Tag: direct marketing


Apr

04

2016
Nothing Happens Without Engagement

K-12 Marketing Rules of Engagement

K-12 marketing strategy sets the direction that aligns with business goals. Marketing tactics creates the roadmap to achieve those objectives. But nothing, nada, happens without educator engagement. Engagement is multilayered, and has to satisfy a myriad of requirements. Here are some of the notables: Be a Storyteller  The best marketing tells stories. Those stories are most effective when they tell how educators’ lives are improved...

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Jun

24

2015
When Marketing to K-12, Know Your Targets

When Marketing to K-12, Know Your Targets

It’s an understatement to say that it’s an exercise in complexity to market to K-12. Here’s how it generally works (and I use the term “works” lightly): You want the largest possible sale. That means marketing that sets the stage for district-wide orders. But getting messages to district supervisors is like a hunt for the Holy Grail. And how easy is it to get ahold...

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Apr

10

2015
The K-12 Marketing Calendar:  Month by Month

The K-12 Marketing Calendar: Month by Month

We’re fast approaching the end of the school year.  And that’s the perfect time to organize and prepare for the coming school year, our next cycle.  First comes determining strategic objectives.  And that’s closely followed by tactics to support those strategies.  So get ready to create your K-12 marketing calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Every organization’s calendar is obviously going to reflect their specific...

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Sep

15

2014
Get your leads out of the cold.

Your List: Your Business Lifeline

Hopefully your company has well-defined processes to develop and collect qualified contacts, leads, customers, and anyone in your target market with whom you want to communicate. If not, now’s the time. Prospect and customer list development and management goes right up among the most important business development projects you can undertake. Just as with social media, your outbound communications will be wasted if the network...

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Aug

13

2014
August is the launching pad for the entire year.

Now’s the Time to Build Awareness

As I post this, it’s mid-August. We escape the remaining dog days at the pool, the beach, and maybe even in air-conditioned offices. But if you market products or services to K-12 education, then now’s the time to build awareness. Now’s when you announce to the market who you are, why you’re special, and what makes your products so amazing. Since K-12 education mostly purchases...

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Jul

14

2014
A top-down, bottom-up market approach.

Outbound Marketing to K-12 Education: Top-Down, Bottom-Up

For those of you who are veterans of selling and marketing to K-12 education, you already know what a challenging market it is. It’s a place where purchasers, influencers, and users are a tangled and confusing jumble of business office staff, administrators in district offices and at the school site, and classroom educators. It’s a market that differs from state-to-state, and each district may have...

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May

26

2014
Emptier than they used to be.

Still Relevant: Direct Mail Marketing to K-12 Education

Direct mail is very old. Like 150 years old. But sometimes, erroneously, old is viewed as irrelevant, especially in our hyper-speed, Mountain Dew fueled digital world. For outbound, digital tactics have all but eclipsed direct mail marketing. And in many, many ways, that’s a great thing. Digital offers some enormous benefits, like speed to market, quick testing opportunities, and lower costs. But the success of...

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Apr

18

2014
The Recipe for K-12 Marketing Success

The Recipe for K-12 Marketing Success

Is there a single recipe for K-12 marketing success? All businesses are different, and so are the nuances of what they need to do to succeed. But there are definitive foundational elements to building, maintaining, and running a top-flight company whose marketplace is K-12 education. What follows is a list of what’s important to successfully do business in K-12. Or in any marketplace, for that...

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Aug

06

2013
Free PDF “8 Marketing Essentials for Startups & Small Businesses”

Free PDF “8 Marketing Essentials for Startups & Small Businesses”

The tactics used to implement a successful marketing program are changing at a rate never before experienced. Whether you’re a new marketer or just need a brushup, the 18-page ebook “8 Marketing Essentials for Startups & Small Businesses” is just for you. In it you’ll find information on the “must do’s” of any marketing program, including: • Social Media • Website development • Market planning...

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