Who Are You Targeting?

September 26, 2013 by Heidi Thompson
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Knowing who you are targeting is the cornerstone of your marketing and the more specific you can get, the better. It may seem counter-intuitive, but your marketing should focus only on the people who are most likely to make a purchase from you. You can’t be a perfect fit for everyone, and by trying to do so you’re flushing your marketing budget down the toilet. In this post I’ll show you how to narrow your focus in order to save money and know where to find your potential clients.

If you had a heart attack, would you rather see a cardiologist or a general practitioner? And to go even more in-depth, would you rather see a local cardiologist or one who has a lot of experience with patients who have had heart attacks? Cardiologists aren’t for everyone, but they are in demand by patients who fit their target market and tend to be paid significantly more than general practitioners are.

So how do you focus on your ideal client? You figure out your niche and who your ideal client is. In the previous example, the niche is cardiology and the target client is a patient who has suffered a heart attack. You can hone in on the target client even more with a worksheet I’ll give you at the end of this post.

If you’ve been in business for a while, have a look back at your favourite clients. What do they have in common? You might be surprised at the patterns you find.

Do they all live in a certain area?
Do they all work in one particular industry?
Do they all love one particular sport?

These discoveries are priceless because they tell you how to speak to your ideal client and where to find them. If your market shares a common interest, talk to them about that interest on your blog and then advertise in a publication that pertains to it. Show them real weddings that appeal to their tastes, not just any random wedding.

People love it when businesses understand them and by getting to know your ideal client, you’ll find out what they want, what they value and what keeps them up at night. This is going to give you so much clarity when it comes to marketing and will save you loads of money.

Once you figure out who your ideal client is, speak only to them in your marketing. When you think about adding a new product or service in your business, ask yourself what your ideal client would think of it.

Click here to get the worksheet that will help you start figuring out who your ideal client is.

Need some inspiration? One of my private coaching clients created a great ideal client profile complete with visuals. Click here to see her awesome ideal client profile.

Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business helps wedding professionals market themselves on a budget and create a consistent flow of leads because in business, it doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do if no one knows about it. Check out her free video training designed to help you turn fans into buyers, perfect your website and crank up your cash flow.

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Heidi Thompson, owner of Evolve Your Wedding Business, is a marketing strategy geek & freedom fighter, and she is leading the rebellion against being a slave to your business and overcomplicated marketing gobbledygook. Her mission is to help wedding professionals (just like you) live freer lives courtesy of their businesses. http://www.evolveyourweddingbusiness.com/socialmedia


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