Marketing Campaigns and the 5 W's of Marketing

How To Get Your Marketing Campaigns Off On The Right Track

Being a small business coach and consultant, as well as a small business owner myself for many years now, one thing I clearly understand is that most small businesses simply aren’t fortunate enough to have an unlimited supply of marketing dollars.

Money for marketing is typically tight.

Therefore, in order to squeeze the most results out of those marketing dollars, a small business must carefully plan, craft, and implement all marketing initiatives.

Now since marketing should never be a one-time thing, I like to batch my marketing into campaigns; Marketing campaigns that have real goals that can be measured. Otherwise, how do we know if our marketing efforts have been successful or not?

That being said, I’d like to share with you a portion of my marketing planning process that I revisit at the onset of any marketing campaign I engage in; Whether for my business or for any of my client’s businesses!

It’s what I call the “5 W’s of Marketing”. The 5 W’s are simply the “who”“what”, “when”“where”, and “why” of your marketing and they are as follows:

The First "W": The "Who"

In a nutshell, this is your target market — this is who you intend on selling your products and/or services to.

So who are they exactly?

Who are you going to market to?

The Second "W": The "What"

What exactly are the product and/or service you are marketing?

And what are the benefits they bring?

If you’re not crystal clear on what you’re really selling, there’s a good chance your target market won’t be either …

And a confused mind does not buy!

The Third "W": The "When"

When it comes to marketing, both timing and consistency are critical.

So when do you intend to start marketing your product and/or service?

How long do you intend your marketing campaign to last?

A common understanding among marketers is that on average it takes at least 4 touches or contacts with your target market to just get on their radar… And at least 7 for them to consider buying from you! Therefore, it probably makes sense to plan at least 7 touches into your marketing campaigns.

Now it’s also important here to determine at what intervals you will make each touch.

In other words, day 1 you’ll get in front of your target market this way… day 3 you’ll get in front of them that way… day 7 this way… and so on.

Rule of thumb: erratic marketing = erratic results… consistent marketing = consistent results!

The Fourth "W": The "Where"

These are the marketing mediums that you will use for your marketing campaign.

Marketing mediums are simply the paths we use to communicate our marketing messages to our target market.

So where will you do your marketing?

What mediums will you use and why?

What mediums does your target market prefer?

Knowing how you target market prefers to be communicated with can go a long way here.

The Fifth "W": The "Why"

This is your purpose for marketing.

It defines what you expect to accomplish from your marketing campaign efforts.

So in Closing...

I’m going to be a bit harsh here so hold on to your seat for a moment.

Conducting marketing campaigns without being clear on your 5 W’s is essentially negligence… It’s a blatant misuse of your company’s time and money!

My challenge to you is to take the necessary 15 minutes to think through, document, and communicate the 5 W’s of each marketing campaign with all those involved with helping you make it happen! 

4 thoughts on “How To Get Your Marketing Campaigns Off On The Right Track”

  1. “What mediums does your target market prefer? Knowing how you target market prefers to be communicated with can go a long way here.” How are you supposed to find out what mediums your target maket prefers when you are still trying to find your target market?

    1. You should have some idea of who your target market is, at the least are you marketing to other businesses (B2B), or to consumers (B2C). Are they male, female, or both? What services or products are you marketing and at what price range? Are your audience mostly millennials, or Baby Boomers. You have to have some idea of who your audience is or you’re not in business yet. Once you figure out who they are, Google different aspects about their personalities and buying habits, what do they like, where do they live etc. I’m afraid you have a long ways to go if you don’t even know who you’re marketing to yet.

    1. Hi Abena! The first step in solving any problem is admitting that a problem exists in the first place… correct?!

      Remember, the key is that it is not what you’ve done in the past that matters, it is what you do from this moment forward that does! While you cannot change the past, you certainly can create the future!

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