Data is useless without insight. There, we said it. As blunt as that. But we know it, and deep down you know it too. It’s one of the most significant pain points we face as marketers. Collecting so much data that we can’t actually tell if it’s even useful. Or indeed, if we’re using it in the most effective way to achieve and support overall business objectives and achieve (or in some cases prove) that all-important ROI to the management team.
Today, marketing teams need to look at the customer journey beyond the analytics. Looking at how they can turn customer data into actionable, business-minded decision-making objectives. That’s what we want to focus on in this blog— an insight into how to manage data better, providing support for strategic direction insights, with practical action points to improve the efficiency and efficacy of your overall sales and marketing plan.
Take your business to the next level in 2019 with a fab new marketing plan
New year, new plan. It’s the ideal time to use insights and learnings gleaned from last year’s sales and marketing activities to redefine your marketing planning for the year ahead. The first step in the process is to ensure that your business plan is still pointing in the right direction in order to achieve your corporate goals. The marketing plan then creates a clear framework upon which the overall marketing strategy is built – which means you then have all the basics in place for developing media-specific strategies for all your activities, campaigns and tactics.
It is a natural point in the year to look back at the performance of your business during 2018 and to plan ahead for 2019 – and an integral part of this process is a strategic marketing review to make sure that current plans are aligned with the latest goals, and that the performance of your various marketing strategies are as effective and efficient as possible.
Abacus is an integrated marketing agency in London – we work with a diverse range of clients, including blue-chip corporates such as Canon, Kuehne + Nagel and Bloomberg, as well as with lots of start-up enterprises and SMEs (small to medium-sized businesses). The needs of each client are of course always going to be unique – however, the need for our services is largely determined by the size of the client we are working with, and they tend to fit into one of these two categories. We tend to work with forward-thinking, ambitious businesses who understand the benefits of working with a passionate and trustworthy marketing agency such as Abacus.
So, you are ready to invest some of your hard-earned savings on marketing, and you are looking for immediate results – such as sales leads, web traffic, and customer engagement. You want to target specific audience groups and you need to be able to measure performance in order to improve what you are doing on an ongoing basis. If these are your goals, a digital advertising strategy is very probably the right option for you to go for.
It’s important to take your time and consider your options carefully when you wish to enlist the services of a digital marketing agency. Make the wrong decision and it could have disastrous consequences for your business, resulting in a great deal of time and money being wasted. The best marketing agencies are the ones that work hard to gain an in-depth understanding of your specific needs and requirements and use their skills and experience to create an affordable package that meets your objectives perfectly whilst making the most of the technology and other resources available to them.
We create different types of marketing plans for a wide variety of clients, from start-up businesses and SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) all the way through to blue chip organisations. Our clients operate within both the private and not-for-profit sectors. They work within a wide variety of industry sectors and in both B2B and B2C marketplaces (as well as within more complicated distribution and sales channels).
A marketing business plan is a company’s overall vision and mission and will include reference to every part of the business including a marketing strategy, that will have an impact on its ability to achieve its goals. Here’s a link to a Business Plan template https://www.gov.uk/write-business-plan to use as a starting point.
So, you’ve got a decent website – it’s on-brand, it’s well designed, it’s optimised for search keywords, it’s full of relevant content, it’s easy to navigate, you’re getting lots of hits, and you’re even receiving some decent sales enquiries. Well done! It’s now time to turn the screw on the competition via digital marketing. (If you don’t have a decent website yet, make that your number one priority…).
Your brand is everything that your customers see, hear and feel about your business. It’s not just your logo. It’s the quality of your staff, service or products; it’s how your website looks and what’s in your marketing materials – opinions are formed at every step of a customer’s journey. But it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it that’s important – and that’s your brand tone of voice.