Month: January 2014

Are you Connecting with Target Customers?

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How do you plan on connecting if you don’t really know your target customer?

  • What is their age range and where are they located?
  • Race? Education Level? Income Level?
  • How many of them are there?
  • How do they get information?  TV? Newspaper? Internet?
  • Do they prefer PC or mobile devices?
  • Do they use social media?  If so, which ones?  How often?
  • What percentage can you take away from your competition?
  • What percentage of their money do they spend on your type of service or product?

You can do the research yourself! 

The U.S. Government is fantastic at capturing statistics.  You can find out just about anything you need to know about the demographics of your target customer without leaving the comfort of your favorite chair and WI-FI connection.  If you are the adventurous type, you can always get a group of people (potential customers) together at a Baltimore eating establishment and just ask them what kinds of services or products they need.  Good business is really all about filling the needs of customers.  That’s what gets you paid.

Build it and they will come…

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are under the impression that if they come up with a cool idea, people will just show up with money.  This happens very rarely.  You have to know how to connect with your target audience so that they will pay attention to your message.  You should take the time to research your target group of consumers and figure out what needs they have and how much they will probably pay you to fill them.  If they can pay you at a level that allows you to pay all your expenses and have some money left over, then that’s a halfway decent business model and the beginnings of a good business plan.

What’s stopping you from starting? 

Maybe it’s fear? Or maybe you don’t like research or talking to people.  Well, if not you, then someone else is going to have to do the research in order to produce an effective marketing strategy.  If you don’t put in the time and run the numbers, you are just guessing.

Need help getting started? 

If you are reading this, then we may be pretty good at reaching potential customers.  Please use the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation with a Consultant.

How Effective is Your Digital Marketing Strategy?

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DO YOU HAVE THE BASICS?
An interactive website that talks to your target customer?
Social media that allows your customers to communicate with you?
Email Marketing that keeps potential and current customers informed?
A dedicated business phone number that is answered professionally every time?
A daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual strategy for reaching and converting potential clients into paying customers?
An online customer database to track all your customer leads, existing customers and interactions with your customers?
Sales?

IF YOU ARE MISSING ANY OF THESE…
We can help you create a digital marketing strategy that works with your budget, your processes and your team’s existing skills sets.  Each company has different capabilities and yet, all still need to rise to meet their challenges and accomplish their goals.  If anything is lacking, we recommend dealing with those challenges with better processes and new technology.  That is a bit of a blanket statement, obviously.  But, better processes and better technology can normally help you get more done, more consistently, with less people.  And your customers don’t want to hear excuses.  They expect great service every time.  They are just a Google search away from finding someone else to fill their needs.

METRICS
Before you start throwing out old tech, just a few words of advice.  Please use numbers to define the success of your campaigns.  Please use numbers to determine if it is time to change a process or purchase new technology.  Please use numbers to set goals for your digital marketing strategy.  Without numbers, it is just based on feelings.

ARE YOU READY TO CREATE A REAL STRATEGY FOR BUSINESS GROWTH?
If you are ready, simply contact us and we will discuss how we can help you.  Please use the contact form on this page to take the first step.

 

Events for Baltimore Professionals and Entrepreneurs in February 2014

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*Wednesday, February 5th 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
1st Wednesday at Teavolve
1401 Aliceanna St. Harbor East, Ground Level of Eden Apt Building – Baltimore, MD 21231
First Wednesdays Professional Networking Happy Hour- Bring your good conversation and funny stories to share.  Fun, nice people only!  Free admission.  Learn more…

*Tuesday, February 11th 2014 from 10am to 2pm
Small Business Administration Marketing Essentials Workshop
US Small Business Administration – 10 South Howard Street – Baltimore, MD 21201
The Baltimore SBA office has invited Will Holmes back to teach his highly acclaimed marketing essential workshop. This event is free but YOU MUST REGISTER ON THE SBA WEBSITE: http://events.s​ba.gov/eventman​agement/EventLi​sting.aspx?stat​e=MD

*Friday, February 14th 2014 at 7pm
Valentine’s Day Event
Tremont Grand Historic Venue – 225 North Charles Street – Baltimore, MD 21201
Hosted by Lovelace Event Planning
For information and tickets go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-intimate-affair-tickets-10011276999

*Wednesday, February 19th from 6pm to 8pm
3rd Wednesday at Teavolve
1401 Aliceanna St. Harbor East, Ground Level of Eden Apt Building – Baltimore, MD 21231
An Open Forum for aspiring entrepreneurs designed to give attendees a chance to share best practices and get solutions for their business strategy.  Free admission.  Learn more…

*Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
4th Wednesdays Business Roundtable Discussion- Leaving your 9 to 5 and Transitioning to Entrepreneurship
1401 Aliceanna St. Harbor East, Ground Level of Eden Apt Building – Baltimore, MD 21231
This is a panel discussion with serious professionals over a sit-down meal in a quiet comfortable setting.  If you are not serious about starting or growing your business, this event is not for you.  If you need motivation to get up and start working toward your goals, this event is not for you.  The assumption is that attendees are ready to apply the things they learn toward developing their own companies. Learn more…

Stay updated on events.  Join our invitation list:  http://www.willholmesconsulting.com/calendar/  or join our Meetup Group for free.

 

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Our attendees are a racially diverse group of Baltimore’s working professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.  Our attendees are financially successful, well educated and normally between the ages of 30 and 60.  The group is a mixture of single and married people, all looking for positive interactions and learning opportunities in a fun, social environment. As of 1/24/14, our professional network group has over 620 active members.

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Currently, many of our events are held at Teavolve in Harbor East.  However, other events occur throughout the city.  If you would like to offer your venue for an event, please let us know.

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Sponsors can bring materials to be shared and make a short presentation during our brief announcement period during the event.  We also recommend discounts and offers for the participants.  Each day we will advertise your sponsorship of the event for one week prior to the event via social media and our website.   This is a great opportunity for you and your business to be placed in front of successful, well educated professionals and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore area.

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This Saturday, Will Holmes Speaking at SKILLS Event in Baltimore

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Founder, Will Holmes will be speaking, this Saturday, January 25th 2014 at the SKILLS event in Baltimore. Will Holmes plans to have a fun, interactive session with the 100+ attendees and focus on “The Sacrifices Involved In Growing Your Business.” For those who have seen Will speak or train, you know he gets the crowd involved and customizes the session for those in the room.

Brian Olds, Founder of SKILLS, has put together a fantastic group of speakers for this 4 hour workshop. For more information and for tickets, go to www.yournewskills.com.

To schedule Will Holmes, or one of our Senior Consultants to speak or provide training at your next event or workshop, please contact us.