Marketing Basics: 4 Essentials

By , Certified Online Business Manager/Social Media Manager

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Sophie Zollmann - Certified Online Business Manager/Social Media Manager

When you’re marketing to clients, no effort you put forth will get off the ground unless you understand some very simple marketing concepts. These tips will help you connect and understand your clients and connect with them in a meaningful way. Once you get your mind around these, conversations with clients and prospects will suddenly make connections, develop relationships, and increase sales.

1. What’s the pain point?

What is the client’s problem? Sometimes this is very literal, like if you’re a massage therapist or yoga instructor. But in the case of many entrepreneurs, the question becomes more abstract. What’s the business challenge that your clients have? What can they not accomplish for themselves? Identify this, and you have your starting point.

2. What’s the goal?

Quite simply, what result is your client looking for? Do they want that kink in their neck smoothed away? Do they want their newsletter in better shape? This is your second step. Your marketing piece will need to let clients know that you have a firm grasp on what they want to achieve. Paint a glorious picture of what their life could be like if their pain point were removed or resolved.

3. You have the solution

Now that you know the problem and what the desired outcome is, you can swoop in and let clients know that you can bring them out of their pain point and into resolution. List the ways you can solve the problem.

4. Move them to action

This part is vital to the success of any marketing effort. In traditional marketing-speak, this is a “call to action” or a CTA. This is the part – usually at the end of your marketing piece – where you clearly and specifically tell your client what you want them to do. A good CTA is very short and very clear, such as “buy now!” or “sign up today!” It will also create a sense of urgency, so that clients don’t decide to wait (and forget).

And that’s it! There are many more details to creating a great marketing piece, but these basics will get you to where you need to be nicely.

Do you need help with your marketing? If you aren’t comfortable with writing marketing pieces or just don’t have time for it all, consider hiring a Virtual Assistant. A VA can help you put together anything from newsletters and blogs to emails to brochures to an entire website.

I can connect you with top copywriters and designers to create marketing materials that are both gorgeous and effective. And if you want to expand your current marketing materials and add in all those details I just mentioned, I can help with that as well. Just contact me, and I’ll get you all set up.

Sophie Zollmann of SophieZo Virtually There For You is a Certified Social Media and Online Business Manager committed to working with online entrepreneurs to get them back to working ON their business not IN it. They are able to focus on growing their business, taking great care of their clients, and having more time to enjoy life outside of their business. Find out more at

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