In this article, we're gonna explore the best marketing strategy for promoting a new business or a new product. Essentially, we're gonna be looking at a simple method that you can use to choose and execute on the best marketing opportunities for your specific business.
The number one reason why new businesses fail is that they don't attract enough customers. And the reality is a lot of businesses make it through the other stages like coming up with a brand name, coming up with a logo, even building out a basic product or service, but unfortunately, many of them fail when it comes to actually attracting prospects and converting those prospects into customers. So that is the entire focus of this article.
We're gonna be going through a simple four step framework called "The Bull's Eye Framework". This is from "Traction" by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares. A really great book for startups that are looking to attract customers to their business. And this is a simple like i said, four step process that you can use to attract customers.
1- Brainstorm Marketing Ideas
What you want to do here is you want go through all the different ways that you could possibly attract customers to your business, and come up with realistic scenarios for how you might execute on those opportunities. for example, if you go down the list and you see content marketing, you want to come up with a realistic scenario for how you might promote your business using content marketing. What kinda articles could you create? What kinda videos? Would you create a podcast? You want to explore exactly how you might pursue that opportunity if you absolutely had to. And then you do the same as you go down the list with search advertising, social advertising, hosting live events. You might consider, would you host a local meetup, a small meetup group with enthusiastic customers, or would you try to put on a big fancy event and invite other speakers? Whatever the marketing channel might be, the idea here is to simply explore the possibilities to reasonably brainstorm what you could do if you absolutely had to pursue the various different marketing opportunities that are out there. And the reason why this is important is because oftentimes, businesses get stuck in a rut where they really only pursue marketing channels that all of their rivals are pursuing. So if you see another potential competitor using search advertising, you might be tempted to just say, "Okay, search advertising is the way "that you market this kinda business." And that really limits your options. And unfortunately, when you follow that kinda strategy, you're actually playing into your competitor's strengths and you're pursuing a channel that is already gonna be competitive, right? So by its very definition, the most popular channels may not necessarily be the best opportunities. Sometimes they are still, sometimes they aren't. That's the entire point of this first step is to actually explore what you might do if you had to pursue different channels in order to just flush them out and see what might be possible.
2- Select Promising Channels
This is a very important step where we start to narrow the field. Instead of pursuing all channels, we're gonna narrow it down to about three to five of the most promising opportunities. And when I say promising, because you're a startup, your number one priority should be speed. So you want to find channels that are likely to create results for you quickly. And of course,also choose channels that are likely to offer a lot of customers, right? So you're talking about both volume of customers and speed at which you can actually attract them.
And of course another consideration would be your ability to attract them profitably. So just because a channel can deliver a lot of customers, and can do so quickly, it might not be cost effective to pursue it. That's the kinda of thing you want to be thinking about as you narrow down the field to three to five of the most promising channels, or the most promising opportunities based on your initial brainstorming. Then it's time to move on to step three.
3- Perform Inexpensive Tests
This is something that i think a lot of businesses skip over just naturally when they try to pursue marketing opportunities. This is critical because even if an opportunity seems really promising, and as you go through how you might pursue it, it seems really attractive and it might be really exciting, the fact is not all marketing channels are equal. And sometimes you might be really surprised to find out that one channel just isn't that effective. And if you don't compare its results with another channel, then you're really never able to make that differentiation and to realize, this might be a half decent opportunity, but over here is a much, much better opportunity that we should really be focusing all of our time and attention on. So this step is all about just simply performing inexpensive, simple tests to validate the potential of each of your promising opportunities. you can learn more about how to prepare your creatives for that from Here.
Now, one mistake a lot of businesses make when it comes to testing marketing opportunities like this, is they try to overly optimize in the process. So for example, if you were gonna place ads on Google Adwords, you might go on there and say, "Okay, I have a $40 margin on my product, "I can't afford to spend more than $40 per conversion here; And if i'm spending more than that then this channel just isn't very promising." And that thought process leads them to aim for targets and to set their ad spend in a way that is unlikely to provide really great results. And the reason why this is bad is because the only goal of this step here is to validate two things. One, that there are enough customers in this channel that it's worth pursuing. And two, that you have a vague sense that if you took the time to optimize your efforts, and to improve your ad copy and to improve your landing page and your entire marketing funnel as it relates to that channel, then over time, you almost certainly will be profitable. That's what you're trying to figure out. You're not trying to actually optimize because if you do that too early, you're ruling out a channel before you even give it a chance to breathe. So what you want to do here is just simply perform inexpensive tests to validate there are customers there and that it's worth your time and energy to pursue things further. And then afterwards, later in the future, you can worry about doing all that optimization. In some cases, it takes months if not years, to really perfect your entire approach to that channel. And that's perfectly okay. You can do that in the future, and it's not gonna affect your long term potential with that channel. But the idea behind this step is just simply to validate that it's worth your time to explore things further.
4- Select One Promising Channel
And then we move on to step number four, which is to look at all these tests that we've performed and to select one promising channel. To select the single thing that we're gonna focus on when it comes to building momentum with the business. And this is incredibly important when it comes to a brand new startup because you really can't afford to be spreading yourself too thin. And the reality is that when it comes to a lot of marketing channels, there's a bit of a winner take all dynamic that happens with marketing channels. Google Search is a great example of this. The person that is able to best optimize and best outperform their rivals when it comes to advertising for a specific keyword or a specific family of keyword phrases, they tend to far outperform whoever is second in that area, whoever is second best at utilizing that marketing channel. So it really pays to become an absolute master at at least one channel when you're growing a business. In fact, that's pretty common wisdom within the marketing community.
If you want to have a successful business, there should be at least one channel out there that the entrepreneur or founder, or at least one of the co-founders of the business, is incredibly familiar with and is very proficient at using. And that really gives the business a lot of strength. And so the idea here is really simple, right? You just want to focus on one channel and become really great at that one channel, and you want to absolutely focus your efforts on capitalizing on all of the potential of that channel, until of course, you hit diminishing returns. And that's the point at which spending more money on the channel doesn't really give you more results. You might find a point like let's say, Google AdWords, you might find spending more than 50,000 in a given period just simply does not increase results. And at that point, it's time to revisit this process, explore other channels and figure out what second or third channel you can tag on to expand your business. But that's really the process here. Of course, that comes after applying all The Marketing Techniques to inhance your ad copy on the first channel.
It's really straightforward. It's really simple. It might almost seem too simple, but that's okay. And it's a very powerful way to select and test and ultimately find the one channel that is most promising for your business.