Marketing

Advertising and marketing is something every company needs to handle. No one gets customers or clients if no one knows they exist. There are lots of famous quotes on this where the most popular one may be “All advertising is good advertising –  even the bad” Maybe you shouldn´t take this literally when you are starting up your business. In the beginning you need to be sure about what you give out in information because it is crucial that you can make good on all your promises to get a good reputation. It can be a good idea to take help on the marketing in the beginning since you are not always the best person to advertise yourself. There is lots of help to be had on the subject, companies that are specialized on making you and your company look good.

What is marketing

Marketing are the activities made by a company to catch the eye of clients and customers. You want to make people interested in your product or service. You want to create an interest in the company and the product or service you are offering. It is a process aiming on creating long and strong relationships with your customers because that is what makes a business survive, good customers that come back to you and that can spread a good word on your behalf.

History


Marketing as a concept comes from the Italian economist Giancarlo Pallavicini who used it in 1959. The Pallavicini legacy lead to what today is called modern marketing. He defined marketing as a way to define and produce a product and offers of which there is a need in the market. In modern time this saying has a large impact on the marketing. It is also important to make offers aimed directly at the customer to create a value for them. By working on positioning the products in the market you can generally reach success. At the same time, it is very important that the product is of the quality that you say and promise in your advertising.  

The marketing processes


The marketing process is divided into five steps; The first is a market survey where you try to understand the consumer and the market. It is crucial to the company to understand the needs in the market and what the customer need and mostly what they want. In the second step you create a strategy, where you look at things like segments, positioning and targeting. It is when you get to the third step the active part begins. You create a product or service based on what you found in step one and two and by using the four ground rules of marketing; price, product, position and affect. This is called a marketing mix. In step four you make a business briefcase in which you create a value to generate a good relationship by high quality and good service. The last step is when you have the value and the general thought on making customers return and be faithful. This is all created by an effective marketing communication.


Most countries have rules and laws on what you can do or not. Following these rules is often based on common sense. Stick to the codes of the branch and laws and norms that follow. Most people can understand that it is not allowed to advertise something that isn´t true!

Starting a business

The labour market is very different around the world. If you look at the most common way of working, it is an employment in the public or private sector. The public sector covers schools and health care among other facilities. The private sector consists of companies wanting to make a profit. To start and run a company is a lifelong dream for many people. To work with something, you love on your own conditions can be hard, but not at all impossible.

What can be done


To have a clear view of what you want is important. If you feel like starting your own business but isn´t sure about what to do, you need to stop and think. Having a clear picture in your mind of what you want is important when it comes to businesses. You need to think through your ideas, competence and how to use it all to make the most of it. Maybe it isn´t what you are most desiring to do that is the most profitable, but it could be the right thing to do anyway. What is the most important, is it your happiness or your profit? What are the customers wanting for? As a businessowner you need to be very attentive to the customers and deliver what they want.  

Put it to paper


Having a clear plan on everything is important. You will need a good and correct product- or service- description. Besides this you need to do some kind of market survey to get a glimpse of what the people want. What are the needs in the area? How does the market work today? Will it stay the same in ten years? A survey is a good place to start to get this information. When you get the information, you can look at what you need to do to make a profit in your business. It is also good to get a grip of your competitors. Not many businesses have a totally unique product which makes it important which makes it more important to know your competitors and do something to make you stand out to make your product the one to buy.

Different enterprises


There are lots of different enterprises. You need to see what the best form for you, your company and your product or service is before starting. The purpose of the business also affects what enterprise to go by. Is it a one-man company? Will there be staff? If you are having staff, you need insurance. Lots of aspects need to be taken into consideration.

Get started


Getting started on your own business can be really hard work. If you feel unsecure or anxious you can look for help with a local business association or go to an accountant or such. They can help you with everything. To get help from other business operators is very good since they have done the same thing as you are about to do. They know smart things and what not to do. An accountant has knowledge on all the paperwork that needs to be done. When it comes to financing it is of course a crucial part of it all. It is a whole other part that we will cover in future articles but a good start is a visit with the local bank so they can help you with alternatives.