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Start with the customer to make your online marketing effective

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It might seem obvious the it is always the hardest conversation I have with small business owners is around their customers. Narrow your focus down to those ideal customers that your services is made for. This means not everyone with a pulse. Tom Fishburne cartoon is a common scenario I see when I chat with business owners. There is a tendency to want to attract everyone and by default, you attract no-body.

Everything becomes easier when you have focus. So many small businesses are now trying to grapple with online marketing. They ask me, “should I be doing adwords, social media, email marketing, Facebook” etc. It always comes back to who is your target customers and where do they hang out? Are they using social media? What words are they typing into google to find your services.

Online marketing can be very affordable and is a necessary part of your marketing. Let’s face it, we all use google to search online, we are all shopping online and we are all seeking out recommendations online before we buy. If your small business doesn’t have an online strategy then you are invisible. Talk to us about how we can support you with a digital marketing strategy today. One that suits your budget and gets results.

 

Quote from E-Myth

“If you have identity issues, if you, as the leader, don’t know who you are and what values you stand for, what do you think the likelihood is that your business will suffer from the same identity disorder?

Look at yourself. Do you want to be liked by everyone? Have you not taken the time to understand who you are as a leader and what values you represent? If this describes you, then root out the assumptions and beliefs at play here. Dive into yourself and discover the unique ‘you’ that has come into existence to bring value to the world. Now, do the same sort of inquiry for your business. Discover your true business identity, and then watch as the right customers are magnetically attracted to your clear brand promise. Don’t worry about alienating some. Focus on those who you can best serve, and see your business grow exponentially towards your dreams.”

I’m the customer and I don’t have to do anything.

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Now it is touted that up to 85% of the buyers journey is done without you, the seller. As the customer I don’t have to do anything.buyers journey

“In fact, the marketer who really understands how the game is played now knows that marketing, and really all business, has been flipped around — the customer is now in control of what they hear, where they hear it and whether or not they choose to engage. They are conducting their own research before making purchases, their ability to talk about your brand has an almost unlimited reach, and as a marketer it’s imperative to understand how your audience wants to engage.” Marketingdrive.com

Here is a great video from Brand Matters about how a brand can be human:

What are you doing to personalise and engage with your customers?

How mature is your marketing?

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I have just finished reading the book Connect the Experience. This book tracts the maturity level of a company based on a customer centric approach. What I really love about this book is that it is connecting all the activity we do to a maturity model and is based on the customer experience.
Customer Marketing Maturity Level

This book acknowledges the dramatic change in the marketing landscape that has occurred over the past few years and how customers are now in control of this landscape. “Even though we’re faced with radical changes in customer behaviours, expectations and preferences as a result of technology, to lead the next generation of customer experience does not begin with technology. It starts with people.”

Businesses want to do the right thing by customers and what to have brands that both employees and their customers love. We all have sincere intentions (for the most part) and recognise that the future of business lies in customer experience however “only 37% of executives are actually beginning to move forward with a formal customer experience initiative.” As the Connect The Experience a spouses these companies that aggressively invests in customer centricity in the innovation of products, processes and services will grow faster.
“The future of digital marketing and customer experience is in your hands. Feel it. Design it. Advance it.”

What I love about this book is the resources around mapping the maturity of your marketing. It is worth checking out.
Customer Journey

We also have our owns audit tool for SMBs. marketing audit tool.

Adobe also has a great digital marketing maturity assessment survey.
Digital Marketing tool

Adobe state; Digital Marketing success is dependent upon an organization’s focus and investment in its People, Processes, and Products necessary to deliver successful customer experiences. The strength of each area is measured by its ability to execute across the seven Digital Marketing dimensions; which include Channels, Audiences, Context, Content, Assets, Campaigns, and Data.

Lose the high tech, aim for high connect!

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Michelle Jayne

Daniel Newman just won a fan. He wrote a great blog post on Forbes this week called 1:1 Communication – The next Big Evolution.

Dan is the man, as he states we need to move backwards to move forwards.
We need to move towards, “personal connections and conversations with customers will lead to conversions and this is why marketers need to adopt customer-centric strategies today.”

Our Customers have Changed, Why shouldn’t our Marketing?

