The Four Fundamentals of Sustainable Marketing: Part 2

The Four Fundamentals of Sustainable Marketing

Part Two: Beginning Construction

In part one of the Four Fundamentals series, we defined marketing as a limitless endeavor. We likened the pursuit of sustainable marketing to building a pioneer’s homestead. We outlined four essential elements that are central to constructing your homestead in the marketing landscape: selecting your land, forming your foundation, designing your framework, and positioning your roof. Then, we explored the first element: choosing your land—or, defining the “why,” and the specific goals, behind your marketing effort.

Once you’ve chosen your land, it’s time to start building. But before you start reaching out to consumers, it’s indispensible that you…

Establish your Foundation—Fundamental #2
No matter how impressive or creative your marketing, its value evaporates if it doesn’t draw people to a destination or action. In this digital age, the foundational destination is your website. It’s the central point of reference to which the vast majority of your outreach should lead. It’s the central hub through which consumers find out more about you, contact you, join your social community, explore your value, purchase your products, and more.

We’ll soon touch on various kinds of marketing outreach. But founding a marketing effort upon anything other than a robust website is like hosting a house-warming party in an un-built house. Your consumers need a home. Give them the perfect atmosphere for every need and every occasion.

Speaking of the perfect atmosphere—resist the temptation to build your website using a free or low cost do-it- yourself web template. Templates are quick and easy, but they fall short when it comes to long-term sustainability and maintenance, search engine appeal, load time, and other foundational elements that make a custom-built website a worthy investment.

As you move on to your framework, remember to refocus on your “why,” and build accordingly. Different businesses will have different frameworks. Beneath all the variety, however, is one uniting factor: every marketing homestead needs a foundation—a dependable, attractive, optimized website.

Your land is well chosen and your foundation sets your stage for quality outreach. In part three, we’ll talk about designing a framework that diversifies you and sets you up to connect with your market.

 

By Keech Media | Written By Michael Finnern 

The Four Fundamentals of Sustainable Marketing: Part 1

The Four Fundamentals of Sustainable Marketing

Part One: Exploring the marketing landscape

Possibilities and purposes for marketing are virtually endless, and their exploration is a lifelong endeavor. With so much to explore, the marketing landscape can be intimidating.

Especially for smaller businesses, the marketing effort is a lot like a pioneer’s homestead. Unsettled landscape lies before you, and it’s often hard to know where to start. However, like a homestead’s foundation, framework, and rooftop, there are certain items and elements that are vital to life in the marketing landscape.

In this four-part series, we’ll share four critical steps involved with establishing a sustainable marketing homestead: selecting your land, forming your foundation, designing your framework, and positioning your roof.

Choose your land and stake your claim—Fundamental #1
Before you start building, you need to choose your plot of land. When it comes to staking a claim in the marketing landscape, we’re talking about the “why” behind your marketing efforts. The “how” comes once you’ve defined what you want from your marketing. We offer a complimentary online marketing analysis to help you assess where you are and where you want to go in the marketing landscape. As fuel for thought, consider questions like these:

What are your products or services? Why do consumers need or want them?

What is your story, and why do consumers want to connect with you?

Why do you want to connect with consumers? What is your objective? More customers? Loyal/repeat customers? More conversation surrounding your business? A greater online presence, or perhaps greater awareness in a certain
region? All of the above, or something else? Make your goals measurable.

What are your resources? Funds are important, but think beyond just dollars. Who do you know? What’s useful about your physical or online location? What else makes you unique? What are your strengths?

Once you know the goals behind your marketing, don’t be afraid to revise them as the need arises.

We know you’re excited to put wheels behind your motives and start reaching out. But before you start your outreach, your consumers need a place to land. In the next post, we’ll talk about the foundation 
of your marketing.

 

By Keech Media | Written By Michael Finnern