14 Proven Marketing Strategies to Increase Sales in 2021

/ December 3, 2020

Marketing and sales go hand in hand. The amount of energy you spend on your marketing strategy will determine the success of your business.

The basics of marketing are to reach and engage with the target market to increase sales. But how do you do this? Penji’s years of experience have allowed us to create a list of proven marketing strategies to increase sales. Here they are:

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Marketing Sales Funnel

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Think about it this way. You can have the most beneficial, affordable, and high-quality product in the world. But if no one knows about your company – you won’t have any customers. That’s why creating a marketing sales funnel should be a top priority.

Break down the customer journey through these steps:

  1. Awareness
  2. Interest
  3. Evaluation
  4. Commitment
  5. Sale

Qualities of an effective marketing sales funnel:

  • Attention-grabbing content
  • The audience can easily access landing pages and pricing through content
  • Information about product/service can be found quickly
  • Personalized to the target audience
  • Solves a very specific need

Create smart, effective campaigns efficiently

Meet your conversion goals using visuals that stand out

I need this!

1. Product mock-ups

The best way to showcase your product to potential customers is through example. So, creating mock-ups will not only explain what your product is, it will also feature how it can be used in real life situations.

Mock-ups can be used in traditional and digital advertising such as billboards, magazines, banner ads, email marketing, and more. Ideally, you don’t want to design these yourself. Always use a professional marketing designer who is experienced in what you need and your brand vision.

Here are some examples of product mock-ups:

2. Add confidence to risk-averse buyers

The purpose of advertising is to persuade your audience to convert from a fan into a user. Once you have identified their pain points, craft content with a message about how they absolutely cannot live without your product. Show them exactly what they can expect after purchase.

Three common types of pain points applicable to any niche are:

  1. Monetary: Prospective customers might be burning away money on crappy services or products.
    Tip: You can then highlight your product’s or service’s competitive price.
  2. Productivity: Prospective customers might be tired of using a product that eats up most of their valuable time.
    Tip: Emphasize your product’s or service’s features and benefits. Mention your current customers’ positive, productive experiences.
  3. Support: Prospective customers might not be getting reliable, friendly, and supportive customer service throughout an entire sales process.
    Tip: Reassure the prospects that your hand-holding customer support is at their disposal.

Create smart, effective campaigns efficiently

Meet your conversion goals using visuals that stand out

I need this!

Marketing opportunities:

  • Showcasing testimonials
  • Product reviews by industry leaders
  • Trade show demonstrations
  • Email marketing
  • Flyers

Design examples:

3. Optimize Videos

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There is no time like the present. Video content is making waves in digital marketing. If your customers are doing it, then you should too. Repurpose your blog content into videos. Whether it’s a short clip or a long video, marketers nowadays use this media to engage prospects and convert leads. Make sure that the videos are mobile-friendly though.

Video content opportunities:

  • Testimonials from clients
  • Reviews from influencers in your industry
  • Educational videos on how to use your product or service
  • Advertising for social media and traditional media
  • 360° experience videos
  • Animation

4. Daily Updates Through Stories

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According to Adweek, 80% of Instagram users follow a brand account. Knowing this, you have an incredible opportunity to connect with users and sell your product through one of their many advertising options. One of the most notable is Instagram Stories.

You can influence your audience directly and indirectly. Instagram Stories are not only for paid ads. Posting about your product for those who already follow you is also a key part in the marketing strategy. By nurturing your audience, you’ll convert them into loyal customers.

However, paid ads are a reliable way to gain immediate sales or increase interest. With the “Swipe Up” feature, the user will be led to your landing or pricing page, turning them into a warm lead.

Keep in mind that social media algorithms are constantly changing and maintaining consistent engagement with your audience is key to succeeding.

5. Personalize the customer experience

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A one-size-fits-all marketing approach does not hold any value in this day and age. Prospects who can relate with a company will most likely end up as conversions. This can be achieved through personalization.

However, since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018, it became harder to garner personal information. Create buyer personas, target audience on social media platforms, strategize a funnel – anything you can do to generate leads while staying within the limits of GDPR.

Use these resources for gathering demographic and psychographic information:

6. Optimize Voice Searches

Let’s admit. Consumers are getting lazier by the minute. Some people don’t want anything to do with typing on their gadgets anymore. By 2020, studies show that more than 50 percent of search results will be through voice searches. So I suggest that as early as now, optimize your content so they’re searchable through voice technology. Here are a few tips

  •    Determine voice keywords
  •    Use long-tail keywords
  •    Add FAQs and sprinkle these questions all over your content
  •    Use voice technology for local searches
  •    Make sure the page loads fast. The average voice search result is 4.6 seconds.

