help you?  Someone who can look at what needs to be done and sets about and gets it done?

Wouldn’t that be so good?

Well that is what an Implementation Strategist does.

An Implementation Strategist is a highly skilled professional who has a unique set of skills across business development, marketing, system and process improvement. This professional will be your right hand aid identifying what is needed to be done and rolling those sleeves up and doing it.

An Implementation Strategist is not a coach and not someone who does an assessment, leaves you with a report and the report sits on the shelf never implemented. However, an Implementation Strategist does do those activities just as a part of the work to help their clients make major leaps forward to grow their business.

The end result of enlisting an Implementation Strategist is :

  • Growth in the bottom line – the business profits will increase dramatically
  • You will be less stressed, starting to address the areas that you wanted to work on but never could , the days wont be filled with so much that you end up overwhelmed not knowing what to do next.
  • Your business processes will run more smoothly, the impact on customer service will be significant – customers will enjoy the service. Projects will get completed.
  • You will be able to feel more connected with your clients and staff and start to enjoy and build bonds wiwthin your community.
  • You will be starting to complete projects and make headway.

So what does an Implementation Strategist do:

An Implementation Strategist helps business owners by-

Plan – finds out the issues
Do – does the work to address the issue
Check – measures the impact
Act – makes any necessary improvements and then starts again

Getting Results

Doing the work to make things happen

Closingthe gap between from not working to excellence

Implementation Strategists come in and get the work done.

Work in the areas of marketing, business growth, business systems, accountability.

IMplementation Strategists are NOT:

 – Coaches – but they do coach clients
– Trainers – but they do train clients and staff
– Report writers who leave you with a long list of tasks

IMplementation Strategists:
Roll up there sleeves and get the jobs done that are needed –

From website upgrades
marketing copy
branding
logo creation
system development
problem solving
Project management from start to completion

Discuss a problem with an Implementation Strategist , ask them to get the work done and they will get on and help you get the job done.

They don’t always do the work themselves – they come with a team of experts – who they involve to solve the issue. They project manage the task – so you can do your work and know the completion of the work is in good hands.

Examples of the work Implementation Strategists do are –

  1. Business Issue Improvement
    – you ask an Implementation STrategist to address the issue –
    – an assessment of the issue will be done,
    – strategies and plans to improve the situation will be determined.
    – the strategies and plans will be actioned
    – the issue will be resolved

  2. Project Management – as a business owner you may have some big ideas and concepts that will add real value to your business. These improvements just dont get done because of the day to day activities.So what does an Implementation Strategist do:- Discusses with the owner the project
    – plans out what needs to be done to make it happen
    – Other professionals may be brought in who are specialists in their field – depending on the tasks
    – the project is managed to make it happen!
  3. Process Improvement

    A business depends on the systems in place to run efficiently and ultimately make more money. If the systems are out of date, staff dont know the systems, the systems are being followed or if there aren’t clear systems in place – there will be inefficiencies and costs will be higher.
    So what does an Implementation Strategist do
    – an audit will be done on the area that is struggling
    – the system will be investigated to see what changes are required
    – the system will be documented
    – The staff involved will be trained so they understand the new system
    – check that the system is in place and working well.

4. Marketing and Business Development

Business growth is always on a business owners mind. IMplementing marketing or improving marketing will grow the business. With Digital marketing being so important and a website essential as well as more traditional methods of increasing awareness of businesses, implementing a marketing system is valuable.

So what does an Implementation Strategist do:

– an audit will be done on the area that is struggling
– the system will be investigated to see whas working, what needs improving using the pwerful marketing system BookYourselfSolid.
– Tasks will be done to make these improvements

The difference is that an Implementation Strategist helps professionals to make things happen and move forward. Ring Adrienne McLean on 0414 367 960 or email on adrienne@adriennemclean.com for more details.

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Business Information Forum

Keen to be more Visible and be the “Go-To” Expert ? Interested in Business planning and improving financial management?

Finding it all overwhelming trying to run the business, deal with all the administration and promote it as well?! Are you looking for more clients?

Discover Strategies to increase awareness of your business – with powerful marketing tools and techniques. Hear about BookYourselfSolid – a marketing system designed for business growth. Discuss ways to simplify your financial management. 

Adrienne McLean is holding Business Information Forums to help Business Professionals with Marketing and Business Development.  Adrienne helps business owners with raising awareness of their business with strong strategies and also helps by doing the work to make it happen.

To help Business Owners with financial matters, we also have Molly Lee attending from Rightway – Business Planning and Accountancy Advice.

So questions around marketing, business development and finances, by attending you can ask your questions and get some expert advice!

Business Information Forum Event Details

This event is running from 17 January 2017 until 25 April 2017. It is next occurring on January 17, 2017 9:30 am

Finding it all overwhelming trying to run a business and promote it as well?!

Discover Strategies to increase awareness of your business – with powerful marketing tools and techniques. BookYourselfSolid is a marketing system designed for business growth.

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"Everyone, go see Adrienne if you can. This forum is very useful and Adrienne shares enough insights to be helpful but not too over whelming. As a busy business owner, I find it easy to get bamboozled with ideas and to do's. This is great! " Nina
"Great session Adrienne! You raised lots of important points and concepts I really needed to think about - the Marketing Information Session has set me on the right track - Thanks!" Matthew
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Ring Adrienne McLean on 0414 367 960 or email on adrienne@adriennemclean.com  for more details and to book in!

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5 Quick Tips to Improve your Marketing

We’re all looking for fast ways to improve our marketing and yet not take huge amounts of time away from helping our clients – Here’s 5 Quick Tips to Improve your Marketing

  1. Every day ring someone on your database and say hello!Catch up, see whats happening in their world , you can talk about whats happening for you but don’t bombard them with a sales pitch. Building the relationship is important thing –
  2. Make an effort and look for individuals who can help you grow your business. Then, find ways to meet them or be introduced to them. You may be able to meet them at a networking function or an event. Once contact is made work at growing your connection with this person, getting to know them and gently letting them know abut what you are doing and aiming to achieve.
  3. Give someone some business – introduce two people who you know who may be able to help each other. This shows you are as a leader, as a go to person who can assist others.
  4. Create some content – prepare a blog, video or social media post. Regularly prepare content that can be sent out to your clients or posted on social media. This will build up your speciality in an area and you can inform your clients and wider audience. Quality is important, connecting the content with your audience is also important and you can build yourself a niche being the expert in that field.
  5. Send 3 people an email , sharing compassion, sharing some information that you know they will be interested in and you can share about what you are doing at the moment. Again, don’t make it “salesy” – its to be friendly and connecting you with your network.

These marketing tips are not time consuming but will raise awareness of your business, build connects and relationships with your audience and develop you as an expert in your field. You can choose the timings – daily, weekly or monthly – fit these into your marketing to get your more clients!

If you would like to find out more then contact Adrienne McLean on adrienne@adriennemclean.com or ring on 0414 367 960. The Daily Marketing Routine for Business Success can really help you with implementing these easy marketing steps.  Contact Adrienne for more details and you can attend our Marketing Information Forums where you can ask those niggling questions about marketing.

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Events & Resources

We love small businesses and understand the need to have systems for everything, we help you develop a way to consistently market while being able to serve the clients you have.  Consistent marketing + systems and processes + a great business.  That’s what we are all about, helping you bring your dreams into reality.  Less sleepless nights worrying about how to get clients or how to service the ones you have.  And more fun in everything you do.

Here are the events we have to support you develop and grow your business –

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Marketing Information Forum :
http://thespeakerspractice.com.au/events/event/marketing-information-forum/