There’s A Great Deal Of Marketing Guff Out There – How Can You Avoid It?

There's A Great Deal Of Marketing Guff Out There - How Can You Avoid It?
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One of the annoying paradoxes about marketing in 2024 is that marketing itself has been marketed to the moon and back. A new business owner, without a special understanding of this practice, might assume three-quarters of their budget needs to be spent on effective promotion if they hope to stand out among the crowd.

Of course, you don’t have to be foolish for this to work. After all, a Hollywood blockbuster that cost 300 million to make will quite commonly have close to 300 million in its marketing budget. We see advertisements for the biggest brands out there on a continual basis, be that Coca-Cola advertising in football stadiums, Disney selling their streaming service through targeted social media ads, or even the government promoting their initiatives through online channels.

So, if even the biggest players in the game are constantly worried about marketing, shouldn’t you be too? Well yes, marketing is essential for any business to truly thrive. We cannot rely on word-of-mouth marketing, even though that’s one of the best forms of promotion.

What matters is being able to separate the wheat from the chaff, or avoid the promotional marketing guff that many firms try to convince you of. Let’s consider what that might look like below:

Look To Campaigns & Realistic Projections, Not Promised Returns

Ultimately, you as a client care about return on investment (ROI). That’s your prerogative of course, we use marketing services to not only excel in our promotional capacity, but also to forget about it and focus on our main business operations instead. That being said, remain mindful of promised returns. The best marketer in the world can’t promise you a perfect prediction of how exposure will work. They can offer estimates, timelines, and goals to reach, but they will never guarantee a certain result without extreme care testing from a long list of clients in your niche.

Ask For A Service’s Philosophy On Marketing

It’s important to be aware of not only how you’ll be marketed, but what principles your marketing campaign will be arranged upon. This will help you understand how the data-driven approach is going to benefit you, as opposed to listening to false promises that never really go into detail. Services such as TIDAL Digital, for example, take care to showcase exactly how they leverage their SEO and PPC campaigns, how those initiatives feed into one another, and why that’s particularly important for your firm. A careful explainer can show more than any estimated projected results.

Consider The Evolving Landscape

The truth is that the market is evolving. AI-published content, algorithmic search updates, and prioritization of user-generated content, all of this is causing the SEO and advertising space to pivot a little. It’s good to find a service that provides a full approach to marketing as opposed to relying on certain crutches, while also cultivating a careful approach to the future. A service that has a tangible perspective and plan for the future will be one you can rely on, as opposed to companies that pretend change simply isn’t happening.

With this advice, you can easily avoid marketing guff, and take a responsible view regarding online promotion.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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