Goal Setting and Marketing Planning

Need a jump start to your goal setting? Want to be more effective with your marketing plans? Goal setting and marketing planning are part of an organization’s on-going processes. If it is time for a spring refresher, ask yourself these five questions to achieve goal success.

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High Five Yourself to Goal Success

  1. Why is it important to set goals?

In the words of Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Without clear goals in mind, it is difficult to know the plan you should take, what the intermediate plans are, or even if success has been obtained.

  1. Where are you now?

One of the key steps in developing a marketing plan is to determine where you are now:

  • Review the current economic and competitive environment of your industry. Consider completing a SWOT Analysis (identify your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).
  • Establish your current marketing mix, including your products, service quality, pricing, distribution channels, promotional channels, and communication both online and off-line.
  • Know your market segments, your target market, and how your customers contribute to your bottom line. CRM Tools (Customer Relationship Management) can assist you with this as these systems provide client information and can help identify sales patterns, ROI from marketing efforts, and show relationship patterns between the organization and your customers.
  1. Where do you want to be? And Why?

Set clear goals by using brainstorming. Mind Mapping tools help you organize and map out your thoughts, paths, and plans.

  1. How will you get there?

Once you’ve got your goals in place, you’ll need to establish your action plan, and define strategies, and tactics, budgets, and deadlines.

  1. How will you know you’ve achieved your goals?

When you establish your goal, ensure that they’re SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound). Then, you’re able to determine if, when, and how you’ve achieved your goals.

For more information on developing your goals and marketing plan, take a look at SmallBizTrends for a few quick one-page marketing plan templates on their site.  Other good resources for marketing plan advice are: The Marketing Donut, Marketing Profs, and Entrepreneur.

At Zircon, we focus our goals on our DIY and professional contractor customers by providing superior stud finders, scanners, and detectors and an exceptional user experience. We love to engage with our users and invite you to share your tool experiences with us. Please visit us at zircon.comlike us, or follow us.

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Is Content Still Meaningful?

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Is the written word still viable?  In our fast-paced world that often resorts to the shortest method to communicate, from text messages to tweets, companies may question if a blog, article, or more substantial content is still relevant. Businesses do still indeed need written content – and lots of it – to continue to embrace the company’s brand followers and attract new customers. Use these helpful tips to develop your next content piece.

  • Make it content worthy. Content, in its many forms, is defined as relevant information that provides value and insight to the reader. It can take many forms, including written content for web pages, e-books, white papers, infographics, and blog article. To be valuable, how does your content solve a problem, answer a question, or inform your customers?
  • Use the E word. Engage, engage, engage. Engaging content prompts a response from the reader. Ask your customers thought provoking questions and propel discussions. Will the person reading your content find it useful enough to share, favorite, bookmark or link to your piece? If not, see how you can add or change your content piece to make it one that will propel your message by your followers and fans.
  • Ignite Your Vibe. Although the voice and style of writing depends on the type of content and platform used (i.e. e-books are more formal and social media is more laid back), many times, the same content can be used on multiple platforms. Rather than starting from scratch, subtle edits can be made to the content to make it viable for different channels. For example, the writer may want to utilize the same blog article on various social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) by posting a comment with a link back to the blog post.
  • Create or Curate? Original content, true to its name, means that the content is created by the originator. It is an original work, whether it is a blog, article, e-book or more. On the other hand, curated content can consist of third party data that the writer aggregates and make sense of, for the reader, through commentary. Another form of curated content is when a company adds an organizational perspective to existing third party content; this form is fairly common in social media.

At Zircon Corporation, the company has an extensive library of content that it continuously produces for its domestic, as well as international, audience. Content includes videos, news releases, white papers, emails, ads, web copy, packaging, merchandising, instructions, and more.

Zircon bloggers and social media experts seek to inform and engage readers via the Zircon Pro ExpertZircon in the Real World, and Zircon’s Marketing ToolBox blog sites, as well as the Zircon Facebook page and Zircon Twitter. The “How to Use” tab on Zircon’s website contains a wealth of information in the form of tips, how-to instructions and videos. If you’ve ever learned anything from these sources, we’d love to hear from you!

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