We see marketing as necessary, we just don’t budget for it. And we don’t have a plan, no clue how to build one. We try stuff and hope it works. How much should we spend on marketing? How many things should we be trying? How do we figure out what to invest in for the future?
THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: Marketing is complex and most owners lack a comprehensive approach. Taking wild guesses is a popular approach, but not the best way to proceed. Improve your chances of getting what you want by defining where it is you want to go. Test, test, test, then commit.
We have an employee who we think, perhaps, is the wrong fit in sales — or is it too early to tell? Should salespeople have more experience? (Fortunately he’s doing well in account management.) What should we be looking for in a salesperson?
THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: Should you hire for experience or train from the bottom up? When it comes to sales positions, there is no one size fits all. Account management can be a great starting position for people who want to go into sales. Does your candidate want to go into sales?
Know that being visible on social media is important. We need to have better consistency with our posting to social media. Unfortunately, we find that allocating time to social media gets lost in the rush of everything else we have to get done. Also, coming up with a theme is time consuming and hard to come up with. Any ideas of what we can do?
Thoughts of the Day: Make social media someone’s job, and make sure that person buys in to the importance of it. Identify the platforms your audience is on. Make a content calendar. Put technology in place to help manage social media. Create a mix of what you sell and who you are / what the company stands for.
I’m not aggressive and I have to get it done. I’m a nice guy, but while I tend to see the best in other people, I know I also get walked on by vendors, customers and sometimes even employees. How do I find the balance?
THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: Think about what makes you call yourself a “nice guy.” Hone skills that are synonymous with leadership. Make sure you’re clear about where you want to go with the company. Make asking for input a sign of strength, not weakness.
We don’t know who we should be marketing to or how. We definitely don’t have a plan of attack. Looking for suggestions.
Thoughts of the day: Start by reading about what goes into making a good marketing plan. Define what makes your company stand out. Take a good hard look at who wants what you have to offer. Jump in by picking a few marketing efforts to focus on, but have a context into which those fit.