How Do You Create A Winning Marketing Strategy?

How to make a good Marketing Strategy & Growth Plan

Creating a sound marketing strategy

12 steps to greatness. Let’s strap in and explain some fairly complex planning, in the simplest way possible.

Combining Strategic Marketing and Growth Experiments for maximum Growth

Sustainable growth is about two things: a clear strategy for long-term growth, and data-driven experimentation. That strategy is built on insights about your customer; the experiments in turn are necessary to continuously validate those insights: how you think about your customer? What does that customer actually find really important?

How do you combine a long-term strategic plan with Growth Hacking?

Here, in twelve steps, you can read how to do it, and how to put your company in the right position for fast and sustainable growth.

The twelve steps to a marketing strategy for growth

1. Get your identity straight

Who are you, really?

First of all, make sure your brand identity is in order — and that it revolves around People and Purpose. Is your Brand Identity still as sharp and clear as you want it to be? Is the visual style still right, or the tone of voice? How strongly is that identity embedded in all processes and layers of your organization?

Why is a sharp brand identity so important? Because it helps give direction to everything you do as an organization. And because organizations that invest in brand identity grow up to 2.5 times faster and more sustainably than average.

And why should your Brand Identity be so strongly focused on a higher purpose or “Purpose”, and on people? Because Purpose-driven brands grow three times as fast in market share as their competitors, and also strongly increase customer and employee satisfaction.‍

People don’t just buy from you because your ad passes by in their feed at the right time, or because you offer a competitive price. People buy from people, and they buy from people who believe in something they believe in themselves. Stand for something, fall for nothing.

2. Know what is going on in your market

Make sure you know what is going on in the market. You can make a start by reading quantitative research and reports on trends.

But it is at least as important, if not actually more important, to engage in conversation with your actual customers and prospects. What do they need? What problems, challenges and needs do they see as priorities right now? At BAMMBOO, we find this so important that customer interviews are a standard part of our approach.

Talking to your customers: an important part of creating a sound marketing strategy

Desk research is important. But without qualitative research, you miss the fine-grained and the oh-so-important feeling of human needs and experiences. And: in this way, you can also check whether what is widely applicable in the market is also actually applicable to the people you can directly serve.

3. Determine your focus propositions

By default, you cannot focus and prioritize everything at once. Which existing and/or new propositions are you really going to give extra attention to in the coming year? Of course, you determine this in close consultation with sales, the management and the people on the shop floor and in the field.

Make sure that your focus propositions are also aligned with your brand identity, and that they logically match the needs and trends you have identified in your market and among your customers.

4. Define your Objectives & Key Results

No strategy without KPIs.

What is your organization’s North Star? The North Star Metric (NSM) is a single metric, a single number, that illustrates how well your business is doing. For example, for AirBnB this is the number of nights booked. For Facebook, it is the number of daily users.

Next, determine what the strategic goals of your organization are for this year. In which areas do you want to grow (most of all)? How can marketing and sales contribute to these goals? How does the whole contribute to the growth of your NSM, and thus of your company?

Those goals (or ambitions) for this year are translated into Key Results. Concrete, measurable results that you can use to assess whether you are on the way to achieving your ambitions.

So how many leads, sales, upsells and cross-sells do you need? How many customers are you going to help and how happy do you want these people to be with your service?

5. Build the customer journey

What does the customer journey look like for the propositions you focus on? What does your customer experience, see and think in his search for a solution? How do you “align” the touchpoints and messaging in the funnel, across the phases of Awareness, Acquisition and Activation, Retention and Referral with your customer’s experience?

You can map your customer journey with the help of the Growth Model Canvas by BAMMBOO. In this article, you can read more about how you can use the GMC for marketing and growth issues. The GMC also immediately shows you which Growth Experiments are the most promising ones to implement in the short term.

The Growth Model Canvas by BAMMBOO

When working out the specific channels over which the customer journey may take place, naturally include the most important marketing trends. What are they? You can more about the most important marketing trends for this year, here.

6. Analyse your data

Do a thorough data analysis. How well do your current funnels convert? How are your retention metrics doing? Where in the funnel do you see clear opportunities for improvement?

Data analysis can be so beautiful

This analysis can help you link the right marketing KPIs and the right experiments to your strategy. This way, you ensure that you keep the focus on the right metrics and priorities.

