January 18, 2017

How Every Small Business Can Energize Their Marketing in 2017

Jordan Wellin

Creative

Coming up with yearly marketing goals is a huge hurdle for every business. And small businesses in particular are faced with added constraints — limited time, budget, and resources.

The team at Infusionsoft works exclusively with small businesses. They’ve seen first-hand what marketing trends are worth investing in, as well as the current opportunities many small businesses aren’t yet capitalizing on.

We asked Carey Ballard, Director of Content Marketing, and Jake Johnson, Senior Managing Editor, to give us their insights on what the most successful small businesses are doing to ensure 2017 is the best year yet for achieving their marketing goals.

Taking advantage of missed opportunities

Fear of missing out is a huge motivating factor for any business, especially if your competition is making strides while your marketing ideas seem to be stagnating. Because so many marketing trends are fleeting, how can you know which ones you might actually be missing out on?

Technology plays a huge role in how people interact with your brand, whether they’re reading a blog post on their desktop or checking out your pricing page on their smartphone.

It’s no surprise that Jake and Carey encourage utilizing the latest technology to support users’ experiences and encourage prospects to become full-fledged champions. And perhaps more importantly, companies that think beyond the desktop experience facilitate a more effective sales process.

Immediate takeaway:

Start thinking of simple ways to formalize your sales process. You might not have a big sales team at your disposal (that “team” might just be you, in fact!), but that shouldn’t deter you from laying out a detailed structure that supports your ideal vision of the buyer’s journey. This will give you a deeper understanding of the marketing resources that you should be creating.

Advanced takeaway:

If your site isn’t responsive to mobile devices, you’re potentially alienating a huge portion of your customer base. The stats Carey shared are only going to grow exponentially with time, so allocating resources to ensuring every user can interact with your site — regardless of how they view it — isn’t just a nice-to-have: it’s a necessity in the digital age.

Looking ahead to the future

No one likes overly aggressive marketing communication. Audiences today want a brand experience that’s genuine and honest. So how do you make the outreach process feel authentic and friendly without verging into the “pushy” territory?

In the coming years, technology will continue to pave the way for humanizing online business. With video, the people behind your product become familiar faces, making your brand feel more trustworthy.

Thankfully, building a studio isn’t a prerequisite for creating high-quality videos that connect with your audience. In fact, you can easily create a professional-looking video with your smartphone, if purchasing a more expensive camera isn’t feasible.

And when you start pairing those videos with marketing automation? That’s when the real magic starts to happen.

Immediate takeaway:

Emphasize human interaction in your follow-up communication, then take advantage of tools like video voicemails and one-to-one videos to solidify those connections.

Advanced takeaway:

Use marketing automation to simplify the follow-up process and deliver personalized content to your customers.

What marketing trends are you hoping to capitalize on this year? Are there any new marketing opportunities you’re excited to try out?

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