Promotion and marketing are key to running your business and if you aren’t getting the name of you and the business that you work hard to operate out there, then you are seriously wasting your time.
You see, you can do all the hard work of creating or selling, but if people don’t know about the services you offer you’re gonna have a lot of issues – aren’t you? How can people buy if they don’t know about you?
Now, there are numerous ways of marketing your business to the people you want to not only sell to, but work with. Search engine optimization, copy, content creation and social media are just a few of the ways you can market your business today – but what about hosting a networking event, or even an event on a larger scale? Be warned though, marketing success is about how well you use every tool at your disposal, not just how well you can market in one area.
Even if your business is based online and online only, physical marketing is still essential and could be a real boon for your online business. Starting off isn’t too difficult – learn from the business events that already exist outside your front door. Get some tips, meet the right people and see how you can use what you have learned to host your own event.
Of course, plan your event well and set your goals in advance. A business event isn’t a party that you pay the tab for, it’s something you can use to advance the exposure of your brand or even sell your product. Find ways to measure the success of your event by deploying an attendee only offer so you can measure the success of the event and see if it is worth planning again.
Invite businesses and influencers who appeal to your business, your collaborators and of course, your target audience. Comic conventions do this well by attracting the big name stars of cult films to bring people to an event that is all about selling merchandise. Use this as inspiration – who appeals to the people you are trying to sell to? Give your guest list plenty of notice as well – they need time to attend the event!
Once the event is planned and the guests invited – market the event through your internet channels. This marketing doesn’t stop until the event has long passed, though – so try to be dedicated here.
When the day of your event comes – make sure your brand is on display with your products, logo, flags and banners. It’s pointless if you can’t get your name out there. Make yourself available as well, so the people interested in your business can network with you. Be sure to cater well and offer all the suitable attractions and amenities. This all differs based on the type of people attending the event.
Once the proceedings are over – follow up on those leads you made – the people interested in your business. Don’t let the momentum go to waste. Your business event should be perfect, so capitalize on it!