Thanks to a combination of social media, soaring health insurance costs, and affordable access to lifestyle tech devices, the health and fitness industry is booming. I mean seriously booming. Over the past decade in the U.S. alone, the $30 billion industry has grown by 3 - 4% every year, which might explain why you’re seeing signs for CrossFit gyms and açai bowls everywhere these days.
Please repeat after me...
This. Isn't. Field of Dreams.
Websites. Do. Not. Work. That. Way.
Great! Now that we've got that out of the way, we can talk about why just having a website is NOT a marketing plan.
You know when you search for a restaurant and google shares their address, website, hours and phone number? That's Google My Business. Small business owners have learned that claiming and customizing their Google My Business allows more foot traffic. So, why should medium, large or Fortune 100 companies take advantage of this?
Investing in your business can be expensive. Advertising campaigns can cost you thousands of dollars and even then there's no guarantee they'll be successful. Fortunately, there are quite a few free marketing strategies. These are ideal for both newer businesses with limited funding or established businesses trying to save money on expenses. Here are some of the top free ways to grow your business.
Everybody knows that the market is changing at an unprecedented rate, with the increasing influence of technology, from internet to social media to smart devices. And for small business owners, that means that the playing field has just gotten more competitive—a lot more competitive.
Starting an inbound marketing campaign for your business is a great way to grow your company whether you're a mom-and-pop shop or an international enterprise business. For many business owners and marketers, however, getting started can be daunting. Are you ready to dive in with your inbound marketing plan? These key tips can help you get started.
Tip #1: Know Your Buyers
How well do you know the people who are buying your product or service? Have you taken the time to carefully put together buyer personas? When you have solid buyer personas, you don't just know the basic demographics for your customers. You have a better idea of what makes them tick: what they really need from your products and from your company. If you're struggling to put together effective buyer personas for your marketing campaigns, try our buyer persona worksheet. This simple worksheet will help you answer key questions about your customers that will, in turn, shape your future marketing efforts.
As with anything, there are distinct pros and cons to working with any kind of business. While we would love to work with everyone, the fact is, not every company needs or should work with a marketing agency. Let's look at situations where you should consider hiring an agency as well as reasons to avoid it.
Starting a business is exciting, terrifying, fun, sleep depriving, and most of all - it is all you can think about. It's your baby. It's your life. Man, was that the truth for me when I started, what was then, Bee Social.