Jul 5, 2020
In this episode, I interview Toni Kibbey, a subject matter expert on marketing. With over 25 years in marketing, especially in small business, Toni strongly believes if you don’t have a customer, you don’t have a business. And that’s where your marketing should be built around. Marketing is more than a logo or advertising, it’s a diverse range of elements, from pricing, people, copy, packaging, and a quality product or service. For small business owners, sometimes a passion can overrule the commerciality or viability of something because you believe in it so much.
You must listen to your customers before you start running into the forest looking for trees. In her experience, the biggest thing owners of fast-growth small businesses do poorly in marketing is focus. Which is where your strength (or your why) comes into play. She believes the hardest thing in growing a small business when it comes to marketing is knowledge, time, and budget.
The advice she would give a small business owner about marketing on day one is, “Customer: Know who you are creating a service or product for, and who you are going to talk to. Understand who they are, what motivates them, what drives them, and why they’re going to choose you”
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Music from https://filmmusic.io "Cold Funk" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/