It is a sad reality that not all marketing techniques succeed. Some of them end up failing. Worse, others create a major backlash that leads to some companies shutting down. It is not easy to come back after a major fail. Therefore, it helps if you have a full understanding of the reasons behind the failure of some marketing strategies and try your best to not do them.
Lack of understanding of the audience
When it comes to marketing, it is always about the people. You need to target the right audience. You have to understand their behaviour. You should have a clear idea of what they want and the message that resonates with them. If you don’t have a clear understanding of the people who are potential patrons of your business, they will most likely prefer other choices.
Your message is too broad
Have you seen ads that seem to target you specifically? The use of images, choice of words and the way the message was delivered was really meant for you. As a result, you decide to buy the product right away. Imagine if it is the opposite, you might just walk past that print ad or change the TV to another channel. Targeting the right audience with a clear message helps instead of just putting out a generic message no one is really interested in.
Not choosing the right medium
Just because everyone is using digital ads these days does not mean you have to do the same. If you are running a small business targeting local audiences, a rollup banner would be more effective. It allows you to send a clear message to a small group of people who could pass by the area where the banner is up. On the other hand, the digital ad might be wide-reaching but your target audience could miss it. This will just be a wasted opportunity.
Your message is inconsistent
Before doing anything related to advertising, you have to choose what exactly your brand is. Are you for affordability or quality? Do you want to reach older people or just older women? Everything should be designed around the brand that you are trying to build. If you come up with different messages, the results would be a disaster. People will think that you are flip-flopping on your message. You might also lose those who are already interested in patronising what you have to offer.
You can’t afford to make these mistakes. You might not recover. You just have to do what is best for your business and be careful with whatever you use to market your products. Stick with your message and come up with something you can be proud of.