According to a CEI survey, 86% of buyers don’t mind paying more for a better customer experience, while only 1% of customers feel that vendors consistently meet their expectations.cust sat

We all know what it feels like to have a personalised experience verses an automatic, robotic artificial one.
I just got back into yoga this month in an attempt to get my body out of the ceased state that working on a computer all day does. Anyway, part of the yoga experience is how the teacher or yogi conducts the class, their insight and the environment they set.
Michelle Jayne was awesome. She was nearly as good as my favourite online Yogi Adriene. Both have the ability to connect with your inner thoughts and make your time with them special. If I go to yoga then I am measuring my investment of $20 against a soy chai and muffin with a girlfriend or a trip to the movies. It needs to lift my spirits, create a feeling of well being and give me something back.

Michelle injected her sense of humour throughout the class, with the odd mother-in-law joke, a deep knowledge of what the poses are doing to our body chemistry and just enough emotional insight to know we are looking at the person next to us, saying that we aren’t that flexible. In essence she understood that the practice of yoga meant different things to different people. She personalised that experience for everyone in that room.

Adriene does the same thing by understanding we are all human and sometimes we need the relaxation for different purposes, sometimes even due to a hangover!

When is the last time you really listened to your customers, engaged with them, shared your ideas with them and personalised your service for them?

92% say their business needs to get more closely aligned to their customer

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In a recent survey by Incite we can see the radical shift between consumers and brands.

Brands are reacting to a three-fold change in their relationship with their customers.

Control

1. Customers have more power than ever before.

2. Thus, their expectation as to what constitutes ‘acceptable interaction’ with your brand is changing.

3. Consumer ‘location’ is changing – you won’t find your target audience gathered around the TV on a Wednesday evening any more.

The main reasons are:

1. Voice:

The rise of social media means that consumers now have an audible voice in the conversation about your brand.

You can hear them. And so can other customers.

Your brand is no longer within your control. Without a passionate and happy set of customers, you will find it very

difficult to effectively engage and expand your customer base.

2. Choice

Customers can no longer be forced to listen to you. In the past, you knew a TV ad during ‘I Love Lucy’ got you into

the living rooms, and consciousness, of millions of potential customers.

“This change in the nature of our relationship with our customers is creating a need to become more customer aligned at all touch points.

Your customers spend increasing amounts of time online, and less time consuming ‘traditional media’. Anyone

who has been awake in 2013 will know the reasons for this – increasing uses of social media to augment/replace

real-world interaction; consumption of media via mobile devices; second-screen viewing; the ability to fast forward

through TV advertising, etc.”

86% of those surveyed by Incite have more data on their customers than they did 5 years ago but most are not leveraging this data.

“ To be successful, we know we have to behave differently with consumers, and deliver solutions that address

their problems and needs – rather than trying to push products that may or may not be relevant, as we have

done in the past.”Claire Burns, Chief Customer Officer, MetLife

Now people can fast forward through TV ads. They can block online banner ads. They can unsubscribe from emails

with one click.

So how do you get more closely aligned to your customer

1. Understand your customers: do some research, surveys and personna profiling so you know who they are and what they want.

2. Be where they are : Become agile enough to ensure you can put together a comprehensive, multichannel customer outreach strategy and play where they play.

3. Be fast: Guarantee you can talk back to customers at the speed they expect.Hymn

4. Get a clearer picture: Leverage new data sources, and desilo current data, to ensure you can build up a comprehensive image of each of your customers – and use it to deliver relevancy

5. Align all staff: To achieve the first three points, a company must become better at sharing insights internally, and reduce boundaries between departments to deliver a unified external voice.

Customer Centricity as an Ecosystem

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chart 1“Customer centricity is the ecosystem and operating model that enables a company to deliver a unique and distinctive customer experience.” Doug Leather states in his book The Customer Centric Blueprint: Building and Leading the 21st Century Organisation.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Doug this week. Like it or not, all customers are aware, vocal and they are not all the same. We are making demands on businesses and they need to respond. The business models  that use to work, are now archaic, have short term metrics, many of which don’t have a customer centric approach.

Economic Value

Transformation of companies to have a deep understanding of their customers, a holistic approach based on an Outside In” approach and ultimately delivers not a highly valued product or service but a customer experience that will build life long customers is the name of the game today.” Doug states that the DNA of your company needs to the the vision you have with your customers. Companies need to think from the outside in to develop an investment mindset to evolve the customer experience as a competitive advantage, not undifferentiated. It is all around deciding on the promise you want to make to your ideal customers and then delivering on that promise consistently.  It is around supporting your employees to deliver on that promise. It is setting up your infrastructure, training, hiring, goals and research to obsess over that promise. As Doug sates, “too many organisations still don’t mention their customers in their vision statements.”

Having absolute clarity around your customer, the experience for them and communicating this consistently, through every touch point, is critical for a business in the 21st century.

Podcast Interview with Doug

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