We like to say that marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. Because it isn’t. Marketing should be strategic, smart, and intentional. The best place to start is with the basics.
Simple marketing begins with the 4 P’s, which come from the “Marketing Mix”, a model businesses use to capture their unique selling points in order to create a strategic marketing plan.
We broke down the 4 P’s of marketing to help you get back to basics and develop a strategic marketing plan:
Product: What do you sell?
“Product” doesn’t always mean a physical object that you sell. For many businesses, your products are your services, your information, or yourself.
A product is the solution to a problem. It meets the needs of a potential customer, whether that need is software development or information about local real estate properties for sale.
Of course, you know your product like the back of your hand. But beyond that, you need to know what makes your product unique so you can tell potential customers not only why they should buy it, but why they should invest their time to learn about it.
Price: How much do you charge?
While “price” may seem like the simplest marketing “P”, determining the right price for your product or service is tricky. You want to attract buyers who may already be using your product from a different business but you still want to make a reasonable profit and give your business the opportunity to grow in the future.
When deciding the price of your product, you should assess supply costs, competitor pricing, and how much profit you need to make to sustain your business and potentially grow in the future. You should also consider how much you would be able to offer for a discount during future seasonal or promotional periods. If your initial price is too low, you won’t be able to generate excitement with discounts.
Place: Where can your customers go to find your product?
Unfortunately, your customers aren’t going to come to you, begging to give you money. You have to go to them. Understanding the facets of your target market is the first step to reaching them.
Here is what you should know about your audience:
- Age range
- Geographical location
- Education level
- Unique qualities that make your product of interest to them
Place will be where and how this target audience can get your product. Many products and services are completely advertised and purchased online, and thus require a strong digital presence with social media, an impressive website, and eye-catching advertisements. Others have storefronts and must consider display design and in-person sales teams.
Promotion: How do your customers find out about you?
This is often where businesses struggle. You have your business, your brand, your products, but you might be struggling to reach the right people.
Your promotion should reach potential customers and tell them not only why they need your product, but why they should buy it from you. This is where every piece of your marketing puzzle comes together.
Your promotion should be strategic and thoughtful. It should reach your target audience, tell them the problem your product will solve, and explain exactly how to get it.
Why does this matter?
Marketing strategies can often get complicated with intricate plans, ambitious timelines, and complex advertising schemes. At the end of the day, a great marketing plan requires a simple but strategic approach with a deep understanding of the basics.
If you’re looking to get back to basics with your marketing or need a hand as you launch your new brand, the marketing specialists at Hoyden Creative are here to help. We offer a unique and in-depth discovery session that will help you discover your brand’s strengths, weaknesses, target audience, competitors, and so much more.