Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Soon will start the dreaded “call me after the holidays” period, often a  dead zone for sales people. With a consistent social media program, you can continue to keep in front of them to keep your name top of mind.

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Leo’s Daily Advertising Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Don’t forget existing customers in your marketing plan. Create a targeted campaign for them that reminds them of your company and other services/solutions, in addition to the one they’re buying, that your company provides. Keep in front of them consistently.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

Here’s a secret…most brand experts have no idea what a brand is. They think it’s like a cattle brand, having to do with color, typeface, graphic style and look.  Sorry, but a brand is your promise about a product, service or solution that you deliver consistently. Anybody can have a color. Only your company has its unique promise.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

 Take another look at your message.  Is it about what you sell?  Or is it about how your products or services solve a problem for the reader?  Which message do you think will be more meaningful?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Do you have a customer retention marketing strategy? Losing customers is bad for business and morale and is very expensive. Develop a marketing retention strategy to connect frequently continuing to remind customers why your company is valuable for them.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

One idea to grow your LinkedIn company page followers is to link to your company page in all marketing communications, email signatures, blogs and even other social media sites.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

What is the single best advantage you have relative to your top competitor? Is it meaningful to potential customers. Find the advantage that is and make it the anchor to your message.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

It may sound obvious but strategy is key to successful marketing. There are a lot of shiny objects aka media opportunities out there. The decision to proceed with them should relate to how they can enhance the strategy.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

The psychological theory of reciprocity suggests a powerful urge to reciprocate when someone receives something. Online, provide content or a white paper, for example, and help people become grateful and more likely to give you something…an order.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Low tech idea – the power of the handwritten thank you note. Nothing enhances your personal brand and top of mind awareness like the handwritten note. Virtually no one does it which is why it stands out and makes you stand out.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Branding

#startups may want to be trendy and clever in their advertising when their industry calls for solid and secure.  Or vice versa.  Take care not to let your ad message confuse your brand image in the minds of your market.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Don’t isolate your sales team from the advertising process.  Have them understand the campaign and the media strategy so they can coordinate  their efforts and leverage the exposure and calls to action.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

There are often advantages in being new. However in many industries  (banking, investments, insurance, etc.) customers want to feel that your new company is “established”. Be careful not to sacrifice new and trendy for first creating a brand that can be trusted.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – On Strategic Planning

A valuable way to find out what your market is thinking about is to view online conversations in groups and industry or product chat sites. Tap into those buzzwords and themes and your message will be current.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today On Strategic Planning

Is your view too macro? Many companies, professional services or retail, are so focused on wide outreach and forget about the prospect/customer potential located just 5-10 miles close to them.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese general, said that strategically it’s important to know your enemy (competitor). So great, you’ve checked their website, but have you checked their social media and especially what people are commenting?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Do you know Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect.  this is especially true in writing PR and advertising.  But in today’s world, it’s worth the extra time to write shorter.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Are you in the process of evolving an entrepreneurial business or start-up?  Be careful that when you refine your brand you don’t lose authenticity.  In most cases, it’s important to preserve the culture that has made you successful.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

We all know that people buy benefits, not products right? Then take a look at your ads. Are they promoting your benefit to your customers or just your product or service?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Many people take it easy in August, but not those who want to hit the ground running for September into fall.  Outwork your competition by using August for planning and gearing up.

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