7. Define your content strategy & experiments

Which topics and themes should you talk about, from which angle? Which formats can you best use, and what is the right variant of your messaging for which channel? What are the most promising experiments that you can carry out?

To answer these questions, you fall back on the Growth Model Canvas and the analysis of your current funnels in step 6.

BAMMBOO Growth Hacking Agency can help you identify, set up and execute the most promising experiments. Want to know more? Get in touch with Thierry.

8. Do not forget employee advocacy

How can you improve the quality and effectiveness of your content, while seriously increasing the engagement, motivation and expert status of your people?

Employee Advocacy is a great answer to the above questions. An additional advantage is that your organic content performs much better on social media, for example, and has up to 561% more reach when shared by your own people.

People trust and buy from people. Much faster than from “brands” or “organizations”.‍

How do we do it? Keep an eye on our socials, then you’ll see for yourself:)‍

9. Supplement your content strategy with an advertising strategy

Organic content is one of the most sustainable ways to grow your business. Especially if your content is as evergreen as possible and well SEO optimised, one blog or video can bring leads and customers to for years to come. In the long run, this is also much “cheaper” than paid campaigns.

But often you also want to be able to boost your growth. A good way to do that is to invest in Ads, for example on social media, Google, or other places. Just make sure that the messaging of your online ads is fully in line with your broader (content) strategy, your brand, and your messaging. Consistency is the cornerstone of brand building.

What does your advertising strategy look like?

10. Link KPIs to your OKRs

Translate the main goals you have into marketing KPIs. Based on the analysis of your current performance and funnels. How much traffic do you need to generate 100 leads? How many social media views do you need to get more web traffic?

Keep the focus on the right metrics so you can adjust your strategy, tactics and execution in a correct and timely manner. Make sure that your data and data analysis are in order.

11. Plan cycles for content creation & distribution, and measure effectiveness

At what points does who need to do what to create the content and campaigns that will lead to the achievement of the goals you have? Make a planning for the creation, but also the editing, publishing and distribution of the necessary content.

Also make clear agreements about the time intervals at which you want to look at the data and make adjustments based on the effectiveness of your marketing activities. A good rule of thumb is to:

  • Look at your KPIs and adjust on a tactical level on a monthly basis
    For example: less focus on SEO, more on SEA) and operational level (different visuals, tweaking the tone-of-voice for a certain channel).
  • Adjustments at a strategic level can be made on a quarterly basis
    By, for example, stopping with a certain channel, or adjusting the messaging in outline, or even changing the focus on a certain proposition.

12. make sure everyone is on the same page

Make sure that everyone who should be involved in your marketing strategy and activities is actually involved. Make sure they are inspired, engaged and take ownership. A very good way to get people to take ownership is to give them a say in how things are set up and implemented.

Last but not least, make sure that management sees, understands and supports the plans — for example by agreeing on KPIs and resources such as ads budgets and hours of staff involved.

Marketing strategy 101: get the right people involved

Finally, plan the meetings in which everyone you need to build and execute your marketing strategy (and the Growth Hacking experiments that go with it) will be continuously involved in the roll-out. This way, you make sure everyone keeps moving in the right direction, and the right people keep doing the right things.

Combining Growth Hacking and Marketing Strategy for Sustainable Growth

How can you use the experimental approach and thinking of Growth Hacking in daily practice?

Every month, every week and even every online contact with your customer can be seen as an experiment. Because all these moments generate data and insights. Besides setting up formal experiments (as we mentioned above in step 7), it is therefore important that you keep tracking your data and that you make adjustments based on the predetermined goals and that data. Per month, per quarter and per year.

But at the same time, at the level of social media content, for example; even from day to day.

However, data should not be the only thing you look at. Don’t forget to include the higher purpose, the mission of your brand — together with the North Star of your company — in every decision you make. Including every decision regarding changes in your marketing strategy and tactics.

Originally published at https://en.bammboo.io.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Do you want to know more about how you can use Marketing Strategy in combination with Growth Hacking as a driver for sustainable growth? Or how we can help you incorporate the most important marketing trends into the marketing strategy for your company in a sustainable way?

At BAMMBOO Growth Hacking Agency, our promise is to be your fastest road to sustainable growth. To learn more about what that means, contact us right away. We’d love to chat!

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