Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

erase mistakeBeing in the marketing industry for 19 years, we have seen our fair share of marketing mistakes. Have you ever looked at a company’s social media post and thought, “who signed off on this?” Marketing fails are 100% preventable, and we are here to help. We have chosen a few common mistakes and suggestions on how to correct them.

Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail

Having no plan when it comes to your marketing efforts is the marketing mistake we see most. As our CEO, Laura DiBenedetto, told the Worcester Business Journal, “Houses are built with blueprints; businesses are built with plans. Plans make the difference.” A marketing plan defines your goals and outlines your resources. Creating this strategy could take anywhere between 40-50 hours. Not for you? Qualified marketing experts can easily facilitate the smooth creation of a plan either by taking the lead on the project, supporting it in the background, or simply doing it for you. At the end of the day, no matter who creates it – just make sure it gets done.

Social Media? Yes? No? Which Channel?

Social media is a useful tool when it comes to promoting your business. However, a mistake we see is companies leveraging channels that aren’t appropriate for reaching their target market. For example, your restaurant may not see as much success on LinkedIn as it would on Instagram. Do some industry research to find out which channel your target market uses the most. You can also survey your audience and ask which social media channels they like/use the most.

Guessing; Not Researching

Often, we see business owners trying marketing strategies without research beforehand. The research prior to executing marketing strategies should be extensive. Before beginning your marketing efforts, do an internal evaluation. Ask:

  • Who are we? It’s important for you to know who you are as a company and what you stand for. You must then portray this message to your audience, this way they know exactly who they are working with.
  • What are our goals? Outlining your company goals will help you stay on track. If you aren’t meeting your goals, you can assess why and realign your strategies.
  • Who are we selling to? What is our ideal client profile? Thinking about who your clients are is a vital part of your marketing, allowing you to produce messaging, imagery, and advertising that appeals to them.
  • Who are your competitors? Research your competitors, see what marketing tactics are working/not working for them.
  • B2B or B2C? This is also a factor in how marketing strategies will appeal to your business.

Not Engaging with Followers

It is crucial for you to engage with users when they are taking the time to comment on your posts or ask questions through your social media/online review pages. Online engagement increases your chance of building a better brand reputation and this interaction builds trust, loyalty, and credibility. When people comment on your pages, they want to be heard. The interaction you have with the user can make or break your business. Once people see that they can contact you through your channels, they will be more likely to reach out again or to tell a friend to reach out to you.

When it comes to marketing mistakes, you are bound to make a few. If you’re looking to dodge these mistakes before they happen, maybe it’s time to meet with Vision Advertising. We’re a full-service marketing agency, specializing in comprehensive digital marketing – from websites to social media and everything in between, to help you not only succeed but thrive. Contact us today.

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About the author : Alex Geyer

Alex wears many hats, and not just because he’s bald. A writer by his background, Alex writes “social media content” for Vision – anything from social media statuses to blogs to whitepapers and beyond. In addition, he builds and maintains all search engine advertising for Vision’s clients, along with social media advertising for others. In his free time, he starts and stops writing novels, compiles tabletop roleplaying system conversions, and cooks a mean Chicken and Dumplings avec Peas. A videogame enthusiast, he is also developing his first video game with the startup game studio, Pretty Weird. He is terrible with plants*.

17 comments to “Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them”

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  1. Div Jangid - December 8, 2018 Reply

    Amazing post! I think using Facebook ads is great way to build audience quickly and increase awareness.

    • Krysta Ferry - January 2, 2019 Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment! We agree. Facebook is a great tool to connect and engage with your audience on a more personal level.

  2. TOM Com - February 7, 2019 Reply

    Nice article krysta, yeh agreed with div jangid facebook ads works way more better in local market then google ads for me

  3. Aenel - February 9, 2019 Reply

    Hey Krysta,

    This post of yours really works on how we plan on our marketing strategies. Creating more channels on social media can really help us reach and increase our target market as well as our target audience, And I also agree that engaging with customers is a truly important thing in marketing our business. this is truly a helpful blog that can help other marketing planners such as me.

  4. Jonathan Clerk - February 15, 2019 Reply

    Great post! I think FB ads can provide us with great conversion if we focus on social media proper cause.

  5. Gillian Babcock - March 11, 2019 Reply

    My brother has a business and he wants to make sure that his online presence will be strong. It was explained here that he should engage with his followers and research about professionals. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire professionals for quality social media marketing services.

  6. Matt Baker - March 11, 2019 Reply

    Getting your social media right can be tricky, but there are also unforced errors that many companies still make. Krysta, your point about restaurants needing Instagram but maybe not LinkedIn is spot on. And with as many people taking pictures of their meals nowadays, not having an Instagram platform is a big missed opportunity for a lot of restaurants to engage customers as well as get free user-generated content and distribution for your business.

  7. Lisa - March 26, 2019 Reply

    Rightly said, “your restaurant may not see as much success on LinkedIn as it would on Instagram”. Similarly, a B2B business can benefit more from LinkedIn than Snapchat.

  8. Zoe - April 24, 2019 Reply

    Great article, Instagram is such a Powerful tool. I know that getting followers is very
    hard, that’s why services like gramgenius really helps you to get
    more followers and high engagement.

  9. simon - May 9, 2019 Reply

    Thanks for sharing this Great article
    I appreciate the valuable time you have used to share this.

  10. Gillian Babcock - July 23, 2019 Reply

    My sister will be launching her products online and she wants to make sure that it will be a success. It was explained here that when dealing with social network marketing, she should engage her followers and take time to comment on the posts. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire professionals when in need of social media marketing services.

  11. Mike G - August 2, 2019 Reply

    I saw you snipet about B2B versus B2C. The strategies in marketing especially social are totally different between the two. I use to work for a company and they were a B2B company and wanted to use multiple social platforms while not realizing that some of the sites perform better for business to consumer sites than for a B2B.

    What social site do you think works best for business to business?

    Thanks

  12. marwa jaafar - August 20, 2019 Reply

    Yes, I wasted a lot of time and money when I chose to market services on the wrong social media channels

  13. Aaron Starc - August 27, 2019 Reply

    Hi Alex, this article caters so many points. What most marketers seem to miss out is that they dont know about their target market. The target market needs to be kept in mind and then accordingly, pitched. Also, most marketers are in a hurry to pitch. For that I’d say understand the users problem and then give them a solution. It will always be helpful for the business.

  14. Betty - September 24, 2019 Reply

    Thanks, Alex! You save me there, I made several mistakes and looking for an option to deal with it, it seems you are the heaven-sent answered! Thank you!

  15. Keyul Shah - October 15, 2019 Reply

    Great article, Instagram is such a Powerful tool. I know that getting followers is very
    hard, that’s why services like gramgenius really helps you to get
    more followers and high engagement. Thanks Anna! For sharing the wonderful insights of online social media marketing course in the post. Your tips are really good. I have started applying the tactics for my agency, I would like to request you if you have some case study for social media campaigns and if you can share here, it would be a great help for me.

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