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Who IS your target audience?

Having attended a very informative seminar on finding your audience on Facebook I asked myself do we really know where our target audience is? iStock_000015939922Small

Have we got it right?

You many think this is strange given that I’ve been in transactional printing and mailing or ‘transpromo’ for 20+ years but my point is sometimes you need to stand back and take a good look at the market place.

Is it the same as it was five years ago?

iStock_000017041643SmallFacebook and I have a frustrating relationship.

Many of us manage personal and business profiles but what to post, when to post and how to keep the snippets of information coming are time consuming.

As a social media platform it doesn’t seem natural to me as twitter or Linkedin. I guess we all have our favourites!

Having said that most of yours and my target audience is likely to be on this platform but not necessarily in their work guise.

For example our target audience is HR, Payroll, Credit/Collection Managers and so forth, Linkedin is seemingly where you’ll find this very experienced and professional tribe.

But I also know that many are likely to be on Facebook keeping a personal page and updating it with status updates, but they will not necessarily have their job status or title and where they work advertised on their personal Facebook page.

The key to generating leads is knowing and understanding where your audience are and that’s why I thought I’d share with you how Digital Print Management is re-thinking it’s market and making sure we go back to basics.

Sound easy?

Definitely not. Delivering your services to a big audience without knowing who they are and what they look like is like finding a needle in a haystack.

  • Who are our audience?
  • Where do we seek them out so our message gets heard?
  • Why should they even consider our services?
  • How will they benefit even if they do find us?
  • And what can we do to make it easier to find us?

iStock_000037124348SmallAlthough this has been done before I’ve put my spin on it but more importantly it really got us thinking, checking and making sure we know where to find our audience.

My first thought was how do our customers benefit from our services and what problems did we solve for them?

Thinking about the range of services we deliver to our customers from Digital Print Management’s point of view I looked at our largest and smallest customers and came up with the following:-

  • What have they bought from us?
  • Why did they choose to work with us in the first place?
  • Why do they continue to work with us?
  • What problems did we solve for them which means they sleep easier at night?

This helped us then drill down and understand the type of customer that is attracted to our services.

iStock_000023869795SmallThat completed, where do we find these prospective customers and how do we get our message out there?

How did the customers that we currently serve, find us or hear about us?

This gave me the opportunity to sketch out an outline of a typical prospective customer that ‘feels the same pain’ our current customers experience prior to outsourcing their ‘problem’.

Which then led me to the type of customer that will gain from the value in our service offerings.

AngerWhat problems are these Payroll/HR and Credit Managers having to deal with?

Do they perceive them as troublesome? Are they even aware they have problems?

What would the reputational damage be if the cost of not sorting out the problem is greater than the cost of leaving it?

Being niche certainly helps as we provide a very distinct service in the payroll and accounts area this makes it easier to identify our audience.

Aiming to be a big fish in a small pond means that we can be heard above the rest of noise and hopefully stand out from the crowd rather than the other way round.

By understanding our areas of expertise, the knowledge we’ve amassed over time and how we’ve helped our customers means we can understand our prospective customers  better.iStock_000018668499Small

Also, knowing what areas we have been successful in and why helps us to maximise this further for more success in the future.

And finally, I asked these questions, why are we uniquely placed to solve our customer’s problem, and what makes us stand out from the crowd?

We are still working on re-defining our marketing and social media objectives but focussing on the above has really helped make us re-think and re-visit what we’ve been doing?

I hope you find it a useful exercise too!

How have you found your audience?

How do you get your message heard?

How successful has it been?

Share your views!

 

 

How can a print management company help with your cross media marketing and print?

cross media marketingThere are many benefits in working with a print management partner and one of my first blogs exemplified what a print management company can provide and how it can save a company real time and money.

With the recent developments in cross media marketing and content personalisation, working with a print management company will become an increasingly important part in the development of your business marketing strategy.

