How to Effectively Target Your Online Marketing Communications

Successful businesses today need to use the internet to market themselves. Using a wide variety of content, like social media posts, multimedia and content, a business can develop a whole range of communications to market effectively online. The effectiveness of these communications depends upon how well it is targeted. And targeting your marketing is the key to making sure it is seen by the right people, at the right time.

The beauty of targeted marketing is that you can make your messages suit very specific groups of people. For example, with AdWords you can target the audience who will be searching for the topics which relate directly to your business. It is one of the most powerful ways to get your message across.

However, the question we are often asked is: How do I decide what the message is?

This is a good question! It is something marketing professionals have been working on for years, and there is no set formula. What you need to do is study your audience and break them down into groups that can be targeted.

Here’s a quick example. An online shoe store sells brand name shoes for men, women and children. They could put out general marketing communications about shoes, however, if they break it down and target each group giving them the information they are most interested in, and putting the content where they will find it, they will have a much better chance of attracting the right people to the right products.

By creating audience profiles, a business can very carefully develop content which will be interesting to each audience member. So, for ladies shoes, it could be about the latest designer range. For children’s shoes, it could be an article about new school shoes on sale.

By aligning your content to your target audience, and to their profiles, you will have a much better success rate. This clever alignment will influence the tone of your communications, and the look and feel of them. These are all vital to attracting the right people and getting a positive reaction from them.

Here are some of the questions to ask about your audience when you are developing new content:

• What do the audience like to do? Hobbies, fashions and pass times.

• What are their interests? Interests, trends and news.

• What other companies or services do they use? Look at your competition.

• What do the audience want to avoid? Knowing what they don’t like or want is vital.

• What are the audience aspiring to? Aspirations are what drive consumers to buy.

• What does the audience need? Needs and solutions drive consumers to act.

By using the right keywords in your online ads and effectively targeting your content, you will get the best from your communications.

The next step is to identify the best places to post the information. Facebook is best for regular, friendly updates and starting a conversation with customers. LinkedIn is best suited to business and specialist content you can share to show your expertise. Twitter is great for fast and real time news and updates.

By having a suite of targeted and regular communications, you will be able to effectively place your own business within the view of the people you are looking for it. And they are more likely to respond to what you have to say too. Communications which have a powerful message and are delivered to the right people, and which also have a clear call to action will always reap rewards.

As you start to plan your communications and marketing strategy for the coming year, consider these points so you can create targeted communications which will create the results you need.

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