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Top 7 Marketing Communications Mistakes Businesses Make

By Claire Cunningham

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Marketing communications programs work. They help businesses sell their products and services. Thereís a catch, though. (Isnít there always?) You need to do things right Ė like define the right audience, follow up with leads, and stick with it!

You can spend a lot of money on these programs, so getting results matters. Here are the top mistakes I see companies make when using marketing communications.

  1. KEEPING IT A SECRET

    This seems basic, but many business people either forget the need to get out the word or purposely avoid this step because theyíre worried about the competition. The usual outcome of not telling the world about your product, service, or company is disappointing sales. Prospective buyers need to know about you and your offering before theyíll buy. Itís your job to tell them.

  2. GIVING UP TOO SOON

    It can take nine (9!) or more repetitions of a message before it sticks in a prospectís brain. Donít be alarmed if a single ad, mailer or whatever doesnít yield a phenomenal response. Keep at it with consistency, and youíll see results.

  3. NOT USING THE POWER OF THE MIX

    Repetition is good. But it can be expensive and hard to achieve if you rely on just one communications type. A mix of tactics carrying the same message to the same audience is more effective and affordable.

  4. NOT BEING BUYER-ORIENTED

    You know what you want to say. But do you know what your prospects want to hear? If you donít know, then ASK! Do some simple research. Prospective buyers pay more attention to messages that speak to their needs.

  5. BEING BORING

    Truth is, an uninspiring presentation will get through if itís repeated enough times. On the other hand, a fun, intriguing, interesting presentation of the same message will cut through the clutter faster. Why settle for boring?

  6. NOT MEASURING RESULTS

    Some business people think that results measurement isn't possible or is too expensive. This is usually not the case. It can take ingenuity and arm-twisting, but it's very possible to measure inquiry quantity and quality, awareness/preference, and more.

  7. NOT LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE

    Marketing communications programs aren't static. They should evolve over time to maximize their ROI. Good programs have feedback loops built in -- try something, look at feedback, tweak what you're doing, and try again.

Claire Cunningham, The Marcomm Mom(TM) of Clairvoyant Communications, helps companies jumpstart their sales with increased visibility. Visit her web site http://www.clairvoyantcommunications.com and sign up for her monthly e-newsletter, Communiqué. Contact Claire at 1-763-546-0479 or 1-612-709-6845.

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Article Submitted On: May 06, 2008