With more competition than ever before from retail giants like Amazon and the web, it’s essential that you differentiate your products and services so that you stand out from the crowd. But when you do, how can you promote your business in a cost-effective manner that doesn’t break the bank?
- Consider content marketing
Content marketing – that is, the production of content such as blogs, social media posts and videos – is one of the most effective methods of promoting your business without having to spend a penny.
Get into the psyche of your target customer base, and produce content that they’ll find engaging and want to share with their friends and family. From there, you can build a mailing list by asking for your visitors’ email addresses, and use this to promote your products and services directly.
- Run a special offer or promotion
Limited-time offers and promotions can give your brand a boost and get potential customers to look your way, but it’s important to use the exposure to the best of your ability.
Instead of running a sale that only reaches your existing customers, spread your wings and advertise a special offer on Groupon. Not only will doing so allow you to reach thousands of potential customers in your niche, but you’ll only pay as and when customers buy your products, so you have nothing to lose up front.
- Use pay-per-click advertising
If you want to appear at the top of the list when customers search for products and services in your industry, you should consider pay-per-click advertising.
Whether through Google AdWords or Facebook Ads, PPC campaigns allow you to buy the attention of your customers and pay a set fee every time somebody clicks through to your website. Remember that if you want to increase the effectiveness of your campaign and boost sales, you should create a landing page for your keyword.
- Copy the competition
Even when working in a niche industry, the chances are that you’ll have competitors you’d like to get ahead of. Make sure you keep tabs on their marketing – follow them on social media, read all of their blog posts and use tools like SEMRush to see which keywords they’re targeting for search engine optimisation.
And, whenever you see them do something successfully, copy it. By that, we don’t mean stealing content from their website or using the same advert in a specialist magazine – instead, take inspiration from their successful marketing activities and tailor them to your brand.
Marketing a niche product or service isn’t easy, but it’s essential if you want to be successful online. Do your homework, get into the mindset of your target audience and tailor your marketing efforts accordingly. Only then will you be able to generate results and enjoy increased sales as a result.