Getting the Most From your Marketing Materials Department of Labor
Before you rush out to have 50,000 brochures printed and all of your company vehicles wrapped in vinyl, you need to take a minute to ensure that your marketing materials are going to deliver the results you are looking for. While achieving maximum results is probably something that you won't be able to do without the help of an experienced marketing professional, there are several things that you can to improve your own results.
Have your marketing materials professionally designed. Even though you and your family and friends may love the new brochure that you designed in Microsoft Word, chances are that it is not going to be as effective as a brochure from a professional graphic designer . As a result your return on investment will be lower.
Have your printed marketing materials produced in full color. Full color printing has been shown to significantly increase response rates compared to any other combination of colors and can be surprisingly affordable for even the smallest of businesses. Another benefit is that it makes your company appear larger and more established while improving your credibility.
Include a call to action in all of your marketing materials. The most beautifully designed brochure will deliver poor results if it doesn't clearly tell your prospect what they need to do. Do you want them to call you? To visit your web site? To send you something? Tell them exactly what you want and when you want it and your results will improve dramatically.
Include your URL on all of your marketing materials. From your business cards to your vehicles and everything in between, your URL needs to be easily accessible in order to open up another opportunity to expose your company to your prospects and clients.
Ensure that your company's image stands out from your competitors. No matter how much you love your biggest competitor's color scheme or style of advertising, copying it will not work for you. Small businesses often try to emulate other companies with the mindset of if it works for them it will work for me which is not true and will hurt your business in the long run.