Increase Your Profits With A Marketing Calendar
Here's a tip for systemizing and increasing the profits of
virtually any business: Create and use a marketing calendar.
Barnum reportedly said, "Without promotion something terrible happens: Nothing."
Since marketing is one of the most critical components of business success, a
marketing calendar helps ensure that time is regularly set aside for
Just as with money, if time isn't budgeted properly it's more likely
to be wasted or spent on less important things.
Without advance planning
and preparation, marketing opportunities are more likely overlooked, less time
is available to take advantage of them, and quality decreases as mistakes
increase, according to the adage, Haste makes waste.
A marketing calendar
helps systemize planning and preparation, minimizing such
How To Create Your Marketing
Some develop their annual marketing calendars near the
end of the year, in preparation for the next. Regardless of the time of year, if
you're not currently using one now is a good time to start.
your marketing calendar you can use an Excel sheet (my preference), a desk or
wall calendar, a day planner, or any other tool or system you're comfortable
with. How you set it up is less important than that you set it up, and that you
What you might record on your marketing calendar:
Specific day, week, or month assigned to each marketing project.
3) Project cost.
4) Project notes or
5) A rating of the results of each project (A = Excellent, B =
Good, C = Fair, and D = Poor).
You don't have to list each task of
multi-step projects on your calendar. Instead, you can describe projects briefly
on the calendar and list the individual tasks comprising each one on a To-Do
list (which you probably keep anyway if you're a productivity minded
Or you may assign different tasks of a project to separate
consecutive calendar dates.
Give priority to proven marketing avenues
that pay off best for you, allowing them ample time for
Periodically add projects related to marketing avenues you
haven't tried before. You may discover some that yield dramatically better
What's more, marketing diversification reduces risk. Just ask
those whose businesses have nosedived as a result of adverse changes in an
advertising medium they've relied too heavily upon.
For best results,
include projects related to testing new approaches to marketing avenues you're
now using, or have used before. Small changes can yield substantial response
increases at little or no extra cost, possibly turning C- and D-rated projects
into A- and B-rated ones.
Locate your marketing calendar for easy access.
Consult and update it regularly, as needed.
When creating next year's
calendar, recycle winning elements of your current one, especially A- and
B-rated projects. Expand on what works, and test and tweak, or eliminate, what
doesn't. As you develop, improve, and use your calendar it will become an
increasingly valuable business asset.
Now that you understand the value
of a marketing calendar, create and implement one right away and start enjoying
better business results from it.
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