When you are running your own small business, thinking about marketing is often the last thing on your mind in terms of priorities. It can be easy to get absorbed in the day to day running of your business without having time to think about the bigger picture, and how your business could best be promoted.
This is where having a marketing department becomes invaluable, as you can delegate the task of marketing to them.
In this article, we run through the importance of marketing in a small business and how a marketing department will help your business grow.
Role of marketing in a small business
Your small business may offer a fantastic service or deliver great products, but if no one knows about you then the business will fail. That is where marketing comes in. Through advertising, public relations, and promotions, an effective marketing strategy can take your business off the ground and running full throttle towards success.
How a marketing department can help grow your small business
- They can build your brand
With a million and one other things to do as a small business owner, it can be hard to find time to develop your brand. Having a marketing department in place (even if it’s a small one) can help you to both build your brand and get your brand noticed. Making sure your brand is appealing, up-to-date and representative of the work you do is something that your marketing department can do for you. With a great brand, you are far more likely to secure a regular customer base.
- They get the message out there
Having a marketing department in place means that your products or services can be shouted about from the rooftops! With specialists on your team who know the ins and outs of effective marketing, a marketing department can formulate the best techniques and methods to get the message out there about your small business to potential customers and investors. Investing in some in-house marketing specialists will save you both time and make sure your niche is being marketed to maximum effect.
- They can give your small business direction
Thinking about marketing, and putting a strategy in place, can help to give your small business direction and set markers for what you want to achieve. An effective marketing strategy can also help to make sure that everyone in the company is on the same page, and help your team to unite and strive for the same goals. With a marketing department in place, this can help to give your business direction as you agree on key ideas and milestones to get your small business off the ground.
- They promote growth
As with any small business, it can be easy to forget about marketing once you start to gain customers, and this tendency can lead to a stagnation in your brand and reduced incentives to promote your business. However, to ensure continued growth, marketing needs to be something that is always on the table. With a marketing department securely in place, your small business won’t fall into this trap, ensuring that there are always new ideas and fresh marketing strategies in place to keep your business growing.
- It gives you an edge over the competition
There is nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition and with a good marketing department in place, you can make sure you have the strategy to get your products or services ahead of the game. A marketing department will have the time to research competitors and help to design a strategy that marks your small business out as a different and more desirable alternative to potential customers.
Having a dedicated team in place to give your small business the edge over competitors is always a worthwhile investment.
- It brings diversity to your team
Unfortunately, no one person can do everything, so the formation of a marketing department as part of your small business can bring diversity to your team and can potentially take your business in a direction you may not have thought of before.
Professionals in marketing are often creative people, so having this skill-set on your team can be a real plus in terms of helping your small business to prosper. Even if your business is small, investing in a marketing team is a sure fire way of giving your company a kick-start or a much-needed boost. It can free up your time, while also helping you to boost sales and ensure you are establishing your position in the market. Through widening your customer base, improving your brand, giving you the edge over your competitors, and, most importantly, increasing growth, a great marketing team can be a godsend for any small business.