Free Marketing Advice - 2021

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Time to wrap up 2021 in a nice bow, and file it away. Before you do, what did you learn from your marketing efforts that will help you focus your thinking for 2022? It must start with the idea of public perception of who you are and what you do. That, to me is the essence of being the gatekeeper of your Brand.

This is an exciting time to sit down with a checklist of “who am I and what to do about it”. The slate is clean when the bologna drops in Lebanon.

I recommend you get a planning checklist together to help you deal with this important basic issue. Here are some categories that work for me.

If you work on projects, much of the work is professional and useful to the intended audience, but occasionally, you look at your finished work and say “yes!”. It hits the mark and connects to the audience in an unusual and satisfying way.

EXAMPLE - Here’s a procedure I use that gives “yes!” a better chance. I write a monthly series of articles series for a local on-line resource, which profiles people in theater and the arts. The latest one hit over 275 likes on the subject’s Facebook page in the first days after publication.

  • Prepare as a team exercise – Plan ahead. Give the interviewee “homework” by providing him/her with detailed questions that will spur reader interest.
  • Sit down interview – Review the “homework” and collect other background.
  • Collect related photos/videos – Visuals always enhance the article.

I am not sure why this happens, but Labor Day has this effect on us.

On September 6th, we take the time to pause, relax, reflect on the idea of the “workingman’s holiday” which dates to the late 1800’s, and then we turn on the fall mindset – summer is behind us, time to get serious about what to do with business plans.

But first, a brief pause, and a prayer of thanks for the day of reflection – to thank God for blessings received, for the motivation and fire within to keep making contributions to this world we live in. May we all be motivated and determined to do what we are meant to do, to make the world a better place.

It's a fact: people don't mind scrolling to read an email, as long as it's relevant and interesting. Make sure your message follows through on the promise in your subject line, and use several short paragraphs if you have a lot to say. When in doubt, challenge yourself to write less and add links that support your topic.

Worth Another Look:

In the words of Dorothy, “Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore.”

Neither are we. The pandemic took care of that. So, let us look ahead. In terms of marketing, where do we go from here? I would be very rich if I knew the exact answer to that one. But I can offer some simple advice, based on doing this for many years.

Follow your own yellow brick road…in other words, follow the trends that have risen to the top since we started the Covid-19 journey, and use this learning to help you plan your strategy for 2021.

I appeared on stage as The Wizard of Oz, seven years ago, so I apologize for the shameless connection to this month’s Marketing Morsel. But the truth is things will never be the same, since the pandemic entered our lives. “Kansas” as we know it may “disappear”, but in reality, we will never conduct our lives the way we look at marketing again.

So, what do we do about it? We scramble for answers.

Renowned research company McKinsey and Company took a hard look at how Covid-19 is changing how we consumers behave in all spheres of life. And it behooves us to pay attention.

We are nesting at home more than ever, so what home comforts do we pay attention to as marketers? Shopping has been redefined as a surging on-line activity. What do we do about that? Not a day goes by that I do not figure out some household need that drives me to Amazon to click and forget, and wait for the post office to do the footwork for me. This takes a toll on local retail, so what do you, the retailer do about it? No answers here, for now just questions.

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