My last blog talked about the importance of content, used in the properly it can be a very effective way in engaging with the customer.

The most important aspect of any content marketing strategy is ‘interaction’.

Your marketing objective is to establish a conversation with the audience you are keen to interact with and this is where great content is key.

All of the media channels including print should be designed to facilitate the dialogue by slowly building confidence in the expertise and capabilities of your business or you.

Print media innovations are developing quickly, less than 15 years ago it would have been impossible to have a short print run of 50 12pp A5 brochures and to have them personalised and printed with variable information.

Digital print now makes that possible.

Perfume samples can be spot glued to magazines and natural essential oils such as lavender and lemon can be added to print inks to add fragrance to a page. Thermochrome inks can change colour with a change in temperature by rubbing the page to cause a colour change providing the reader with added excitement and intrigue when they read a newspaper or magazine advert or a direct mail piece with the intention of engaging with the reader on a personal level creating empathy resulting in  the buying of the product.

Invisible information, hidden messages or information seen only under certain light or after a set period of time created by using UV light sensitive inks traditionally used in the cheque printing industry to prevent counterfeit have found their way into marketing campaigns providing the customer with a different print experience.

How does print help me with my digital marketing strategy? cross media marketing

Print media can now include markers that link printed medium with digital media. The QR code (Quick Response) is a small square code that when scanned with a smartphone opens a file or links to a URL or a PURL enabling the viewer to engage with the brand or company.

AR (Augmented Reality) is hidden content, hidden behind marker images that can be included in printed and film media but when viewed using a mobile app open a world in which the brand is at the heart of the message or create scenes in which the brand and the consumer play a role.

VIP (video-in-print) brings the audio video channel to printed media. This is a small screen 90mm wide and just 3mm thick that can be inserted into a brochure or magazine and present HD video and audio. This technology adds content that could previously only be seen on television or heard on the radio.

How can a print management company add value to my marketing strategy?

Print media, television, online, mobile technology and social media are all vital components of a potential marketing campaign, whilst only the large brands and corporations are likely to use all components to market their content, the majority of businesses will use some of the platforms in conjunction with each other to promote content. With such a range of channels available how do you ensure that you are getting the right expertise, exposure and ROI for your marketing spend.

cross media marketingAnswer:

Step in the print management company

A print management company can provide a vast array of services and products through its distribution channels and trade supplier network, relationships that have been built up over many years. Print management companies year on year are able to save their customers 25%-30% on print spend. The job title ‘buyer’ doesn’t automatically make you an expert in print buying and knowing where to source what from who.

Print management companies are, by their very nature diverse, they’ve had to make changes to meet the needs of an ever changing marketplace and to accommodate the variety of needs of clients by being able to provide multi-channel services from data management, direct mail response and management, augmented reality, PURL’s, web to print, interactive QR codes, email and SMS marketing.

A far cry from ‘PRINT’.

Many companies find that by managing their cross media marketing efforts involves cross fertilisation of services from print to social media and companies don’t have the knowledge to deliver a cross media marketing project. Either companies will need to invest in staff that can manage the various components internally or outsource to get the best results.

What starts out as marketing or branding campaign designed for printed media, the next stage maybe email marketing and its distribution through various media channels. One person in an organisation wouldn’t be able to co-ordinate the process from print to social media let alone several people. Many don’t perceive print or social media as a core component of their business strategy because it involves so many stages, requiring you to be an expert in every channel.

Outsourcing to one company ensures that the right media channel is used for each of the respective marketing components in other words, print media with interactive QR codes might be the first step in the engagement process followed by email marketing with a PURL, SMS mobile marketing,  and so on.

A print management company doesn’t have a vested interest in anyone particular media channel or supplier, they will work with the customer/company to ensure that the brand, content, service or product is effectively positioned to get the best results.

One supplier, one contact for all your cross media and social marketing needs.

For more information on how cross media marketing can help your company click here