7. Organic traffic through SEO

Do not underestimate the power of search engine optimization. Though it is probably the most difficult form of marketing, the investment pays off in. the long run.

There are specific qualities that SEO will always have and you should learn to master:

  • Copy that caters to your target audience about a specific subject
  • Custom images optimized for your website
  • Information that draws interest and cannot be found anywhere else
  • Content that encourages high scroll through rates
  • Links to other pages on your website that might interest the viewer

Here are examples of custom image designs to improve SEO:

8. Get into email newsletters

Email marketing is consistently one of the most effective strategies for sales. Here are a few email statistics to back it up:

Yes, you should definitely have your own email list. But, what if you could get into other lists who send to your target market? Several sectors to look into include affiliate marketers, digital publication newsletters, and influencers in your niche.

9. Use Chatbots on Your Websites and Landing Pages

One way to increase sales is to give customers what they want immediately. And once a potential customer is already on your website, make sure you accommodate them. A popular way to do this is by including a chatbox on your website. This way, you get to engage with the prospect and help answer any query they might have.

  • 64% of internet users say 24-hour service is the best feature of chatbots.
  • 37% of people use a customer service bot to get a quick answer in an emergency.
  • Chatbots can answer 80% of standard questions.

10. Use PPC advertising

Pay-per-click or PPC advertising is where you pay Google every time someone clicks on your ad. PPC effectively diversifies your traffic by reaching parts of your target audience that were previously out of reach. Your goal here is to lead potential customers to your website’s landing page. 

Some key points to take note of:

  • 79% of marketers say PPC is hugely beneficial for their business.
  • You can create PPC campaigns for various platforms such as social media, search engines, or app-based advertising.
  • PPC advertising can work more effectively with the best SEO practices and meaningful content creation.

11. Take advantage of retargeting

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. This is precisely why retargeting or remarketing is quite an effective strategy to have. It’s targeting prospects that have shown interest in your ads before. 

  • Retargeting reminds prospects of your brand.
  • It allows you to create more compelling content or ads where the previous attempts failed.
  • Retargeting can be done as many times as you need to.
  • It offers no bombarding your potential customers with ads.
  • Retargeted visitors to your website are 70% more likely to get converted.
  • They are also three times more likely to click on your ad than those who have never interacted with you before.

12. Get a mix of new and old ways to market

Embracing digital transformation is the way to go. However, there are excellent opportunities when you blend your new strategies with the old ones. A whopping 71% of adult Americans consciously look at billboards while driving. This is where many of them learn about an event or restaurant they later attended or went to.

As much as some people believe that traditional advertising is going down, statistics show otherwise. The annual outdoor advertising revenues in the US has increased. From 5.9 billion dollars in 2009 to 8.56 in 2019. Television advertising is still considered a multi-billion dollar industry, according to Statista

Along with your digital marketing efforts, consider the following traditional methods:

  • Billboards
  • Television ads
  • Print ads
  • Banner ads

13. Continue evolving your brand values

The current world situation has changed how businesses do marketing. Empathy and design thinking are playing significant roles in the advertising and marketing industries. Thus, your brand identity and messaging will need constant change and upgrades. 

Emotional connection with a brand is now more crucial than ever. With 94% of people saying they’d recommend a brand they were emotionally engaged with, how can you ignore it? A logo redesign or a new color combination may be the upgrade your brand needs. 

14. Be ready for change

The marketing landscape is continually developing. From marketing budget cuts to the changes in Google algorithm, the new normal is inescapable. Being prepared for change allows you to move swiftly with whatever comes your way.

  • Move your finances to which method brings the most returns.
  • Monitoring changes in the marketplace helps keep you ahead of the game.
  • Adapt to the changes in technology and the digital economy.

Conclusion

Effective marketing requires keeping up with the trends and constantly evolving to suit your audience’s changing needs. Along with that, it’s vital to use the latest tools that will allow you to better connect with your audience.

Marketing and design go hand in hand. Simply running campaigns will not be enough to increase your sales margins. So, if you are looking for an alternative to traditional options like freelance graphic designers or doing it yourself, sign up for Penji.

Updated December 3, 2020

About the author

Karen is a Content Writer and successful Entrepreneur. She has helped various startups increase their search engine rankings through valuable content. Her ultimate passion in life is surfing, and she gets her writing inspiration from the ocean.

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