The actual nuance of identifying a Single Target Market – 2

Marketing, messaging, niche, segmentation, single target market

When you do the exercise of narrowing down a segment based on different attributes or use cases, as I listed in the previous post on this topic, you keep eliminating a lot of the other areas which could divert your attention.

Then once you have been able to come down to the narrowest market (single target market) and figured out the economics of reaching out to that market, you can start working on the messaging.

Messaging is a very complex topic and by just reading a few lines here will not show you the gravity of the work that needs to be done to work it out. However by narrowing down, you can now put yourself in the shoes of the person whom you could be talking to. Once you are in her shoes, you can start thinking about what would go on in their mind related to what you are offering. Since you have too only think for this one person, life becomes much easier and you can create more targeted messages.

Sometimes the things you sell, don’t directly feature in the mind of the person, so you need to go one stage upstream and then create the messaging. Like no one, would think of outdoor – wedding – catering, until there’s a marriage that is taking place in the family. So in such cases your message will need to be focused on how it will get moulded with the marriage discussion going on in the mind of. the person you are targeting and then place the idea of an outdoor wedding. Since if they won’t think of an outdoor wedding, they can’t think of an outdoor – wedding – catering.

You cannot create powerful messaging without entering the mind of the prospect. And the best way in my opinion is to get down to a single target market.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Lead generation in B2B – 4

B2B, budget, campaign, lead generation, Marketing, niche, segmentation, single target market

While we are on using social media for testing the campaigns, for the last 2 posts,  one more thing you need to keep in mind is geography.

Different social media platforms and other PPC search engine platforms like Google have different pricing mechanisms for local, national and international markets. If you will start your testing from a broad geography, then you could end up paying a much larger amount for doing your testing.

One major challenge with social media is that costs can go out of control very fast. This is where starting with a Single Target Market helps. You can choose a very small segment of the market and then niche it further to ensure that you can do changes quickly and then roll out on a national or international scale.

With PPC advertising on social media the second challenge for B2B marketers is to get official emails. As I have mentioned in my posts in this series, earlier, until you have the emails, of people, you don’t own the information. But when people, raise their hand or subscribe to whatever lead magnet you have chosen, they generally end up giving you their personal emails.

So while you have got the information about the person and you can start sending information to her, you won’t know her company details and her designation.

That’s where you will need to figure out a way for her to give you information. This will make it a multi step process. While there are a lot of coaches who talk about social media advertising, very few talk about B2B related successes because of this challenge.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

How to solve the Challenges of a Single Target Market -2

B2B, Marketing, niche, single target market, Testing

Continuing from yesterday’s post , you have identified what you think is a good Market to enter. Now if you have been working in the overall market with your offerings and you chose the Single Target Market based on that knowledge, then you have a good place to start.

But if you’re coming out with a new product or service and you don’t have knowledge and you have chosen the market based on “armchair ” thinking, then you can be in for a big shock if you deploy all your resources for this.

In these situations, especially in the case of B2B where there are too many moving parts, you need to be testing with limited investments.

Its happened multiple times with me, that the market-product match which I had thought of, for my single target market, didn’t materialize or it took a much longer time to materialize .

These things happen because while you may have observed a niche in the market there’s no “market” in the niche. And this could happen, as an example, because that there’s already a solution to the problem which you are solving and its much easier to use / lower cost or any other reason.

You can only figure these things out if you’re testing. After feedback from each test you tweak a little and test again, till you start getting a response. That becomes your base from which you start.

This testing need to be on the product itself, it could be on the market, it could be on the people that you’re targeting in the company. After testing you may realise that the solution does not have a significance for the specified problem, but when re-purposed, it can be a best seller.

The faster you can do the iterations, the quicker you’re to pick up the market.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

How to solve the Challenges of identifying a Single Target Market

Customer Delight, Marketing, niche, single target market

Whenever I talk to my team or other business folks, one major resistance that I get from all of them is on this issue of selecting a niche or single target market.

Everyone thinks that their product or service can solve so many different problems for so many people so why limit. It basically comes out to be about whether you want to be a small fish in a large pond or a big fish in a small pond.

And it takes so much of my energy to convince them, that all I am asking them is to prioritize the market entry into different markets. Once you enter one niche, you have to dominate it, take the learnings from that and then move ahead.

People still find it difficult. So I share with them this process, which is inspired by Dean Jackson and his concepts of the Eight Profit Activators.

Step 1 : Isolate all the geographical markets you have the bandwidth to operate in. These could be national , international etc. You can put this in the columns from from B to whatever in one row of your spreadsheet

Step 2: Isolate all the use cases for each of these geographical locations that your product or service can do. You can put this in column A of your spreadsheet.

The moment they start filling (not ticking, which is a copy and paste process) this two by two matrix with their ability to serve the market and get delighted customers, they start backing off.

They may still end up with about 5 or 6 niches , in which they think they can certainly delight customers. Then I ask them to look at which would give the highest probability of profit from the same effort. Since they also realize that time is limited for everyone, after this step most automatically identify a Single Target Market.

Hope the above helps you in identifying your niche and helps you dominate the market.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!