The #1 Reason Most Small Business Marketing Fails

Charlie Cook   |   © In Mind Communications, LLC, all rights reserved.

Is there something missing from your marketing? Is your small business marketing on target? Or could you be generating ten times as many sales?

Most small business owners know that to grow their business they need to generate interest and sales. Sounds simple enough. Then why is it often so difficult to do? Why aren’t you selling ten times as much as you are?

Selling is essentially a simple transaction. Your prospects give you money or a credit card to pay you for a product or service that they want to buy. The question is, how to you get more of them to do that?

The answer is simpler than you realize. To convert more prospects into clients, give them the marketing information they want. If you’re not generating a steady stream of sales, it may be for the top reason that most marketing fails; you’re not giving your prospects the information they want and need to become customers.

Do you know what your prospects want? Do you know what information to provide to convert them to clients?

Before a prospect will purchase from you, they need to:

• Want the product or service you sell,

• Know you exist,

• Like you and

• Trust you.

Most small business marketing is focused on getting attention and getting right the sale. This approach doesn’t help prospects determine whether they truly want the product or service or whether it solves their problems. It doesn’t help them get to know you, like you and trust you.

Imagine a determined young man looking for true love and marriage. Looking for immediate success, he decides to stand in the center of the local mall, jumps up and down and yell, “Marry me!”, “Marry me!” at the top of his lungs. Yes, he gets plenty of attention. But no customers (and he only needs one). No woman in her right mind would marry someone they didn’t know, like or trust.

Your clients are making a commitment when they make a purchase, exchanging their hard-earned dollars for your products and services. Before they plunge into this relationship, they’ll want to know you and trust you too.

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Want more clients? Here’s how to get them:

1. Provide a product or service that people want

If you want more people to buy from you, do a better job of communicating to them through your marketing that you have what they want.

Use your lead generation system, ads, web site and mailings to get more attention by focusing on your prospects’ concerns and interests. Speaking to their needs will motivate them to contact you.

2. Help more people get to know you

Did you assume that sales would start pouring in because you sent out that mailing or took out that ad touting your product or service? If you did, you made the most common mistake made by small business owners.

One time ads or mailings rarely work to generate sales. People need to get to know you before they’ll do business with you.

Fortune 500 companies spend hundreds of millions dollars a year helping their prospects get to know them. If you had a marketing budget of a hundred million dollars, you could do the same.

If you don’t have that kind of cash on hand, focusing on building your brand image is a waste of time and money. There are other ways to help your prospects get to know you and buy from you that cost little or nothing and will get you the results you’re looking for.

Use your lead generation system to prompt prospects to contact you for your expertise, a free consultation or report. Then build on this first contact by continuing to provide your prospects with helpful ideas that will help them get to know you and like you.

3. Help more prospects trust you

The two best ways to help your prospects learn to trust you are to regularly help them by giving them information they want and have others vouch for you by using testimonials.

What’s the key to helping prospects trust you? Follow up! More than 80% of sales are lost due to lack of simple follow-up, calls, emails, and letters.

To get the clients you want, start by giving them the marketing information they want. Once you do, you’ll see your sales increase by two to four times or more.

How You Could Have All The Clients You Want
Selling more isn’t about luck. Truly successful business owners don’t turn prospects into sales by magic. They understand – and apply – a few simple marketing principles and techniques to pull in hungry prospects and convert them to clients.

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