Identify Your Marketing Campaigns
- [Tara] Let's move on then, now, to lesson two. At this point, we've got sort of a broad strokes idea of what you're going to be selling when. And now, we need to fine-tune that. We need to get a little bit more strategic, we need to think through, "What are the things that happened throughout the year? What are the stories that I want to tell? What are all of the options that I have at my disposal?" So, now that you know when you're going to market throughout the next year like I said, we need to fine-tune. We need to drill down into each campaign. And as I mentioned, again, just a few minutes ago, a big part of marketing is remembering all of your assets. Because, just like we forget what we have for sale, we forget all the ways that we could sell it. I see this constantly. People get into a rut or people are constantly changing the new trend thing, right? Like, "What's the new app? What's the new social media platform? What's the new technique that everybody's using?" And they forg...
et all of the other things that have actually worked for them to market and sell what it is that they have going on. So, what are marketing assets? Your first marketing asset is all the audiences you have at your disposal. So, I have a blog audience, I have an email list, I have a Facebook page, I have a podcast audience. I actually have two podcast audiences because we do two different kinds of podcasts. I have a CreativeLive audience, I have speaking audiences that I've had in the past, so other strategic partnerships. You also have a number of different audiences. You don't think about it that way, you think about just, "Who are the people that know my brand and know my business?" But when it comes down to thinking about, "No, where could I actually go out and reach different audiences? Or who are all of the people I could go out and reach?" You have multiple places you could go, multiple groups of people. You want to keep each one of those in mind. You also have different media distribution channels. So, your blog would be one, a podcast would be one. Maybe your YouTube channel is another, your Facebook page. So, you're going to see a lot of similarities between audiences and media distribution channels. And "media distribution channels" is really just a fancy way of saying, "What are all the places you put content?" So, it could be Instagram, it could be Medium, it could be LinkedIn, it could be your own website, it could be other people's websites, it could be a column that you have in your local newspaper. Seriously, it could be any of those things. Where do you have the ability to distribute your message, your content, your images, your ideas? So, you want to make a list of all of those. Then I want you to think about stories. And they don't just have to be epic stories or personal stories. They're the stories that you tell around the product or service that you sell. Melissa, what's a story that you tell around the Creative Sandbox community? - [Melissa] I tell the story about my own creative blocks and getting unstuck. - Perfect. So, there's a great example of a personal story. And that's probably a story you tell over and over and over again, right? It's an asset that you have at your disposal. Any time you need to really explain what it is that you do, you probably pull out that personal story? Sean just asked me the other day, "Don't you think it's time to retire your border story? Don't you think everyone's already heard that?" I'm like, "No. That is gold." Or I'm going to tell a story about him in the next segment. That's another one I'm not retiring any time soon. It's gold, right? So, those are examples of personal stories. But there are also stories like the junk food story. That's going to be a story that I use over and over and over again because it's just a really easy way to wrap your head around what it is that I'm trying to do for you. And so, it's a great way to start things out. So, what are all those stories that you've used over the years? What are all those effective ways of communicating that you've utilized to market and sell your products or services? Again, we forget about these things constantly so having lists is key. This is something you can draw on all the time. Seasonal tie-ins is the next one. There are different times throughout the year that we are more likely to sell and less likely to sell. Summer is a terrible time for me to sell things. People don't want to think about their businesses in the summer. So, think seasonally. If you sell jewelry, maybe Valentine's Day is a seasonal tie-in for you, maybe Mother's Day is a seasonal tie-in for you. All of those seasonal bits and pieces that help you sell your product, make a list of them and make sure that your calendar is built around them. And then finally, communications strengths. What are the ways that you know you communicate best? For me, one of them is speaking and teaching on CreativeLive. So, CreativeLive is not just something I help sell through CreativeLive, but it's also something that I work into my marketing campaigns. All right? So, that's part of my plan, as well, to have a list of all of those things that I know I do about well. Melissa, I'm assuming webinars is one of your communication strengths. Speaking in general, webinars are just another form of speaking, right? So, that's a communication strength that you have. Maybe, Lacey, for you it's writing, right? You know that writing is one of your communication strengths. So, you could be looking at your different audiences, your different media distribution channels, your different stories, your different seasonal tie-ins. And you say, "All right. How can I utilize writing in each of those to create variety and to reach as many people as possible?"
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