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Are You Hurting Your Business by Only Marketing Locally





As a small business, thinking in terms of marketing means thinking locally, right? You think of your signage (if you have an office building or store), advertisements in the local paper, and your trusty cold calls. But are you limiting yourself too much?

Especially today, you may find it difficult to bring in more business. Local markets can be a “hit or miss” investment. You may, however, be able to expand your business to a regional or even a national level, without having to invest in tens of thousands of dollars. Just by employing a few marketing techniques, you can expand your market and reach brand new customers.

If you are selling a product, open an online store.

Get yourself a sharp, user-friendly website that you can post products to and offer online purchasing. Other than the cost of design and web hosting, you don't have to pay for much more. The customers will pay for shipping, and you can send your products all over the world if you want to!

With an online store, you then can invest in more targeted and far-reaching sales letters and emails, along with search engine optimization to make sure that your site comes up first when people are searching online for similar products.

By widening your market with an online store, you have the responsibility to drive traffic to the website, just like your responsibility to bring customers into your “brick and mortar” store as well. But convincing someone to visit a website is generally much easier to accomplish than to convince someone to take the time to come down to your store. There are less barriers to eliminate, and you can post the link to your store just about anywhere online for exposure.

If you are selling a service, consider offering consulting or running a blog.

Those both sound like additional revenue streams, don't they? And they can be. But also, they serve as marketing tools. You certainly can charge for consulting through phone and email – advertising the service on your website. But also, you can use consulting as a way to provide value for potential customers and to show them what you can do for them. Creating this awareness and fostering this relationship can go a long way to driving more clients to you.

Running a blog is a similar concept: offer value to your client. It is possible to run and maintain a blog to make money, but the main focus should be to build a community that will want to hire you for the service you provide. Just like with consulting, your goal is to demonstrate your expertise in whatever area you choose, and to use that expertise to translate it into sales.

Taking a business online is getting simpler every day, especially when you have the right people helping you in the process. By doing so, you cast your net even farther and it gives your business the chance to explore new markets – which can be invaluable to the future of your business and its survival.
Many of these options take a little time to get going, but just like with any marketing strategy, once you get it going, it can pay off huge dividends.
About Author Peter Geisheker :

Peter Geisheker is the CEO of The Geisheker Group marketing company. Peter develops and implements strategic marketing programs for businesses of all sizes. For a no-obligation quote, contact The Geisheker Group Marketing Company today at 920-471-1638 or <a href="http://www.marketing-consulting-company.com" target="_blank">http://www.marketing-consulting-company.com</a>


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Article Added on Monday, January 12, 2009
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