Who is important to your brand? Who do you sell to? Who are your most important brand champions? Who are the key influencers?
If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, it’s time to refresh your targeting strategy. Even if you’ve implemented a new strategy within the past several years, competitive and other disruptive changes in the marketplace may mean you’re not reaching the right audience anymore.
Here are five indicators that your targeting strategy needs a refresh:
For most categories, the targets that come out of a segmentation study are relevant for about that length of time. After that, you’re likely in need of a reassessment, as your audience, the market, your competition, and the digital channels and media customers are consuming have likely all evolved. It’s time to figure out who your new champions are.
You’ve been investing in ads both online and through traditional methods, but something’s not working. The sales aren’t coming in, and you wonder what to do. A reassessment of how to position yourself in the minds of your customers can help you get a better direction on how to appeal to your specific niche.
A targeting strategy that tries to reach everybody is reaching nobody. You need to identify the specific targets that are now most relevant to your entire brand offering.
Competitive and other disruptive changes in the marketplace may mean you’re not reaching the right audience anymore.”
Your strategy, whenever possible, should be adjusted to fit a new market.
If your activity on social media is lackluster, likely the right audience is not connected to you. If your customers aren’t embracing your brand and mentioning it naturally on social media, that’s a red flag that your brand is lacking relevance with your audience.
What should a brand refresh look like? It includes redoing your segmentation, making sure to include updated brands and category dynamics. Be sure to include a competitive assessment to understand the consumer’s view of the landscape. A simpler approach, if you just need clarity on the target audience for a particular product, is to do a concept test and profile accepters vs. rejecters. No matter what the approach, make sure you are building marketing and communication strategies against the right target audience.
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