When considering the 10 marketing strategies to be employed in your coaching business it is important to distinguish between short, medium- and long-term strategies. For example, Social Media is often considered a short-term strategy, but in reality, is a medium– to long–term strategy. An optimal marketing strategy should be balanced between short-, medium- and long-term strategies.
The question is how much flexibility and agility should there be in the marketing strategy to respond to changes in the world, business environment and local markets? For example, during the recent COVID-19 crises, it was certainly necessary to drastically and rapidly change marketing strategies to adapt. It would be hard to imagine that the original marketing campaigns would have been effective. Rapid change is a constant and it feels like the rate of change keeps accelerating. In this environment, one can rightly question the effectiveness of drawing up marketing strategies and marketing plans 12 months in advance.
The reality is, with all the conflicting demands placed on coaching business owners, it is very hard to design and implement the marketing strategy on the fly. The 10 core strategies should be identified and practical activities plotted into a 12-month marketing plan. That means the thinking and planning get done once in advance, and then the execution of the plan can be systemised or delegated, effectively putting it on autopilot. The very important caveat to this statement is that the coaching business owner should constantly be monitoring the target market and environment, and then tweak the marketing messaging, i.e; the offer and copy.
Having the marketing plan locked and loaded for every month provides certainty and structure. In summary, don’t try and devise your marketing strategies on the fly, but be sensitive to business environment changes and tweak the messaging where required.
Hein Kruger, ActionCOACH Business Coach