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WHERE IS YOUR MARKETING PAIN?

How do you want to lighten your load? Do you need long term marketing help? Temporary assistance? Occasional collaboration and insight? 2Q Solutions is designed to meet you at your point of need.

2Q MARKETING SERVICES ARE DELIVERED IN THREE WAYS
Interval Coaching | Short Term Projects | Outsourced Marketing department

Depending on your resources and what you want to accomplish there are three ways you can get marketing help from 2Q Solutions. 

1) Interval Coaching: As a small business owner it's easy to get distracted and it helps to know that you have someone to help keep you on track with your marketing plans. This is simple, occasional consultation at whatever frequency makes sense for you. We help you make plans and discuss ways to improve your marketing efforts and get better results. Learn more about Interval Coaching.

2) Short Term Marketing Projects: You have some marketing plans in mind, or you need some fresh ideas. You're busy running the day-to-day aspects of your business, and you can't afford to stop the presses to dig into your marketing efforts. You just need help for a short period of time.

3) Outsourced Marketing Department: You want to work with someone on a longer term basis without hiring a permanent employee. You don't have much tolerance for detail or administration, and you need someone who will bring some ideas to the table and implement marketing plans. You want occasional written reports to see what kind of performance you're getting out of your marketing dollars.

SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING SERVICES - CUSTOMIZED TO SUIT

Get help where you need it: There are several areas were we can work together to improve your marketing efforts. Some of these are done by Steve Smart and some elements are outsourced and coordinated by Steve

Here are a few of the areas where 2Q Solutions can be helpful to you:

Contact 2Q today! Find how small business marketing services will lighten your load and help your business grow. 

Build a Strong Brand - the BMW i3 Example

Friday, October 10, 2014

  

Build a Strong Brand for Yourself

How do you build a strong brand that creates enduring attraction? Let's use BMW as an example, and a 2014 advertisement for their electric i3. 

BMW is known as "The Ultimate Driving Machine." They don't just build and sell vehicles, they provide people with an exceptional driving experience. Year after year, they do a pretty good job of delivering that, in varying degrees, throughout their product line.They even do this with their new electric car, the BMW i3. Check out their ad at the bottom.

What I learn from BMW is this: If you want to build a strong brand, build your products, services and your customer interactions around a passion or deep-seated value. If you do that and consistently deliver on your promise, you're on your way to an enduring brand that people love.



Steve Smart works with busy entrepreneurs who want to improve their marketing efforts. He lives in St. Louis and can be reached at srsmart@2Qsolutions.net or 636-699-8772.

Here's the BMW i3 ad. No guarantee that it will always be here.


 

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The Exponential Power of Customer Satisfaction

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Recent experiences got me thinking about marketing resources and the exponential power of customer satisfaction.

I want to share some thoughts about its importance and how it contributes to your business success. I’ll also tell you a story from my own experience. For that, you'll have to watch the video.

I want to start with a question. Why do you pay attention to customer satisfaction? Or do you pay attention to customer satisfaction at all? Here are two typical reasons why people think about customer satisfaction.


  • To satisfy their own sense of goodwill, knowing you are doing the right thing.
  • To keep dissatisfied people from getting in their face.
I believe there is a more serious economic and business growth reason to pay attention to customer satisfaction.

Some things in life and business are important but not easy. Taxes is one of those things. It’s important and I know I have to deal with them. Fortunately I can outsource to an expert.

Customer satisfaction is also important but not easy. And you know that's not something you can outsource. Unfortunately it's often fuzzy, hard to measure and hard to fix.

In life and business we tend to make decisions about what we're going to pay attention to, partly based on a pain vs profit continuum. We easily prioritize the things that are easier to deal with and have a clear benefit. If something is hard to deal with and the benefit is unclear, it's likely to be low on the priority list.

Because customer satisfaction is fuzzy it often gets ignored until someone complains. That's not what you want to happen. Dissatisfied customers don't always complain.

I'd like to put the subject of customer satisfaction in a different light so it can be treated on a more proactive than reactive basis.

The Football Analogy

I’m more of a motorsports guy but I’m going to talk about football for a minute.

Making a sale, especially in higher ticket items, is exciting. It's like making a touchdown. You've planned your plays, executed well and crossed the goal line. It's time to celebrate! That's exactly what you're looking for.

What could be better than getting a touchdown? What about winning the game? A touchdown isn’t worth much if you don’t win. But when you strategize and maximize the power of your offense and defense and get more touchdowns than your competitor, you win and that rocks!

What could be better than winning the game? How about winning the CHAMPIONSHIP? Football players dream about having a winning season, playing in the Super Bowl and getting that game winning ring.

How does this relate to customer satisfaction, and what does it have to do with marketing resources?

Getting The Exponential Benefit

There are three things you want people to do:

  • Buy from you
  • Buy repeatedly
  • Refer others to you who will buy repeatedly

When people make that first purchase from you it's like getting a touchdown. When people buy repeatedly it's like winning the game. When they refer others who buy repeatedly, that's like winning the championship.

What does all this have to do with marketing resources? You put time, effort and money into making that sale. If you only make one sale and the customer doesn't return, those marketing resources aren't terribly effective. If they do return several times, you get a much better return on your marketing resources. If, however, you satisfy customers to the degree that they refer others who repeatedly buy from you, that's when your marketing resources get an exponential return.

To hear my story on customer DISsatisfaction, watch the video. 


Steve Smart works with busy entrepreneurs who want to improve their marketing efforts. He lives in St. Louis and can be reached at srsmart@2Qsolutions.net or 636-699-8772.

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