Research & Strategy Front-End Work That Pays Dividends
The most fundamental questions are often the hardest to answer:
Who is coming to the website? Why do they choose to become customers and why do they stick around?
We do the data deep-dive for you so you can keep focusing on your operations.
Big businesses have comprehensive marketing plans that provide answers to lots of nagging questions, like:
- How much should you spend on marketing?
- How much of that should go to Facebook? Google? Print?
- When should ads run? And, for how long?
- What should the ads say?
- How do you measure success?
Smaller businesses can get away with much less (sometimes just the owner’s unwritten vision).
Chances are that you’re right there in the middle with most of us.
Bottom line: effective marketing for most businesses requires some sort of a plan and coming up with the answers to all these questions requires some amount of research.
The research process begins with a study of your company. A firm grasp of your history, values, current operations, branding, competitors, challenges in the market, seasonality, etc. helps to frame the plan, while your goals, expectations, needs and resources provide focus and direction. Next, we take a look at your current customers and build a profile of those that are most valuable to you. Then we identify the particular steps that people will take on their journey toward becoming your customers. Finally, we allocate your available marketing budget across the various media channels.
For most clients, at a minimum, we recommend 3 fundamental planning/research elements:
We’ll tailor your plan based on your company size and market sophistication. Our company principals are MBAs with experience across multiple industries. We recognize that marketing does not exist in a vacuum and that it must align with all areas of the organization, no matter the size. For small to medium-sized businesses, the Vizibility Plan (the 3 elements described above) will get you well ahead of your competition. For the big kids, we have the resources and experience to conduct extensive research in support of a full-scale strategic and tactical plan.
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